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Next Meeting: March 17, 2017


10:00 AM -11:00 AM


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Meeting Summary – 5/20


Meeting Attendees:
Derrin Ford – UCR
Jeannette LaLama – UCR
Jason Smith – SDSU
Kristyn Emmer- CSU

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
Support a non-profit working with veterans (i.e. donate gently used business attire)
Part B – employer panel lessons learned when meeting with students, possibly combine students and employers on one panel

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?
Jason (SDSU) uses an email banner, events are going on, information provided on VA benefits
Kristin (CSU) not much in place yet

April Meeting Notes



Jason Smith, troops to Engineers. Josh Peterson T to E coordinator.

  • Started as a National Science Foundation grant.  Supported through various private grant funding.
  • Working with employers (private) and Office of Naval Research.
  • More work done with privet entities.
  • 270 students though the program 95% placement into internships and employment.
  • Most successful are those who have participated in internships
  • July1, through today 55 placements.
  • SV population: just over 700. Most are dependent. 150 in college of engineering.

Jeannette from UCR

  • SV population: about 154, about 300 with dependents included.

DU – Damon Vine:

  • Talked about Right Foot Forward.

Northrop Grumman

  • Operation Comedy: Holding a Comedy Event at USC. Open to Student Veterans and free of charge to Veterans. Money will go to fundraiser.
  • How to improve MPACE
  • Next meeting: Friday, May 20.

CU-Boulder – Rex

  • Veteran Alumni Club.
  • Employer Panel at MPACE?
  • Also going to propose Student Veterans Panel


  • Presenting at MPACE on philosophy of serving Veterans in Career Services.

Notes from February Call


Attendees: Anitra Hammett, Jason Smith, Kristyn Emmer, Rex Lacey, Elizabeth Montgomery and Margaret Paulin


Topic 1: Mentoring Programs

  • The SDSU Aztec Mentoring Program includes Veterans and military affiliates – 9% of student body.

o   Connect students with different industries.

  • National University is looking to start a mentoring program through its Veterans Center.
  • UCR – Operation VETS program, 2 qtr. Program, 175 self-identified veterans; 2 or 3 complete the program each time it is offered; program is comprised of networking, resume critiques, self-exploration, resume writing skills; sessions offered every other week  for 90 minutes – small co-hort.  Once completed the Veteran receives a career leadership certificate.
  • SDSU – offers a semester class in fall semester for Veteran transfer students; includes Strong Interest survey, intro to college, campus resources and exposure to Linked-In (develop profiles).
  • CSU offers no formal mentoring program yet – sent an email to faculty and staff to pulse interest.
  • UC Boulder - doesn’t have a boot to suits program, part of Salute Colorado that has an existing mentorship program; hoping to transition a mentor program to campus. Denver University offers a program - Right Foot Forward (see attached); Veterans meet with a mentor, network, do case studies; Veterans that complete the program receive a fitted suit from Brooks Bros.
  • There are also on-line mentorship programs for Veterans.

o   Assist small schools that don’t have the resources to establish a program.


Topic 2 - Veteran Alumni Associations

  • SDSU has a program that was started about 2 years ago.  Connected with regular alumni association; sponsor a golf tournament to raise funds for service dogs for veterans ; have challenge coins to present to VIPs
  • CSU has no program.
  • UC Boulder has a Veterans affinity club  that includes all veterans regardless of rank; do service projects like Habitat for Humanity; there is a robust ROTC population on campus.

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. 

  • National University – new program, looking to start building clubs; had a welcome for all veterans and military affiliates; provided transition talks twice a month. 

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


Meeting Summary: 

·        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

§  Facebook

§  LinkedIn

o   Troops to Engineer Program (SDSU)


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