MSU will host a series of virtual events throughout the week to celebrate Veteran’s Day, which fell on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The events started on Monday, Nov. 9 and end on Thursday, Nov. 12. “We’re really appreciative of veterans and everything they’ve done for us. To be able to serve them, just as they have served us, is an honor and a vital part of MSU’s land-grant mission,” said Director of Veteran Services, Joseph Schumacher, to MSU News Service.
On Monday, MSU hosted Cmrd. of the Montana National Guard, Maj. Gen. Matthew T. Quinn, who spoke with the director of the MSU Leadership Institute, Carmen McSpadden. The one-hour event, titled “Strengthening your Leadership While Being Exceedingly Human,” started at 11:00 a.m. and was presented by the Leadership Institute in partnership with Veteran Services.
On Tuesday, a 2015 MSU graduate, Saul Martinez, spoke with current student Rachel Nyquist about their time in the military and how the Veteran Support Center helped their transition into civilian life at MSU. The conversation was titled, “Building Community, Supporting Veterans: Life After the Military at MSU.” The event was also hosted by Veteran Services and was in partnership with the MSU Alumni Foundation.
There were no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in honor of the holiday. Ilse-Marie Lee, Dean of the Honors College, was joined by another accomplished cello player who performed a musical tribute to veterans. A recording of the performance is available on the Veterans Services' Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/VetCenterMSU.
To close out the week, Veterans Services will join MSU’s Center for Faculty Excellence to host a session on Thursday called “What Your Students Want to Know… About Being A Veteran.” Schumacher, along with the director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, Dean Adams, and a panel of student veterans will discuss the veteran experience in the classroom and with faculty. For more information on the event and to register, visit https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events/36126.
In recognition of its efforts to support the 526 student veterans at MSU, the university was given a gold Military Friendly School ranking, its highest-level ranking ever. MSU’s events for the week shows the honor and respect it holds for the veteran community.