November 11, 2020
Bowie State University expresses our deepest gratitude to all who have served in the United States Armes Forces. Your service to our country has provided all of us with the ability to be free and to be able to pursue those rights detailed in the United States Constitution. It has been thruogh your efforts and commitment to our country that we remain free and strong, and that our nation continues to lead the world.
Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice.Thank you for demonstrating to the rest of us the best America has to offer.
We celebate your service each year at our Veterans Day Celebration. During the days of COVID-19 we wanted to remember all who have served. We have included as part of our rememberances the symbol of the Table of the Fallen. We cannot move forward without our memories, our respect and our honor.
The Table of the Fallen
The table set for one that is off on its own - it is reserved to honor our fallen comrades in arms. This symbolizes that they are with us, here in spirit. We should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation's call to serve and served the cause of freedom in a special way. We are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured the agonies of pain, deprivation and death.
I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table.
- The table is round - to show our everlasting concern for our fallen comrades.
- The tablecloth is white - symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
- The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of our fallen comrades, and the loved ones and friends of these comrades who keep the faith.The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to remember our fallen comrades.
- A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those who will never return.
- A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by the families of those who have sacrificed all.
- The Holy Book represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country.
- The glass is inverted, they cannot be with us at this time.
- The chair is empty because they are no longer with us.
The Bowie State University Military Resource Center
The Military Resource Center (MRC) serves the military student population attending the university by providing linkages to resources and programs designed to assist in their pursuit of a college degree. The MRC, located in the Thurgood Marshall Library was partially funded through a grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and generous support from the colleges and schools of the university.
The MRC is designed to be a Point of Contact for veterans and active duty military personnel and their dependents. The primary goals are:
- Assistance and guidance: The MRC provides support in the resolution of issues and concerns that a student may have in navigating through their academic career. It assists the student in identifying the appropriate method for resolution and provides assistance and direction in acquiring the solution. The MRC works closely with the university’s academic and student services offices to assist the student in creating the pathway to a resolution. The MRC established linkages with all of the various offices to ensure a seamless resolution pathway.
- Networking: The MRC is designed to be a Point of Contact for students and veterans. It is a centralized location of information and for the interaction of veterans and the military community. The MRC maintains useful and informative material and resources which are available for assistance as well as an environment which is comfortable for social interaction.
- Student Organization: The MRC is the home of the Student Veterans Association. This organization serves as an advocacy and social entity for the veteran students at Bowie State.
The MRC is working to serve as a community hub in the Bowie Maryland region for veterans and their families. The university understands the importance of being a good community partner on this and many other issues in order to enhance the understanding of and solutions for situations and issues that impact this our student veterans.
External agencies are incorporated into the community and assist in its evolution and contribute into the development of a functional community that serves the needs of the veterans. The recruitment of external funding sources also allows the MRC to be more flexible in providing services to veterans and their dependents.
Bowie State University is only at the beginning of its program for those who serve or have served in the military and their dependents. We will continue to work to evolve the MRC and other programs that serve the military population and the greater community. We have completed the first of many steps in providing our students with the support they need and deserve.
Yellow Ribbon School
Bowie State University is a Yellow Ribbon School. This designation provides a select number of students who meet the criteria for a Yellow Ribbon School to receive matching financial support. Please refer to the US Department of Veteran Affairs information on the the Yellow Ribbon program and the information on the BSU Yellow Ribbon program for more information.
- 301 860-3997
The Military Resource Center is located on the main floor of the Thurgood Marshall Library in Suite 1126. Our hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 8 am - 6 pm and Fridays, 8 am - 5 pm.