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KU's Veterans Alumni Chapter inaugural newsletter

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  • NewsletterH

    The University of Kansas has a long tradi-tion of military service by its students, alumni, faculty and staff. The memorials across our campus commemorating the service and lives lost by Jayhawks in our nations wars remind us of the sacrifices made by our military veterans. Until re-cently, we did not have an alumni chapter that celebrated our combined service from the unique perspective of being proud Jayhawks.

    That has changed.

    Welcome to the inaugural newsletter for the KU Veterans Alumni Chapter (KU-VAC) and thank you for joining our chap-ter. We hope you will reach out to others and help us grow. Heres a little about your KUVAC:

    Who: We serve all member of the Uni-versity of Kansas community who have served, are serving, or have an affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. Even if you do not have any direct relationship with a current of past veteran, but you love our country and want to support the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, this is your affinity chapter.

    What: We recognize, honor, support and celebrate the combined service of the U.S. Armed Forces, in an affirmative and apolitical manner. We will advance the collegial, educational and professional interests of those veteran students who have selected the University of Kansas as their alma mater.

    Why: The chapter develops personal and professional relationships and enhances the KU experience by informing and engaging students and alumni through events and programs designed to have a positive impact for KU. Program goals include:

    Worldwide networkOur goal is to es-tablish a worldwide network of KU veter-ans and leadership teams in key locations that can assist with mobilizing veteran alumni into established KU Alumni Association chapters.

    Student Veteran CenterOur goal is to become a recognized national leader in educating student veterans. The founda-tional element of that goal is the establish-ment of a Student Veteran Center and to open the center by fall 2014.

    Wounded Warrior ScholarshipsOur goal is to continue to provide scholarships to Wounded Warriors, their children and primary caregivers.

    Endowed Chair, Peace and Conflict Stud-iesKU is a national leader in military his-tory. We are uniquely situated within 45 miles of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the WWI Museum in Kansas City. Our strategic location will allow KU to develop a strong and vibrant community of scholars to attract and collaborate with our Endowed Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies. This will allow KU to remain at the forefront for the study of military history.

    H KU VAC Mission & Priorities

    Fall 2012

    Senior Advisory BoardSen. Robert J. Dole, Army, Honorary Board Chairman,

    c45Kenneth L. Audus, Air Force, PhD84BG Roosevelt Barfield, Army (Ret.), c85GEN John G. Coburn, Army (Ret.), g75Col(P) Scott Dold, KS Air National Guard, c83, l91BG Michael C. Flowers, Army (Ret.), c77RADM Mark Heinrich, Navy, g89, g89Forrest Hoglund, Army, e56LTG Keith Kellogg Jr., Army (Ret.), g77RADM Ed Phillips, Navy (Ret.)COL Ed Reilly, Army (Ret.), c61BG John C. Reppert, Army (Ret.), g72MajGen David A. Richwine, USMC (Ret.) c65MG Jeff Schloesser, Army (Ret.), c76COL Willard Snyder, Army (Ret.), c62, l65MG Butch Tate, Army, c79, l82COL Robert Ulin, Army (Ret.), g79

    Executive CommitteeCol Jeff Bowden, USMC (Ret.), c83MSgt Chris Campbell, USMC (Ret.)CAPT James Cooper, Navy (Ret.), c74Warren Corman, Navy, e50Col Mike Denning, USMC (Ret.), Chapter President, c83COL Todd Ebel, Army (Ret.)Col Greg Freix, Air Force (Ret.), Chapter Vice President,

    g99COL Bernie Kish, Army (Ret.), PhD98AMB David Lambertson, Department of State (Ret.)CAPT Max Lucas, Navy (Ret.), e56, g62LTC Randy Masten, Army (Ret.), Chapter Secretary and

    Treasurer, g03COL James Pottorff, Army (Ret.), l84

    Ex OfficioScott Boland, Army, Collegiate Veterans Association.

    c09, c10CPT Timothy Hornik, Army (Ret.), Chapters Director of

    Veterans Affairs, s11LTC Storm Reynolds, Army, Professor of Military ScienceLtCol Montague Samuel, Air Force, Professor of

    Aerospace StudiesCAPT David D. Schweizer, Navy, Professor of Naval

    Science

  • H KU: A Military Friendly School

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Uni-versity of Kansas has been designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Me-dia. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the Top 15 percent of colleges and universities in the country that are doing the most to embrace Americas military service members, veterans, and spouses as students, and for working to ensure their success on campus.

