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Student Veteran Summit 2014 Explored Challenges, Components of Success

Student Veteran Summit 2014 Explored Challenges, Components of Success

Buffalo, New York – June 24, 2014 – D’Youville College hosted a Summit on Student Veteran Success May 20-22. The summit was held at the Connecticut Street Armory on Buffalo’s West Side, the D’Youville College campus, and the Buffalo and Erie County Navel & Military Park on the City’s waterfront.

The Summit was designed to bring together several groups with a strong interest in the success of student veterans. This included researchers, college administrators, regional employers, members of the Veterans Administration, and current student veterans as well as recent graduates.

The Summit provided academics and practitioners the collaborative opportunity to examine the necessary components of success and then focus on how colleges and universities can best support student veterans and veteran departments according to Summit organizers.

The Summit resulted in several important insights that included the wide variance in how institutions of higher education view the veteran student, the fact that many do not recognize the veteran student as a unique population on campus, and the varied levels of institutional support and resources allocated to assist the veteran student.

Kim Wagner, Education Officer at the Buffalo Regional VA office and a 1991 D’Youville graduate, presented opening remarks.

Patrick W. Welch, Ph.D., retired Marine and former Director of Veterans Services at Daemen College was the master of ceremonies.

Workshops and sessions included:

Individual Factors Related to Student Veteran Success - Bonnie Fox Garrity, associate professor of business at D’Youville and member of the Summit Planning Committee

Understanding the Experience of Graduate Student Veterans - Glenn Phillips of Texas A&M University

The “Next Greatest Generation,” the Beltway, and the Ivory Tower: A Narrative Policy Analysis of Key Sections of the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2010 – Lesley McBain, University of California, Los Angeles

Coping Strategies of Female Student Veterans: Collegiate Transitions and Persistence – Mike Parise, Eastern Michigan University

Strategies for Success: Understanding Veteran Student “Transition” to College – Dion Daly, assistant professor of business, D’Youville College

Measuring Student Veteran Experience – Brianna Werner, Irina Mason, Sheryl Reminger, Frances Shen, University of Illinois.

The Summit included an interactive conversation with representatives from the Veteran’s Administration with regard to the future of veteran student research and concluded with a panel discussion of employers related to trends, programs, and concerns for the hiring of veteran graduates.

D’Youville College has built a model for college veteran’s resources centers and is ranked #1 in the nation as “Best for Vets” by Military Times. The Summit, a joint venture between the D’Youville College Department of Business, the Veterans Affairs Office, and the Center for Professional Studies, provided a unique opportunity to share best practices, to chart the future of veteran student research, and to further the conversation as to how to best support this vital student population.