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NASPA

Fall 2011/Winter 2012

Veterans KC

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

Farewell from Our Co-Chairs, Michelle & Katrina Dear VKC, Since proposing the formation of the NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC), my experience and work with VKC has been challenging, rewarding, informative and exciting. I have learned so much during this journey and have established many invaluable personal, as well as professional, relationships. Since the inception of the VKC two

Inside this issue: Farewell from Our Co-Chairs ……………… 1-2 Meet Our New Co-Chairs….….. 2

years ago, I feel that we have played a vital role in bringing student vet-

Get Connected…………… ……… 3

erans issues to the forefront of the academic landscape.

NASPA Annual Conference ……..3

As I prepare to leave my current position as the VKC Co-Chair, I look forward to the knowledge, research and best practices that will undoubtedly continue to set a precedence in academia. As a veteran, the spouse of a retired veteran and the mother of a future veteran, it has been an honor and a privilege working with so many caring, gifted and knowledgeable individuals to further the cause for student veterans. I foresee the VKC continuing to be a dynamic and powerful seat of advocacy for the dissemination of important information and resources in higher education. Michelle Cyrus NASPA Veterans KC Co-Chair, 2010-2012

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Farewell from Michelle & Katrina, continued from page 1 Dear VKC, With both excitement for the future and appreciation for my experience, I say see you later but not good-bye to a wonderful Knowledge Community. It was an honor to work with Michelle these last two years; she is a dynamic, passionate and wonderful colleague. Michelle invited me two years ago to join her quest in establishing the Veterans Knowledge Community. Of course I accepted since I’m from a military family, I have a commitment to individuals who have served our country with honor and dignity. As a military child, I appreciated the camaraderie in military culture that was provided to my family. The camaraderie was evident with each move our family made to a different base, to every gathering full of laughter, and the times my mom would support another wife while her partner was out to sea. Because of my upbringing, I could not pass up the opportunity to work with professionals who serve a community that had such a profound impact on my life. This position has been a tremendous learning experience for me; from understanding how Knowledge Communities work, to the educational interactions with folks committed to student veterans. I want to thank all of those who served on leadership teams, both nationally and regionally. Their insights, passion and commitment to making a difference in the lives of men and women who have served our country will unquestionably make a difference. Katrina Whitney NASPA Veterans KC Co-Chair, 2010-2012

Welcome to Our New Co-Chairs John Mikelson

Amanda Kraus I’m very pleased to be working with the Veterans

I’m very excited to be working with the Veterans

Knowledge Community. Over the last three years, I

Knowledge Community. Since retiring from the Army in

have directed the Disabled Veterans Reintegration

2004 and returning to school, first as a student and now

Project at the University of Arizona. This project has

part of the staff, I have been working on fostering better

been integral in creating the UA’s Veterans Education

communications between different campus factions for

and Transition Services. What I have valued most over

the advancement of Student Veteran issues. As we move

the last few years is networking with colleagues from

forward into 2012 I look to the VKC leadership (Past,

around the nation as we all

Present & Future) to be the voice of best practices and

reexamine our

innovation. See you all this spring in Phoenix

understanding of student vets and develop new campusbased programs and services. I believe that the VKC fills a great need in our profession. I look forward to working with John to continue Michelle and Katrina’s good work.

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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 information related to Veterans are wel

come 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 jdesanto@naspa.org and specify the name of the listserv. NASPA will add you within a few business days.

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Check This Out

Mark Your Calendars

NASPA’s Veterans Knowledge Community has added a NEWS section to our website:

Veteran Symposium for Higher Education

http://naspa.org/kc/veterans/ news.cfm

February 21-22, 2012 Louisville, KY Information: http://stuaff.org/veterans/

There is interesting information to be found on the new website, “Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions:”

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Workshops

www.vetfriendlytoolkit.org

February 13, 2012 Orlando, FL February 23, 2012 Cincinnati, OH March 15, 2012 Atlanta, GA Information: http://www.soc.aascu.org/ socgen/Workshops.html

CALL FOR ARTICLES

The Department of Defense Worldwide Education Symposium 2012 July 23-27, 2012 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Hotel, Information: www.ww2012.com 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 ziegler.80@buckeyemail.osu.edu

Military Experience and the Arts Symposium July 5—7, 2012 Eastern Kentucky University Information: www.militaryexperience.org/symposium 4


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