Grand Re-Opening of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

Please join us for the Grand Re-Opening of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) – FOSS 5226 – Monday, October 3rd – Thursday, October 6th.

The introduction of Jim Armstrong!  Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) received an Innovation Grant this year and were lucky to hire Jim as our new Program Specialist II.

Jim is responsible for managing our Veterans Resource Center (VRC) and will focus on the student experience,  increasing on-campus student support, outreach, and retention.  Jim brings passion and immense experience to our team and we are thrilled to have him on board.

AND…If you haven’t yet met Morgan Davis, Shoreline’s fantastic on-campus Vet Corps Navigator, this is your opportunity!  Morgan is in her second year as Shoreline’s Navigator and is an integral part of student success.  Morgan will work with directly with Jim to provide increased student support, including access to off-campus resources and services.

It has been a while since we have all been together and there are so many new faces on campus, so we hope you will stop by for coffee, food, laughter, and connection!

Please join the Veterans’ Programs Office in Memorial Day events Tues., May 31 and Wed., June 1

Please join the Veterans’ Programs Office for the following events:

Tues., May 31
Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony
12:30–1 p.m. at the Flag Pole
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Tues., May 31
Town Hall with Sebastian Junger & Patricia Murphy
Homecoming and Belonging for Veterans
7:30pm – Town Hall (Doors open as 6:30)
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Many veterans have a hard time adjusting to normal life when they return from war. Post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts can plague their daily activities.

What makes this process particularly difficult is the “tribe-like” mentality of soldiers during war. They spend all of their time together, they work together, they feed together, and they hunt together. When they return to “individualist societies,” the support of their comrades is lost. Author Sebastian Junger (Tribe, War) will appear in conversation with KUOW military and veteran reporter Patricia Murphy for a discussion of this re-entry process, and how ordinary citizens can ease this transition. As Junger suggests, perhaps if everyone recognizes and embraces the distinct tribes or groups they’re affiliated with, it could shed light on the nation’s problems when it comes to feelings of belonging.

Wed., June 1
Movie Screening and Discussion
That Which I Love Destroys Me
2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 1402
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That Which I Love Destroys Me is a unique and powerful film by director Ric Roman Waugh. TWILDM is an uncensored look at the current epidemic of PTSD and severe mental trauma that create tremendous challenges for returning service members. A five-year labor of love, TWILDM followed two Special Operations Soldiers as they returned home after fighting in the longest combat campaign in American history only to face a new battle; the effects and stigma of PTSD and reintegration as a whole. But more importantly, the documentary addresses how they’re overcoming these issues.

Our sincere thanks for your continued support of our student veterans and our program.  We hope to see you there!

A Veterans Day message

Shoreline Community College veteran students pose for a photo after raising the flags on Veterans Day 2015.

Shoreline Community College veteran students pose for a photo after raising the flags on Veterans Day 2015.  Photo gallery

(The following message was emailed to all employees on Nov. 10, 2015.)

Dear Colleagues,

Veterans Day is a time to recognize and remember the sacrifices of our countrymen and women who have served in our armed forces.  Many of our Shoreline colleagues have honorably served our country, and many of our students have served—and continue to serve—with distinction.  I hope each of us will take time during this day to remember their service with respect and reverence.

Having grown up in a military family, I am especially mindful of what our veterans have accomplished.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to them.  

To all veterans: Thank you for what you have given to all Americans.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Cheryl

Reminder! Veterans Programs Presentation TODAY, Wed., Oct. 21: How Transitioning Service Members and Veterans View the Classroom…and You

HELLO – TODAY is the professional development training regarding serving students who are veterans! Please join us TODAY Wednesday, October 21 from 2-3pm in room 1402.

HOW TRANSITIONING SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERANS VIEW THE CLASSROOM…AND YOU.

Shoreline Community College, Navy Veterans Mike Schindler – CEO of Operation Military Family and Steve Vincent, Captain United States Navy (retired), will share “insider thoughts” on:

Transitioning Service members and their families often look to college as their “next mission” in order to better themselves for life in the civilian world. But the classroom environment can often be more “foreign” than field missions.

You will walk away from this training with a better understanding of what Veterans experience through the transition process and what perceptions they often have to overcome as well as determine how the skills and experiences of a military/veteran family can add value to your classroom – you also may just learn what expectations a Veteran has of you…the leader of the classroom.

Please plan to attend. The event is free and refreshments will be available (those are free too). Please register here if you are planning on attending!!!

Thank you!

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