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The Horizon

Picnic invites veterans

Carolyn Babione, Navy veteran and co-director of the MFRI grant, greets people during the Student Veterans Family Picnic on Thursday, Aug. 26.

IU Southeast welcomed students and faculty to an afternoon of food, fun and networking at the first Student Veterans Family Picnic.

Held at the shelter adjacent to the IUS Lake, the picnic was a way for the campus to help make the transition from military life to the classroom easier for student veterans.

Jack Howell, IUS Veterans Affairs certifying official, assists student veterans with their benefits and is aware of the challenges they face with education, whether it be enrollment or dealing with their GI Bill of Rights.

“This picnic was for IUS student veterans and Ivy Tech student veterans to get together with family and friends and enjoy themselves, but also to get information and network with others that can help with their education,” Howell said.

During the picnic, a resource table was available which contained information such as a 2010 fall workshop schedule listing dates and times for classes such as résumé preparation and interviewing techniques.

There was also information on the Veteran Wellness Series, which offers a series of informal presentations and conversations dealing with veteran issues, such as traumatic reactions, stress, alcohol and drugs.

A pamphlet on the new Veterans Resource Center, which will be housed at the IUS Library, room 125, was also handed out.

“The Veterans Resource Center will assist veterans from both the Louisville Metro area and Southern Indiana who are looking to go back to school,” Seuth Chaleunphonh, dean of Student Life, said.

The center will also help veterans find needed services on campus and surrounding communities to help benefit their overall college education and academic success at IU Southeast.

“Instead of trying to find the nearest VA, many students will find it convenient to come right here at IU Southeast,” Chaleunphonh said.

The picnic was made possible by a $90,250 grant  IU Southeast received from Operation Diploma.

Many family members and school faculty also attended the picnic to show their support for the student veterans.

John Duerr, business senior, was one of several student veterans in attendance.

“It was a great idea to get student veterans together,” Duerr said. “It has a positive impact on the entire student body.”

Although this was the first year for the picnic, Howell said they will try to to make it a tradition.



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