2019 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students
February 7-9, 2019
Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel | Las Vegas, Nevada

Hosted annually, the NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students focuses on effective strategies to serve and support the success of veterans and other military-connected students. To view last year's proceedings, take a look at the 2018 event website or the program book.

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Important Dates

Sep 14, 2018
Call for Programs Deadline
Nov 30, 2018
Early-Bird Registration Deadline
Jan 11, 2019
Regular Registration Deadline
Jan 16, 2019
Hotel Reservation Cutoff

Call for Programs

The call for programs is closed. A complete schedule of breakout sessions can be found below.


Military-Connected Students 101
Potential sub-topics:

  • Transitions to civilian life
  • Counseling and mental health
  • Pursuing an education while serving
  • Supporting spouses and children on campus

Learning Outcomes:

Programs associated with this track should allow attendees to:

  • Identify unique characteristics of military-connected students in higher education
  • Understand possible barriers to programmatic success and develop strategies to offset these challenges
  • Identify multiple sub-populations within the military connected identity and their unique challenges
  • Recognize challenges of supporting students with families
  • Identify processes to prepare military-connected students to the workforce
  • Articulate the ways in which veteran students’ experiences translate to a civilian career path
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Potential sub-topics:

  • National policies impacting military-connected students
  • Current research on military-connected student trends
  • Evidence-based support programs for military-connected students
  • Assessment of programs/resources/opportunities

Learning Outcomes:

Programs associated with this track should allow attendees to:

  • Recognize the effect of state and federal education benefits on the successful enrollment and persistence of military-connected students
  • Understand practices to assess needs and/or outcomes of campus-based services to support military-connected students
  • Describe research findings as they relate to supporting military-connected students
  • Understand the current landscape on policy, at the national, state, and local level related to military-connected students.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the key-stakeholders involved in policy making at the federal, state, and campus level on issues related to military-connected students.
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Potential sub-topics:

  • Failed campus programs and lessons learned
  • Adapting models of successful initiatives for your campus
  • Lack of support/funding and process to support students despite this challenge

Learning Outcomes:

Programs associated with this track should allow attendees to:

  • Create programming to assist the campus community in understanding military-connected students
  • Engage attendees in reflection and discussion regarding similarly struggling programs on their own campuses
  • Identify and leverage unique campus programming that meets the needs of military-connected students
  • Construct programs to address relevant issues for military-connected students through internal and external partnerships

Schedule

7:30 a.m.–
5:00 p.m.
Check-in Open
SpeakersPlease check-in with a conference staff member upon arrival to obtain your name badge, program book, and other program information.
9:00 a.m.–
12:00 p.m.
Pre-Symposium Workshops
SpeakersAdditional registration required to attend.
Epic Steps to Military-Connected Student Victory on your Campus
Presenter(s)

Robert B. Mayer, Director of Veteran Services - Mount Wachusett Community College
Ross Bryant, Major (ret), U.S. Army & Director, Military & Veteran Services Center - University of Nevada Las Vegas
Paul Viau, Jr., Associate University Registrar & Director, Veterans Academic Resource CenterAssociate University Registrar & Director, Veterans Academic Resource Center - University of Central Florida

Abstract
This pre-conference workshop will engage participants in a conversation around the solutions and obstacles in serving our student veterans. Presenters representing a large four-year, medium four-year, and community college will share proven steps in becoming the “go-to leader” for building and championing collaborative veteran services and resource partners in your community, influencing your campus, cultivating support, and establishing win-win relationships to promote needed change. These collaborations include developing campus and community partnerships for various veteran programs, promoting veteran employment/internship opportunities, being proactive in joining together leaders in the community to assist student veterans, and building a strong relationship with the VA.

Serving Veterans and Other Military-Connected Students 301
Presenter(s)

Regina Young-Hyatt, Vice President for Student Affairs - Mississippi State University
Tanya Ang, Vice President - Veterans Education Success
Luis Valera, Vice President for Governmental AffairsVice President for Governmental Affairs - University of Nevada Las Vegas

Abstract
Affecting change, in most cases keeping bad policy from being implemented, is the most challenging job a Military and Veteran Program / Center Director has. To successfully maneuver this minefield a knowledge of “how things are done” is imperative. This pre-con will give you the information on the inner workings of policy formation and the insight on how to develop the collaborations necessary to positively impact the process. Presenters represent university leadership, 501©(3) management, and a governmental affairs professional.

Veteran Center 101 – Empowering Military-Connected Students through a Strategic Plan
Presenter(s)

Steven Borden, Director , Pat Tillman Veterans Center - Arizona State University

Abstract
The purpose of this pre-conference workshop will be to discuss how to go about building a veterans center that meets the needs of your student veterans. While there are some accepted best practices, the truth is that they do not all work in every situation. It has taken 6 years of continuing to build, revise, rebuild and improve the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at Arizona State University. This is an opportunity for an interactive discussion of lessons learned during this process and success as well as not so successful outcomes experienced at ASU and other schools with whom we have collaborated.

12:30 p.m.–
5:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Tables Open
1:00 p.m.–
2:15 p.m.
Symposium Welcome and Opening Keynote Speaker
Presenter(s)
Luis Visot, Doctoral Candidate & Major General (Ret. U.S. Army) - The George Washington University
2:30 p.m.–
3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
SpeakersAttendees can select to either attend one 2-hour session or two 1-hour sessions between 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Collaboration Within and Beyond Your Campus: Relationship Building for the Veterans Education Community
Presenter(s)
Emily Steinway, Veterans Transition Manager, Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center - Middle Tennessee State University
Mirza Tihic, Assistant Director, Office of Vice Chancellor for Veteran and Military Affairs - Syracuse University
Ron Novack, Executive Director, Office of Veteran and Military Affairs - Syracuse University
Rosalinda Maury, Director of Applied Research - Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Leadership; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Private and public university administrators as well as a state policymaker will lead a panel discussion on collaboration and relationship-building supportive of veteran education. The discussion will focus on partnerships at the campus, state, and national level; examples of effective relationships and activities; and the importance of leveraging the strengths and culture of the individual campus.

