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May-June-July 2017

OSU-OKC Unveils, Celebrates Expanded Veterans Center

OSU-OKC officials and special guests at ribbon cutting for the OSU-OKC Veterans Center.

OSU-OKC officials and special guests cut the ribbon to unveil the recently remodeled OSU-OKC Veterans Center. From left, OSU-OKC Student Veterans Association member Ryan Millus, Home Depot Store #3908 Assistant Department Supervisor Tamara Bockelman, OSU-OKC Veterans’ Services Coordinator Sam Snow, General Rita Aragon, OSU-OKC President Natalie Shirley, OSU-OKC Registrar Lyndsay Pittman, OSU-OKC Student Veterans Association President Cody Macklin and Home Depot Store #3908 Manager Mike Meador.

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) recently completed an expansion of its Veterans’ Services Center thanks to a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation and Student Veterans of America (SVA). OSU-OKC celebrated the remodeled space with a ribbon cutting and a ceremony featuring General Rita Aragon who serves as the governor’s liaison for veterans affairs.

“The new space will better accommodate OSU-OKC’s growing number of veterans on campus,” said Sam Snow, OSU-OKC Veterans’ Services coordinator. “The center offers an inviting atmosphere where veterans can seek assistance with benefits, gain access to support services designed for veterans, and build social support networks to motivate each other to stay in college.”

OSU-OKC currently has more than 400 student veterans enrolled, and ranks in the top 20% of military-friendly colleges in the nation (militaryfriendlyschools.com). The university is dedicated to assisting student veterans throughout their educational journey.

OSU-OKC President Natalie Shirley remarked that she can “think of no better mission than to provide to those who have served our country with the opportunity to pursue and reach their dreams.” She thanked Home Depot for the investment in OSU-OKC and its students.

The Home Depot Foundation and SVA teamed up in 2014 to launch the Vet Center Initiative, offering SVA chapters a chance to compete for up to $10,000 in grant money to build or renovate veteran centers. By 2015, 61 campuses earned $500,000 to build or rehabilitate veteran centers that benefit more than 30,000 student veterans. Last year, 50 campus communities were awarded grants of up to $10,000.

For more information about OSU-OKC’s Veterans’ Services, contact Snow at (405) 945-8692 or visit osuokc.edu/veterans.

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