UNC Charlotte is committed to providing programs and services that meet the needs of our veteran students. In observance of Veteran’s Week (Nov. 8 – 11), the University has prepared a full slate of activities for faculty, staff, students and members of the community to enjoy.
The UNC Charlotte Distinguished Speakers Forum and UNC Charlotte Veterans Club are proud to present military affairs journalist and author Richard Whittle at 7:00 PM, on Monday, Nov. 8, in McKnight Hall in Cone University Center. Whittle will describe the Marine Corps’s quarter-century struggle to get the Osprey heliplane into combat — at a cost of $22 billion and 30 lives — and the lessons we can all learn from it.
Richard Whittle is a journalist specializing in military affairs and the author of the recently published book “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey.” A regular contributor to the aviation magazine Rotor & Wing, from 1984-2006 Whittle covered the Pentagon and other beats in Washington for The Dallas Morning News. He previously covered defense and foreign policy for Congressional Quarterly magazine and was an editor at National Public Radio.
Whittle began his career as a reporter for The News and Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina, after graduate study in government at William & Mary College and in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and a wide range of other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared as an interview guest on C-SPAN, National Public Radio and The Daily Show.
The lecture will be free and open to the public. A meet-and-greet reception and book signing will follow. Click here for more information about the Distinguished Speakers Forum or call 704-687-5323.
Other events will include the Combat Paper Project (4-day event outside Rowe Arts Building), a faculty/staff flag football game, 24-hour run, student organizations “care backpack” collection, and a banquet. Click here for more information about Veterans’ Week events.
In the fall of 2009, UNC Charlotte joined the ranks of U.S. institutions providing tuition support for veterans who qualified for the new Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program. This program gives veterans the opportunity to continue their education or pass the benefits on to their dependents. In the 2010 spring term, eight graduate students and 26 undergraduate students enrolled using Yellow Ribbon Program funds, with a number of them receiving tuition assistance from University funds.
Additionally, Charlotte native Logan Cason was hired last spring as UNC Charlotte’s first advocate for military veterans. He served in the U.S. Army as a cavalry scout and graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Logan serves as an advocate for veterans and active military on campus, adviser to the Veteran’s Club, and works to foster a more inviting atmosphere for service members on campus.