Green Zone Training for Staff and Faculty: Development, Challenges, and Success
Presenter(s)
Alan Parsons, Academic Advisor, Veterans Upward Bound - Arkansas Tech University
Kevin Solomon, Associate Dean for Campus Life - Arkansas Tech University

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting

Abstract
To understand the many factors impacting military-connected students' ability to pursue and complete their education, staff and faculty must recognize military-connected students and better understand these students’ unique challenges, strengths, and culture. This session is designed for practitioners wanting to implement advocacy training for faculty and staff through campus programming. The presenter will provide a know-how approach of lessons learned and practical strategies used to create an effective military-connected program.

How Key Decision Points Affect Student Veterans' Education Life Cycle Outcomes
Presenter(s)
Chris Cate, Vice President of Research - Student Veterans of America

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Abstract
This session is a follow up of the Student Veteran Life Cycle Atlas project introduced at the 2018 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students. Since last year's symposium, the project has moved from the pilot state to active recruitment, resulting in a larger project sample and better insights. This session will present new findings from the project focusing on decision points among veterans and their various outcomes and end with an interactive discussion on the policy and practice implications and next steps for the project.

Preparing Faculty to Work With Veterans From a Disability Perspective
Presenter(s)
Larry Phillippe, Director of Student Disability Services - Texas Tech University
Blayne Alaniz, Assistant Director of Student Disability Services - Texas Tech University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Law, Policy, and Governance; Social Justice and Inclusion

Abstract
Traditionally, faculty want to work with veterans to create a welcoming and supportive classroom but are often unsure as to what they are allowed and required to do in terms of academic accommodations. This session will focus on the legal perspectives of requirements for disability services as they apply to classroom accommodations with focus on the special needs of veteran students. Topics covered will include strategies for establishing reasonable and appropriate accommodations for veterans, universal design of the classroom to support their needs, and discussion of the unique issues veterans may encounter in a traditional classroom with possible solutions.

Research and Strategic Planning for Student Veteran Strength and Success
Presenter(s)
Andrew Sonn, Director of Military and Veteran Services - The George Washington University
Christian Manning, Program Manager, Military and Veteran Services - The George Washington University

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Organizational and Human Resource

Abstract
Ten years after its inception, The George Washington University's (GW's) Office of Military and Veteran Services conducted a program review to determine whether the office was meeting military-connected students' needs. Benchmarking its services and resources against the leading offices nationally and analyzing recent research on military student success, GW created a strategic plan. This session covers benchmarking, empirical studies, and strategic planning which can be applied at attendees' own institutions. Participants will also share promising practices at their institutions.

The Involved Military-Connected Community
Presenter(s)
Amanda Etter, Director of Military and Veterans Program - University of San Diego
Jhonnatan Chinchilla, Student Veteran - University of San Diego

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Personal and Ethical Foundations; Values, Philosophy, and History

Abstract
This session will outline the University of San Diego's burgeoning involvement model. This model is based on peer outreach and encouragement to get students involved in opportunities both on and off campus. Focusing on areas directly related to military-connected students, student development theories, and experiential design, USD strives to grow involvement for the individual and the university. Real world experiences will be shared by current students and participants will be able to identify areas for growth on their campus, avenues taken to date, as well as lessons learned will be shared.

VA Benefits and Education Abroad: Even G.I.'s can Study Abroad
Presenter(s)
Holly Hudson, Executive Director, Study Abroad - Texas A&M University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Law, Policy, and Governance; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Studying abroad is for everyone especially our military-connected students. Learn more about the current state of study abroad from administrators in the field, details on the VA benefits that work well with study abroad, brush up on the lingo used by offices nationwide, and how to assist students with paying for study abroad programming.

3:45 p.m.–
4:45 p.m.
Military-Connected Student Plenary Panel
5:00 p.m.–
6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception and Poster Sessions
Examining the Effect of Military Service on Sense of Belonging Among Student Veterans
Presenter(s)
Michael Logan, Associate Director for Veteran and Military Affairs - The University of Texas at San Antonio

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Social Justice and Inclusion; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Influences affecting persistence of non-traditional students are well researched. However, despite the abundance of literature tying student success with sense of belonging, there is no information regarding the effect that military service has on student veterans' perception. Veterans tend to feel disconnected from their peers on campus, hindering engagement with campus culture. The result is detachment from potential sources of social capital, which is an essential element of achieving a successful transition from military service to the higher education environment.

Examining the Impact of Acquired Job Skills on Veteran's Career Satisfaction
Presenter(s)
Michael Kirchner, Assistant Professor - Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Faith Stull, Graduate Assistant - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Katie Holloway, Graduate StudentGraduate Student - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Advanced

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Leadership

Abstract
A core reason veterans struggle when transitioning into non-military employment relates to their inability to utilize skills acquired during service. This poster session will present findings from a study being conducted on Army veterans' perceptions of their acquired job skills with corresponding job satisfaction. Attendees will learn how Post-9/11 veterans articulated their transferable job skills which have contributed toward job satisfaction. Implications for higher education administrators who assist veterans in their career development will be shared.

From Camouflage to Regalia: Military Funds of Knowledge Amongst Student Veterans
Presenter(s)
Carmin Chan, Associate Director, Eller College of Management - University of Arizona

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Leadership; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Military veterans committed themselves to a life of purpose when they chose to serve and that sense of altruism doesn't end when they transition out military life. This interactive session will introduce participants to "Military Funds of Knowledge" and ways to tap into the leadership potential student veterans bring to your campus. Preliminary research findings will be shared along with discussion about how best to serve this growing student population on college campuses.

“Now I’m Ready!” Preparing Student Veterans for College Admissions, Coursework, and Graduation
Presenter(s)
Shaina Gonzalez, Academic Enhancement Coordinator - University of South Florida
Aimee Carpenter, Admissions and Benefits Coordinator - University of South Florida

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Many student veterans come to institutions of higher education having taken prior coursework with varying degrees of success, resulting in multiple transcripts to review and articulate. This session is designed to discuss assisting student veterans make the most of all of their trainings, including those from community colleges, four-year public and private universities, Joint Service Transcripts, and other types of vocational training through the use of programming for both prospective and current student veterans.

