Friday, November 4, 2011

ASPLU pushes for Veterans Day recognition on campus

From Alexis Ballinger, ASPLU president:

Since 2008, there has been a push from the student body to have a recognized block of time in the class schedule that allows students, faculty, and staff to collectively acknowledge the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families on Veterans Day.

PLU has continued to make a substantial commitment to student veterans and their families through programs such as the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, ROTC, and Green to Gold. In addition, many faculty and staff have either served or have family ties to the military.

Organized by the Administrative/Staff Council, PLU has traditionally hosted a Veterans Day Celebration in the afternoon, which conflicts with many individuals’ class and work schedules. This year, the Veterans Day Celebration is Friday, Nov. 11, noon to 1 p.m., in Lagerquist Concert Hall.

ASPLU is calling for students, staff, and faculty to attend the Veterans Day Celebration to show their support for veterans both in the PLU community and beyond. In addition to this, there will be opportunities to sign a petition to show your support for an official recognition of Veterans Day in the campus schedule.

ASPLU is advocating on behalf of students who strongly believe that honoring veterans is an important community statement. We encourage members of the PLU community to have conversations with each other about the importance of Veterans Day and why they are choosing to attend the Celebration. ASPLU recognizes the importance of class time and encourages students to be aware of the effects their attendance at the Celebration may have on their classwork. We encourage the continued examination of the university calendar so this annual event is embraced as a day to respect and honor all who have sacrificed on behalf of our nation.

Having Veterans Day officially recognized in the future will help move PLU’s commitment to veterans to one of both active contribution and visible solidarity.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ASPLU president Alexis Ballinger, ASPLU vice president Taylor Astel, or ASPLU diversity Director, Elizabeth Ginsberg.