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Metro State Honors Veterans with Flag Raising 11/11

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-770

Posted: November 9, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) —  Remaining true to its mission as an urban land grant institution, Metropolitan State College of Denver will recognize the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform with its annual Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony on the Auraria Campus. The event will take place in the Tivoli Commons at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 11.

The event welcome and introduction will be presented by President Stephen Jordan and Provost/Vice President Vicki Golich followed by acknowledgments of veterans by Jordan. The program includes a flag tribute and flag raising, performed by the Army ROTC and the Scottish American Military Society.

“Metro State has remained committed to supporting veterans throughout the College’s 45-year history, and we continually look for ways to better support them,” Jordan says. “Our veterans are a key component that helps shape the identity and diversity of Metro State. Their perspectives enrich the classroom experience for other students and our professors.”

Currently Metro State has more than 800 veteran students receiving federal education benefits for their service in the armed forces, and many others are funding their own college. Beyond students, approximately 10 percent of Metro State’s faculty and staff are also veterans based on a recent survey.

The College recently took steps to enhance its ROTC services on campus. In late October, Metro State signed a memorandum of agreement for the cross-enrollment of students from Metro State in the University of Colorado Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program.

“This agreement lays the groundwork for Metro State to become a host program in 2013, independent from the Golden Buffalo Battalion School hosted at CU Boulder,” says Maj. Joshua Dalton, senior assistant professor of military science. “There was an ROTC program initially offered to students in 1980 on the Auraria Campus through CU Denver, but due to funding cuts and an overall reduction in the size of the military the program was suspended.”

In 2007 a cross enrollment program was established offering classes in three locations: Auraria Campus, School of Mines and CU Boulder, so students didn’t have to drive to Boulder for classes. Today, 44 of the 66 Army ROTC cadets in the Denver metro area are Metro State students.

This year Military Time newspaper recognized Metro State as the 39th-ranked College in the country in providing services to veterans in its annual “Best for Vets: College 2010” issue. More than 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide were surveyed about their programs, policies and resources for veterans.

Metro State also maintains one of the founding chapters of the Veteran Upward Bound (VUB) program, which was established at the College in 1973. VUB was instituted by the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and the Department of Health and Welfare. Its primary mission is to provide veteran participants with a unique pre-collegiate experience that is designed to remove any apprehensions many veterans, as nontraditional students, may have about entering postsecondary education.

Veterans Day Flag Raising Event Agenda Includes:
Song Ensemble – Metro State Student Choir
Tribute to the Flag – Martha Eaton, Command Master Chief, Assistant Director, Health Center at Auraria
Flag Raising – Army ROTC & The Scottish American Military Society
“God Bless America” – Metro State Student Choir
Welcome and Introduction of Stephen Jordan – Provost Vicki Golich
Acknowledgement of Veterans  – Stephen Jordan, President of Metropolitan State College of Denver
Student Veterans Tribute – Student Veteran Representatives
“Amazing Grace” – John Bergquist, Bagpiper


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, with plans to offer a master’s in social work in fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.