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Showing our support for ASU’s military families and all who serve
Individuals who volunteer to serve in our country’s military are often motivated by a strong desire to help, protect and give back to others — and this drive to serve often continues after their time in the military. Arizona State University honors all the brave and selfless men and women who serve and have served in the military, and we also want to recognize their families and all other individuals who serve their communities in various capacities. Thank you!
In celebration of Veterans Day, Arizona State University proudly honors veterans and active members of the military with an annual series of events across the metro Phoenix campuses. The ASU community is invited to attend all of the Salute to Service events, which include military appreciation events, performances, panel discussions and activities sponsored by student clubs.
Arizona State University is proud to celebrate our veteran population on this important day. In recognition of all those who serve, we share a small token of appreciation. On behalf of ASU’s Office of Admission Services and the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, thank you for your commitment, your bravery and your service. ASU honors the brave and selfless individuals who serve and have served in the military, their families, and those who serve their communities through public service.
Cliff Vellucci joined the Marine Corps at 18 years old, and after 25 years of service and a successful career he retired in 2007 and began his transition to civilian life. The transition wasn’t as easy as Cliff anticipated and he decided he needed something more. Which is why he returned to higher education to earn an education degree at Arizona State University.
During his time in the Marine Corps, Cliff had a passion for teaching and mentoring. He felt like he could be a good influence on kids and could encourage them to see that “their future could be something more than maybe what they see at the time.”
Now, as an assistant principal in an elementary school in Phoenix, Cliff continues his lifelong commitment to serve his community and has empowered himself to be a difference maker, while pursuing his passion of working with kids.
Marisa Von Holten’s Arizona State University journey took some unexpected turns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but her “can do” attitude, spirit of service and perseverance enabled her to not only finish her college degree but also transition to a new public service career.
The former Air Force medic switched majors “a couple of times” but eventually she found her degree at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, a bachelor of science in public service and public policy, with a focus on emergency management and homeland security, managed by the college’s School of Public Affairs.
As part of the degree program, Von Holten entered into an internship with the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management, which would lead to a job offer as an emergency management services planner, as the agency activated its emergency operations center to organize the county response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We recognize that dedication to service isn’t inherent only in members of the military and veterans — millions of everyday Americans find value and fulfillment in serving their communities. With the theme Salute to Service through service, ASU’s 2020 Salute to Service events are dedicated to all Americans who serve, whether on the front lines of combat or the front lines of improving their communities. Find the best way for you to honor a veteran: