It’s true, at San Diego State we like veterans. We like active-duty military too. But we have a special place in our hearts for those who are finished with their military careers and are on a path to their new lives and careers. The executive director of SDSU’s Alumni Association, Jim Herrick, blogs about veterans in his blog, Directly Speaking
Looking out my window from our temporary Manchester Hall digs I get to take in some of the daily happenings which make working on a college campus so rewarding. Whether it is the Associated Student Council politicians holding fort, students debating zealots, or Greeks hawking baked goods for charities, the scene is always dynamic.
Today I am witness to a video production of one of our more celebrated students, Nick Popaditch. I have to duck outside to see what this is all about and discover that our marketing and communications department is creating a video designed to encourage support for SDSU. At least that is what Nick seems to be trying to do take after take.
What I marvel at is how anything can be considered daunting or even challenging to him given what life has already thrown at him. Nick Popaditch, as you may know, lost an eye, most of his vision and very nearly his life in 2004 during combat in Fallujah when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded next to his head. For his innovative combat tactics and leadership even when wounded, Popaditch received the Silver Star, the military’s third-highest award for valor. His subsequent book which describes his service and transition back into civilian life is absolutely a must read. MORE …