June 4, 2015
SNHU and Operation Homefront Honor Military Spouses in San Diego
On Saturday, May 30, 2015, SNHU and Operation Homefront welcomed over 150 military spouses to a gala event at The Lafayette Hotel in San Diego, Calif. One of five SNHU-sponsored homefront celebrations for military spouses and their families, the evening also featured the awarding of a $5,000 SNHU scholarship to military spouse Shelly Villa.
A Hollywood-themed gala, keynote speaker Dr. Wil Zemp, SNHU chief of staff, compared the attending military spouses to the heroes of Hollywood. Emphasizing the absence of a scriptwriter in the everyday lives of military spouses, Dr. Zemp also remarked that many spouses are also devoid of a supporting cast.
"Heroes supply miracles,” said Dr. Zemp, himself a combat wounded leader and retired army Colonel of 25 years. “It was my wife that was with me...and there are a lot of heroes here."
The evening concluded with the presentation of a $5,000 SNHU scholarship to Villa. She spoke of her positive experience with Operation Homefront and SNHU, reflecting on her all-day VIP experience, which included a new dress, hair styling, manicure and make-up consultation. While trying on dresses that morning, she quietly remarked she never had a wedding dress. Both organizations were honored to supply Villa with one at last.
Ranked among the top 15 percent of military-friendly schools nationwide, SNHU offers discounts of up to 30 percent for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses, as well as a generous transfer policy and consideration for military training and experience. SNHU further demonstrates its commitment to its military servicemembers and their families by providing dedicated academic and career advisors with personal military experience to support military students’ success every step of the way in their academic journeys and beyond.
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Timothy Woodward grew up in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and writing in California and an MFA in Fiction from SNHU.