Wichita State to open new Military and Veteran Student Center
Nov 7, 2013 7:00 AM | Print
Responding to the wishes of students who have military experience, Wichita State University has opened a Military and Veteran Student Center in 107 Lindquist Hall.
The center will be staffed from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.
The WSU Military and Veteran Student Center will create a home on campus for students on active duty, veterans or their dependents.
In addition to administrative oversight, student employees will help staff the center and be available to answer questions and provide resources.
Students will be able to use this space to connect to other students with similar life experiences and connect with resources to help them succeed academically and socially while at Wichita State.
Computer stations will offer free printing.
"There is a large population of students on campus with military experience, and this population is often at higher risk of not graduating," said Sarah Sell, Student Success specialist and co-chair of the Veterans Advisory Board at WSU. "There are many faculty and staff who have expressed a desire to have more resources on campus to serve this population.
"I have a personal interest in helping these students since I am a first sergeant in the Air National Guard," said Sell, a 12-year veteran. "I have dealt with military commitments during college and also coming back to school after deployments. This is why I partnered with the students to make this a reality."
Many people contributed to make the center a reality, according to Sell, including WSU President John Bardo, who expressed interest in increasing services for military and veteran students.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Tony Vizzini agreed to provide funds to open the center. Facilities and Physical Plant worked together to remodel the space. The Rhatigan Student Center donated the majority of the furniture. University Computing donated computers. And the American Legion is donating service flags to decorate the center.
The Student Veteran Organization played an important role in garnering support for the creation of this center, and it was instrumental in providing feedback from students.
Temporary office relocations
WSU makes case for special funding priorities
Revisions made to parking plan
High School Guest Program offering $500 scholarships
Collaboration to benefit WSU students
Wichita State police lend helping hand
WSU Foundation welcomes two new leaders
Wichita has 'secret source' of IT talent
WSU School of Nursing benefits from grant
Multi-disciplinary field study
WSU Foundation finishes strong year
WSU director to speak on racial profiling
WSU research uses all types of people
Shuttle system adds new stops
Permits to be required to park on main campus
WSU names new director of AEGD program
WSU reorganizes admin structure
WSU, WuShock logo at IndyCar Series
WSU camps introduce youth to engineering
WSU hosting ACT Prep Workshop
Wichita State welcomes FarmHouse fraternity to campus
WSU grad overcame tragedy to earn her degree
WSU to host forums for returning adults
'Forty Years/Forty Stories' at WSU museum