For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771


Touro University California Honors Our Veterans with a Virtual Veterans Day Celebration

Vallejo, Calif. (Nov 5, 2020):  Touro University California (TUC) invites you to join its virtual Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, November 11 from 12 to 1 p.m. via Zoom. TUC Military Club President and Master of Ceremonies, Kevin Calvelo, will host a packed program celebrating our veterans through poetry, music and special guest speakers including US District 5 Congressman Mike Thompson, California District 3 Senator Bill Dodd and Vallejo City Councilmembers Pippin Dew and Rozzana Verder-Aliga. There will also be a moment of silence in honor of our departed veterans followed by taps led by a bugler from the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. This event is free, and all are welcome to join us as we celebrate the men and women who have kept our country safe throughout the years.

Special guests include:

  • Congressman Mike Thompson, US House of Representatives, District 5
  • Senator Bill Dodd, California Senate, District 3
  • Pippin Dew, Vallejo City Councilmember
  • Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Vallejo City Councilmember
  • Captain Cassandra Meredith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, California Army National Guard 1-184th Infantry Behavioral Health Officer and Veteran Affair Caregiver Support Coordinator
  • Shelley Berkley, TUC CEO and Senior Provost
  • Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, TUC Provost and Chief Academic Officer


  • Our honored veteran service men and women
  • Interested members of the community
  • TUC faculty, staff, and students

WHERE: Free event via Zoom:

WHEN: Wednesday November 11, 2020, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

WHY: On November 11, the country takes a moment to honor and thank past and active military members. TUC is especially grateful for Mare Island’s rich naval history and the contributions of the Navy men and women who worked at the former hospital on the island that now makes up current campus buildings.

About the Touro College and University System: Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent, graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The University, home to approximately 19,000 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff, and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.

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About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: