Webster Field Day 2015: Student Veterans Organization Hosts Luncheon, Obstacle Course Event

| April 24, 2015
During Field Day, several student organizations competed in military-style games to see if Webster community members have what it takes to meet the physical challenges of the U.S. military.

During Field Day, the obstacle course determined if Webster community members have what it takes to meet the some of the physical challenges of the U.S. military.

Webster University's Student Veterans Organization members hosted the annual Field Day and Hog on the Quad event on April 22.

Webster University’s Student Veterans Organization members hosted the annual Field Day and Hog on the Quad event on April 22.

The Webster University’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) held the second annual Field Day 2015 event on April 22, allowing participants to gain a new perspective on service members’ commitments to maintain physical endurance and master the details of military tasks.

This year, the SVO combined the Field Day event with its “Hog on the Quad” luncheon, serving 80 lbs. of roast pig from Matekers along with beef and veggie burgers. The event catered to over 350 students, faculty and staff.

“The event would not have been such a success without all the support that we had received from our faculty and staff, to fellow students and friends,” said SVO president Charlie Mach. “We also thank the support of everyone that came out, and staff and crew of the food services in the University Center.”

The Field Day obstacle course was set up for a friendly competition through some military-style games and exercises. SVO members of other various St. Louis universities came in support of the event, creating a stronger network with St. Louis-area student veterans.

“The main purpose for these events is for our veterans,” said Mach. “The SVO wants our presence to be known on campus in an attempt to outreach to our fellow veterans. It is difficult for some to transition from military to college life. Being part of the SVO is our way to help re-create the atmosphere and camaraderie that veterans were all familiar with.

Over 350 Webster University family and friends gathered at the Webster Quad for pulled pork and burgers before the focus turned to friendly competition.

Over 350 Webster University family and friends gathered at the Webster Quad for pulled pork and burgers before the focus turned to friendly competition.

The event was supported through funding from the Student Government Association. Mach hopes that SVO-sponsored events such as Field Day allows the Student Veterans Organization to create a bridge between student veterans and students.

“Having a veteran get involved with the SVO gives them a sense of belonging, is a way to reinforce retention, and establishes support to complete their degrees,” said Mach. “We also acknowledge a divide amongst students and student veterans. As such, we encourage our student veterans to engage with others to build network and relations.”

Learn more about the Webster University Student Veterans Organization at its Facebook page.

Obstacle Course

The O-course (obstacle course) is timed and ran with a partner. It entails both carrying a simulated casualty on a make-shift stretcher made of two poles and a blanket; then individually carrying (2) ammo cans weighing 30lbs a piece for a distance; jumping through barbed-wire style obstacle (twine); high-crawling under camo-netting; and finishing off with low crawling under some more simulated barbed-wire.

Both male and female students that participated in the event averaged a 1:20 run time. The fastest time was tie between the pair of Christopher Austin (Army veteran/SVO) and Webster student Paul Kellerhals, and Brian Ellis (Air Force vet/SVO) and Webster student Kirby Weber. Both pairs ran the course in 1:06.

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