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Commemorative Tribute Installed to Honor Veteran Students on Campus

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the VetLounge
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the VetLounge

The School of Social Work is pleased to announce the installation of a commemorative tribute for student veterans on the University of Texas at Arlington’s campus.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in the VetLounge in the Central Library on December 16, 2015. Michael Lummus, social work student and president of the Student Veterans Organization on UTA’s campus, commenced the ceremony with the ribbon cutting for the tribute.

The School of Social Work would like to thank Dr. Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor and director of the Center for Clinical Social Work, Christopher Box, Home Depot Foundation, Student Veterans of America, the School of Architecture Design Studio, and all individuals who made this tribute possible.

Dr. Smith-Osborne attained a grant to welcome student veterans on campus as they advance their education at UTA.

Dr. Smith-Osborne is the founding advisor for the Student Veterans Organization on campus and was awarded a $7,700 grant for the organization to build a commemorative tribute to student veterans. The award was provided by the Vet Center Initiative Grant Program.

Commemorative tribute marker
The commemorative tribute adds value to the Vet Center using merchandise from Home Depot and employee volunteer labor. The Vet Center Initiative Grant Program is a partnership between Student Veterans of America and Home Depot Foundation.

The Student Veterans Organization competed with other chapters across the country to submit the best plans for a Vet Center. The 50 best plans were selected to receive grants to turn their plans into reality.

"This is our second time to submit for this Home Depot and Student Veterans of America collaboration in a competitive national award. The award helped make it possible to create a welcome spot for the Student Veterans Organization to meet while studying and having the library's resources at their fingertips. With these additions, UTA hopes to help make the campus a more comfortable and welcoming place for student veterans,” said Dr. Smith-Osborne.

The tribute was designed by a class from the School of Architecture Design Studio as a competitive collaboration with the Student Veterans Organization. The winning interior design was created by Christopher Box.

The Vet Center space was allocated two years ago by Rebecca Bichel, dean of libraries at UT Arlington. It is located in the Central Library on campus in room 216. 

The Student Vet Club is a chapter of the Student Veterans of America and supports the education of student veterans and their transition to college life. For more information, visit the Student Veterans Organization's website at https://mavorgs.collegiatelink.net/organization/SVO/.

News Topics: Students, General