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MSU Denver Honors Veterans with Flag Raising Nov. 11

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: November 8, 2013

DENVER – Remaining true to its mission as an urban land-grant institution, Metropolitan State University 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 public event will take place at the Tivoli Commons at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Veterans Day Flag-Raising Event Agenda Includes:

Color Guard and Flag Raising – MSU Denver Army ROTC and the Scottish American Military Society

National Anthem –Michael Hengst, D.M.A., MSU Denver assistant professor of trumpet and athletic bands

Tribute to the Flag – U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Petty Officer Martha Eaton, assistant director, Health Center at Auraria

Acknowledgement of veterans:

-   Stephen Wiench, president of Student Veterans, Community College of Denver

-   Brittany Bartges, president of Student Veterans at MSU Denver

-   Vicki Golich, provost, MSU Denver

-   Everette Freeman, president, Community College of Denver

-   Raul Cardenas, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Closing Remarks and Moment of Silence –Michael Stack, president of Student Veterans at CU Denver

 “Amazing Grace” – Timm Herrod, bagpiper

“Since MSU Denver’s inception, the University has remained committed to supporting veterans, and we continually look for ways to better support them,” says MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. “Our veterans are a key component that help shape the identity and diversity of our institution.”

Military Times “Best for Vets: Business Schools College 2013” issue ranked MSU Denver 34th out of 100 business schools recommended for veterans, highlighting the most important school support services for vets based on academic policies, financial aid, academics and average GMAT scores of students. MSU Denver is one of only five higher education institutions from Colorado that were ranked.

Military Advanced Education magazine listed MSU Denver on its 2014 guide of Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities. G.I. Jobs magazine listed MSU Denver on its 2014 guide of top Military Friendly Schools.  

Currently MSU Denver has nearly 1,000 veteran students and more than 100 active military personnel students on campus. The majority of veteran students are receiving federal education benefits for their service in the armed forces, but many others are funding their own college education. Beyond students, more than 50 of MSU Denver’s faculty and staff are veterans.

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