November 11, 2020 message

November 11, 2020

Honoring PSU Veterans

This Wednesday we honor the sacrifice and service of all those who have served the nation in the armed services. 

Veterans Day has particular meaning at Portland State. Our university began, in 1946, as the Vanport Extension Center, created primarily for returning veterans of World War II. In many ways, those student veterans were the original non-traditional college students, many of them older with families and children. They needed a college that would support them where they were and as they were, removing the barriers between them and their pursuit of an education.

Today, Portland State is home to more than 850 student veterans. We are honored that they have chosen PSU to further their educational goals. We support them with PSU’s Veterans Resource Center and the VetsSuccess program, as well as with the many other resources designed to help all our students thrive. 

Educating and working with those who served our country is an important part of our history and fundamental to our mission and future. In recognition of this, and to increase veterans’ visibility as a vital part of our campus community, the Veterans Resource Center will relocate to the first floor of Smith Memorial Student Union next year. This new space gives the center more room to welcome students, hold inclusive community activities, and share student veterans’ experiences and knowledge with our campus. Thank you to Walter Ghant, the director of the Veterans Resource Center, for his leadership.

One way we are celebrating our veterans is through a Virtual Veterans Day forum this Thursday, Nov. 12 from 4-5:30 pm. (Register to receive a Zoom link.) At the forum, you can learn more about issues related to our student and community veterans.

Please join me in honoring and appreciating our faculty, staff, student and administrator veterans. We are grateful for your service, your sacrifices, and your contributions to our campus and our community.
Stephen Percy
President, Portland State University