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Winter 2011

Veterans KC

The Veterans Knowledge Community will advance Veterans Best Practices through the education and activation of its members

Veteran’s Knowledge Community Identifies Top 5 Priorities for Student Veterans Best Practices

Inside this issue:

Amanda Erdmann University of Wisconsin One of the newest Knowledge Communities, the Veterans Knowledge Community is continuing to roll strongly from its first to second year. As a community that works to advance best practices for student veterans, the following priorities will be at the core of the work the KC does in the upcoming year: -Priority registration for classes -Priority enrollment for transfer student veterans -Moving the School Certifying Official position from an administrative position to a student affairs position -Implementation of assessment measures for veterans services on all campuses -Integration of veterans issues into student government organizations If you have any resources to offer the Veterans KC regarding these priorities, or would like to learn more about how to get involved, please contact Amanda Erdmann at


Opening Message ………………… 1 VET NET Ally Seminar ……………….. 2 Veteran-Related Presentations at NASPA Annual Conference ………….. … 3 Get Connected…………… ………… 3

Mark Your Calendars …...………4 Survey ………... ………………… 4 Call for Articles..………………… 4



VET NET Ally Seminar Patrick O’Rourke Region VI VKC Representative California State University-Long Beach

Proven outcomes from the VET NET Ally Seminar include

Over 225 staff and faculty have participated in the seminar since February 2010  99% of participants responded that they would “recommend” or “strongly recommend” that their colleagues attend this seminar.  Requested by several California Community Colleges, the University of California – Irvine, and the California Community College Student Financial Aid Administrators

On Saturday, March 12th, as part of the NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, the VET NET Ally Seminar will be presented from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This seminar is the result of an action research dissertation by Dr. Marshall Thomas and includes two other higher education staff, both of whom, like Dr. Thomas, are U.S. military veterans. The VET NET Ally Seminar is a faculty and staff awareness program designed to educate the campus community about the needs of military veterans in higher education and the diversity of experience and background they bring to our institutions. Modeled after LGBT Safe Zone (or Safe Space) programs common on college campuses across the U.S., the half-day VET NET Ally Seminar focuses on preand post-military culture, personal identity issues, and the services available to veterans to assist them in achieving their personal, social, and educational goals.

Selected for presentation at the 2011 NASPA Annual Conference (pre-conference time)

Due to scarce resources, seminars have been limited to CSULB and other local institutions. While some programs work well in a webinar format, the VET NET Ally program relies on personal interaction between participants, presenters, and perhaps most importantly with the student panel. Because the webinar format doesn’t lend itself to this type of interaction, higher education leaders from more distant colleges and universities have travelled to CSULB to attend seminars on our campus, and have asked how to build similar programs. We believe there is a place for a Veterans’ Ally program on every campus that serves veterans, and we invite collaboration with other institutions interested in developing programs for their campuses.

After attending the seminar, participants are given a sticker to display in their personal workspace to show their support for veterans on campus. These stickers serve as visible reminders that veterans are welcome and appreciated on campus, and that they have allies to provide support, information, and assistance in their pursuit of academic and personal success.

The logo below represents the symbol given to VET NET Ally Seminar at the end of training. If the attendee chooses to openly support student veterans and agrees to hold conversations with veterans in confidence, they are encouraged to display the symbol outside their work station. For more information please contact Patrick C. O’Rourke, Director of Veterans Affairs Services, California State University, Long Beach, , 562-985-4279.

The program will be presented Dr. Marshall Thomas, Associate Director, Learning Assistance Center (former Marine), Dr. Michael Barraza, Staff Counselor, Counseling and Psychological Services (former Army soldier), and Patrick O’Rourke, Director of Veterans University and the Veterans Affairs Services office (retired Army officer). All three presenters work at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

Website: veterans_university/awareness/

The half day seminar includes VET NET Ally program mission and what CSULB is doing to help veterans Why I joined – a discussion about the reasons men and women join the military Military and post-service culture - debunking the myths about veterans and their service The experience of veterans in the classroom Veterans issues in higher education Student veteran panel




Veteran-Related Presentations at NASPA Annual Conference Amanda Kraus, Corey Rumann, Mark Bauman Past, Present and Future: Student Veterans on Campus Sunday, March 13 - full day Marriott Franklin 10

Susan Iverson Meeting the Needs of Women Veterans on Campus Tuesday, March 15 (1:45 PM - 3:00 PM) Convention Center 120

Wade Livingston and two colleagues from Clemson Coming Home: Academic and Social Transitions of Student Veterans Monday, March 14 (3:45 PM - 5 PM) Convention Center 118A

Sarah Minnis Troops to College: Collaborative Veteran Student Success Strategy (Sponsored by VKC) Tuesday, March 15 (12:15 PM - 1:30 PM) Marriott Franklin 4

Christy Willis and three colleagues from GW Student Veteran Transitions: Overcoming Disability, Loss, & Grief Tuesday, March 15 (10:45 AM - 12 PM) Convention Center 118A

Sarah Minnis Military Transition and Re-careering Tuesday, March 15 (3:15 PM - 4:30 PM) Marriott Franklin 10

Get Connected Join the Knowledge Community by clicking "membership" from the NASPA homepage, then select "Update Membership Profile & Preferences" and scroll to "Knowledge Community Preferences."  Contact your Regional KC Chair to discuss how you might be helpful in your geographic region.  Everyone interested in providing updates, information, and other important infor


mation related to Veterans are welcome to join our listserv. You do not have to be a member of this Knowledge Community or a member of NASPA; we welcome everyone with an interest in these issues.  Interested in joining our listserv? Please email Joseph DeSanto in the NASPA office at and specify the name of the listserv. NASPA will add you within a few business days.



A National Student Veterans Survey is being conducted by the Student Veterans of America and the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah. Please take the survey by visiting the link below:

Mark Your Calendars Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Upcoming Workshops March 3, 2011 SOC DNS Workshop University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX Information: Workshops.html March 10, 2011 SOC Consortium Workshop Mid-American Christian University Oklahoma City, OK Information: Workshops.html s/DH7L8C6

May 3, 2011 SOC Consortium Workshop Grand View University Des Moines, IA Information: Workshops.html


Note: Only current DNS members are invited to attend the DNS workshop. For the SOC Consortium Workshops, current and prospective institutions are eligible to attend.

Student Veterans of America: 2011 Spring Leadership Summit June 2-5, 2011 University of Wisconsin-Madison Information:

If you are interested in sharing:  Your original work;  Suggestions for articles from outside sources that you feel would be especially useful to readers (please include citation);  Pictures;  Book reviews; or  Events taking place (please include title, description of event, date and time, and location) Please contact Megan Ziegler, Veterans KC Newsletter Editor at

The Department of Defense Worldwide Education Symposium 2012 “Request for Proposal” Accepted until April 30, 2011 Program July 23-27, 2012 MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Information:


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