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Holiday Greetings for Troops

Dec. 17, 2012

Kristy L. Kanel, professor of human services, made a holiday card for Daniel, a Cal State Fullerton student in the university’s ROTC program. She decorated it with stickers and wrote: “Thank you so much for your service. I’m beginning to understand the sacrifice you and your family have made so my family and I can continue to enjoy our lives.”

Kanel was one of about 80 faculty and staff members of the College of Health and Human Development, which houses CSUF’s military science and ROTC programs, who made 128 cards total.

Shari G. McMahan, dean of the college, said the card-making workshop started last year when she and her colleagues made cards for troops overseas. This year, half the cards are going to CSUF alumni on active duty worldwide, and half are going to CSUF ROTC cadets.

“We wanted to do something special for our students and alumni who are serving in the military,” McMahan said. “This is our way of serving them.”

Cpt. Cameron Larsuel, a military science instructor, created a card for an alumnus he knows who is serving in Afghanistan. He concluded his message with the following: “I will make sure I give you a big hug when I see you in Afghanistan.”

Lt. Col. Kelly Donham, professor and coordinator of the military science program, said the college’s card-making workshop “is just one of many examples of support and gratitude the cadets and ROTC staff experience from Cal State Fullerton.”

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By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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