Towson University celebrates Veterans Day

By Kyle Hobstetter on November 9, 2020

The Military & Veterans Center will host several virtual events

The American Flag, flying outside the University Union

Since its creation, Towson University’s Military & Veterans Center (MVC) has provided a community for TU’s active-duty and veteran students.

Usually on Veterans Day, MVC partners with other offices at TU to host special events that honor students who are veterans or active military. But with the COVID-19 pandemic and classes being moved online, the MVC was unable to do so this year.

To accommodate physical distancing protocols and still honor students who have served, TU and the MVC will host a series of online events to celebrate Veterans Day.

“President [Kim] Schatzel always puts together a Veterans Day luncheon, which was a huge event for us over the past few years,” says Dario DiBattista, director of the MVC. “We’re very interested in growing the Military & Veterans Center and our veterans alumni group. Once we realized we wouldn’t be able to have it, we kept trying to find some fun things to do for our students.

All Veterans Day events are open to the entire Towson University community. The celebration includes:

Many are taking notice of the work done by the MVC, as Towson University is in the top 1% among universities nationwide for veterans.

TU ranked No. 23 out of nearly 1,800 institutions for veteran friendliness in a review by the website College Factua. ln Maryland, TU earned top marks from College Factual for veteran students among all universities. TU has also been recognized by GI Jobs magazine as a military-friendly university. TU is one of the first institutions in the region to establish a military and veteran’s center.

As a veteran of the Marine Corps, DiBattista admits that he doesn’t sugarcoat a lot of things. He knows firsthand that the university not just going through the motions.

“I wouldn’t be here if it was not military friendly,” DiBattista says. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable looking somebody in the face and saying ‘you should come here because we’re going to take care of you,’ if it wasn’t true.”