Summit on Student Veteran Success
D'Youville College
Buffalo, NY
May 20-22, 2014

Conference Overview

The Summit on Student Veteran Success will explore the nexus between the two major factors contributing to student veteran success: academic supports and practical/functional conditions. The Summit provides academics and practitioners the collaborative opportunity to examine these components of success and how colleges and universities can best support student veterans and veteran dependents.

The Summit is hosted by D’Youville College, D’Youville Office of Veterans Affairs, D’Youville Business Department, and D’Youville Center for Professional Studies and will take place at the historic Connecticut Street Armory.

Virtual tour of the Connecticut Street Armory

Conference Schedule 

Tuesday, May 20 Wednesday, May 21 Thursday, May 22
7:30 a.m.      
7:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
Kim Wagner,'91
Education Officer, Buffalo Regional VA office 
Session C
8:30 a.m.
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
Session G
8:30 a.m.
An employer panel discussion with representatives of local business organizations regarding veteran student hiring

11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Session D
10:30 a.m. 
Coping Strategies of Female Student Veterans: Collegiate Transitions and Persistence
Mike Parise
Eastern Michigan University
Session H
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Charting the Future of Student Veteran Research
Drs. Daly and Fox-Garrity
Session A
Individual Factors Related to Student Veteran Success
Bonnie Fox-Garrity, EdD, MBA, MA, SPHR Associate Professor of Business
D'Youville College 
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.
Mike Jurkowski, education liaison representative for the VA Regional Processing Office in Buffalo, will provide School Certifying Official Training for new school certifying officials or as a refresher course
Lunch will be held at Templeton Landing followed by tours of the USS Littlerock at the Buffalo and Erie County Navel & Military Park on the City's waterfront.
Session B
3:15 p.m.
Understanding the Experience of Graduate Student Veterans
Glenn Phillips
Texas A&M University
Session E
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Strategies for Success: Understanding Veteran Student "Transition" to College
Dr. Dion Daly
Assistant Professor of Business
D'Youville College
  Session F
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Measuring Student Veteran Experience
Brianna Werner, Irina Mason, Sheryl Reminger, Frances Shen, University of Illinois
  Conference Dinner
6:00 p.m.


  • Registration (non-veteran): $275
  • Special Veteran Rate: $215
  • D'Youville faculty, staff, students, or alumni $200
  • One day conference attendance (Wednesday, May 21 ONLY) $150
    (This one day rate includes lunch and dinner but does not include any keynote addresses or the culminating luncheon on the USS Little Rock)


Registration includes sessions and meals.
Registration begins on March 10, 2014

Register Online

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals (PDF) 

Proposals received after January 17, 2014 will be reviewed for acceptance as space permits.

Check back often for updated information on sessions and registration

Call for Proposals

Contact Us

Center for Professional Studies
Phone: (716) 829-8394

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