This month’s observation of Veterans Week at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nov. 11-15, marks the first time this series of special events is being planned by the Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC) staff, along with the Campus Activities Board and UWM’s Student Veterans of America.
Through partnerships with the Campus Activities Board and other campus and community organizations, this year’s Veterans Week will be the largest in UWM’s history. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
According to Mike Kirchner, director of MAVRC, “Veterans Week offers an opportunity to show appreciation to our service members, veterans and family members who have made significant sacrifices while also enabling us to engage the student body in some fun events.”
Monday, Nov. 11:
“SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE.” Campus leadership and community leaders serve breakfast to veterans and their families from UWM’s student body, administration and faculty. 8-10 a.m. Union Ballroom–West Wing, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
DISPLAY OF MILITARY VEHICLES AND U.S. FLAGS. Each U.S. flag represents a student veteran or service member on campus. All day. Spaights Plaza, behind Union at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 11 & 12:
“HONORING OUR HEROES.” UWM’s Student Veterans of America chapter displays a banner with the names of U.S. service members during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), a photo display of student veterans in uniform and scrolling video of soldiers from Wisconsin killed in OEF/OIF. Also participating are community organizations with displays and information about veterans of prior wars.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Union, Concourse.
Tuesday, Nov. 12:
“THE MILITARY EXPERIENCE.” Military training activities will be available for students and others (with UWM ID) to learn about the experiences of soldiers. Activities include pugil sticks/jousting, an obstacle course, a tug-of-war, pull-up bar and more. Students will also have the unique opportunity to try on military gear soldiers use during training and deployments. Special guests from 1-3 p.m. are Ryan Taylor and Marshall Newhouse of the Green Bay Packers. Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and the Campus Activities Board.
Noon-4 p.m. Klotsche Pavilion, gymnasium, 3409 N. Downer Ave.
FILM SCREENINGS AND DISCUSSION. The event begins with the screening of “Restrepo,” a documentary about the experiences of deployed veterans. Afterward, Miranda Levy, U.S. Army veteran, UWM graduate and a recent contestant on the hit TV show “Project Runway,” facilitates a discussion about the experiences of deployed soldiers and how those experiences directly impact their return from combat. The comedy “Down Periscope” follows the discussion. Popcorn and other refreshments served.
3-8 p.m. Union Ballroom–West Wing.
Wednesday, Nov. 12:
RESUME-BUILDING FOR VETERANS. The Career Development Center partners with MAVRC to lead a speed resume development session for student veterans on campus. Student veterans can come in and work with a professional for 15 minutes to have their questions answered, learn more about resumes and receive resume feedback.
Noon-2 p.m. MAVRC office, Union WG99 (across from Union Station).
Thursday, Nov. 13:
BROWN BAG LUNCH. The Center for International Education hosts a discussion for veterans to share some of their international and crosscultural experiences and perspectives with the campus community.
Noon-1 p.m. Union E240.
Friday, Nov. 14:
GAMING DAY AND TOURNAMENT. The Eighth Note Coffeehouse is partnering with MAVRC to lead a gaming event open to all students. For $10, students can play numerous video games and create two-person teams to participate in a gaming tournament. Participants will be offered complimentary sandwiches from American Euros and Cousin’s Subs as well as additional snacks and refreshments. Proceeds from the event will go to a veterans’ community organization selected by the winning team. Prizes include two copies of the new Call of Duty game, “Call of Duty: Ghost,” and gift cards.
Noon-6 p.m. Eighth Note Coffeehouse, Union.