One Vision: Improving Military and Veteran Student Success through Integrated Planning
Presenter(s)
Heather Albin, Strategy Manager, Military and Veteran Services - Ashford University
Ashley Kirwan, Military Access and Wellness Program Manager - Ashford University

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Leadership

Abstract
Ashford University's Military and Veteran Student Taskforce, a cross-departmental committee, has developed an integrated strategic plan with a vision to improve the student experience for active duty service members, veterans, and their families. During this session, participants will be provided a framework for the committee and will understand how Ashford University's strategic planning framework enabled disaggregated institutional departments servicing military and veteran students to collaborate and work towards a united vision to drive military and veteran student success.

“Thank you for Your Service": Not just a Slogan in Georgia
Presenter(s)
Patricia Ross, Chief Operating Officer - Georgia VECTR Center; Central Georgia Technical College

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Leadership; Social Justice and Inclusion

Abstract
Georgia thanks military personnel for serving through the Veterans Education Career Transition Resource (VECTR) Center, a one-stop shop for military, veterans, and their families. Envisioned by Central Georgia Technical College and created in collaboration between the Technical College and University Systems of Georgia, the VECTR Center began as a gateway into Georgia's public institutions of higher education but has expanded providing one-on-one, wrap-around services, combining state, federal, and community partners under one roof as a national model for comprehensive support.

7:30 a.m.–
5:00 p.m.
Check-in and Exhibitor Tables Open
Speakers.
7:45 a.m.–
8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Available
8:00 a.m.–
8:30 a.m.
NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community Open Meeting
Speakers(optional)
8:45 a.m.–
9:45 a.m.
Plenary Panel with The Pew Charitable Trusts>
Presenter(s)
Charlie Willson, Officer, Student Loan Initiatives - The Pew Charitable Trusts
10:00 a.m.–
11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
"After They've Seen Paris:" World War I Veterans on Campus
Presenter(s)
Sue Ann Sandusky, Adjunct Instructor - Tiffin University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Values, Philosophy, and History

Abstract
Increasing military-connected student populations on college campuses is not a recent phenomenon - there have been veterans on our campuses since the Revolutionary War. Historical veteran experiences may seem remote from us today, but as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, it is worth going back to that era to remind ourselves of some of the history of our own profession as well as some of the enduring issues related to student veterans.

Assessing the Impact of Faculty and Staff Ally Training
Presenter(s)
Phillip Morris, Director of Military and Veteran Student Affairs - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Michael McNamee, Doctoral Candidate - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Kayleen St. Louis, Doctoral CandidateDoctoral Candidate - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Burcu Johnson, Program Coordinator for Veteran Services - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Jerome Young, Military Outreach Coordinator - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Law, Policy, and Governance

Abstract
Modeled on Safe Zone training for the LGBTQI community, military cultural-competency training aims to improve transition and success outcomes for military-connected students. Using three years of programmatic data in a mixed-methods design, presenters assessed program outcomes including retention of content knowledge, application of lessons on campus, and comparison of outcomes from an in-person versus online training application. Attendees will leave with evidence-based recommendations for establishing or modifying training experiences for faculty/staff awareness.

Intro to Literature: the Veteran Experience (an Unintentional Course for Non-vets)
Presenter(s)
Miguel Fernandez, Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature Faculty - Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Social Justice and Inclusion

Abstract
This presentation will discuss the design of a requirement-fulfilling 100 level literature course option for a vet students' cohort, its failure to find an audience, and how it was repurposed for general population/millennials becoming, unintentionally, a humanities class indirectly humanizing the veteran experience to its civilian students. Online course content outline, discussion posts, and exit interviews will show how a 100 level class with veteran content can play a role in showcasing the veteran as part of community and diversity.

Stronger Together: Office Collaboration to Promote Suicide Prevention for Military-Connected Students
Presenter(s)
Shelby Messerschmitt-Coen, Doctoral Candidate - The Ohio State University
Michael Carrell, Colonel USAF (Ret), Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Office of Military and Veterans Services - The Ohio State University
Laura Lewis, Assistant Director of the Suicide Prevention ProgramAssistant Director of the Suicide Prevention Program - The Ohio State University

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Advanced

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Personal and Ethical Foundations; Values, Philosophy, and History

Abstract
Military-connected students may be susceptible to mental health distress and suicidality. Veteran-specific resources are essential to support these students. Collaboration between offices in higher education can help promote mental health advocacy, suicide prevention efforts, and the reduction of stigma regarding help-seeking in the student military population. In this presentation, leadership from on-campus departments (Suicide Prevention Program and Military & Veterans Services) share the process of establishing a collaboration. Examples of outreach and advocacy to engage student military members will be discussed.

The Aggie Veteran Network: Connecting Student Veterans for Success
Presenter(s)
Gerald Smith, Director of Veteran Services - Texas A&M University
Joshua McPhail, Student Worker - Texas A&M University
David Sweeney, Director of Information TechnologyDirector of Information Technology - Texas A&M University

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Technology

Abstract
The Aggie Veteran Network (AVN) is an original online learning community from Texas A&M University built to benefit military affiliated students from "Application to Vocation." This unique online platform serves to: connect those who are providing, or willing to provide resources and support to student veterans; and link military-connected students with high impact opportunities to support each other and the community.

Understanding and Critiquing Military-friendly Employers: Implications for Higher Education Administrators
Presenter(s)
Michael Kirchner, Assistant Professor - Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Katie Holloway, Graduate Student - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Faith Stull, Graduate Research AssistantGraduate Research Assistant - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Abstract
The expressions “military-friendly” and “veteran-friendly” have become synonymous with most organizations in the country; however, criteria outlining what it means to be “military-friendly” does not exist for employers. A mixed methods study is being conducted to better understand employers' perceptions of “military-friendly." Session attendees will learn how employers describe themselves as being friendly as well as how they evaluate the impact of their programs. Researchers will share implications for developing lasting partnerships with military-friendly employers seeking to employ veterans.

