New and returning MTSU student veterans and their families were welcomed Jan. 19 at a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center.
The event was held in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building, 628 Alma Mater Drive.
The briefing was to ensure veterans and their families are up to speed on campus resources, said Dr. Hilary Miller, center director.
Miller and her staff targeted new-to-MTSU student veterans and family members, but the event was open to all military-connected students, she said.
“Our goal is to make sure they have on-campus contacts for all offices that can help them be successful,” Miller said. “In addition, we want them to know the center staff, be connected to us and know other student veterans.”
The agenda included a dinner; a welcome and introduction of staff and an explanation of the center’s mission, led by Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general; introductions of veterans; and a discussion of current center programs and fall semester events, led by Miller.
Dr. Derek Frisby, a veteran, MTSU alumnus and professor in the Department of Global Studies and Cultural Geography in the College of Liberal Arts, shared information on MTSU and its relationship with veterans.
Officials also discussed discovering campus resources for veterans, which include tours and information about the G.I. Bill, VetSuccess on Campus and tutoring, and Miller presented a college challenge to the newcomers by emphasizing graduation and employment expectations.
Student veterans can get more information about the center at its website, www.mtsu.edu/military.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)