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From the Front Lines to the Front of the Class: Student Veterans at SXU. Presenters: John Kelly, Veteran Recruitment Specialist Sheri Gross, Veteran Coordinator. Meet John and Sheri Military Culture Veterans at a Glance Our SXU Student Veterans Common Misconceptions

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from the front lines to the front of the class student veterans at sxu

From the Front Lines to the Front of the Class: Student Veterans at SXU

Presenters:

John Kelly, Veteran Recruitment Specialist

Sheri Gross, Veteran Coordinator

agenda
Meet John and Sheri
  • Military Culture
  • Veterans at a Glance
  • Our SXU Student Veterans
  • Common Misconceptions
  • Questions and Discussion
Agenda
a little about john
Marine Veteran
  • Former SXU student/worker
  • What I do at SXU
    • Transfer Counselor
    • Veteran Recruitment
    • First Point of Contact
    • Advocacy
    • Oversees the Student Veteran

Admission Asst.

A little about John…
a little about sheri
Army Spouse
  • Former Counselor
  • What I do at SXU
    • Benefits
    • Advocacy
    • Student Organization Advisor
    • Everything in between
A little about Sheri…
military culture
While In The Service
  • Chain of command
  • Never off duty
  • Camaraderie
  • Teamwork

Post Separation

  • Not used as strictly as it is in the military
  • You are off when you punch the clock
  • Everyone goes their separate ways after work
  • Although it obviously exists in the civilian world, it is to a much lesser extent
Military Culture
military culture1
Military Skills

How they can be utilized in Higher Education

WANTS to be here

Takes charge in groups, but can also follow directions

Completes work according to syllabus, on time

Comes prepared to learn and pays close attention to lectures

Respects authority/hierarchy

Fantastic multi-tasking abilities

  • Highly motivated to be successful
  • Leadership experience
  • Timely
  • Preparedness
  • Attentive
  • Organized
  • Disciplined
Military Culture
flip side
Can be easily bothered by traditional students who:
    • Complain about trivial things (early classes, parents, etc)
    • Text during class
    • Do not respect professors/instructors time
    • Slack in group projects
    • Arrive late to classes or meetings
    • Take their time here for granted
Flip side?
veterans s tats at g lance
Nationally

Illinois

Total Veterans: 744,710

Male/Female: ~677k males, 68k females

Age Ranges: 18-85+

Almost 100k between 25-35

Conflicts: WW2-Current

~53k joined after 9/11

Utilizing GI Bill: As 0f 11/2010-22k

Unemployed (as of 2012):

Total: 7%

Total Post 9/11: 9.9%

18-24: 20.4%

25-34: 10.6%

  • Total Veterans: ~22 milion
    • Male/Female: ~19.7 million males/~2.3 million females
    • Age Ranges 18-85+
      • ~3 million between 25-35
  • Conflicts: WW2-current
    • 2.2 million joined after 9/11
  • Utilizing GI Bill: 3.5 million
  • Unemployed (2013): ~722,000
    • 252,700 are between 25-44 years old
Veterans Stats at Glance
sxu demographics
120 “Military” Students
    • 22 Dependents (Spouses, Children), 98 Veterans
      • 15 dependents receive VA education benefits
      • 81 veterans receive VA education benefits
      • 23 (7 dependent, 17 veteran) students receive no VA

benefits toward tuition and fees

    • Gender
      • Veterans: 33 female, 65 male
      • Dependents: 17 female, 5 male
    • 39 Graduate, 81 Undergraduate
      • UG: Business, Nursing, Psychology, CJ, Biology
      • GR: Business, Nursing, Education
    • Generally, student veterans are 23-35 years old
    • Years of service
      • Ranges from 2-20+ years
      • Generally 3-10 years

We are currently collecting data to better understand our military population at SXU (student survey and Institutional Research project)

SXU students VA Education

Benefits include:

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch.33 and Ch.33YR)

Montgomery GI Bill (Ch.30)

MGIB-SR (Ch.1606 )

DEA (Ch.35)

Army Tuition Assistance (TA)

SXU Demographics
what is sxu up to
Student Survey
  • Institutional Research Data Collection
  • Hines MMU at Health Fair
  • Point people in critical departments
  • Illinois Joining Forces
  • Affinity Group
What is SXU up to?
student veteran alliance
Formed in August 2013
  • Nationally Affiliated
  • ~30 students
  • Social Activities
  • Service Oriented
  • Open to ALL students
  • Special events on

campus

  • VetCenter Grant Initiative
Student Veteran Alliance
common misconceptions
Every veteran has PTSD or another form of mental illness
    • Statistics show that 10-30 % of veterans have a mental illness—studies vary
  • Every veteran has been to war and/or served in a combat role
  • Every veteran has a free ride to college
  • Left the service with marketable skills
  • Veterans do not like/want to get along with their civilian counterparts
Common Misconceptions
common misconceptions1
The student veteran will make it clear to everyone that he/she is a veteran
  • Members of the military are uneducated
  • The military preys on the poor
Common Misconceptions
sources
NCVAS (National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics). http://www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp
  • Overview of Military Culture, 2010. Jeanette Hsu; VA Palo Alto Health Care System. http://www.apa.org/about/gr/issues/military/military-culture.pdf
  • http://www.defense.gov/news/Dec2005/d20051213mythfact.pdf
  • Million Records Project, Student Veterans of America 3/2014
  • New Veterans in Illinois: A Call to Action, 12/2012 (McCormick Foundation)
  • http://www.ides.illinois.gov/ (Veteran reports)
Sources
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