Meeting the Unique Needs of Veteran Students: A Student Perspective

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Meeting the Unique Needs of Veteran Students: A Student Perspective February 26th, 2010 online webinar Host: Innovative Educators NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event date (choose check by mail or PO as payment method when registering). The recording is always included and is accessible for one full year. The transition from military to college can be an overwhelming process. Institutions of higher education need to offer specialized services for student veterans and explore ways to improve the academic success and well being of this growing student population. During the presentation a student veteran will describe the unique needs of guardsmen and reservists, behaviors and stressors unique to the population, and the unique nature of women who have served and been in combat. Among the topics of discussion will be the new GI Bill, the challenges veterans experience with access to resources provided by the GI Bill, and how our campuses can be more flexible. Join us to learn how you can create a veteran-friendly campus by providing much needed resources for veteran students. Among the services presented will be peer to peer networking and how to create a presence on your campus website. Low-cost examples will be provided, as well as ideas on how to get administrative buy-in. OBJECTIVES *Develop a deeper understanding of how to serve returning veterans and family members *Learn ways to create a veteran-centered campus, resources for vets (low-cost examples will be given) *Discover how to seek out and gain administrator buy-in to create seamless programs and services *Develop an understanding of the state-wide initiatives to partner policy makers, Veterans Administration, and higher education (WA will be used as the example). WHO SHOULD ATTEND? *University Veteran Coordinators *Administrators *Retention Specialists *Student Affairs Professionals *Housing Staff *Financial Aid *Counseling Services *Academic Advisors *Academic Support Services *Student Life WHO ARE THE SPEAKERS? Deb Casey-Powell, Ph.D. is Dean of Students and Retention at Green River Community College. She developed and currently advises the GRCC Veterans Council on her campus. This Council provides seamless wrap-around academic and support services to veterans and family members. Green River Community College offers an academic program called the Veterans Conservation Corps. The purpose of this academic program is to assist veterans by providing volunteer opportunities on projects that will help restore Washingtons rivers, streams, lakes, marine waters and open lands. Dr. Casey-Powell is an advocate for veterans within the State of Washington and her focus has been on outreach to veterans, transition for new student-veterans arriving on campus, tying together campus and community veteran resources into a single hub, and assisting student veterans and families in transition to the workforce and other leadership endeavors. Deb is also the Chair for the Presidents Commission on Diversity and serves on the University of Washington AccessComputing: Building Capacity for Veterans with Disabilities Community of Practice. MICHAEL FARNUM Born in Honolulu Hawaii, and raised in Florida and Kentucky, Michael joined the United States Army in 1984 at the age of 18. As a Cavalry Scout Michael participated military operations all over the United States, and in several countries around the world, including Iraq, Korea, Germany, and Honduras to name a few. Michaels leadership training includes the US Army Primary Leadership Development course, the Basic and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Courses, and the US Army Drill Sergeants School. Michael Retired from the Army in 2007 with 22 years, seven months time in service, and over 45 Medals, Awards or Decorations. Michael in December, 2009 graduated with Honors from GRCC, having earned an Associates Degree in Natural Resources and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). During his time as a student Michael held leadership positions as; Team leader Veterans Conservation Corps, President of the GIS Alliance school club, Treasurer of the GRCC Society of American Foresters Student Chapter, a member of the GRCC Forestry club, and a member of the newly formed Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs VetCorps. TIMM LOVITT Timm enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18. He served as an airborne-infantryman, rising from E-1 to E-5 (Sgt) in a little over three years. Stationed at Fort Drum as a part of the elite 10th Mountain Division, he deployed to the front lines in Afghanistan in 2003-2004 and then to Iraq in 2005-2006. After fulfilling his initial term of service, Timm decided to get out of the Army and return home to Seattle where he would pursue a career in real-estate; however, due to numerous traumatic experiences, Timm found it difficult to adjust. In 2008 Timm decided to return to school and pursue a degree that would enable him to help those returning from war. Timm is currently attending Seattle University in pursuit of a BA in Public Affairs, participating as a first generation Vet Corps member, sitting on the Student Veterans of America (SVA) Mental Health and the National Convention Planning Committees, as well as serving as the Washington State Director for the Student Veterans of America (SVA). Enquiries: