UVM to participate in ‘National Roll Call’ on Veterans Day

first_imgAt 3 p.m.  the VCO and SGA will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony in Memorial Lounge in the Waterman Building. Speakers will include  faculty, students and staff and members of the Burlington community. The ceremony will also feature a performance by the UVM a cappella group Zest and a video produced by UVMtv.  The Veterans Collaborative Organization is an SGA-sponsored club that provides services and community for the 77 veterans and 75 dependents of veterans attending UVM.The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs professionals.Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator, said, “We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.”### At 2 pm, members of the UVM and surrounding communities are invited to come to Bailey Howe to observe a nationwide synchronized moment of silence.  The moment of silence is taking place at the eleventh hour (Pacific Time) of 11-11-11: the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 2011 ‘ a few weeks after the tenth anniversary of 9-11.  “Many members of our community, no matter what their political views, are looking for ways to understand and honor the sacrifice that so many veterans have made, and to support the troops that are currently serving,” said Little, a junior in the School of Business Administration who served in Afghanistan. “My hope is that people will note and appreciate the readings during the day, and then come to Bailey Howe at 2 p.m. to observe the moment of silence.” He added that the flag display is meant to provide a dramatic visual for increasing awareness of the number of troops who have died in the wars.   “We are proud to be co-sponsoring this event with the Veterans Collaborative Organization,” said Katie Rifken, a senior psychology major and chair of the SGA’s Legislative Action Committee. “To so many of us, these wars are distant events. This is a way for our community to understand the very real sacrifice so many made and to honor these brave men and women.” University of Vermont,On Veterans Day, Friday November 11, members of the University of Vermont community will commemorate the more than 6,200 veterans who sacrificed their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call, joining more than 170 campuses across the country.UVM’s Veterans Collaborative Organization and the Student Government Association are sponsoring the event.  UVM is the only Vermont school participating. Beginning at 7 am, 25 UVM students, faculty and staff will read the names of all of the veterans in chronological order, beginning with the first fallen soldier.  Each reader will speak for 15 minutes from a podium in front of the Bailey Howe library.  The reading of the names will take about eight hours to complete. More that 6,000 American flags honoring the fallen veterans will be displayed on the green in front of Bailey Howe.  The Kappa Sigma fraternity will also spread a large canvas near the podium outlining an American flag.  Passersby will be invited to place a hand or thumb-print on the canvas using cans of blue and red paint.  According to Ryan Little, president of the Veterans Collaborative Organization, the National Roll Call both honors those who gave their lives for their country and offers a way for the UVM community to come together over wars that, for many, are remote from their lives. last_img read more

Monk raises glass after Swansea win

first_img “The problem is they have so much individual quality to create something out of nothing and it doesn’t sometimes matter how you set up. “We stuck to it and I felt at the right moment we got another goal and then changed to block it up.” While United boss Van Gaal was left to count the cost of defeat in the race for Champions League qualification and face up to Robin van Persie’s potential spell on the sidelines following an injury which saw the Dutch striker leave Swansea on crutches, Monk insisted his players can now create even more history. Swansea are within 10 points of matching their best Premier League points total of 47 from their debut 2011-12 campaign and, with 12 games of the season remaining, Monk feels eclipsing the mark will act as a source of motivation in the months to come. “Obviously our motivation is to get to 40 points as soon as possible,” Monk said. “I know we will do that anyway, but get it done and then 47 is the best we have had. “So that’s the next one, let’s make sure we beat it and we are remembered for this season.” Manchester United had never lost twice to Swansea in the same campaign but Monk’s men claimed a historic league double when they repeated their 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season in south Wales on Saturday. And Swansea boss Monk admitted the achievement persuaded him to end his abstinence from alcohol. “I probably haven’t had a drink in eight or nine months but I will have a glass of red with the family after this,” Monk said after outwitting United counterpart Louis Van Gaal for the second time. “I am there to set the standard and I have not had the time for a drink. “That’s the business now – it’s not like being a player. “You have to get straight back on to the next bit.” Monk ripped up his usual formation to match United diamond’s system but the portents did not look good when Ander Herrera fired the visitors into a 28th minute lead. But Ki Sung-yueng levelled within two minutes and Bafetimbi Gomis’ inadvertent winner when he got in the way of a Jonjo Shelvey pile-driver to provide a crucial deflection and signal only United’s second defeat in 20 games in all competitions. “I looked at United and saw the way they were likely to set up,” Monk said explaining his change of system. “I felt we couldn’t let them get too much control in midfield so we changed it a little and I thought it worked really well in the first half. Garry Monk has revealed he will raise a glass to celebrate a slice of Swansea history. Press Associationlast_img read more