Saturday, June 12, 2010
Digital banners scrolled "Military Appreciation Day" as the players signed footballs, chatted with veterans, and everyone took pictures underneath the goal posts.
After leaving the heat of the field, everyone headed up to the 5th floor banquet room of the University Center C. As they stepped off the elevator they were greeted by the Charles Atkins band, open bar, and a seemingly endless buffet of pulled pork, hotdogs, wings, potato salad, chicken salad, deviled eggs, peach cobbler, and cookies
Once eating settled down, everyone was ready to dance. The Charles Atkins band cranked things up and everyone crowded around to dance and enjoy themselves. When things finally wound down, veterans walked away with gift bags from FSU's athletic department containing FSU polos and FSU hats. Everyone left the night feeling like a true Seminole!
Watch our videos from the tailgate here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELqsNFTeRCA
and watch footage of everyone gettin' down here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlm4G0KkzEI
As always, there are more photos from the event on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=13875024379&ref=ts
Friday, June 11, 2010
In this interview with veteran Alan Jones, you can hear him talk about his anticipation for tonight, as well as his career and future business plans. Find the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr5Qx327nxA
In other news, EBV was highlighted early Friday morning on NPR in this 4 minute audio clip: http://www.cob.fsu.edu/ebv/bootcamp0611d.mp3
And finally, we continue to top Tallahassee news with more coverage of our program found here: http://www.cob.fsu.edu/ebv/Democratarticle6-11-10.pdf
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We also had a chance to catch up with Ray Toenniessen of Syracuse's EBV program. Here Ray talks about the future of the EBV program and other sister programs that are in the works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqJ0GlR_-5c
In other news, EBV has hit the headlines with a bang!
Check out veteran Josh Cruce in this WTXL feature (local ABC station): http://www.wtxl.tv/global/story.asp?s=12616482
CBS news also showed up to our first day of class, check it out here: http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/95994704.html
Make sure you're keeping up with Facebook to catch all of the news as well: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=13875024379&ref=ts
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday June 8th kicked off our 2010 EBV program (www.cob.fsu.edu/ebv) and boy did things start with a bang. All 21 of our veterans have arrived safe and sound, many to an Army/Air Force greeting along with cameras from our local ABC station and volunteers at the Tallahassee airport. The veterans’ day began immediately as they were shuttled over to the hotel where they filled out information packets, took headshots, got their room keys, and headed to orientation before the opening ceremony.
As 5:30 rolled around, the veterans, volunteers, and EBV guests made their way up to Level 8 at the Hotel Duval (www.hotelduval.com) for the opening ceremony to kick off the week. After a brief cocktail hour sprinkled with chicken salad on toasted plantains, coconut shrimp, and fried gator tail, guests settled down for house salads and a buffet including barbeque chicken, tropical mahi mahi, steak, mashed potatoes and rice. Dinner was followed by a selection of orange cheesecake, key-lime pie, and a scrumptious chocolate cake.
Even better than the food; however, was the special guest performance by country star Michael Peterson. Peterson performed a variety of songs that brought on both laughter and tears as he talked about his own entrepreneurial dreams of being a singer/songwriter and his appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans made. You can check out some footage from the event here: www.youtube.com/user/COBFSU.