Fiat gratitude for those who serve
Dear Alfred University students, staff, and faculty:
Today, November 11, we observe Veterans Day, recognizing the sacrifice made by those who have served as members of the United States Armed Services.
The observance is appropriate to Alfred University as our connection to the military is woven into the fabric of our institution’s history. Every male member of our Class of 1861 fought for the Union during the Civil War. In the first half of the last century, Alfred University hosted an Army Specialized Training Program unit made up of students and local residents trained in preparation for combat; many served our nation in World War I and/or World War II. Since 1952, our University has had a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.
Alfred University’s Military Affairs Office, with support from a Military and Academic Coach and Military Affairs staff, provides guidance and mentorship for Alfred University veterans, military dependents, and ROTC cadets.
Alfred University honors veteran alumni and local community members and supports our student and faculty/staff veterans, ROTC cadets, and students who are dependents of veterans and active military through initiatives such as the following:
- Our faculty recently passed our first Military Leave of Absence Policy, which accommodates students who serve in the Reserves or National Guard.
- Today, we are displaying a Veterans Day Mosaic in our Powell Campus Center. The mosaic, designed by BFA major and military dependent Eliott Houghtelling ‘23, includes signatures of veterans, ROTC cadets, and military dependents from our Alfred University community. The mosaic symbolizes the intersections between our diverse population, art program, and military roots.
- We have fulfilled the promises and responsibilities outlined in the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Education agreement, “Principles of Excellence.” Created through an executive order by President Obama in 2012, the Principles of Excellence ensure that student veterans, service members, and family members have information, support, and protections while utilizing federal education benefits.
- In the Spring, we will begin offering Green Zone training for students, staff, and faculty. The training promotes a supportive and safe environment inside and outside of the classroom for all military affiliated students.
- During the 2021 Alumni Reunion weekend in August, we dedicated a bench and a granite slab in front of the Davis Memorial Carillon honoring all Alfred University community members who have served in the U.S. military.
- Alfred University is featured in the USA Today Veterans Affairs special edition published today, with an advertisement promoting University programs and benefits for military affiliated students. The Alfred University ad appears on page 151 of the special edition.
- Yesterday, we hosted the third annual Veterans Day Dinner, organized by our Military Affairs office, for veterans and members of the military in the Alfred University community.
On this Veterans Day, please join me in expressing our gratitude for those in the Alfred University community who, through their service in the U.S. military, make possible the freedoms we hold dear.
Fiat gratitude for those who serve!