By Jonathan Ng |Staff Writer|
Make way for CSUSB’s newest student center as they clear out the Coyote Bookstore basement for the future headquarters of the Veterans Success Center, opening May 25.
Currently being fully furnished, the Veteran’s Success Center is designed to be a “one-stop shop” that caters to the needs of all veterans on campus.
The school provided a 1,100 square foot area equipped with a computer lab where student veterans and other members of the armed forces can work on assignments.
This area will provide programs and services that are sensitive to the unique needs of service members, such as tutoring services, financial aid, admissions, guidance counseling, mental health services, career services and a group room where student veterans can meet between classes, network with one another and hold study groups.
The Veteran’s Success Center is compiling a team of leaders and volunteers that best suit its purpose here at CSUSB. The people that are currently in charge of the Veteran’s Success Center are: Marci Daniels, the Veteran’s Success Center Coordinator, Helga Kray, the Associate Vice President of student development, and Joe Mosely, the founder of the Student Veteran Organization.
The four objectives of the Veteran’s Success Center are encouraging veterans to come to college by providing resources tailored to their specific needs, ensuring that veterans succeed in college and graduate on time, paving the path of success for veterans to follow after college and supporting disabled veterans by showing they are strong capable citizens in our society.
“In light of the recent downsizing of the U.S. Armed Forces, the campus has seen a steady increase in the number of returning veterans and active duty service members who are pursuing their college education,” said Mosely.
Plans for the Veteran’s Success Center involve a grand opening on May 25. This will be composed of a series of ceremonies that symbolically represent this upcoming Veterans Day and a tribute to the fallen veterans who have fought for our country.
“These members of the Armed Forces have risked their lives to save our country and deserve a center that is dedicated to ensuring their academic success,” said Mosely.
The Yellow Ribbon Ceremony will kick off the event. Ribbons will be tied around trees all across campus to show the number of all the deployed veterans in California. Next will be the Red Ribbon Ceremony, which will mark the Center’s official opening.
The other programs are still in progress, but volunteers would be greatly appreciated to help turn this center into a legacy.
If you are interested, please contact Marci Daniels by email at [email protected].