Veterans Week Events

November 5 to November 11 - 2016

Veterans Week

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In 1945, Navy Pier opened its doors to veterans returning from World War II. Today as the University of Illinois at Chicago, we reflect upon Veterans Day, let us not only remember our past but also appreciate and recognize our current veterans on campus who sit in our classrooms, teach our courses and serve our students. The UIC Veterans Day Planning Committee offers a collection of activities designed to educate, enlighten and honor veterans beginning on November 5, 2016. All members of the campus community are invited to participate.

Veterans Week Event Schedule

Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • 8:00 am - UIC Veteran 5K/Walk Run Fundraiser

    Location - UIC East Campus
    The Veterans day 5k run/walk is to honor those who have served while creating awareness for the veteran community. Proceeds for the race will go towards programs and initiatives that support the student veteran community. The race is sponsored by UIC.

  • Race Results - 2016 Veteran's Week Race Results
  • Photos from the Event
Monday, November 7- Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Things We Carried Opening

    Location - Cisar Student Veterans Center, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street.
    This is an exhibit coordinated by Student Veterans Association. The pieces displayed are items carried or photos taken by students during their time in service. At the noon hour, a Lunch and Learn program about veterans and their experiences will occur. Topics are to be decided. Light refreshments served.

  • Photos from the Event
Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • 2:00 pm-4:00 pm - World War I's Forgotten 'First Three': Base Hospital #12's Nursing Casualties Aboard the S.S. Mongolia

    Location - College of Nursing, 3rd Floor Event Center, 845 S. Damen Ave
    Ms. Sue Sacharski, Archivist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will talk about the first, little known, US casualties of the First World War. Two Chicago-area nurses were killed and one injured through "friendly fire" as they travelled to France on the USS Mongolia in early 1917. Join the College of Nursing for this free event supported by the University of Illinois at Chicago's week long Veteran's day programming. The program will be followed by a reception.

  • Photos from the Event
Friday, November 11, 2016
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Honoring Those Who Served, Veterans Day Breakfast

    Location - Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison Street, Conference Room A, B,C.
    RSVP is closed for this event. The event is open to UIC's veteran community.

    Guest Speaker: Melissa Stockwell, Bronze Medalist 2016 Rio Paralympics

    Melissa Stockwell
    Melissa Stockwell is an American paratriathlete and former swimmer and U.S. Army officer. A first lieutenant, she was the first woman soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. For her service in Iraq she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Stockwell is the reigning two time Paratriathlon World Champion in the Tri 2 classification. She subsequently became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics. She competed int 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the Bronze Medal Winner in Paratriathlon at the 2016 Summer Paralympics – Women's PT2.

    Melissa Stockwell

  • Photos from the Event
  • 12:00 pm - Flag Raising Ceremony

    Location - Outside Plaza, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street.
    ROTC cadets will raise the Flag to honor all past, present and future veterans.

Veterans Day Planning Committee

Committee Members

Annette Wright, Co-Chair
Jauwan Hall, Co-Chair

Jeffrey Alton, Asian American Resource Center
Dr. Stephanie Benedict, Counseling Center
Dr. Anne Fink, College of Nursing
Sladjana Grbic, Center Student Involvement
David Kwon, Student Veterans Association
Dr. Mary Ladu, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
AJ Lutz, Campus Housing
Jesus Molina, Student Veterans Affairs
Flordalia Rodriguez-Garcia, Undergraduate Student Government
Robert Romeo, Department of English
William Triphahn, Student Veterans Association
Caroline Swinney, Community Relations
Master Sergeant Jason Wenzel, Senior Military Instructor, ROTC