News - 11/1/2013

MiraCosta College Hosts Veterans Events November 7 and 8

MiraCosta College will commemorate Veterans Day with the following free events:

Public Issues Symposium

Re-Entry: The Combat Veteran & Reconnecting Upon Return
With best-selling author Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, USMC (Ret.)

Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400
MiraCosta College 
1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside
Admission is free
More information, 760.795.6637

The evening will feature noted author and television commentator Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, USMC (Ret). A former special ops liaison officer with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah, Col. Kopelman speak about returning veterans and will read selections from his New York Times and international best-selling memoir, “From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava.”

Veterans Memorial Garden Dedication

Friday, November 8, 11 a.m.
Parking Lot 1C
MiraCosta College
1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside
Admission is free
More information, 760.795.6612

The ceremony will feature El Camino High School ROTC’s presentation of colors, followed by a performance of the National Anthem by student Melissa Graham. Representatives from the college administration and student body will address the audience, and there will be a brief history of the garden. A ceremonial tree watering will conclude the program. Light refreshments will follow. A special array of military, US and state flags—courtesy of The Flag Man of Oceanside—will adorn the stage area.

A Salute to Veterans 

Vietnam Remembered
With Rear Admiral Pete Pettigrew, USN (Ret.)

Friday, November 8, 2013, 1 p.m.
Room 201, San Elijo Campus
3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff
Free Parking in any student lot
Admission is free
More information: 760.944.4449, x7782

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Midway docent and pilot Rear Admiral Pete Pettigrew, (Ret) will talk about his experience in Vietnam as a fighter pilot flying the F-4 Phantom, his career in the Navy as one of the original Top Gun instructors, and his experiences in both Europe and America after he became an Admiral.



There has been a lot of growth at the college over the last couple of years, but perhaps none as dramatic as the growth in students who are currently serving in the military or who are military veterans. Since 2008, the college student-veteran population has increased by 93 percent. Today, MiraCosta College enrolls 1,900 student-veterans and an additional one thousand of their family members. In response to this, the college has made it a priority to meet the needs of these students, and has been named a Military Friendly Institution by Victory Media, a distinction given to the top 15 percent of colleges and universities doing the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans and spouses.

Note:  The panel “Opinion Shapers & Decision Makers: Their Impact on Returning Veterans,” originally scheduled for Friday evening, Nov. 8, has been cancelled.

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