May 24, 2018
Reception 5:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
UCI Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697
Service Dress or Business Attire
The Veteran Appreciation Dinner is UCI’s end-of-the-year celebration honoring our deserving graduating veteran and military students as they prepare to embark on the next stages of their academic and professional careers.
Friends, family, campus allies, and military supporters are all invited to join us for dinner and express appreciation to our brave students for their service to our country. The dinner also gives us the opportunity to recognize the Veteran Student of the Year, Military Bridging the Gap scholarship recipients, Thomas T. Tierney Veteran Scholarship Awardees and this year's newest scholarship the Elliott Kornhauser Family Foundation Military Student Bridging the Gap Scholarship Awardee.
As CEO of Dynamic Vision International Inc., Eldonna Lewis Fernandez dispenses leadership, negotiation and communication training to corporate clients and small business owners internationally. Her business is built on a 23-year career as a contract specialist in the Air Force, where she negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of domestic and international contracts – everything from pens and paper to office machines, automotive parts and aircraft maintenance.
After retiring from the Air Force, Eldonna spent 10 years as a contracts administrator, negotiator and systems analyst for aerospace companies such as Raytheon, Sparta and Parsons. She worked with Raytheon and the U.S. Navy on the F-18 Radar program, and with Sparta and Parsons on satellite launch programs for the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Today, her corporate workshops and keynotes cover a variety of topics – everything from negotiating skills to leading effective meetings and becoming a self-leader, which she defines as “asking for what you want, and owning the power to stand up for yourself.”
The award-winning speaker and author is one of 69 Toastmaster Accredited Speakers worldwide. She enlivens every keynote, workshop or breakout session with games or simulations. “You remember it because you’re experiencing the information rather than passively listening to it,” she says.
Eldonna has written two books: Think Like A Negotiator ~ 50 Ways to Create Win Win Results by Understanding the Pitfalls to Avoid and GoPINK Rules of Engagement: 5 Foundational Principles for Taking Control of the Handlebars of Your Life. She also co-authored Heart of a Military Woman, a compilation of stories by, for, and about military women.
Among her many media credits, she has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Business, Fox News and CNN, and been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes and The Huffington Post.
Support Our Troops!
Help support student veterans by sponsoring a table at the Veteran Appreciation Dinner when you RSVP, or by giving to one of our Military Student Funds.
Our "Bridging the Gap" Scholarship Fund helps veteran students who may struggle with the gap between the limit of G.I. benefits and the actual cost of education, especially during those last few quarters. And our Programs Fund helps the Veteran Services Center host vital programs and services which expedite veteran student success and facilitate their transitions to an academic environment following military service.
Contributions of $1500, $2500, $3500, or more can really help veteran students pursue and achieve their academic and professional dreams. Please see our RSVP and/or GIVING pages for more information. Gifts and sponsorships made by campus departments with university funds are not tax-deductible.