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Spotlight: Student Veteran Center Dedicated

Nov. 9, 2012

More than 100 campus community members, veterans and elected officials gathered today in the courtyard of the Humanities-Social Sciences Building at a special dedication ceremony marking the opening of Cal State Fullerton’s new Student Veteran Center.

“This is such an important day,” CSUF President Mildred García told the audience. “To the veterans and those in active service, we thank you. We honor you for dedicating your lives to the freedom of this country and for protecting this country.”

With two brothers who are Air Force veterans and a nephew in the Marines with two Afghanistan tours of duty under his belt, she explained to the responsive crowd, “it’s personal.”

“This center is so important and it will continue, as long as I am president, to make sure that you have the resources to reach your dreams,” she added.

Congressman Ed Royce, a CSUF alumnus who earned his bachelor's degree in business administration-accounting in 1977, also thanked veterans for their service.

“And, thank you Cal State Fullerton for having the foresight to understand that bringing a service center for veterans here is absolutely essential,” he said, adding praise for the center's mission to help make the transition from military service to higher education a smooth one for veterans.

In addition to Royce, representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, state Senators Mimi Walters, Bob Huff and Lou Correa attended the ceremony and presented certificates commending the university on its Student Veteran Center.

Cal State Fullerton includes almost 500 veterans among the 37,677 currently enrolled students. Those who use the university’s Veterans Student Services have a GPA of 3.18, which is higher that the 2.75 GPA of veterans who do not access services.

Before the dedication ceremony, members of the campus Student Veterans Association planted a holly oak tree between the Titan Bookstore and Pollak Library.

Patrick Jamison, SVA’s chief administrative officer, said the organization planted the tree in honor of SVA’s fifth anniversary. The tree, he said, is a symbol of enduring gratitude to the university for its support of veterans on and off campus.

“It recognizes all veterans here at Cal State Fullerton who have chosen to better themselves after their military service by pursuing higher education,” Jamison said, adding that a plaque soon will be added to the foot of the tree.

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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