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Veteran’s Resource Center now official

April 14, 2017

This article was written by Brittany Glassman

Students, Faculty, Veterans, and community partners alike came together to celebrate on Friday the 7th of April. Room H112 of Building 47(Student Services) is now the proud home of the official Veteran’s Resource Center. Light speeches followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the four hour open house to showcase the new addition.

Patrick O’Rourke, Director of active duty and Veteran Affairs in the Office of The Chancellor places a flag on the world map of the country he was stationed during his service. Photo by Brittany Glassman/Otter

Inside the resource center room, one first notices the flags of every branch hanging on the wall. Just under it is a huge world map with flags, where service members are invited to place a flag where they were stationed during their service. The room has an overall warm and friendly feel, with comfortable couches and tables to do homework. Little bags of candies center the table with strong WIFI connection, making the room inviting for long study sessions.

“One thing we want all students to know is that this resource center is for both Military Veterans as well as those that are Military connected”, says Giselle Young, Veteran Services Coordinator for the campus. “We want Veterans and those connected to know that we understand what they are going through, and they are more than welcome here”, Young explains. This resource center is an important to our campus because Veterans are yet another culturally diverse group of people we have here on campus. “This is a place to connect, and come together to support,” Young proudly states. Student veterans Luis Salcedo, a CHHS major in his third year and Kristin Brewer in her second year studying Psychology both agree that the center is important for veterans to have a place to be with people that understand them, more so than their student peers. Campus administrators authorized the designated space in June of 2016. The authorization was apart of eight guidelines of suggestions in supporting student veterans.

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