Salute to Service
Nov. 1 - 11, 2021

Salute to Service 2021

Show our support for all who serve

Salute to service

Individuals who volunteer to serve in our country’s military or in the communities they live in are often motivated by a strong desire to help, protect and give back to others. Arizona State University honors all these men and women who put service above self in both their professional and personal lives. That is what our Salute to Service week is all about. Come celebrate with us and thank them for their sacrifices.


Events to support all who serve

Salute to Service concert | Nov. 2, 2021


Teddy Swims | Headline performer

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After dedicating his life to music as a kid, Teddy Swims—a.k.a. Atlanta native Jaten Dimsdale—unassumingly knocked on the door of stardom and claimed the payoff of a decades-long grind in 2019. Broadcasting covers from a bedroom studio, he lit up the Internet with hundreds of millions of views and a following of over 4 million. That was just the first step though. Teddy fashioned a show-stopping signature style out of soaring soul, intimate R&B, rock energy, and hip-hop swagger all uplifted by his earthquaking vocals. Leaving tastemakers such as American Songwriter, Billboard, Flaunt, and Idolator and idols like Shania Twain speechless, Rolling Stone christened him a 2021 "Artist To Watch.” During this time, he went from singing covers of his favorite artists on YouTube to performing his own original music The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  

Teddy continues to spread his wings, unveiling his 2021 debut graphic novel, Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song [Z2 Comics] and hitting the road with GRAMMY® Award-winning Zac Brown Band for a series of stadium gigs. In between, he released his 2021 debut EP Unlearning to critical acclaim. However, he only picks up the pace with the Tough Love EP in 2022 supported by his massive “Tough Love” World Tour.

Samara Cyn | Opening act


Samara Cyn has quickly deviated herself from the average up-and-comer with her magnetic energy and live performances. Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Cyn found her passion for music in Phoenix while attending Arizona State University. Now, after graduating in May 2021, she performs, records, and writes music across the city. She has shown incredible potential and growth in just a few years, best showcased by her neo-soul style on her recent EP “Vol.1 Tape2”. She has performed in several notable venues in Arizona, including Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar (Downtown Phoenix), Arizona State University, Aura (Tempe), Solar Culture (Tucson) and more. Cyn aims to inspire and entertain her audience through lyrical storytelling and word play on classic styles with a modern spin.

Salute to Service concert event sponsored by Canon, ASU Alumni and ASU Alumni Veterans Chapter


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ASU Events

Event highlight

Salute to Service special event: Movies on the Field

ASU 365 Community Union and Salute to Service present Movies on the Field at Sun Devil Stadium with Disney’s "Raya and the Last Dragon". Bring a blanket, sit on the grass and enjoy your favorite films on the big screen under the stars.

Registration opening soon. 

Salute to Service: Movies on the Field sponsored by TriWest


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Salute to Service Events

Military Flag Display

West campus will move the military flags to the 1st floor of UCB to show support for the military affiliated students faculty and staff.

November 1-30 - Ongoing
No registration

Sun Devils Serve

The ASU Alumni Association and the Veterans Alumni Chapter recognizes our Sun Devil alumni who have served their countries and communities. As part of Salute to Service, we are thanking our alumni who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Peace Corps, Teach for America, in local nonprofits, as first responders, or in community volunteering. Tell us your service story to get your Sun Devils Serve sticker and tell your fellow Sun Devil alums who have served to do the same!

October 5, 2021 - November 30, 2021 - virtual

Letter Writing Tabling

Students can write letters to Veterans, quiz themselves on the different branches of the military and learn some facts about Vets at ASU.

November 2, 2021 Noon - 2 p.m. In-Person at Taylor Mall and Changemaker Central
No registration required

Salute to Service Book Talks - Elements of Student Success

Join us as two veterans converse on their newly published work. Shawn Banzhaf will talk about his book, The Five L's, A Practical Guide for Helping Loved Ones Heal After Trauma. Frank Molinar will talk about his book, Financial Dominance. Attend in person at our new center at Sun Devil Stadium or join us via zoom.

