November 5, 2015

Contact: Everette Brooks

Cal Poly to Host Veterans Awareness Week Nov. 9-13

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Veterans Success Center is teaming with other campus groups and community organizations for Veterans Awareness Week — Monday, Nov. 9, through Friday, Nov. 13 — to showcase the benefits of public service and opportunities that are available to those who served the nation.

“Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and all that week our veterans will promote the virtues they developed while in service to the nation,” said Everette Brooks, the center’s coordinator. “That includes leadership, service and a keen work ethic.”

Campus will be closed Veterans Day (Wednesday), but on other days from 11 a.m. to noon, Cal Poly vets and partner groups will staff booths in the University Union Plaza to promote daily themes:

— Monday, Nov. 9: Support for Underrepresented Populations at Cal Poly.

Staff and students from the Cross Cultural Centers — Gender Equity, MultiCultural and Pride centers — will outline services and programs that support students under the shared values of family, diversity, learning, growth and advocacy.

— Tuesday, Nov. 10: The Importance of Leadership.

Representatives of club sports, Center of Leadership and Service, and Cal Poly ROTC will be on hand to answer questions and offer opportunities to participate.

— Thursday, Nov. 12: Job Opportunities for Engineers and Beyond.

Southern California Edison reps will answer questions about working for the utility, while Cal Poly’s Quality of Life Plus Laboratory officials, who develop and apply technology to improve the quality of life of wounded and disabled vets, will provide outreach to veterans in need.

— Friday, Nov. 13: The Importance of Service.

Joining veterans will be representatives of Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action, Center for Leadership and Service, and the university’s Greek Life, who will discuss the value of community service work.

Cal Poly’s Veterans Success Center, which was dedicated last spring, serves nearly 300 students using CalVet Dependent Fee Waivers and 150 veterans and dependents on other benefits.

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