Cal U Plans 46th Veterans Dinner

Oct 25, 2019

The annual event will be held Nov. 7 in the Performance Center


Note: The location of the dinner has been changed. The event will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Performance Center, which is located on the third floor of the Natali Student Center.



T. David Garcia, Cal U’s first vice president of Enrollment Management, will be the guest speaker at the 46th annual Veterans Day dinner Nov. 7.

Hosted by the Cal U Veterans Club, the dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. .

Garcia, who started at Cal U in March, has more than 28 years of higher education experience at four different institutions. 

Through the assistance of military benefits from the Ohio Army National Guard, he is the first of eight children from his family to earn a college degree.

Garcia served six years in the 148th Bravo Company located in Bowling Green, Ohio. From 1987 to 1993, he served as an infantry soldier and completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, in Georgia. Garcia earned the rank of E-4 Specialist before being honorably discharged after serving his commitment.

“Dave’s ‘student-first’ approach to success and his commitment to our veterans on campus and building a sense of community made him an ideal choice for this year’s guest speaker,” said Robert Prah, director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. “He is sincerely concerned with not only helping recruit veterans to come to Cal U but also in seeing they do well here and after they graduate.

“He certainly adds to our dinner’s longstanding list of distinguished speakers.

Cal U students are admitted free; so are Cal U alumni who are current or former service members. Cost for all guests is $15. Checks should be made payable to SAI-Vets Club.

Reservations are required; deadline to register is Nov. 4. To make a reservation or inquire about payment options, email or call 724-938-4076.

Banners honoring Cal U veterans also will be displayed on campus.