What Worked for You, Didn’t work for me and Worked for Us Both
Presenter(s)
Robert Mayer, Director of Veteran Services - Mount Wachusett Community College
Marty Martinez, Senior Project Coordinator, Veterans Services Center - University of Wyoming

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Social Justice and Inclusion

Abstract
National and regional conferences are wonderful resources. We all come back with some terrific ideas. Sometimes, though, those incredible ideas that worked so well at School A weren't as effective at School B. Comparisons and contrasts will be examined by Veteran Service Directors from a major state university and a small community college. The goal is to help identify, fine-tune, and modify programs for maximum success at your institution.

Women in the Military: Understanding Women’s Contributions to National Service and Post-Service Civilian Life
Presenter(s)
Rosalinda Maury, Director of Applied Research and Analytics - Institute of Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
Corri Zoli, Director of Research and Assistant Research Professor - Institute for National Security & Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University
Danny Fay, Assistant Professor of Public ManagementAssistant Professor of Public Management - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Social Justice and Inclusion; Values, Philosophy, and History

Abstract
In this new era in which women are the fastest growing subpopulation of veterans, it is a timely moment to listen carefully to what women military service members say about service and post-service life. Such experiences illustrate how the U.S. military, as an institution and culture, is changing and the role that women are playing, including in leadership, as they define new horizons and experiences for themselves in the Post-9/11 U.S. military. The presenters' qualitative and quantitative research on women's perspectives uses aggregate data analysis, innovative social science methods, and showcases unexpected findings from the team's longer project and attendant publications. We focus on two key themes: women's similar motivations for joining the armed forces as male counterparts; and women's distinctive challenges in the service-to-civilian transition process.

11:15 a.m.–
11:45 a.m.
Learning Labs I
Speakers30 minute sessions designed to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Presenters will share ideas for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions.
#LearnByTweet: Creating a Free, Tweetable Study Skills Curriculum for Student Veterans
Presenter(s)
R.J. Jenkins, Curriculum Design Specialist - Columbia University

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
This presentation will introduce participants to a new, free, tweetable mini-curriculum designed to help military-connected students navigate the transition to college, build crucial academic skills, and optimize their performance in the classroom. An innovative spin-off from a massive open online course (MOOC) developed for the same purpose, university studies for student veterans, #LearnByTweet uses social media to deliver academic support in the form of pithy #microlessons, engaging student veterans in the virtual spaces where they are.

Don’t Let the Tail wag the Dog: Creating a Full-time Therapy Dog Program
Presenter(s)
Jay Derrico, Assistant Director of Veterans Affairs Program - California State University-Channel Islands
Doc Derrico, Therapy Dog - California State University-Channel Islands

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Leadership

Abstract
It is not every day a donor plops down $200,000 to start a full-time therapy dog program in your Veterans Resource Center (VRC) where the dogs are fully trained and ready to go! This report will follow the tail tale journey of implementing such a program and all of the decisions regarding liabilities, special training, choosing a handler, research, and excitement that go along with it.

Ecotherapy: Enhancing Student Veterans Way of Life
Presenter(s)
Connie Johnson, Veteran Coordinator - South Dakota State Univeristy
Ryan Raynor, Supervisor/Snowmobile Trails Coordinator - South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
David Shepherd, Marine Veteran and Current StudentMarine Veteran and Current Student - South Dakota State Univeristy

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Leadership

Abstract
This session will inform on the theory of ecotherapy within veteran, collegiate communities through ecotherapeutic programing by way of implantation of student veteran retreats. Student veteran retreats are designed for environmental local resources to improve mental health, boost resiliency, and enhance school retention of veteran students. Recommendations for student affairs practitioners, school certifying officials and professionals, associated with student veterans will be provided.

Engaging and Retaining Online-only Student Veterans: A Framework for Higher Education
Presenter(s)
Michael Kirchner, Assistant Professor - Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Steven Pepper, Student Veteran Specialist - Moraine Park Technical College

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Colleges have established, implemented, and improved programming specifically directed at student veterans on campus, but these generally overlooked initiatives could impact the retention of students who primarily enroll in online classes. Perhaps due to their lack of presence, online students still comprise a substantial portion of student veterans who use federal and state education benefits to pursue their degree. This session will introduce administrators to a developing framework being implemented to increase online student veteran engagement.

Operation Diversity Connection: Minority, Military-Connected Students in Higher Education
Presenter(s)
Kimberly Gilchrist-Wynter, Student Success Coach - Florida International University
Catharine Vale, Program Coordinator - Florida International University
Sheryl-Ann Mullings-Black, Program CoordinatorProgram Coordinator - Florida International University
Marquay Smith, Veteran Success on Campus Counselor - Florida International University
Mario Lara, Academic Advisor - Florida International University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Social Justice and Inclusion

Abstract
Current research shows veterans and military-connected students are being served in higher education institutions; however, distinctions between minority categories within the military often do not exist. This session will focus on research and best practices on minority military-connected students within higher education. Anonymous suggestions won't cut it - will need to hear from participants stat This dialogue will encourage input Outside Our Wire with a view to bring attention to diversity in the armed forces. AT EASE Educators!

OUTREACH: Increasing Veteran Population at Your Campus
Presenter(s)
Tamara Thacker, Veteran Services Coordinator - University of California-Riverside

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Leadership

Abstract
Ideally, each campus would have thousands of veteran students, but this is not always the case. While veterans are looking to attend a campus that has resources and staff to support them, it is sometimes difficult to locate these students and introduce them to campus resources. Tailoring outreach to the military student, will increase numbers. After just one year of targeted outreach, University of California-Riverside had an increase of 22%. Presenters will share their methodology.

