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Next Meeting: May, 19, 2017


10:00 AM -11:00 AM


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Conference ID: 1669194

Meeting Summary: April 21


  • Attendees: Matthew Aranda (Whittier College), Alex Zielke (Sierra Nevada Corp.), Rex Laceby (UC Boulder), Kristyn Emmer(CSU) & Todd Kennedy (SDSU)
  • Todd Kennedy was the guest presenter, Military & Veterans Program Administrator, SDSU Joan and Art Barron Veterans CenterThank You, Todd for walking us through your program
  • Center tries new programs, sees what works or doesn’t work, forward thinking
  • Focus for the center
  • Academic Outreach
  • Academic Success
  • Career Transition
  • Military Ally program
  • Partnered with USD
  • Inspired by CSULB Vets Net Program
  • Awareness program
  • Military connected and inclusive (Active, Reserves,  Guard, Spouses & Dependents)
  • Offer interactive seminars (4 hours) for campus community and public (upon request) on uniqueness of Veterans
  • Cultural Competency
  • Bring in current Veterans
  • Provides artifacts to those that complete the program – desk placard and lapel pin
  • Signify military ally
  • Send a message to the community at large
  • Women’s Veterans Support/Success Program
  • Offer needs assessment
  • Provide services to women
  • Offer tangible workshops
  • Open to greater community (community colleges, other 4- yr. schools)
  • Oral History Project
  • Focus on capturing actual experiences, most valuable, bridge gap, provide healing & reconciliation
  • Awarded a grant
  • Sit down 1-1 interview (20 minutes)    
  • Guided conversations
  • Transition out of the service
  • Transition to university
  • 2 groupings
  • Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
  • Cross generation
  • Korean War, Desert Storm, etc.
  • Writing course
  • Offer in Spring 2018
  • Partner with History Dept.
  • Satisfies academic requirement
  • Course- Writings of War, Remembrance and Reconciliation
  • Military spouses and families to be involved
  • Writings will be recorded
  • Could also include poetry, script from a play
  • Working though the technical side
  • Who will conduct interviews, recordings, etc?
  • Obtain full consent from interviewees, protect privacy and provide protection
  • May store in the University library on a campus server
  • Allow for a protected bank
  • Provide access for public at large
  • Develop a website with search capabilities on the recordings
  • Rex shared:
  • Had 1 male and 1 female Veterans finish his campus’ Boots to Suits to program
  • Had their suit fittings, he will share photo/video
  • Program costs covered by Veterans Alumni Group & donors
  • Veteran graduation ceremony upcoming– ~50 people to attend
  • 20 Veterans to join the  program in the fall


Summary of March 2017 call


After Rollcall, we discussed previous events / programs, current programs and future ideas and programs from each organization on the call.


Rex Laceby CU Boulder, Career Services and President CU Boulder Veteran Alumni Club:

·       Last Program: CIA Info session, Spring Career Fair (I introduce the veterans I work with on campus to recruiters at the fair), I host single employer meet and greet / info sessions on campus every semester for targeted companies / areas of employment, resume critiques/ advising/ transition assistance, I was attended the CU Boulder Alumni Association Leadership Summit, and last semester at the MPACE Conference I Co-hosted a Veteran Student panel at the conference with Kristyn Emmer from Colorado State University.

·       Current program: Veteran Mentorship and Transition Program Pilot (like Boots to Suits / DU’s Right Foot forward program),  we have 4 students in our pilot and they graduate in May, receiving their free Brooks Brothers Suit for professional development. Keep working with Colorado Dept of Labor and Employment and other State and Federal Veteran organizations to help find employers that want veterans / share contacts and resources. I work closely and volunteer with Veteran Service Organizations like

·       Team Rubicon https://teamrubiconusa.org/?gclid=CLGgv4GO3tICFZC6wAodwaII3A

·       Mission Continues:


·       Colorado Advisory Council on Military Education (CO-ACME):


·       Colorado United Veteran Committee:


·       No Barriers warriors:


·       Planning for future: continued growth of Mentorship and Transition Program. Develop a Scholarship fund for Veterans through Alumni Association / CU Foundation, More work with 3 letter federal agencies and find more veteran friendly employers to attend our career fairs, post jobs and engage on campus. Develop new and innovative ideas / programs for veterans student engagement and career development


 Damon Vine University of Denver, Veteran Services Coordinator:

·       Last Program: X-Cite Panel, smaller programs like bringing companies to campus

·       Current programs Right Foot Forward Program

·       Planning for future: Data gathering / Metrix (72 % veteran completing rate of college)

Orlando Taylor and Christin Roberts from UC Riverside Career Center (partner with student veterans)

·       Current program: Operation Vets (career development for vets on campus, 2 quarters meeting / workshops on resume, career development programs, mentorship component for peers and professional, linked in help.

·       Planning for future: Still developing their: UC Veterans Success Forum (started last year), it partners with Northrop Grumman to do (1 day event where veterans come and hear speakers form different topics), working with employer resource groups

Carmon Gold Univ. of Utah, Career Services Office

·       Last Program: she is new to office, meeting and working with vet services office. They just hosted a career fair for STEM careers / vet lunch hour networking lunch. Some job offers happened at this fair.

·       Current programs: Larger Career Fairs, spending time at Vet office on campus to do advising meeting vets, building relationships. Connecting with VA’s office

·       Planning for future: Develop more vet lunch / networking events. Starting a Professional Mentorship Program, working on veteran specific events

Randi Kliewer Sierra Nevada Corp (Employer) randi.kliewer@sncorp.com

·       Last Program /Current programs: Conduct events  & career fairs at Air Force Bases and 7 university’s / post jobs at bases and universities

·       Planning for future: Internship Program development, work more with ISR Division / recruiter

Suggestions for members to think about as they help veterans :

·       Find and work with other veteran supporting organizations in your area (VA, Dept. of Labor, other organizations on campus, i.e. ROTS units)

·       Work with / develop veteran affinity groups at employers our school works / partners with (Veterans Employee Resource Groups)

·       Work with your schools Alumni Association to find / possibly start a Veteran Alumni Club on your campus.

·       Start thinking of a workshop / presentation you r organization might want to lead at MPACE 2017 in Seattle this winter




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