November 1, 2021 - 4 — 5 p.m.

Thank a Vet

West campus will place a door in Fletcher Library with index cards allowing people to add the card to the door thanking people for thier service.

Nov. 1 -7 library hours
No registration required

Salute to Service Blood Drive

Honor our service members, first responders and front line medical professionals by making a blood donation. Schedule your donation through the Vitalant registration portal using the code ASUPHXSERVE. You will also have the opportunity to write a thank you note to a veteran at the local Veterans' Administration medical center.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 9 a.m - 1 p.m.

Thank you for your service letter writing

Students, Faculty and Staff will have th opportunity to write letters to people thanking them for their service to the community.

November 2, 2021 - 3 — 5 p.m.
No pre registration necessary.


"I feel the need for speed!" Bring a blanket and come watch the original "Top Gun" movie in honor of Salute2Service week! Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, and Kelly McGillis star in this classic movie about courage and being the best in class.

Nov. 2 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
No registration required

Red Poppy Craft Celebration

Student can make their own red poppy pins or choose premade ones to wear in acknowledgement of veterans.

November 2, 2021 - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. In- Person at Taylor Mall
No registration required

Veteran Focused Employer Showcase

As a part of Salute to Service week, this event is an opportunity for veterans to hear from the Social Security Administration, Windom Securities, and Mayo Clinic who have put a focus on hiring and retaining veterans in their organization. Each employer will have a chance to give a brief but in depth presentation on their company, their hiring process and how to be successful, and finally why they choose veterans. You, as the attendee, will have a chance to network and ask your questions for each employer and meet some of your fellow peers.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4-5:30 p.m

American Exile Screening event

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 3rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a preview screening of “American Exile,” a film about brothers Manuel and Valente Valenzuela who volunteered and fought in Vietnam and were then deported fifty years later. The event will take place in the Ventana Ballroom, located inside the Memorial Union on ASU’s Tempe campus. The event will also be live streamed via Zoom should you wish to attend virtually. Followed by panel discussion. Panelists Adam Estle, Vice President of Field and Constituencies at the National Immigration Forum, Tomas Robles, Co-Executive Director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), Bardis Vakili, Senior Staff Attorney for ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties and John Valadez, documentary filmmaker, will discuss issues surrounding our veterans and immigration.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. followed by panel discussion led by Dr. Irasema Coronado, Director of the School of Transborder Studies at ASU.


Join the ASU Esports Association for this free event of video games, music and fun! Special guests: Corey Lajoie, Nascar Cup Series driver and Keegan Leahy, 2021 Enascar Coca-Cola Iracing Series Champion

November 4, 2021 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. In person
No registration required

Herberger Institute #CreaTable meal and live performances

#CreaTable is a community meal - we believe that when we come together in our shared values of creativity, innovation and social embeddedness, we can make meaningful change in every realm of life. Let’s share a meal together and enjoy the talent of Herberger Institute students from the School of Music, Dance and Theatre during our live performances! Local food trucks will have meals available for purchase. Join us at the Nelson Fine Arts Plaza.

November 4, 2021 noon - 2 p.m. In person
No registration required

Veteran Fitness Test

Join at at the Downtown campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex basketball courts for the Military Fitness Pop Up. People will have the opportunity to challenge themselves to see if they can complete the basic training essentials.

November 4, 2021 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. In-person
No registration required

Salute to Service Transfer Fair

ASU and the Pat Tillman Veterans Center are here to help prepare you for your academic journey as you consider transitioning from service to school.

Join us to learn more about the application process, using benefits at ASU, popular programs, transfer credit pathways, and the Pat Tillman Veterans Center. Stay for Q&A after the event with staff from Admission Services and the PTVC

Thursday, November 4, 2021 4-5:30 p.m

Write Letters to Vets

Take a moment to stop by Changemaker @West campus and thank a veteran for thier service. Your words of encouragment and thanks make a difference to those who are part of our armed forces.

