July 23, 2024

Jessica Roberson: Saluting a Veteran

Most days, you can find Jessica Roberson at the U.C.’s Veteran’s Resource Center, where she helps student veterans apply for GI Bill benefits and transition to student life. She knows of what she speaks. Roberson spent five years in the Air Force managing aircrew flight equipment before enrolling at UMW.  A senior majoring in international business, she also helps coordinate events for the Association of Student Veterans. Though she generally spends her days on the ground heading to classes, she knows what it’s like to jump out of a plane.

Q: What spurred you to join the military?

A: I joined the military when I was 19 years old. My former boyfriend’s dad, who was an Air Force F-15 pilot, constantly talked to me about the benefits and real-world experience that you get from serving in the military, so he really pushed me to join, and I really appreciate him for that to this day.

Q: Why did you choose to study at Mary Washington?

A: I grew up in Fredericksburg and my parents moved to Orange County when I was 16. I’d always been around the campus and really liked the liberal arts feel of this school. I looked online for Veteran’s Administration educational benefits and saw that UMW had a recognized program in the area. Two years ago, UMW had about 400 veterans enrolled with a 75-percent graduation rate, which is pretty high.

Q: What is one memory you have of a special moment on campus that you see intersecting with your veteran status?

A: Devil Goat Day 2016, which was one of my first experiences since I had just transferred to UMW in the spring. It’s really kind of cool to me that the graduation classes come together as a whole on that day, like the odds and the evens. When you are in the military, you depend on that camaraderie and group dynamic.

UMW Commemorates Veteran’s Day

The University of Mary Washington is commemorating Veteran’s Day with a card-signing initiative in the University Center organized by the University’s Association of Student Veterans. A table will be set up by the main staircase of the University Center’s Ball Street entrance on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The thank-you cards […]

Assoc. of Student Veterans Sponsors Food Drive

The Association of Student Veterans is sponsoring a clothing and food drive for the homeless in our area from now until April 15.

Assoc of Student VeteransDrop off boxes are located in the Veterans Resource Center in Combs B24, in Lee Hall outside the Admissions Office, at Crumb and Get It in Central Park and the Honey-Baked Ham store in the Westwood Shopping Center.

For more information, contact ASV president Jeremy Hillberry at jhillber@mail.umw.edu or treasurer Janet West at jwest@umw.edu.  Thank you for your support of the ASV.

UMW Honors 9/11 Victims

The University of Mary Washington’s Association of Student Veterans paid tribute to the lives lost in the September 11th attacks on Thursday, Sept. 11. The event began at 8 a.m. in front of George Washington Hall with the raising of the American flag and a bugler tribute. A moment of silence was observed throughout campus at 8:46 a.m.   911 commemoration_flagThe Association of Student Veterans extended the opportunity for all members of the UMW community to join in a moment of reflection and remembrance on this 13th anniversary of the attacks on our nation. Organizer Golda Eldridge, who is director of leadership at UMW, said the ceremony provides a chance to “come together and celebrate America’s strength and resilience in the face of this ongoing threat.” “We can remember the lost and recognize the opportunity our nation has to preserve and protect freedom around the world,” said Eldridge. Contact Eldridge at (540) 654-1665 or geldridg@umw.edu for more information.

9/11 Remembrance

9/11 2013 Remembrance Ceremony

9/11 2013 Remembrance Ceremony

Come join the UMW Association of Student Veterans and the entire UMW community as we pause to remember 9/11 and celebrate America’s strength and resilience in the face of terror.  There is a flag raising and bugler at 8 a.m. at the flagpole in front of GW Hall.  All members of the UMW community are also encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. to remember and reflect.

UMW Student Veterans Lead Service to Honor 9/11 Victims

The University of Mary Washington marked the 12th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 and honored those who died with a commemorative flag raising ceremony and moment of silence. The event was organized and led by the members of UMW’s Association of Student Veterans. Members of UMW's ROTC participated in a flag-raising ceremony on September 11, 2013. The event began at 8:30 a.m. with the gathering of UMW students, faculty and staff and for a flag-raising ceremony on Jefferson Square. UMW’s ROTC students raised and lowered the flag, while UMW adjunct faculty instructor Jim Ford played taps . The ceremony was followed by a moment of silence on Ball Circle. “9/11 showed we are vulnerable, not just overseas but here at home,” said Golda Eldridge, director of leadership at UMW’s Center for Honor, Leadership and Service and faculty adviser to the Association of Student Veterans. “We hope everyone will take the opportunity to pause, remember the lost and rededicate ourselves to protecting our ways of life.” Faculty, staff and students gathered for a moment of silence on Ball Circle. Student representatives from the UMW College Republicans and the UMW chapter of Young Americans for Freedom were also in attendance, setting up American flags around Ball Circle. “We’re trying to keep the memory of what happened on that day alive for everybody,” said Max Reinhardt, chairman of the College Republicans. David Helgran, president of the Association of Student Veterans, hopes the association will hold more events on campus in the future. “While memorials and ceremonies don’t reverse the damage done on September 11, they do join us together and allow us as Americans to re-affirm our allegiance to our country and each other,” said Helgran. “This will always remain important because our faith in each other and our camaraderie as a nation is one of the traits that make us so incredibly strong.” UMW’s Association of Student Veterans is dedicated to promoting recognition, appreciation and support for students who are military service members or veterans as well as their families and supporters.