New Center provides services to military veterans.
By Gabrielle Maxey
"We welcome you!"
That is the message Joy Stout and the new University of Memphis' Veterans Resource
Center (VRC) have offered up to veterans and military-related students.
"Our goal is to enable you to learn with our assistance, to be a successful student,
academically and socially, graduate and obtain meaningful employment in your chosen
profession," says Stout, director of Adult and Commuter Student Services. "We are
a University that wants you to know that we appreciate your service to our nation.
We are honored that you have chosen to attend our great University."
Located in the Panhellenic Building, the VRC offers a new campus space where veterans
and military-related students can relax and study together. The Center is providing
an expanding variety of services, including seminars and outreach events for veterans;
important campus and community resource information; computers and a printer for personal
and academic use; and programs to help the campus better understand the sacrifices
and challenges of the military student.
|Stout says the new Veterans Resource Center will benefit veterans and military-related
students with a variety of outreach, campus, community and academic services.
"As director of Adult and Commuter Student Services, I have had the privilege to speak
with veterans who have used the services currently provided for adults and commuter
students," says Stout. "During our conversations, I learned that veterans were often
uncomfortable using space that was not specifically designated for them.
"I began to share the idea of providing a University space/place for veterans with
other administrators and they begin to think and dream along with me. A survey was
conducted and two focus groups were held, which confirmed my quest for a veterans
space on campus."
Stout says a proposal was developed, which led to the new center.
Stout says she is thankful to Dr. Stephen Petersen, the former Associate Vice President
for Student Affairs and Dean of Students; Dr. M. David Rudd, U of M Provost; Student
Affairs Vice President Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham; and Business and Finance Vice President
David Zettergren for empowering her to move forward with planning and developing the
Veterans Resource Center.
"I am delighted that our University leaders including President Brad Martin, Dr. Rudd,
Dr. Phillips Bingham and Mr. Zettergren have embraced the vision of providing services
to veterans beyond their benefit certification."