John Carroll University hosted its first ever Military Appreciation Day this week. On Saturday, Sept. 24, sophomore Nicholas Reis teamed up with a variety of groups within the JCU community and hosted a day’s worth of events that celebrated the United States military.
Reis and his cohort invited the John Carroll community to join them in commemorating the armed services through a variety of activities, from a cookout at the campus tennis courts to spreading information about nationwide fundraising efforts that benefit fallen service members and their families. The event received positive participation from the ROTC program, the Carroll Crazies and the JCU Veterans Association.
The Carroll News commends the initiative taken by Reis, and believes that his efforts exemplify one of John Carroll University’s strong suits as a small institution– any student on campus has the ability to create and make an impact within the community. There is little, if any, bureaucratic red tape to wade through in our small, private liberal arts college in comparison to larger universities.
The faculty and staff at John Carroll University deserve to be commended for their receptiveness and interest in the ambitions of their students. Anyone can come to this university, identify a necessary change and make their mark within the community with relative ease.
The case of the University’s first military appreciation day serves as a perfect example– a student at John Carroll University, has the ability to reach out to an enthusiastic institution and spearhead a movement about which they are passionate. Hopefully, the University continues to see similar initiatives in years to come.