Veterans Appreciation Week is Nov. 3 - 12

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The fourth annual Veterans Appreciation Week at UW Tacoma features a tribute, an open house, and opportunities for reconnecting and remembering.

(Above: Members of the Inter-Tribal Warrior Society enjoy UW Tacoma's 2014 Tribute to Our Troops celebration. Photo by Shoshana Glickmann.)

As part of the fourth annual Veterans Appreciation Week at the University of Washington, UW Tacoma will host several events honoring and recognizing the substantial contributions veterans make to our community and to our campus.

Coffee with Jake Wood
Nov. 3, 2015, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma campus
Wood is co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, author of Take Command: Lessons in Leadership, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He will discuss leadership qualities of veterans and the organization that he co-founded to engage veterans with disaster response.

Veterans Appreciation Tribute
Nov. 3, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma campus
The signature event commemorating Veterans Day on the UW Tacoma campus, this tribute will feature a keynote address by Thomas Kuljam, a performance by Battle Rhythm-the 56th Army Band, a uniform display, a welcome by UW Tacoma’s Student Veteran Organization, distribution of the annual veterans’ pin and socializing with refreshments.

Kuljam is the new director of VIBE, the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship. He is a veteran of a 21-year career with the U.S. Air Force, having served as a maintenance technician in the 62nd (active duty) and 446th (reserve) Airlift Wings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Veteran Alumni, Student, Staff and Faculty Reception
Nov. 4, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lucien Board Room, Garretson-Woodruff-Pratt (GWP), UW Tacoma campus
Veterans with a connection to UW Tacoma come together for an evening of reconnecting and networking.

VIBE Open House
Nov. 5, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Room 307A, Tioga Library (TLB)
VIBE is the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship, a service of UW Tacoma to foster entrepreneurship in the veteran community. New VIBE director Thomas Kuljam will share his experiences as an Air Force veteran, a commercial banker and an entrepreneur, and will describe the future development of VIBE. Light refreshments will be served.

Tri-campus Veteran Tailgate
Nov. 7, 2015, 1:30 p.m. (kickoff 4:30 p.m.)
Husky Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
The official Student Veteran Organizations from all three UW campuses are hosting a pre-football tailgate party at the game against Utah.

UW Veterans’ Day Ceremony
Nov. 11, 2015, 11 a.m.
Medal of Honor Memorial, UW Seattle campus
UW Tacoma Chancellor Mark Pagano and UW Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh are the official hosts of this year’s all-university ceremony honoring men and women for their dedication and service in the U.S. military. The ceremony includes recognition of Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer, the 2015 recipient of the UW Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award, the presentation of the colors and a performance by the Husky Marching Band.

10th Annual Veterans Social
Nov. 12, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Swiss Restaurant & Pub
UW Tacoma veteran faculty and staff gather for an informal evening of food and beverages.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are free and open to the public.

A complete listing of events on all three campuses is available at UW’s Veterans Appreciation Week website.

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / October 27, 2015
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or