Veterans Appreciation Week at The University of Texas at El Paso will include events and activities that recognize the contributions of U.S. military veterans and support their academic and professional pursuits.
USAA’s Brian Parks is an Army veteran who knows the value of education, and he will share his motivational message during UTEP’s Veterans’ Appreciation Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center.
Parks is the technical director of information technology for USAA, a Texas-based Fortune 500 diversified financial services company that also is among the nation’s top companies when it comes to hiring military veterans. As part of his talk, he will present UTEP’s Military Student Success Center (MSSC) with a check for $7,500 to continue serving the University’s estimated 3,000 military-affiliated students.
Organizers said they hope the inaugural kickoff breakfast sets an exciting tone for Veterans Appreciation Week activities that will be fun and informative. Here are other highlights:
USAA representatives will share how members of the military may successfully translate their skills and experiences into the right words for resumes and job interviews during the Career Info Session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Room 410 of the University Library. Speakers also will discuss what to wear and what questions to ask of possible employers.
Approximately 20 businesses to include technology and investment companies will participate in a Veterans Resource and Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Centennial Plaza. The 1st Armored Division Band from Fort Bliss will perform starting at noon outside the Union Dinner Theatre entrance that faces the plaza.
Organizers said their goal was to enhance the interaction between veterans and other students and share information and insights that could prove valuable.
“Awareness works both ways,” said Clarence Court, assistant director of UTEP’s MSSC. The Tacoma, Washington, native separated from the Air Force as a technical sergeant in 2009 after 20 years of service. He earned his bachelor’s in multidisciplinary studies in 2011 and his master’s in education in 2013 from UTEP. “I wish they has these kinds of activities when I started as a student.”