Points of Contact: Bridging On- and Off-campus Resources to Serve Military-Connected Students
Presenter(s)
Courtney Hytinen, Academic Advisor and Military Transcript Evaluator - Truckee Meadows Community College
Felipe Gutierrez, Veterans Pre-Admissions Associate - Truckee Meadows Community College
Susan Elbe, Veterans Academic Advisor/Financial Aid Coordinator for Special PopulationsVeterans Academic Advisor/Financial Aid Coordinator for Special Populations - Truckee Meadows Community College

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Values, Philosophy, and History

Abstract
With more military-connected students striving for post-secondary education and the implementation of the Forever G.I. Bill, colleges and universities are constantly thinking about ways to assist and retain this special population of students. Explore how one community college has expanded its services. Presenters will examine how the staff gained and remodeled their physical space, grew their services, and now interact with the campus community and community-at-large to better serve their military-connected students.

Working with VHA to support student success: The VITAL Model
Presenter(s)
Elizabeth Louer-Thompson , Acting National Director, VITAL - Department of Veterans Affairs

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting

Abstract
Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) is a healthcare program within the Department of Veterans Affairs. VITAL was designed to facilitate the academic success of student Veterans by (a) providing and coordinating on-campus healthcare services and (b) training faculty and staff on the adjustment/reintegration needs of student Veterans. This presentation will cover the development and evolution of VITAL, its four core components, future directions, and recommendations for engaging with local VA Medical Centers in support of student Veterans.

12:00 p.m.–
1:30 p.m.
Lunch and NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community Awards
Speakers(additional registration required); or, Lunch on your Own
1:30 p.m.–
2:00 p.m.
Learning Labs II
Speakers30 minute sessions designed to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Presenters will share ideas for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions.
Pre-enrollment Advisement: Navigating the College Application and Admissions Process
Presenter(s)
Tanya Ang, Vice President - Veterans Education Success
Beth Morgan, Director of Higher Education Transition and Partnerships - Columbia University

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting

Abstract
For many military-connected students, navigating the process of identifying a college or university, navigating the application and acceptance process, and deciding on a degree that will best meet long-term career goals can be daunting. Strong pre-enrollment advising provides necessary guidance that helps students make decisions that maximize their education benefits and achieve their academic and career goals. This session will focus on promising practices for pre-enrollment advising and encourage group discussion around ways to implement these practices on participants’ campuses.

Serving the Female Veteran Population
Presenter(s)
Samantha Sargent, Graduate Retention Fellow - Salem State University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Abstract
As of 2016, the female veteran population in the United States and its territories is two million. Although this is a large number, female veterans tend to fall through the cracks of support systems the government has put in place for veterans because they are dominated by men. During this session, the presenters will demonstrate the differences in the utilization of resources and programming between female and male student veterans. Understanding the barriers can help professionals develop successful initiatives.

Supports for Families of the Fallen
Presenter(s)
Ashlynne Haycock, Deputy Director of Policy - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Renee Monczynski, Young Adult Coordinator - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Personal and Ethical Foundations; Organizational and Human Resource

Abstract
TAPS is the Veterans Service Organization (VSO) providing support to anyone whose loved one or friend has died during their service in the military. This session will share information, resources, tools and examples of best practices in peer based programs and support services campuses can access and implement to increase their assistance to survivors (including financial aid for college attendance) in order to: reduce their isolation; increase their connections, engagement, hopefulness, knowledge and skills; and improve their academic readiness, performance and graduation rates.

The Student Veteran Career Crash Course
Presenter(s)
Jennifer Pluta, Assistant Director of Veteran and Military Family Career Services - Syracuse University

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Student Learning and Development

Abstract
The Student Veteran Career Crash Course is a one-day career development opportunity consisting of multiple workshops student veterans can attend based on their career readiness level. Whether students are in their first-year and looking to build their first resume, sophomores or juniors searching for internships, or seniors curious about utilizing LinkedIn to brand themselves, they can find all these resources in one place on one day. This program would be especially helpful for those students who might be behind on engaging the career development process or have not yet utilized Veteran Career Services; however, all student veterans will benefit from the content that will prepare them for upcoming career-related events and fairs.

Thinking Critically about Student Veteran Services
Presenter(s)
Glenn Phillips, Director of Assessment - Howard University
Coby Dillard, Coordinator of Veterans and Military Services - University of California-Santa Barbara

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Abstract
As student veteran populations plateau and, in some cases, decline, institutions of higher education need to begin to think more critically about how the services constructed in the early 21st century should be assessed and evaluated. Using Veteran Critical Theory as a framework, presenters suggest ways student veteran programs and services can be evaluated to make services more veteran-centered and recognize ways that resources “for student veterans” may be misdirected.

Using Peer Mentorship Programs to Promote a Holistic Approach to Student Success
Presenter(s)
Ashley Kirwan, Military Access and Wellness Program Manager - Ashford University
Evan Gray, Student Success Program Manager - Ashford University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
To meet the unique needs of military and veteran students, institutions must develop new pathways to provide co-curricular student support programing. When done thoughtfully and effectively, programming can also deliver resources and interventions that are designed to support students but often go unused. For military students with unique needs, connection to peers, resources, and their communities can have a meaningful impact on academic success. This presentation will provide a framework for student affairs professionals to utilize peer mentorship programs to achieve broad student success goals.

2:15 p.m.–
3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Dialogues
Speakers(Roundtable Discussions)
Difficult Conversations: Supporting Veterans Transitioning in the Post 9/11 era
Presenter(s)
Amber Mathwig, Student Veterans Assistance Coordinator - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Personal and Ethical Foundations

Abstract
The Post 9/11 military population has experienced unique challenges in their war experiences, the increased use of military and personal technology, and changing social and economic structures in the United States. This session will engage student affairs professionals in discussing how their own experiences and challenges in this era of a new and different type of international conflict impact how they work with the veterans who personally experience war, war zones, and long-term effects of conflict on the people most directly engaged with it.

Improving College Opportunities for Veterans
Presenter(s)

Bruce Shahbaz , Senior Director, Strategic Military Initiatives - College Board
Beth Morgan, Director of Higher Education, Transitions and Partnerships - Columbia University, Center for Veteran Transition and Integration
Jesse Tossetti, Director of Outreach - Warrior-Scholar Project
Adam Behrendt, President, Ivy League Veteran Council - Stanford University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Leadership; Advising and Supporting

Abstract
Veterans are under-represented at high graduation rate colleges and universities, only one in ten student veterans is enrolling in the colleges and universities with graduation rates of 70 percent or higher. This panel will bring together experts from Columbia University, Warrior-Scholar Project, Ivy League Veterans Counsel, and College Board to discuss specific actions to improve Veteran recruiting, admissions, and graduation.

