BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday to welcome a new student center at LSU.
The grand opening ceremony for the new William A. Brookshire Military & Veterans Student Center was held on Wednesday, January 31. Governor John Bel Edwards joined LSU President F. King Alexander, as well as members of the university and veteran community, for the grand opening.
The new student center is located on Veterans Drive right next to Barnes & Noble. It will support veterans, active military, reservists, guardsmen, and their dependents.
"We're all here because we love this state; we love this university; we love, honor, and respect our veterans. For me to be able to be here as a veteran myself, I could not be more excited to cut the ribbon on this veterans student center, and it wouldn't be possible without the generous support from Dr. William A. Brookshire and the family," said Edwards.
Brookshire is an LSU chemical engineering Ph.D. graduate. The facility will transform how LSU supports, recruits, and retains veterans.
"We commend the sacrifices our veterans have made in the spirit of peace and freedom for our nation. As such, we pledge LSU's never-ending support of their academic efforts. Placing the William A. Brookshire Military & Veterans Student Center front and center on our campus is a visible reminder of the very real debt we owe them," said Alexander.
The new facility features a computer lab, meeting rooms, and offices. The center aims to help veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors succeed in higher education and in getting jobs. LSU is currently home to almost 500 veteran students and 1,630 undergraduate dependents.
"Now, we as veterans have taken off our uniforms and entered a new arena. From the battlefields, the oceans, and skies, we have now entered the classroom. Here's where we make our next stand and complete the next mission in our life," said Mark Frank, president of Student Veterans of LSU.
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