    As the Military Friendly Schools list has evolved over the past four years, the schools taking the survey have been held to increasingly higher standards. This years list was the most comprehensive evalu-ation to date, because of the improved methodology, criteria and weightings de-veloped with the assistance of an Academ-ic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. The 2013 list was compiled through research of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools, which means more than 10,000 schools currently authorized to accept GI Bill money failed to make the cut.

    Within the Big 12 Conference, Baylor and the University of Texas failed to make the list. Of those Big 12 schools on the list, only KU, TCU, and Texas Tech were reviewed by their veteran students. KU was the highest rated among the three universities with an overall rating of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. One KU student veteran commented that My experience has been great. The University of Kansas has great institutional support for veter-

    ans and a great network of student-veterans dedicated to helping each other. What sets it apart, though, is that the students, faculty, and administrators work closely to create an environment that promotes success for all vets.

    The KU Veterans Chapter is proud of our universitys efforts to provide the highest level of support possible to veteran stu-dents and their family members. We are honored to have KU selected as a Military Friendly School and the chapter will strive to ensure that our university not only maintains this prestigious title, but continues to set the example for universi-ties across the nation with its broad based approach to veteran student support.

    H KU Program Highlight: School of Business and the U.S. Army School of Command Prep.

    KUs School of Business provides a unique leadership development experience through its Executive Education program for U.S. Army colonels and their right-hand sergeants major newly selected for Brigade command.

    Begun as a pilot program in January 2010, KU has incorporated the Executive Program into the Armys Brigade Pre-Command Course curriculum, which is taught at the Armys School for Command Preparation (SCP) at Fort Leavenworth. The one-week program is spread across 11 programs per year and provides a learn-ing environment and educational experi-ence frequently used in the private sector for leadership development of corporate executives.

    Participants learn proven business-world models, which have application to the strategic management and leadership of any large organizationsto include bases and stations, brigades, and depots.

    Upon completion of the program, par-ticipants are awarded a certificate at the University of Kansas, proclaiming their recognition by both the School for Com-mand Preparation and the KU School of Business for completion of the accredited Executive Education curriculum.

    KU has completed 32 cohort classes, providing instruction to nearly 1,000 U.S. Army colonels and sergeants major. Through this program, the KU School of Business is laying hands on the future generations of U.S. Army general officers.

    www.kualumni.org/veterans Facebook: KU Veterans Alumni Chapter

    Go online to update your KU military information or to readthe latest Veterans Alumni Chapter news!

    Tom Jindra, lecturer for the Executive Leadership Course

  • H Collegiate Veterans Association (CVA)

    The KU CVA is a non-partisan group of military veterans attending the University of Kansas and part of the Student Veter-ans of America. The student organization is dedicated to supporting fellow veterans, current service members, and their fami-lies. The organization mission is to ensure veteran success at KU and in the commu-nity. You can find additional information about the organization at http://www.kuveterans.org.

    The KU Collegiate Veterans Association last year expanded the traditional Vet-erans Day activities into a full Veterans

    Week of events. Some were aimed at student

    veterans while others were intended to raise awareness among non-veterans on campus.

    The week of sessions on veterans issues and an Ask

    a Vet table on Wescoe Beach culminated in a walking tour of KUs war memorials and a Veterans Day 5k Run. The Reserve Officers Training Corps also continued its traditions of providing 24-hour vigil over the war memorials and a flag-lowering ceremony in front of Strong Hall.

    With the creation of the Veterans Chapter of the KU Alumni Association and with additional planning support from the Vet-erans Services office, this years Veterans Week activities will be even more exten-sive. Events planned for the week include expanding informational tables to include experts on resources available to student veterans and a wreath laying ceremony at each of the campus war memorials, among other events.

    The culmination of Veterans Week will be the an annual Veterans Day Run Nov. 11. Runners begin at 9 a.m. at South Park on Massachusetts Street, run through the KU campus past the memorials, and return to South Park for food, fun and festivities. All proceeds will support scholarships for Woun