On November 8, the Annandale Campus hosted a luncheon to acknowledge and celebrate veteran students. The event was held in the President’s Dining Room of the Richard J. Ernst Community and Cultural Center where Provost Pam Hilbert spoke in honor of veterans to the more than 50 people who attended the event.
“Thank you all for coming. We appreciate those of you who are veterans, and we’re so grateful for your service,” Hilbert said.
Veterans Advisor Audra Morris said it is important to acknowledge that these students have fought for this country and the rights of its people. She said they wanted to recognize these students from all of NOVA’s campuses and let them know that they are truly appreciated and the College supports them in their academic endeavors.
“This is our third year hosting this and it’s a tradition,” Morris said. “We have multiple events to celebrate veterans throughout the week on the Annandale Campus. We really wanted to make this happen and make it special and we invited all veterans at NOVA.”
Also in attendance was Paul Feeley, a 68-year-old Army veteran who took classes at NOVA from 1974 to 1976. He met his wife at NOVA and eventually moved to Texas where he received a degree in business administration.
The luncheon was sponsored and organized by the Provost’s Office, the Veterans Affairs Office and Student Life. Each year, NOVA’s campuses host individual celebrations for veterans to recognize Veterans Day. This year, President Scott Ralls also recognized NOVA’s faculty and staff who had previously served in the military by hosting a breakfast in their honor.