No registration

Arizona Military Leaders Panel Discussion/Luncheon

Senior military leaders will discuss the implications of the returning great power competition and the impact on the United States. They will also discuss why service and sacrifice matters at this pivotal moment in our country's history. Panelists represent all or most U.S. Military Services and will bring different perspectives from each service.

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 12-2:15 p.m.

Salute to Service Panel Discussion Luncheon with Arizona Military Leaders

Panel discussion 1: Great Power Competitiion: Russia and China. Senior military leaders will discuss the implications of the returning great power competition and the impact on the United States. Panelists represent all or most U.S. Military Services and will bring different perspectives from each service.

Panel discussion 2: Why We Serve. Arizona military senior enlisted advisors will define the nature of what it means to serve in the military today, and why that service and sacrifice matters to our nation at this pivotal moment in our country’s history.

Friday, November 5, 2021 - Doors open at 11:30 a.m. | Panel 1: noon - 1 p.m. | Panel 2: 1:15 p.m.

Family Weekend 2021

Celebrate Sun Devil spirit, pride and tradition with fun for the whole family at this annual event. Connect with families from your studt's college and campus, get game-day ready at the Family Block Party, hike A Mountain, and more.

In-person/virtual hybrid event

November 5-7, 2021 - All day

Sparky's Pep Rally

The day before each game, tune in online to Sparky’s Pep Rally! Hear commentary on the week’s opponent from Sun Devil advocates Joe Healey, Speak of the Devils cohost, and Rob Reyes, known as “Jedi ASU,” with guest appearances from former athletes and coaches.

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 4-5 p.m.

Salute to Service CLAS Celebration

Join The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for our annual Salute to Service event honoring families with a legacy of service. Following the program, all guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments and active duty military and veterans will receive a free t-shirt.

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 4-5:30 p.m

Sparky's Touchdown Tailgate Salute to Service

Amp up for kickoff with the premier pregame experience for ASU fans. Show up for the live entertainment, military displays, food trucks, a beer garden, giveaways and special appearances by the Sun Devil Marching Band and Sparky. Food and drink available for purchase. Tailgate will be three hours prior to kickoff. Sparky's Touchdown Tailgates are free and Veterans' Administration medical center.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 3 hours prior to kickoff until kickoff

ASU vs. USC Salute to Service Football Game

Enjoy Sun Devil Football as we highlight service with a pre-game parachute jump, National Anthem with 1/4 field size flag and a number of in-game recognitions.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 TBD

Salute to Service Flag Football Tournament

Come watch the three ROTC units and students from the Pat Tillman Veteran’s Center compete for the coveted Dean’s Cup in this annual flag football tournament. Hosted by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Student and Academic Programs, Paul LePore

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 11 a.m 

Salute to Service Transfer Fair

ASU and the Pat Tillman Veterans Center are here to help prepare you for your academic journey as you consider transitioning from service to school.

Join us to learn more about the application process, using benefits at ASU, popular programs, transfer credit pathways, and the Pat Tillman Veterans Center. Stay for Q&A after the event with staff from Admission Services and the PTVC

Monday, November 8 2,021 - 10 - 11:30 a.m.

How Veterans' Skill Sets Advance the Culture of Innovation

Join ASU Lightworks and an esteemed panel of military veterans for a discussion moderated by prior service US Marine and Business Development Manager for The Innovation Accelerator @ ASU LightWorks, Ryan Klenner, as they explore the (seemingly) innate skill sets present among military veterans and how when “activated” can influence the culture of innovation -- expanding the continuum of service.

November 9, 12 - 1:00 PM

Proud to highlight

Cliff Vellucci | retired Marine Corp

2012 graduate, education major

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, Air Force

2020 graduate, Public service and public policy major

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.


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