Saint Joseph's University to Dedicate POW/MIA Chair of Honor

“One Empty Seat” will be held in Hagan Arena to honor missing soldiers.

Friday, September 11, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (September 11, 2015) – On Thursday, Sept. 17, Saint Joseph’s University will dedicate a special POW/MIA Chair of Honor in Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in the arena’s lobby.

The POW/MIA Chair of Honor program is an initiative that was created to help recognize and honor the more than 92,000 American soldiers who are unaccounted for since World War I. In more than 100 stadiums, arenas, cities and towns across the country, a single black chair is displayed between the American flag and POW/MIA Flag, held unoccupied in honor of the sacrifice made by the missing soldiers.

“Saint Joseph’s has a long history of supporting veterans, and this memorial shows that tradition in a very visible way,” says Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF), director of the University’s Office of Veterans Services. “The placement of the Chair of Honor in Hagan Arena reinforces the building’s history of remembering veterans, back to when it was called Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.”

Galati, a Silver Star recipient and former Vietnam prisoner of war, will speak at the event, along with U.S. Army veteran Andrew Colket, program administrator for SJU Veteran Services, and Joseph A. DiAngelo, Ed.D ’70, dean of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business.

The Saint Joseph's University Office of Veteran Services is committed to honoring those who have served our country by providing opportunities for education and career advancement. Veterans Services understands the unique needs of the veteran population and strives to create a welcoming environment for veterans and their families. The office designs and implements customized education programs and ensures that veterans gain access to all eligible federal, state and local programs and services, and is committed to preparing veterans for personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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