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UW-Green Bay to host Chancellor’s Veteran Reception, other events to honor vets

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will kick off a week of events celebrating campus and community veterans with the annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Phoenix Room B of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The annual Veterans Day event is held to recognize all campus and community veterans, as well as individuals currently serving in the military. This year’s reception will feature UW-Green Bay student Major Gena Selby, who will speak about her experiences as commander of C Company in the Ashwaubenon-based 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion. Selby is working toward her second bachelor’s degree at UW-Green Bay, majoring in Art and Arts Management. Chancellor Gary L. Miller also will speak, and he and Selby will present certificates of appreciation to student members of the military who are present. Refreshments and a social will follow.

“The annual Chancellor’s Veteran Reception allows us to pause and remember the contributions and sacrifices of those who have served,” said Elaina Koltz, UW-Green Bay veteran services adviser. “This event offers the chance to express, in a very real and meaningful way, the gratitude we feel year-round.”

UW-Green Bay has 368 individuals receiving veteran benefits, including 108 dependent spouses and children. That number is expected to increase to more than 400 by the end of the academic year, Koltz said. Twenty of those receiving benefits are currently in the National Guard and Reserve. UW-Green Bay’s Vets 4 Vets student club has about 15 active members.

For six years running, UW-Green Bay has been named a Military Friendly School, an honor bestowed by Victory Media Inc. that recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace military service members and spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus. Last winter, the University dedicated the At Ease Veteran and Service Member Lounge in Mary Ann Cofrin (MAC) Hall.

Additional veterans week events are as follows:

Veteran Open House, 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, At Ease Veteran and Service Member Student Lounge, MAC Hall 124. Attendees can visit with local veteran services representatives from the Wisconsin Job Center, Green Bay Vet Center, Green Bay VA Health Care Center, Brown County Veterans Service Office and Green Bay Center for Veteran Issues. Refreshments will be served.

Veteran Appreciation Day, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Resch Center, Green Bay. UW-Green Bay Athletics invites all veterans in the community to attend the Phoenix men’s basketball game at no cost. There will be a special recognition of those in the community who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Column highlights student vet’s business plan for ‘At Ease’

Today’s (Thursday, March 13) Ask SCORE column in the Green Bay Press-Gazette offers a bit of a different take on the conventional business plan. The piece features UW-Green Bay student Ken Corry, who was the driving force behind the new Veterans Lounge in MAC Hall. Columnist Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt explains how Corry, president of UW-Green Bay’s Vets 4 Vets Club, went about achieving his goal for such a space by creating and presenting a business plan. It worked, and the center opened one month ago Friday. Check out the column, and pics and story from the grand opening:
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At Ease: UW-Green Bay dedicates new veteran service lounge

Veterans & Service Member Student Lounge dedicationUW-Green Bay’s student veterans and military service members now have their own space to be “at ease,” thanks to a new dedicated space bearing the military-inspired moniker.

The At Ease Veteran & Service Member Student Lounge was dedicated Friday, Feb. 14 before a standing room-only crowd on the lower concourse of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. UW-Green Bay Vets 4 Vets student club President Ken Corry, who led the efforts to establish the new center, told attendees he was elated with the space.

“It’s amazing — it came to fruition and here it is. It’s awesome,” a beaming Corry said. “I’m at a loss for words because of how awesome it is.”

Corry, an Air Force veteran, explained and demonstrated the difference between the states of alert for service members — including the well-known “at attention,” the modified “parade rest” and the further modified “at ease,” which allows conversation and a more relaxed posture.

“It’s a time for us to relax,” he said, explaining the connection between stance and center. “A time to get away from everything.”

That relaxation, and a sense of place, are critical for returning vets and others, said Elaina Koltz, UW-Green Bay Veteran Services Adviser.

“Our new veteran center will help build camaraderie among the veterans and service members here on campus, facilitating and enhancing a much-needed network of support for these students,” Koltz said. “Providing this space is one way for us to acknowledge their experience, which often differs from that of nonmilitary students — and also to thank them for their service.”

