Penn State Military Appreciation Week Kicks Off Saturday

Penn State and State College Borough will honor military service members, veterans, and their families during a series of military appreciation events beginning this weekend.

Penn State’s Military Appreciation Week events start Saturday with the Military Appreciation Tailgate and football game. Penn State will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of women in the U.S. Armed Forces before and during its game against Iowa at Beaver Stadium.

The events planned for the end of the month and early November give the Penn State community a chance to come together and recognize service members, veterans, their families, and the families of those who lost their lives while serving in the military.

You can look forward to the following military appreciation events in and around Penn State:

Student Veterans Luncheon

Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 30 | Robb Hall at Hintz Alumni Center

Penn State student veterans and female veteran faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to attend the third annual Student Veterans Luncheon. Along with a ceremony celebrating local female veterans, retired Col. Priscilla Hamilton, Penn State alumna and professor emerita of the Uniformed Services University, will deliver a talk.

Today’s Women Warriors Seminar

5 p.m. Tuesday, October 30 | HUB Flex Theater

Marine Corps Major Paige Kennedy and former CIA case officer Shannon McCombie will speak about their experiences as women in male-dominated fields

Penn State Veteran ROTC Library Displays

Thursday, November 1 | Paterno and Pattee Libraries

Paterno and Pattee Libraries will host displays honoring Penn State’s student veterans and ROTC cadets in the Special Collections Room, the Music and Media Commons, and the foyer of the Humanities Library.

First Friday

5-8 p.m. Friday, November 2 | South Fraser Street

November’s First Friday will feature live performances on the MLK Plaza Stage, prizes, military discounts at participating businesses, and military vehicles and organizations. Military service members and veterans will receive free parking validation. The event helps support Penn State’s Military Student Fund, offering financial assistance to military-affiliated students as a need-based scholarship.

Featured Speaker: Bryan Anderson

5 p.m. Monday, November 5 | HUB Flex Theater

Anderson is an Army veteran of the Iraq War, triple amputee, spokesperson, and author of his memoir, “No Turning Back.”


11 a.m. Sunday, November 11 | Westgate Building (formerly IST)

Penn State’s Aerospace Studies Student Organization will host the 3rd annual Freedom 5k for PTSD to help raise money and awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lady Lions Military Appreciation Game

2 p.m. Sunday, November 11 | Bryce Jordan Center

Military Appreciation Breakfast

9-10:45 a.m. Monday, November 12 | HUB Heritage Hall

Penn State students, faculty and staff who currently serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to attend the 10th annual Military Appreciation Breakfast. The theme of this year’s breakfast is “Penn State and Military Service: A Common Thread.” Carolyn Foust, a volunteer with Happy Valley Quilts of Valor, who will award five quilts of valor during the event.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony

11 a.m. Monday, November 12 | Old Main steps

The Penn State Student Veteran Organization will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony to honor and thank all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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