Student Veteran Association builds community, and an archway

Veterans Archway

The Veterans Archway recognizes the service that veterans have made and to celebrate the transition of veterans to academic and civilian life.

The new structure is a gift to the university and community by generous contributors. The project was 100 percent funded by donations, and no state or university money has been used. The Veterans Archway was conceived by students, but was not possible without the financial support of Hos Brothers Construction, American Legion Post 161, VFW Post 2995 and many other generous contributors.

“This memorial is a tangible gift that we can give to student veterans to say that they are appreciated and acknowledge their transition from active duty to student life, it is something permanent that we feel our student veterans have earned,” said Ben Wiselogle, Global Studies ’12, who served as co-chair of the Veterans Archway Committee.

On May 28, 2013, the UW Bothell campus welcomed veterans, elected officials, and the community to honor the commitment and sacrifice of student veterans to their country. The event was kicked off by Alexis Love, a UW Bothell student, who sang the Star Spangled Banner. Alexis’s father serves in the military and Alexis was honored to be part of the dedication.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene was the featured speaker at the dedication along with Commander Jim Broe from American Legion Post 161. Representatives from UW Bothell SVA and UW Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan also spoke at the event.

Veterans Archway

The Veterans Archway was organized and planned by the UW Bothell Student Veterans Association. It is located at the northeast corner of the Sports & Recreation field. It is a monument to honor student veterans; the design of the monument includes pillars that form a pathway signifying veterans moving on from service to the sculpted tri-fold American flag sitting atop the center stone. It also includes concrete pavers with engraved seals representing all U.S. military that were deployed.

The Veterans Archway will be a permanent fixture on campus to welcome veterans seeking an education. The project was designed and produced by landscape architect Rich VanDeMark of RVLA.