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CSUMB Celebrates Veterans - Exhibition Opening

November 6, 2019


CSUMB at Salinas City Center


A new exhibition celebrating CSUMB Student, Faculty and Staff Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and Military Dependents. The exhibition begins with Fort Ord history, CSUMB's 25 years and looks to the future for ways our campus can support our military communities.

In partnership with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

The California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is hosting a free-entry veterans exhibition at CSUMB Salinas City Center Nov. 6th featuring Fort Ord historical photographs and veteran-created artwork.

The exhibit, the first in a veteran-inspired series, celebrates CSUMB military veteran and active military student, faculty and staff, and military dependents. Fort Ord's history will also be highlighted by displays featuring retired Lt. Col. Claudia M. Ward, who was the first on Fort Ord to integrate women into the U.S Army and dissolve the Women's Army Corps, and retired Col. Alfred P. Glover, who was commander of Fort Ord's 2nd and 3rd Training Battalions. CSUMB Alumna and exhibition co-curator Ana Eckhart noted the importance of connecting CSUMB and the former Fort Ord lands the university resides.

"Since the base has closed, there has been an inevitable disconnect between what the land was and what it has become. On the surface, CSUMB and Fort Ord may not appear to have much in common. In reality, both share common core belief, the importance of service to the community," Eckhart said. Eckhart's grandfather, retired - Command Sgt. Maj. Vic Delacruz and survivor of the infamous Battan Death March, will also have a display at the exhibition highlighting his life and career. "Personally, Fort Ord has always been an important place for me. It's where my grandpa retired from the Army. It's where my mom attended elementary school. It's where my grandma would take me for trips to post exchange. It is why my family has the opportunity to live in this community," Eckhart recalled.

Giselle Young, CSUMB Veteran Services Coordinator and co-curator, seconded her colleague's comment on the importance of showcasing military history and veterans. "Supporting student veteran success at CSUMB is my great privilege. Honoring each individual and connecting them with a proud history of military service and those who served from this community is my goal," Young said.

Andrea Monroe, CSUMB Student Learning Institute Associate Director and the third co-curator, noted the importance of featuring prominent African American veterans and their impact to the Monterey Peninsula. "This inaugural series features just a few African American veterans who were based here, ranging from Buffalo Soldiers to a Tuskegee Airman, from a drill sergeant to retired colonels who later became successful professionals, educators and/or business leaders," said Monroe. "I look forward to expanding the series by sharing many more images and stories about Fort Ord's African American veterans," she added.

The event will feature a special performance preview by SpectorDance

When You Were Gone

a work-in-progress showing and audience discussion

SpectorDance's artistic director and founder, Fran Spector Atkins, is teaming up with Porter Center for military families exectutive director Dorrane Colman on When You Were Gone, a new multidisciplinary performance highlighting stories of the military experience from the perspective of the child. When You Were Gone aims to utilize the power of performance and creative expression to heal trauma arising from the complex realities of deployment, and to promote public understanding of and appreciation for the diverse range of experiences of veterans and their families. Ultimately, the piece aims to celebrate the essential role of the military in our democracy and to acknowledge the sacrifices of soldiers who put our country first.

All are welcomed to the exhibition opening November 6, 6pm-8pm. The exhibition will remain until Jan. 12.


Salinas Center for Arts & Culture