In the Background: Military Dependents in the U.S. and Higher Education
Presenter(s)
Maria Montalvo, Executive Director - Corvias Foundation
Nick Drake, Director of Military and Veteran Services - North Carolina State University
Kamrie Riskue, Graduate Student, Student Affairs and Foundation Alumni Graduate Student, Student Affairs and Foundation Alumni - University of Maryland, College Park
Allie Jones, Program Manager, Spouse Education and Employment - National Military Family Association (NMFA)
April Blackmon Strange, Director, Military-Affiliated Student Center - National Military Family Association (NMFA)

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
The unique risk factors and needs of military dependents (college-age children or spouses) within higher education call for programming distinct from those offered to other military-connected sub-groups. The dependent sub-population is growing, equaling and often far exceeding student athletes on campus. Scholarship organizations serving military families can further their understanding of the circumstances within this sub-population and ensure they receive appropriate resources. Insights into how to empower and support these students result in quantifiable impacts on persistence and graduation.

Peer Support in the Effectiveness of the "Online Moving Forward" Course
Presenter(s)
Annabel Prins, Professor - San Jose State University
Damian Bramlett, Project Coordinator/Health Science Specialist - Veterans Health Administration
Trisha Vinatieri, Clinical PsychologistClinical Psychologist - Veterans Health Administration

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Student Learning and Development; Technology

Abstract
In this session, presenters will discuss the development, methodology and findings of a research study evaluating the VA/DOD online course, Moving Forward (MF). Sixty-three military-connected students were randomized to the MF course with or without peer support. Both groups demonstrated significantly less unproductive problem-solving and students in the peer-support condition demonstrated less reliance on avoidant problem solving. Overall, usability ratings of MF were more favorable in the peer-support condition. Recommendations for utilizing MF with military-connected students will be offered.

Student Veterans' Transition from Combat to College and their View of Support Services
Presenter(s)
Dr. Dawn Mackiewicz, Assistant Professor of Practice - Pine Manor College

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Personal and Ethical Foundations

Abstract
The program would explore the researchers recent dissertation research that incorporated a qualitative study utilizing student veterans' who shared their transitional experiences from a combat setting to a community college environment and how they perceived support services. Based on the findings, the presenter developed a creative online veterans center that would not substitute a physical setting but rather serve as a supplement for those student veterans who have difficulty accessing these valuable resources. The goal of the session would be to share this vital research so participants would utilize these methods and apply it to their own institutions.

Understanding the Challenges of Moral Injury with Student Veterans
Presenter(s)
Michael McDowell, Executive Director - The Soldiers Project

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Leadership; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Throughout world history, warfighters have been confronted with the moral and ethical challenges brought on by the violent nature of linear and asymmetric battlefields. Those exposed to high levels of violence, death, and dismemberment have also experienced moral injuries. As student service members/veterans (SSM/V) transition and enroll in our colleges and universities, leaders must better understand the unique challenges moral injury play into SSM/Vs, how it can affect their academic and social experiences, and provide timely resources for non-traditional students.

3:30 p.m.–
4:00 p.m.
Networking Break
4:00 p.m.–
5:00 p.m.
Large General Interest Sessions
A Landscape of Federal Policy for Military-Connected Students
Presenter(s)
Tanya Ang, Vice President - Veterans Education Success
Joe Wescott, Legislative Director - Nataional State Approving Agencies
Lauren Augustine, Vice President of Government AffairsVice President of Government Affairs - Student Veterans of America
Ashlynne Haycock, Deputy Director - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
, - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Law, Policy, and Governance

Abstract
Over the last year, with the implementation of the Forever G.I. Bill, the push from Congress to pass an updated Higher Education Act, and the rollback of regulations such as Borrower Defense by the Department of Education, higher education has been in the front and center of federal policy. This panel brings together policy experts to discuss what has happened in the last year, potential challenges specifically related to military-connected students, and what lies ahead.

Lessons Learned: How to Support Military-Connected Students with Limited to no Funding
Presenter(s)
Monte Stewart, Student Services Coordinator - University of Wisconsin - Superior
Harry Anderson, Dean of Students - University of Wisconsin - Superior

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Organizational and Human Resource

Abstract
In 2017, Mitchell, Leachman, and Masterson stated the overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the 2017 academic year was nearly $9 billion below its 2008 level after adjusting for inflation. With needed initiatives to support student success and retention, how can institutions support their military-connected students? This session will break down how in 2012 the University of Wisconsin-Superior implemented a sustainable program with limited resources to support student veterans and service members.

The Changing Face of Service: Exploring the Diversity of Military-Connected Students
Presenter(s)
Louis Dilbert, Director of Military and Veteran Affairs - Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Lakeisha Holligan, Assistant Director of Military and Veteran Affairs - Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Social Justice and Inclusion; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Since the birth of America, white, heterosexual, Christian males have been the dominant face of America's military force. Although today's military is not much different demographically, a wave of diversity has been seeping into the military's ranks. Student affairs professionals should not only understand the needs of military-connected students but also develop practices that support the success of diverse sub-groups of this population that is changing in regards to race/ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

The Transition: Student Veterans Engaging in Leadership through a High Impact Practice
Presenter(s)
Bianca Quiñones, Coordinator for Veteran Programs - Texas State University
SGM Donald Freeman, Assistant Director, Veteran Resource and Support Center - Texas A&M University
Alyssa Knuth, Student Veterans of America PresidentStudent Veterans of America President - Texas A&M University
Manuel Mendoza, PAVE Advisor - Texas A&M University

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
This program will discuss the importance of a High Impact Practice (HIP) when working with student veterans who will be entering the civilian workforce. The development and implementation of a HIP within the planning for a veteran orientation will be described. The rubric used to assess student growth in teamwork, critical thinking, and risk taking will be shared.

