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K-State Today

February 21, 2014



NACADA webinar 'Soldiers to Students: Academic Advising for Returning Veterans' on Feb. 26

By Michale L. Lynch

The next NACADA webinar for the spring semester is “Soldiers to Students: Academic Advising for Returning Veterans” and will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Room 227 at the K-State Student Union. 

According to H.R. 1238: True Cost of War Act of 2013, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2013, more than 2.4 million members of the United States Armed Forces have served in military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Many of these service members are entering our higher education institutions as students in classroom or distance learning venues.

Whether we serve as faculty advisors, full-time advisors or advising administrators, understanding the needs of this student population is crucial to our ability to assist their transition into and persistence through college. In this Web event, jointly sponsored by NACADA's Advising Veterans, Military Students & Family Members Interest Group and Advising Students with Disabilities Commission, our panelists will consider the impact of deployment cycles and issues veterans may experience and share information and strategies that will aid us in assisting our student veterans, both face-to-face and at a distance.

The moderator is Terry Musser, advising coordinator, College of Agricultural Sciences, Pennsylvania State University. 

Panelists include: Jill Geisler Wheeler, assistant director, Fulbright College Honors Program, University of Arkansas; Terry Watson, disability contact liaison, Pennsylvania State University World Campus; Jorge Trevino, academic advisor-military and lecturer in organizational leadership studies, Pennsylvania State University World Campus; and Kent Seaver, director of learning resources, North Lake College.