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September's conference at the University of Arizona was considered a great success by all attendees. Almost 100 staff from higher ed institutions across the country – spanning states from California to New York – gathered on the UA campus to discuss issues facing our nation's veterans as they pursue their degrees.

Select conference presentations from the inaugural "Veterans in Higher Education Conference: Listening, Responding, Changing for Student Success" may be found below. An archive of the conference page may also be viewed.

Select Conference Presentations

Creating a Comprehensive Military Student Services Office (PowerPoint)
Kelly Wesener, Ed.D. & Scott Peska, Ed.D.
Northern Illinois University

Military on Campus: Developing a Culture of Appreciation and Support (PowerPoint)
Joan Putnam
San Diego State University

Operation Integration: The culture of student veterans (PowerPoint)
Amanda Kraus, Ph. D., Nick Rattray, Dan Standage
University of Arizona

The Veterans Resource Center Project (PDF)
Amanda Kraus, Ph. D., Nick Rattray, Dan Standage
University of Arizona

Conference Videos
Gwen Dungy
Keynote Address Gwen Dungy

Tucson Veterans Court
Keynote Address Tucson Veterans Court

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Noteworthy

Enroll in SERV in the Fall of 2013

Enroll in SERV in the Fall of 2013
SERV... Supportive Education for Returning Veterans. The SERV program is made up of three courses you take together with other veterans just like you. The courses are offered back-to-back at convenient times so you can work them into your busy schedule.


Vets Navigate Reentry to Civilian Life

Vets Navigate Reentry to Civilian Life
Veterans' transition from military to civilian life affects many more people than the former service members, and a number of Arizona programs are working to ease that shift.


UA Student Vets Invested in Community Work

UA Student Vets Invested in Community Work
The UA chapter of the Student Veterans of America, or SVA, organizes several service projects and charity events throughout the year in an effort to make positive community-based contributions.


Military Suicides on Rise; No Simple Solutions

Military Suicides on Rise; No Simple Solutions
When Ricardo Pereyda returned from Iraq, he thought his most difficult days were behind him...


University of Arizona Eller MBA designated as a Military Friendly School by the Graduate Management Admissions Council

UA's Eller College designated as Military Friendly School by the GMAC
UA's Eller College MBA program has been recognized as a "Military Friendly School" by the Graduate Management Admissions Council.


UA to Pursue More Tillman Military Scholar Awards

UA to Pursue More Tillman Military Scholar Awards
The Pat Tillman Foundation announced the first Tillman Military Scholars in 2009 and has since provided more than $3.2 million in scholarships to undergraduates, graduates and post-doctoral students at universities across the nation.


Vets Flock To Colleges ... But How Are They Doing?

Vets Flock To Colleges... But How Are They Doing?
The UA Student Vets Center is staffed by trained student veterans who have transitioned to the University and are knowledgeable about the campus. The Student Vets Center staff offers individualized service to improve the experience of all vets at the UA. The center is a casual, safe place for student veterans to relax and study.


Veteran Enrollment increases at UA

Veteran Enrollment increases at UA
An increase of veteran enrollment at the UA can be attributed to the rise in GI Bill use, as well as troops returning from the war in Afghanistan.


Photo Slideshow: From Fatigues to Artwork

Photo Slideshow: From Fatigues to Artwork
Members of the UA chapter of Student Veterans of America recently participated in the Combat Paper Project. As part of the project, students and veterans cut up their retired military uniforms and processed the pieces into pulp, then paper, creating journals, canvases, masks and other works of art.


UA recognized for helping veterans succeed

UA recognized for helping veterans succeed
The UA has been recognized for offering well-crafted services to help veterans succeed in the college classroom amidst a high, nation-wide drop-out rate.


Counseling and Psych Services

Mental Health Services for Student Vets & Family Members on UA Campus
University of Arizona student veterans & their family members (must be UA student) are eligible for mental health services offered on campus by Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) staff. Counseling services for student veterans & family members are also offered by V.A. counselors who are on campus on Mondays & Thursdays.


The University of Arizona Foundation

The University of Arizona Foundation
You contribution can make an immediate difference to the VETS Initiative at the University of Arizona. Learn more at the University of Arizona Foundation's donation website.