MTSU Daniels Center greets 10 student veteran newc...

MTSU Daniels Center greets 10 student veteran newcomers

New and returning MTSU student veterans participated Wednesday (Jan. 9) in the spring 2019 “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center.

Ten new MTSU students and family members attended the session, which was held in the James Union Building.

Hilary Miller greets Richard Karnagie

Daniels Veterans Center Director Hilary Miller, right, meets Ashley and Richard Kanagie of Manchester, Tenn., Jan. 9 during the spring 2019 “newcomers briefing” in the James Union Building. Originally from Miami, Fla., he is a freshman geosciences major in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. Ashley Karnage is originally from McMinnville, Tenn.  (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

The briefing is to ensure veterans and their families are up to speed on campus resources, said Hilary Miller, center director.

Miller spoke to the group along with Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives.

Campus personnel and resources included John Bautch from military science, Ray Wiley from the Campus Recreation Center, Shane Smith from the center’s Transition Home Office that links students to potential jobs and careers, other university departments and various veterans center staff members.

MTSU student veteran Monique Little, a junior College of Behavioral and Health Sciences major, shows off two apple pies that were part of the meal for those attending the Jan. 9 Daniels Veterans Center spring newcomers briefing in the James Union Building. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)

A relatively new partner off-campus for the Daniels Veterans Center is The Family Center, which was represented by Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad and Dr. Natalie Hoskins. The Murfreesboro-based organization’s mission is breaking multi-generational cycles of child abuse, neglect and trauma.

The event included a free meal, which was catered by MT Dining/Aramark.

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New MTSU freshman student veteran Michael Stringer, a College of Basic and Applied Sciences major, holds six Nashville Predators tickets he won during a giveaway Jan. 9 during the spring newcomers briefing held by the Daniels Veterans Center in the James Union Building. (MTSU photo by Eric Sutton)