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— Photos by Veronica Wierer, photography intern, Office of Marketing and University Communication

The new space was identified last year and announced during the 2013 Chancellor’s Veteran Reception on Veterans Day. UW-Green Bay alumnus, philanthropist and past commencement speaker Craig Dickman, along with his wife, Karen, donated the furnishings for the space, which is the former “grad pad” in MAC Hall 124, located near the foot of the building’s main staircase. They were on hand for the dedication and were the recipients of thank you gifts from the Vets 4 Vets student organization. Craig Dickman offered brief remarks that included an expression of gratitude and respect for the student veterans and military members.

Chancellor Tom Harden also addressed attendees before officially dedicating the At Ease lounge. He mentioned the University’s Military Friendly School honor, recently awarded for the fifth consecutive year by Victory Media Inc.

“We’re very proud of our military-friendly designation,” Harden said. “We want to be a very hospitable, friendly and productive place for veterans who come to school here.”

UW-Green Bay has more than 400 individuals receiving veteran benefits, including 302 veterans and service members, as well as more than 110 dependents. Creation of the new veteran center is just one way in which UW-Green Bay has ramped up efforts to serve student veterans in recent years. The November Chancellor’s Veteran Reception kicked off an entire week of events including an awareness walk, volunteer organization panel, military speaker, veteran picnic and more. UW-Green Bay graduate student Mike Crum led a collection drive for homeless veterans, and members of the UW-Green Bay community wore military-insignia apparel to show support for military members and veterans.

In addition to UW-Green Bay faculty, staff, students, administrators, and alumni, a number of local and state dignitaries were on hand to help dedicate the center. Among them were state Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay; state Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Allouez; and state Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay. Tim Deacy, administrator of the new veterans clinic located just down the road from UW-Green Bay, also was on hand for the celebration.

In the News: Fox 11 on hand for vet center dedication

WLUK, Fox 11 News also was on hand for Friday’s reception and dedication, capturing footage and speaking to Vets for Vets president Corry about what the center means for students. “To have a place, to have a veterans resource center, to have a place where vets can hang out — that’s what this place is like,” Corry said. Full story.

At ease: University to dedicate new veteran center Friday

UW-Green Bay’s student veterans have a new space to call their own, and will celebrate its grand opening Friday (Feb. 14) with an afternoon dedication event. The “At Ease: Veteran & Service Member Student Lounge,” located in MAC 124 (the former Grad Pad) is a space designed to help build camaraderie and facilitate and enhance a network of support, says Veteran Services Adviser Elaina Koltz. Chancellor Tom Harden and Vets 4 Vets Club president Ken Corry will speak during Friday’s event, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the new center. Refreshments will be served. Read more.

UW-Green Bay to unveil Veteran & Service Member Lounge during dedication event

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will celebrate a brand-new space for student veterans with a dedication event at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The “At Ease: Veteran & Service Member Student Lounge” recently has opened in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, Room 124, as a space for veterans to gather for support, socialization, studying and more. Veteran Services Adviser Elaina Koltz announced formation of the new center Nov. 11 during the Chancellor’s Veteran Reception on campus.

“Our new veteran center will help build camaraderie among the veterans and service members here on campus, facilitating and enhancing a much-needed network of support for these students,” Koltz said. “Providing this space is one way for us to acknowledge their experience, which often differs from that of nonmilitary students — and also to thank them for their service.”

UW-Green Bay created the center due in part to the grassroots efforts of student veterans, who said it is important for them to have their own space on campus. Student vet Ken Corry of the Vets 4 Vets student organization, who will speak during Friday’s dedication, spearheaded the efforts. Chancellor Tom Harden also will speak during the dedication event.

Creation of the new veteran center is just one way in which UW-Green Bay has ramped up efforts to serve student veterans in recent years. The November Chancellor’s Veteran Reception kicked off an entire week of events including an awareness walk, volunteer organization panel, military speaker, veteran picnic and more. UW-Green Bay graduate student Mike Crum led a collection drive for homeless veterans, and members of the UW-Green Bay community wore military-insignia apparel to show support for military members and veterans.

UW-Green Bay has more than 400 individuals receiving veteran benefits, including 302 veterans and service members, as well as more than 110 dependents. In fall 2013, UW-Green Bay was named a Military Friendly School for the fifth consecutive year, an honor bestowed by Victory Media Inc. that recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus.

More information about Veteran Services at UW-Green Bay is available at www.uwgb.edu/veterans/.

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