UW Bothell Veterans Hold Challenge Coin Ceremony

Published: June 4, 2014

Thirty-four graduating veterans were recognized during the Challenge Coin Ceremony sponsored by the Student Veterans Association (SVA) held June 4 on the UW Bothell campus. 
In today's modern military, "challenge coins" are presented by a unit commander in recognition of special achievement by a member of a unit. Each graduating veteran received a coin in appreciation for their military service and also their contributions as a student. Recipients are encouraged to keep them close, as a reminder of their time at UW Bothell.
Chancellor Wolf Yeigh said the military has recognized the need to care for each other after military service ends.  “This is the most active SVA I have ever seen,” Yeigh said. “They raised funds to build a veterans monument on campus.  Leaving the military and transitioning to civilian life while competing their degree requirements is a tremendous accomplishment.”
For the first time, UW Bothell graduating veterans will wear special commemorative stoles to honor their academic achievement and their military service. Yeigh  – a U.S. Navy veteran – was presented with the first stole. UW Bothell staff member Lisa Walker was presented with an honorary coin for helping the SVA design and obtain approval for the veterans’ stole. 
Here are the 2014 spring/summer student veteran graduates:
Ian Baello
Edward Callahan
Jahmil Cobb
Carla Damron
Earl Davis
Wendy Davis
Brandy Donaghy
Nate Drahota
Alex Dunne
Brad Grantz
Miles Hall
Tyler Hills
Amber Hopkins
Osman Karim
Kim Kendrick
Brad Lakey
Lemuel Lampton
Derek Lane
SVA President
Marcus Mickelson
SVA Marketing
Nathan Molsee
Gunnar Nelson
Jackie Nelson
Matthew Olson
Gregory Parker
Kathleen Pendleton
Mathew Petermeyer
Monica Pierce
Jia Qi
Jace Reed
Emily Rivera
Laura Savage
Michael Shaw
Reimundo “Chaz” Shaw
Nick Steen
SVA Secretary
Justin Strozyk
Michael Thom
SVA President
Brian White
Dan Yourkoski