SVA and Tau Sigma Come Together for Soldiers Overseas

Shadia Judeh

November 29th, 2017

SVA and Tau Sigma Come Together For Holidays – Photo Credit: Illustrator Ware

The Student Veterans Alliance is hosting yet another holiday event in which they will be giving back to the soldiers who are overseas. SVA will be collaborating with Zeta Tau, SXU’s chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society for transfer students.

The two organizations will be hosting the Homemade Christmas Cards with our Veterans event on Thursday, November 29 from 11:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M.

The event will take place in the  Student Veteran Resource Center near the help desk in the Warde Academic Center building.

The idea of the event is to create homemade Christmas cards for soldiers overseas and have them sent over.

The mission of the SVA stated on the DEN states, “The mission of the SVA at SXU is to advocate for and assist student veterans and their families.

We promote camaraderie through community outreach, social support, and a commitment to academic and professional success.”

The mission of Tau Sigma stated on the DEN states, “The mission of Tau Sigma is to recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of all transfer students.”

Associate Director of Transfer and Partnerships at SXU, Eileen T. Luce, provided additional information and insight about the special event.

“I work very closely with SXU’s Veterans’ Compliance Officer, Gricelda Gonzalez. Tau Sigma and the SVA have the same objective which is “Student Involvement.”       Gricelda and I are always looking for events or activities in which both groups can benefit,” said Luce.

The homemade card event isn’t new to Tau Sigma, “In the past, the Tau Sigma group has made homemade cards for Valentine’s Day in which the proceeds went to Misericordia. This was a very successful event so we are hoping the same is true for the Veterans Christmas Card event,” said Luce.

For those interested, Ellen Scheiner, a coworker of Luce’s, has agreed to help demonstrate how to make the cards. Scheiner is also willing to “pre-cut” all the materials needed for the project.

Freshman, Ryan Dalton said, “I will be stopping by to make a card. It’s the least I could do for the soldiers who risk their lives for us every day.”

Each participant will be given a soldier to write to. “I was given a name of a soldier who has never received any mail so hopefully this small gesture will lift her spirits,” said Luce.

The cards will be sent over for the soldiers for Christmas and Luce believes that making the cards benefits everyone, “I believe the students who do participate in this event will have a sense of pride knowing that they can bring a smile to our military folks oversees.” 

“I am hoping that the card making event brings some joy to our military personnel who are missing their families especially this time of year,” said Luce

For more information on the Homemade Christmas Cards event, students can contact the SVA or Tau Sigma via the DEN or email.

Eileen Luce can be contacted at on behalf of Tau Sigma, or Gricelda Gonzalez at on behalf of the SVA.             

Shadia Judeh

News Reporter

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