November 11, 2020

Celebrating Veterans Day 2020

Meet two of our veteran students

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has a long-standing commitment to serve and support the needs of veterans and military students. We are proud to be designated a Military Friendly® School for 11 consecutive years, but we are even more proud of each one of our veteran and military students for their service to our country and contributions to our campus community. In honor of Veterans Day 2020, we’d like to introduce you to two of these very special students.

Alexa Henderson, Communicating Arts Major

Alexa Henderson, originally from Greenfield, Minn., served in the Air Force for four years from 2014-2018 and ended her enlistment as a senior airman (E4). Serving at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and Fort Meade, Maryland, she was a public affairs photojournalist. Alexa also worked with Operation Christmas Drop, the longest running humanitarian effort by the U.S. Department of Defense.

“I think my service in the military made me more goal oriented,” she said. “I now have an idea of where I want to go and what I want to be. I also have a very firm sense of self and feel the military helped me learn how to relate to people from everywhere and all walks of life.”

A communicating arts major, Henderson said she plans to be one of the first students to graduate from UW-Superior’s new multimedia journalism program, which begins next fall.

“Veterans Day to me feels like a day I get to celebrate a big part of myself with my fellow friends who have served with me,” she said. “Sometimes it feels weird, like when I get thanked for my service, and I don’t really want to be thanked as much as I’d love for people to educate themselves on how the military works and its purpose.”

 

Bryce Meverden, Physical Education Major  

Bryce Meverden came to UW-Superior after serving six years in the Army, with a one-year deployment to Afghanistan and Kuwait. Meverden had a Military Occupational Specialty of Heavy Construction Equipment Operator, playing an important role in road and base construction projects.

After completing his enlistment, Meverden came to UW-Superior to earn a bachelor’s degree with a physical education major and coaching minor. He also landed a spot on the Yellowjackets baseball team.

"I was looking around and found UW-Superior – I wanted to play baseball, too, for fun, and to see what I could do," he said. "I walked in January of 2018 before the semester started and I didn't even know Frank Pufall was the coach until I got here. Seeing him, I was like, 'Can I play baseball [for you]?' So, it was nice to see him as a coach that I knew previously and be able to get on the team.”

"Being older and having his military experience, there is no doubt that Mev brings a very valuable perspective to the team and campus," Pufall said.

Undoubtedly Meverden’s military experience has helped him navigate the COVID-related challenges of the past year. “I hope the team will be able to have a spring season and build upon the success the program has had in recent years,” he said.

 

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