University of Evansville

Veterans Affairs

The University, in cooperation with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, participates in a variety of educational benefit programs for veterans, active service members, and their families.

Veterans Day Celebration

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Special guest Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry

  • 1986 graduate of the University of Evansville
  • Brigadier general and assistant adjutant general, Nevada Air National Guard
  • Co-founder of Guardian Quest, a world-class training solutions company
  • Retired assistant chief of police, Reno Police Department

Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry has committed his life to inspire those around him to find their hidden potential. Berry has been a champion of leadership, diversity, organizational change, and individual personal growth for over 25 years. His goal is to help people understand their Ayoba, the awesomeness and potential that we all have within. Brigadier General Berry has spoken to many diverse audiences, and is on a quest to leave this world better than he found it!

Schedule of Events

Keynote speaker: Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry

  • 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Wheeler Concert Hall, Krannert Hall of Fine Arts, University of Evansville

The campus community, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Veterans Day on campus for our annual Veterans Day service. A light luncheon reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Krannert Hall of Fine Arts.

An Honest Discussion About Inclusion

  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Led by Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry and LaNeeca Williams, UE’s diversity and equity officer
  • Room, 272, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration

University faculty, staff, and administration are invited. Inclusion is about living full lives and learning to work together. Inclusion makes the world our classroom for life. Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community. Inclusion is about our abilities our gifts and how to share them. Inclusion is NOT just one issue. Your University experience allows you many opportunities to develop inclusion consciousness that will better prepare you for work, life, and social skill sets, that allow you to be your best self. This discussion will explore the mind-set, heart-set, skill-set and tool-sets that can add value to your students’ and your own personal life. Different tactics, techniques, and tools, will be discussed so that all feel included and valued at the University.

What Are You Doing With What You Know?

  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry
  • Vectren Lecture Hall, Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science

The campus and Evansville community are invited for this special presentation. Brigadier General Berry will talk about what it means to unleash your full potential and live beyond how you may define leadership. He will discuss what it really means to be your BEST (Brand, Exposure, Structure, Taking Charge) and will discuss his reasoning for writing on the topic of Ayoba (the Spirit of Awesomeness). Those who attend will be challenged to raise their leadership standards, to develop AIM points for life, and recognize the importance of strategic agility.

Events Sponsored by: the Office of Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Veterans Affairs