UNT -- twice named a top military friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine and a Best for Vets school by Military Times EDGE magazine -- will observe Veterans Day with a series of events this week. Activities include a 5K charity run and a collection drive for care package items. UNT also will join Texas Woman's University and the city of Denton to host a citywide Veterans Day event to honor veterans.
The Veterans Day celebration Friday runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the lawn of Denton's Courthouse on the Square. At the service, which begins at 11 a.m., President V. Lane Rawlins will deliver remarks, and Maj. Gen. Mary L. Saunders, director of the Leadership Institute at Texas Woman's University, will be the guest speaker. Saunders, a native Texan who earned her bachelor's degree from TWU, was the first female general officer selected as the director of transportation in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to her retirement from the Air Force in 2005, she was vice director at the Defense Logistics Agency in Fort Belvoir, Va.
In conjunction with Veterans Day, the UNT Veterans Center will be collecting donated goods through Nov. 11 to send in care packages for active military. Donations for the pilot campaign, called Operation Soaring Eagle, can be dropped off at the UNT Veterans Center in the University Union, Room 320. Suggested items include chapstick, beef jerky, phone cards and packaged snacks. The care packages will be shipped during the holidays.
UNT and the Arnold Air Society will host the second annual DFW Trot for the Troops 5K Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Fouts Field. Proceeds will benefit Fisher House, a charity that provides lodging for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. The Arnold Air Society is a student organization associated with Air Force ROTC at UNT that is dedicated to producing high-quality leaders for the U.S. Air Force. Register at the field for $30 on Saturday.
The UNT Career Center partnered with the UNT Veterans Center Tuesday afternoon to host a Veterans Expo and Employer Panel for student veterans. Four veteran professionals and employers presented a panel discussion on how to successfully transition from military service to civilian employment, and veterans met with representatives from military friendly companies.
More than 2,500 members of the military community and their families attend UNT, and the university's reputation for excellence in serving these students is drawing increasing numbers to campus. Assistance is available through the Veterans Center and the Disability and Well-being Consortium, and groups include the Student Veteran's Association, the Salute Honor Society for veterans and Omega Delta Sigma, the co-ed veterans fraternity. Visit www.unt.edu/military for more information.