7:30 a.m.–
11:00 a.m.
Check-in and Exhibitor Tables Open
7:45 a.m.–
8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 a.m.–
9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
Camo to College: Transforming Military Cultural Intelligence in Higher Education
Presenter(s)
Karen Daley, Dean, College of Health Professions - Davenport University
Dana Hill, VBSN Advisor - Davenport University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Social Justice and Inclusion

Abstract
Feedback from Davenport University students within the Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) pathway, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, revealed challenges for military students transitioning to campus culture. To improve VBSN student experiences, best practices and trainings were created and implemented. Best practices include credit granted for military training, developing, and implementing a ten-station Military Simulation to help the campus community understand obstacles that military students face and Green Zone Training to create a military-friendly classrooms.

From ‘Broken Heroes’ to Public Servants: Transforming Persistent Myths about Post-9/11 Veterans
Presenter(s)
Rosalinda Maury, Director of Applied Research and Analytics - Institute of Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
Corri Zoli, Director of Research and Assistant Research Professor - Institute for National Security & Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University
Danny Fay, Assistant Professor of Public ManagementAssistant Professor of Public Management - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Values, Philosophy, and History; Organizational and Human Resource

Abstract
This presentation uses cutting-edge social science research and data-driven analyses to debunk persistent, false myths about today's all-volunteer Gulf War and Post-9/11 veterans. Such myths include: the 1% rule, when veterans are closer to 10% of the total U.S. population; veterans as under-educated, when on average they outpace civilian counterparts; the military as demographically homogenous when the military outpaces public institutions for diversity; veterans' professional skills as unmarketable or limited, when they have heightened high-tech, STEM, and professionalized training. Our research reveals a far more accurate, complex, nuanced, and interesting picture of veterans' contribution to American culture. One that warrants retiring the “broken hero” myth and recognizing their ongoing commitment to public service.

How to Serve Without Having Served: A Journey to VA Certification
Presenter(s)
Justin Balser, Academic Advisor - Florida Atlantic University

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Personal and Ethical Foundations; Social Justice and Inclusion

Abstract
In the world of higher education, those who serve our veteran and military-connected students often served themselves. This presentation aims to explore a personal journey to how an academic advisor, guided by the passion for this population but with no formal military experience, worked to eventually become a VA-certifying official. This presentation will thoroughly review this journey to include steps, strategies, and lessons learned for anyone who may desire to help our veteran students.

Mapping Out Your Journey: A Guide to Veteran Assessment
Presenter(s)
Brian Martineau, Coordinator of Student Veteran Services - The New School

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Abstract
Most people have a love-hate relationship with assessment, but recently, the presenter of this session has been leaning towards love. In this session, the presenter invites you on an assessment journey to discuss a painless approach to mapping out your goals, creating assessment and analyzing data on a student veteran population, and acting on the results. Here is a hint: this first step is goal-setting. At the end of session, you will see assessing the small things can end with big results.

Military-Connected on Campus: Working with Faculty
Presenter(s)
Elizabeth Kujava, Associate Professor - Bemidji State University
Jesse Grant, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Success - Bemidji State University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Law, Policy, and Governance

Abstract
Faculty engagement is an important but underserved element in programming surrounding military-connected students. Faculty class management choices, which are largely discretionary decisions grounded in academic and intellectual freedom, can result in practices that feel unsupportive to military-connected students. These issues generally arise not from overt bias, but lack of knowledge on the part of faculty and, in some cases, student misunderstandings. Drawing on experience, presenters share perceived-unsupportive class management practices, explore responses to such practices.

Navigating the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits Process: Advocating for Student Veterans
Presenter(s)
Janine Wert, Director of Veterans Services - University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Wounded, ill, and injured veterans face unique obstacles as they transition from military to civilian life. The VA Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Program can offset some of those challenges by providing additional support to those who deal with issues related to their military service. This presentation addresses the VA Vocational Rehabilitation process and requirements, clarifies the value of pursuing VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, and features pathways for pro-active advocacy on behalf of wounded, ill, and injured student veterans.

Practical Magic: Program Development and Student Theory
Presenter(s)
Amber Mathwig, Student Veterans Assistance Coordinator - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chelsea O'Brien, Coordination of Tutoring and Academic Support - Genesee Community College

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Student Learning and Development

Abstract
In spring of 2018, the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a substantial multi-year grant to take its two-day onboarding program for student veterans to a full year program to support their transition from the military and/or to the challenging environment at four-year institutions. Presenters collaborated to identify various student affairs theories to support the development of the non-traditional student. By combining practice with research, a broad yet comprehensive first-year transition program was conceptualized and is currently in practice at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Issue of Toxic Masculinity in a Veterans Center
Presenter(s)
Yolanda Medina, Director of Military and Veterans Resource Center - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
James Cocroft, Assistant Director of Campus EngagementAssistant Director of Campus Engagement - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Advanced

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Personal and Ethical Foundations

Abstract
Some veterans transitioning from the military into civilian life have problems with behavior typically described as “bro culture” or “locker room behavior”, but has been defined as "toxic masculinity." This session is for student affairs professionals interested in learning how to support veterans who struggle with issues related to employment, mental, and physical health and loss of military identity, while addressing the behaviors related to reports of sexual harassment, bullying, racism, and misogyny.

9:45 a.m.–
10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
Ask a Military Kid: Why Military-connected Children are not Traditional Students
Presenter(s)
Maria Montalvo, Executive Director - Corvias Foundation
Mecia Lockwood, Student Program Coordinator - Florida State University and military dependent
Kamrie Risku, Graduate Student, Student Affairs - University of Maryland, College Park and military dependent
Maya Espinoza, Academic Advisor - Academy of Art University and military dependent
Autum Conley, Broadcast Producer - Illinois State University Athletics and military dependent

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Corvias Foundation Alumni Committee has gathered 20 college graduates from across the country to talk to you about what it is like to be a military family member studying at a four-year university. Four panelists will present four key takeaways to help universities better serve their military dependent sub-population, and the full alumni committee will be available to answer your questions. From the strain of parent deployments to financial aid challenges, this is a unique opportunity to learn from military children who want to share their experiences.

