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St. Bonaventure University has long valued the military veteran as a member of our campus community. Our 2016 designation by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 20 school in the North for veterans affirms our commitment to veterans and their dependents. Our new Student Veterans Center is staffed by two full-time employees dedicated solely to the needs of veterans as they transition from military to academic life.
The values we cherish — discovery, community and individual worth — create a great enviroment for veterans transitioning to civilian life. These principles are shaped inside and outside the classroom, bolstered by the support of a caring campus community that nurtures mind, body and spirit.
In addition to being a Military Friendly School, part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, St. Bonaventure offers:
Veterans hold key administrative positions at the university, such as Richard Trietley Jr., vice president for Student Affairs, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army; Michael Leonard, director of Veterans Services; and John Gordnier, assistant director of Veterans Services. (See profiles of their military careers on our Veterans Spotlight page.)
In addition, as faculty and administrators, veterans offer a supportive and inclusive learning environment. As students, they bring unique life experiences, maturity and leadership into the classroom.
St. Bonaventure students and alumni have a deep and proud history of service to their country. Each year, the university honors them on Veterans Day in a ceremony at the campus memorial that recognizes those brave souls from St. Bonaventure who gave their lives in war. Additional veterans-related activities are offered during the year.
Veterans, St. Bonaventure values your service to the nation. We stand ready to facilitate your admission to the university and to provide services to help ensure your academic success. Please take some time to explore our veterans website and to discover the benefits we offer to veterans and their family members.
St. Bonaventure University, in collaboration with the Veterans One-Stop Center and the PFC Joseph P. Dywer Peer Support Program, will host a conference on Friday, Oct. 16, titled “Military in Our Communities: Continuing the Mission.”
The conference will be held at Hilbert College in Hamburg from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The conference will include workshops that will address social, psychological, medical, educational, legal and spiritual issues related to military members and their families as they transition to and enrich their communities.
The keynote speaker will be Col. Charles Hoge, a national expert on post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Col. Hoge, author of “Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior,” is the former director of the top U.S. research program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on the psychological and neurological consequences of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He has testified about these issues before the Senate and House of Representatives.
Col. Hoge will address the alarming rate of veteran suicides (22 per day).
In addition, Fr. Louis Iasiello, O.F.M., will be one of the workshop presenters. A retired rear admiral with the Navy, Fr. Louis served as the 23rd chief of chaplains of the United States Navy from 2003 to 2006.
A former St. Bonaventure trustee, Fr. Louis is a well-known Just War theorist. He is a professor of Humanities and director of Human Formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
Tables of information will be available during lunch, and a presentation will be made by Roger Woodworth, director of the Veterans One-Stop Center. The day will end with a Town Hall meeting.
Registration can be done online at http://www.militaryinourcommunities.eventbrite.com.
The conference is $50 for professionals and general public, $20 for students and members of the military, and $30 for military family members. A limited number of scholarships are available to veterans and their families and students who are veterans.
For further information, contact Dr. Barbara Trolley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 646-1500, ext. 24; or Mary McParlane at email@example.com (716) 995-4350.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #5 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
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