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Military & Veterans Resource Center. Board of Trustees Student Life & Facilities Committee October 18, 2011. Ray Wikstrom Director Phone: (904) 620-2655 E-mail: Marketing and Expansion (Phase 3 – July 2011). Center History Timeline.

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Military & Veterans

Resource Center

Board of Trustees

Student Life & Facilities Committee

October 18, 2011

Ray Wikstrom


Phone: (904) 620-2655



Marketing and Expansion

(Phase 3 – July 2011)

Center History Timeline

  • Enhance Student Services & Resources throughout the University’s 5 Colleges and Academic and Student Affairs
  • Increase Grant and Scholarship Opportunities
  • Engage the Business Sector to Increase Internships, Externships and Mentorships for Career Opportunities
  • Identify and Implement Marketing Strategies and Outreach Activities to Promote the University and the Military & Veterans Resource Center

Infrastructure and Execution

(Phase 2 - Aug 2010)

  • Hired Staff and Established Partnerships
  • Renovated theTemporary Existing Spaces for the Center
  • Trained the Staff/Faculty and Opened the Doors (Orientation)
  • Became a Military-Friendly School (in our First Year of Operation)
  • Developed the Concept for an All-Purpose Military & Veterans Resource Center under the UNF’s Yesterday’s Warriors, Today’ Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders Project
  • Expanded the Service Capacity of the Counseling, Disability Resources and Mental Health Counseling for veterans
  • Developed One-Stop Shop Concept for Timely VA Support/Financial Assistance/ Military Academic Advisors
  • Obtained $217K in BrAIve Funds from the Community Foundation of Florida

Task Force

(Phase 1 – Oct 2009)

FundingSources 2011-2012

Michael & Kim Ward (3 years/$239K)

Prudential (3 years/$60K)

MVRC Foundation Account

UNF Student Affairs E&G Account



Academic Advising


Study Groups


Ambassador Program

Military Orientation

Military Handbook

Priority Registration 8.12*


Counseling Center

Disability Resource center

VA Educational benefits

Financial Aid

Student Veterans of America

Student Government

MVRC Web Pages


MVRC Mission

To Provide a Broad Range of Student Services andResourcesFocused on the Special Needs of Today’s Military Veterans, Service members, and Their Families, to Enhance Their Smooth “Transition” from the Military Environment to Campus Life Leading to Academic Success, GraduationandEmployment Opportunities

Resource Center

Transition Coach

Computer Lab

Copy Machine

Group Study

Peer to Peer Support

Lounge Area/TV

Extended Hours

Special Programming

Academic Success & Graduation

Trained Faculty

Trained Staff

Trained Advisors

Scholarships Specifically for Vets

Seeking Fellowships*

Employment Opportunities

Career Services

Veterans Alumni Association Club



WorkSource Florida


Upcoming Center Initiatives

FALL - Veterans Day Tribute – November 10, 2011

SPRING – Hosting Military Friendly Boot Camp Consortium with SUS Schools

SUMMER - Veterans College Ready Boot Camp

Veterans Textbook Vouchers - Prudential