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Rise and Shine virtual event, public art installation to honor service members on Veterans Day

Stock art of a service member in uniform saluting a flag, with a sun rising in the background. (Photo by Getty Images)
UTHealth Houston will host two events to honor its veterans on Veterans Day. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Veteran Community Network, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, invites the UTHealth Houston community to a virtual event to thank veterans, active military personnel, and military families for their service.

The annual Rise and Shine event will be held at 11:11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 on Vimeo. The live stream can be accessed by visiting

The presentation will include the National Anthem; messages from students, faculty, and staff who have served in the military; and a keynote address by Stephanie Ingram, a UTHealth Houston employee who has dedicated her career to providing peer support to veterans and their families.

If you require accommodations to access the Rise and Shine virtual event on Vimeo, please contact the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 713-500-CALL or by Monday, Nov. 8 so the office can make arrangements.

Following the event, the community is invited to visit the courtyard of the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge Street, to watch as a patriotic art installation is created on Veterans Day. The temporary exhibition will feature the names of veterans submitted by our trainees, faculty, and staff. Watch a time-lapse video later in the day on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

To submit the name(s) of people you would like to recognize as part of the art installation, please fill out an online form. Honorees can be anyone you wish to thank for their service: co-workers, students, friends, or family. Names can be submitted online through Monday, Nov. 8. 

Additional celebrations 

The Veteran Community Network invites all veterans on campus to also grab a free coffee and breakfast item, courtesy of UTHealth Houston Auxiliary Enterprises on Veterans Day morning, at any of the RG Grill locations. Just mention that you are a veteran when you check our to receive the small token of our appreciation on Nov. 11. 

Red, white, and blue 

As a reflection of our unwavering support of veterans, employees and students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on Thursday, Nov. 11. Participating individuals and teams are welcome to submit photos to the social media team to share on our university channels.  

For UT Physicians clinics, no jeans are permitted. For questions related to the dress code, please speak with your direct supervisor.  

Interested in getting involved with the Veteran Community Network? 

Check out the UTHealth Houston Veteran Community Network. The network is open to all our community members who are veterans or active service members, and their spouses or dependents, as well as all who consider themselves to be supporters of the military. More information on the group is available online. 

As a strong advocate for veterans, UTHealth Houston has a specific pathway to assist veterans in matching their military careers with openings at the university. Do you know a former service member interested in a career with us? Guide them to the university's veteran jobs page to learn more about the program and hear from the Many Veterans at UTHealth Houston about their experiences.  

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