Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Honoring our Veterans. Dr. J's message for the week of 11/5/17 (Undergraduate)

It was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month that marked the end of World War I in 1918. That moment in history was originally commemorated as Armistice Day, which we now know as Veterans Day. The university will be closed this Friday (11/10) to honor that historic moment, and to pay tribute to those who have worn the uniform.

Although its origins trace back long before any of us were born, the concept of taking time to honor the men and women who have served this country in uniform is entirely current. And you can do your part here at Ohio State.

The university’s official Veterans Day ceremony is on November 9 this year. It’s called the Rock Ceremony, taking place by a rock on the Oval near Bricker Hall. This ceremony dates back to 1918 and began as a way to honor those from Ohio State who served in World War I. Today, it honors the more than 1,000 alumni from the university who lost their lives in the service of their country as members of the armed forces. Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC units lead the moving ceremony that concludes with Taps, a 21-gun salute and a wreath laying.

There are more than 1,800 military or veteran students who are enrolled at Ohio State as undergraduate and graduate students.

Going from the military life to student life can be a significant change. Many veterans face challenges that are far different from most students. But it is our obligation, and honor, to make that transition go as smoothly as possible.

Ohio State supports veteran students and veteran students are supporting and enriching Ohio State. The Veteran Community Advocate program places veterans in departments all over campus (and at virtually all the regional campuses as well) as interns to help with veterans initiatives. There are currently 26 Advocates, both undergraduates and graduate students, who receive scholarship money to connect fellow veterans to resources and experiences.

Among the projects in the works through the Advocates program are a PTSD Awareness Week in the spring, a Fair Housing Expo for veterans and, through Student Life Buckeye Careers, employer sponsored events for veterans to network and get help with job searching and resume building.

Ohio State’s Office of Military and Veterans Student Services has been steadily growing and evolving since its inception in 2012. It is a single point of contact that caters specifically to their needs, helping them access educational benefits and the university resources they need for academic success. The office, in the Student Academic Services Building on West Lane Avenue, serves as a clearinghouse for support, services, and information. Its staff offer benefits processing, academic advising, and the office hosts an embedded specialist from the Veterans Administration’s Vets Success on Campus program.

Veterans House is a residence hall run by the Office of Student Life on East 17th Avenue. It is home to approximately a dozen veterans, supporting them as they transition to civilian and university life.

We are committed to creating the extraordinary student experience for everyone at Ohio State, and that certainly includes our veteran students. We owe them nothing less. Please join me in thanking them for their service, and doing whatever we can to enhance their time here.


Dr. J

Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
Office of Student Life















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