May 30, 2019
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.
Jack William IV’s story starts in Georgia, where he graduated from high school in 2004 before attending Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he intended to seek a journalism degree to continue in his family’s newspaper business. After the fall semester of 2005, he dropped out of college to enlist in the Marine Corps. Jack enlisted in January 2006 as an infantryman, attended basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and because his name was after “S” in the alphabet, was ordered to report for advanced infantry training at Camp Pendleton, California. Jack trained as an infantry anti-armor missleman, and reported in July 2006 to his permanent duty station at 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, California, at which post he served until the end of his service in 2010.
Jack deployed twice. First, in 2007, he joined his unit and attachments for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Okinawa, Japan, during which time the MEU’s mission was to protect the United States’ interest in the pacific region and to maintain relations with its allies. Jack turned 21 aboard a naval vessel bound for South Korea. Consistent with Marine Corps tradition, he caught a platoon beating to celebrate, and then took a cold shower.
In 2009, Jack deployed with 2/1 for combat operations in Ninevah and Anbar provinces, Iraq. He served first as a turret gunner, and then a squad leader in the conduct of mounted and foot patrols throughout his unit’s area of operations.
Upon returning home from Iraq in August, 2009, Jack enrolled in Saddleback College for courses to begin in Spring, 2010. The GI Bill had only just been implemented as of the month of his return from Iraq. Jack completed the required 60 units to transfer from Saddleback over the spring, summer, and Fall of 2010, and transferred to UC Irvine in the winter quarter of 2011 with a 4.0 Saddleback GPA. Jack graduated UCI following the spring quarter of 2012 with a degree in history, summa cum laude, 4.0 GPA. He earned the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction at graduation. He completed his undergraduate coursework in two-and-a-half years.
While an undergraduate at UCI, Jack advocated for the permanent establishment of a dedicated veterans services office, winning the support of then interim vice-chancellor Parham, and secured funding for the veterans services office’s full-time administrator through his position on the Student Fee Advisory Committee. Jack also served as veterans issues advisor to the student body president in the associated student government of UCI.
Jack then attended UC Irvine, School of Law. Jack graduated UCI Law in 2015, cum laude, and started work at the Irvine offices of Jones Day, a global law firm. Jack practices class-action defense law and general business litigation. Jack serves as a member of the board of directors for the Veterans Legal Institute, a pro bono law firm that provides legal aid to veterans in Orange County. When Jack isn’t working, he likes to sail.
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.