ROCK HILL, S.C. — Winthrop University will honor and remember veterans during several activities next week, including an open house for a new Student Veterans Center and a special ceremony.
The Student Veterans Center at Winthrop will officially open on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, with an open house drop-in hosted and planned by the Office of the President. Located on the garden level of Bancroft Hall, the center will provide a common space for students who have served in the military to study and socialize in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, said Katie Sardelli, director of the Resource Center for Adult Students. “It both demonstrates a commitment of the university to recognizing the sacrifices these students have made in service of our country, and also provides an opportunity for student veterans to build relationships and camaraderie with other students who have had similar experiences as themselves,” she said.
Jeremy Nasekos, president of the Student Veterans of Winthrop organization and a sociology major from Rock Hill, added, “This center is a huge milestone in Winthrop’s effort to make our university veteran-friendly.”
The center’s open house will be held on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cookies and punch will be provided.
The addition of a Student Veterans Center is part of President Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock's vow to double down on Winthrop's efforts to support its student veterans
and strive to make the campus even more “veteran friendly.”
On the day after Veterans Day – Nov. 12 - the Student Veterans of Winthrop organization will host a Veterans Day program to honor all veterans at 10:50 a.m. on the steps of Byrnes Auditorium (rain location is Frances May Barnes Recital Hall). There will be a speaker from the Hidden Wounds Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Columbia, S.C., that helps veterans with post-service treatment and adjustment to non-military life. Organizers also will read the names of the North Carolina and South Carolina casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, now called Operation New Dawn. Taps will be played following the reading of names.
The events on campus give the Winthrop community a way to show their thanks and remember those who served, according to Sardelli.
“These events offer the chance to both express thanks and learn more about the experiences of those who have served, all while building a culture of understanding on our campus,” she said. “Our student veterans bring a unique perspective and set of experiences to our student body, and by engaging in the events planned, our campus community will continue to work on building an even stronger sense of inclusion and understanding on campus.”
On Nov. 7, the campus community can write notes of thanks to former and current military members, which will be attached to small American flags and staked in the ground for the Veterans Day event. To write a note, stop by the center's table in the DiGiorgio Campus Center lobby during Common Time Thursday.
For more information on the center, contact Sardelli at 803/323-4786 or firstname.lastname@example.org.