UTC Celebrates Female Veterans During Women’s History Month

By Sarah Chesek, Staff Writer-

As part of Women’s History Month, the Veteran Student Services hosted an event honoring the female veterans at UTC. 

The event, held on March 16, was an open invitation for any female student, faculty, or staff member who has served in the armed forces.

The celebration was located in Lupton Hall on the first floor. Veterans were given a free lunch, dessert, and merchandise. There was also a photo booth where attendees could take pictures under a gold banner reading, “Thank you for your service.”

It featured a poster exhibit of honorable females who have severed, some of which are employed by UTC. The posters included names such as Carol Mutter, Dr. Mary E. Walker, Rebecca Tolbert, Abeer Mustafa, and many more.

Rebecca Tolbert, a veteran and member of UTC’s police staff, attended the event. She believed this was a good way for the university to honor women veterans. 

She explained that many women at UTC have served and their experiences have not always been heard. 

She said the campus could benefit from “creating tours to showcase women employees and learn their stories.” 

Jess Hawkins is a student who noticed the event when walking through Lupton Hall and decided to visit.

“It was really interesting to read the posters about women veterans and even talk to one that works at UTC,” Hawkins said. “I think this event is a really amazing way to recognize women veterans both at UTC and just in general.”

Another poster exhibit will be displayed throughout the month of March in celebration of Women’s History Month entitled “March Through History” recognizing women veterans and their contributions made during their military service and beyond, according to Squoia Holmes, the assistant director for the Veteran Student Services.

This exhibit can be found at the Veteran Student Services Office located in the University Center, Room 141.

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