|Veterans Special Interest Group|
Next Meeting: January 20, 2017
10:00 AM -10:30 AM
Join by Phone
+14243362000 [CA, Redondo Beach]
+17039492000 [VA, Herndon]
+14106493000 [MD, Baltimore]
Conference ID: 1669194
Meeting Summary – 5/20
MPACE Conference Proposals - Approach focused on veterans’ needs, specifically how to create a career counseling program to serve veterans with limited campus resources.
Rex is working on organizing a student veterans’ panel.
Other ideas to bring visibility:
Breakfast/lunch table discussions on related topics
Operation Comedy is partnering with the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Joel Gallen (who produced the 9/11 Tribute to Heroes) is producing this show.
Jon Stites is an Army Vet and the proud founder of Operation Comedy. For 8 years he has been producing the very best in large-scale comedy events exclusively for veterans and completely free of charge. He takes great pride in his long-term relationships with not only some of the biggest comedians in the world, but some of the largest corporations in the country, as well. Jon is thrilled to announce that he has a deal in place with Comedy Central to broadcast his next event which will be a show at the 15,000 seat Galen Center. He is lining up some of the biggest stars in comedy, film, music and sports for a July 4th weekend extravaganza that will be for Vets ONLY. Note: not sure if this is still being worked.
How do you reach out to student veterans during the summer?
April Meeting Notes
Jason Smith, troops to Engineers. Josh Peterson T to E coordinator.
Jeannette from UCR
DU – Damon Vine:
CU-Boulder – Rex
Notes from February Call
Attendees: Anitra Hammett, Jason Smith, Kristyn Emmer, Rex Lacey, Elizabeth Montgomery and Margaret Paulin
Topic 1: Mentoring Programs
o Connect students with different industries.
o Assist small schools that don’t have the resources to establish a program.
Topic 2 - Veteran Alumni Associations
o Members have been able to network and received job offers.
o Started by working with alumni center – got bylaws approved, provides resources- doodle polls for meetings, Facebook page, and website development.
o Hope to form a student veterans group and then an alumni assn.
Theme for MPACE’s Denver Conference –Innovate, Create, Disrupt –
o Do a presentation together
Rex and Kristin plan to submit proposals
· Potential topics:
o Develop an understanding of veterans
o Situational awareness for faculty, staff and industry
Become more veteran friendly
o Myth Busters
o Green Zone
Veterans need to feel accepted
o USD & SDSU partner on faculty and staff training
o CSULB program
Placards on the door –identity safe zone
o Want to get more presence on veteran’s topics at the conference
Look for veteran friendly employers
Provide tools… ways to implement program
Panels (i.e. student veterans)
Develop SIG contact information with program descriptions/resources
Notes from the first Veterans SIG call (January)
Attendees: Jason Smith (SDSU), Derrin Ford (UCR), Jeannette Lalama (UCR), Kristyn Emmer (CSU), Elizabeth Montgomery (UCR) and Margaret Paulin (Northrop Grumman)
Date: January 29, 2016
· Attendees introduced themselves and their campus role (Veterans career advisors); noted their association with their respective campuses Veterans programs. Majority are new in their roles
· Discussed how to engage Veterans in campus programs; retain Veterans
o Student veterans gravitate to others that are successful
o Offer panels, guest speakers that can tell their story
o SVO / SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society
o Veteran alumni association
o Misconceptions of veterans
o Word of mouth
· Potential Topics for future calls:
o Open communication lines (between offices/employees)
o Share mentor program information
o Social media
o Troops to Engineer Program (SDSU)