Am I a Veteran or I am a Veteran: The Culture Around Women Who Serve
Presenter(s)
Ann Treadaway, Director Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services - Rutgers University

Symposium Theme
Military-Connected Students 101

Program Track
Intermediate

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Student Learning and Development; Values, Philosophy, and History

Abstract
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and other government agencies, women are the fastest growing cohort of Veterans. The VA and many veteran support services have been designed for men. As the percentage of women veterans increases, these agencies have attempted to expand their services to meet their needs, yet women veteran engagement is low. This presentation will address the culture around women in the service that may be a factor in preventing them from utilizing support services and programs.

Connecting Veterans with their Career Centers
Presenter(s)
Amanda Olson, Coordinator of Career and Professional Development - Texas A&M University Central Texas

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Organizational and Human Resource; Student Learning and Development

Abstract
Intentional and frequent visits to a student's career center greatly increase levels of confidence in having the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the job market. With the implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, universities have seen a 42% increase in students using Education Benefits. As our veteran population increases, the amount of dedicated programming for student veterans becomes increasingly important. This presentation will explore how faculty and staff can engage and support career-focused programming for our veteran population.

Lessons Learned from the Veteran Success Collaborative: A Pilot Program
Presenter(s)
Michael Logan, Associate Director of Veteran and Military Affairs - The University of Texas at San Antonio
William Lansdon, Veteran and Military Affairs Program Coordinator - The University of Texas at San Antonio

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Leadership; Organizational and Human Resource

Abstract
The Veteran Success Collaborative (VSC) was piloted in assessment year 2017-18 to assist student veterans navigate institutional barriers, primarily through peer mentoring. The effort required to address the emergent issues resulted in a larger than expected operational scale. The lesson was clear; innovative partnerships were required to ensure both program sustainability and the inclusion of all military-connected students across the campus. The result was increased cross-divisional collaboration and enhanced support of our nearly 5,000 military-connected students.

Online Programming for Military-Connected Students: Who, How and Why
Presenter(s)
Rebecca Adey-Merrithew, Military Academic Advisor II - Southern New Hampshire University
Amanda Jo (A.J.) Combs, Military Academic Advisor II - Southern New Hampshire University
Randy Plunkett, Assistant Vice President of Military InitiativesAssistant Vice President of Military Initiatives - Southern New Hampshire University

Symposium Theme
Lessons Learned: Campus Programming

Program Track
Foundational

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Advising and Supporting; Technology

Abstract
One-fifth of the student body at Southern New Hampshire University is military-connected. Our fully online programs offer flexibility to these students and their specific needs. We have many systems in place (including admission, advising, career, disability resources, transfer credits, and more) to help support this unique population and overcome challenges. This presentation is designed to show who we serve, how we serve them, and why we do what we do.

Student Veteran Persistence: Results of a Single-Institution Study
Presenter(s)
Sue Ann Sandusky, Adjunct Instructor - Tiffin University

Symposium Theme
Policy, Research, and Assessment

Program Track
Advanced

Student Affairs Competency/ies
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research

Abstract
This presentation examines student veteran persistence and graduation rates at a large, public university in rural northwestern Ohio fall 2009-summer 2017. The study population (N=537) included beneficiaries of the Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30), Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607), and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program (Chapter 31). Persister/nonpersister differences will be reported as well as the performance of selected variables in predicting persistence outcomes using logistic regression.

11:00 a.m.–
12:00 p.m.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Presenter(s)
Linda Herlocker, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President, Admissions & Records - Valencia College

Speakers

Luis Visot
Luis Visot
Doctoral Candidate & Major General (Ret. U.S. Army)
—George Washington University

Major General (RET) Luis R. Visot retired in December 2015 from The United States Army after over 35 years of service. In his last U.S. Army assignment, he served as the Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve, responsible for the synchronization, coordination, optimization, and integration of the Army Reserve staff and leading its strategic and operational planning, activities and execution.

Luis, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, was commissioned as a 2LT in May 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a Master’s in Education from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

MG(R) Visot’s military awards/decorations amongst others: Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal with silver and bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

In October 2015, Luis retired from The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida, after 35 years of service. In his last assignment at USF served as the Executive Director, The Joint Military Leadership Center (JMLC), responsible for the program development and implementation, funding and sustainment, and expansion of the Center, focused on joint/multinational education, national/military defense strategies, global understanding, and leadership development. While at USF, Luis served in the Housing and Food Service Department, the Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and University Advancement.

Luis is presently pursuing an education doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Luis is married to Dr. Cindy S. Visot, who is the Chief of Staff and the Director of Board of Trustees Operations at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida.

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Linda Herlocker, Ed.D.
Linda Herlocker, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
—Florida State College at Jacksonville

Dr. Linda Herlocker currently serves Vice President for Student Services for Florida State College at Jacksonville.  She brings more than twenty years of higher education administration experience, serving in both public and private post secondary institutions, in both the student services and the academic affairs areas, in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for a nursing college. 

Prior to her higher education career, she served as a United States Naval Officer for 11 years on active duty, then served an additional nine years as a Reservist, eventually retiring with the rank of Commander. Dr. Herlocker earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida, a Masters in Business Administration from National University, and a Bachelors degree in English from the Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Herlocker believes that because of her unique career path, she provides a unique perspective regarding the intersection between the military and higher education.

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Charlie Willson
Charlie Willson
Officer, Student Loan Initiatives
—The Pew Charitable Trusts

Charlie Willson works with the student loan initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., and leads Pew’s research on veterans’ experiences borrowing and repaying student loans.
Before joining Pew, Willson was a senior analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where he produced reports for Congress on a range of higher education and Veterans’ Affairs topics. He also worked as a program officer at the Stuart Foundation; and as a consultant, supported the work of foundations seeking to improve graduation rates at community colleges, and increase access to financial aid for first-generation and low-income college students.


Willson holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Georgia, as well as a law degree, and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University.

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All conference activities will take place at the Renaissance Las Vegas.

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