New and returning MTSU student veterans and their families attended a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center.
The event was held Aug. 17 in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building.
The briefing was an orientation for the veterans and their families, enabling them to find campus resources, said Dr. Hilary Miller, center director.
Miller and her staff were targeting new-to-MTSU student veterans and family members, but all student vets and their families were welcome, she said.
“Our goal is to make sure they have on-campus contacts for all offices that can help them be successful,” Miller said. “We want them to know the center staff, be connected to us and know other student veterans.”
The agenda included:
- Barbecue dinner.
- Welcome, introduction of staff and center’s mission, led by Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general.
- Veterans’ introductions.
- Current center programs and fall semester events, led by Miller.
- MTSU and Veterans relationship, led by Dr. Derek Frisby, an MTSU alumnus and faculty member in the Global Studies and Cultural Geography program in the College of Liberal Arts.
- Discovering campus resources (includes tours and information about G.I. Bill, VetSuccess on Campus, tutoring and more).
- College challenge from Miller, emphasizing graduation and employment expectations.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)