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NEW BEGINNINGS: Grand opening of LIU Veterans Resource Center

By: Candice Mosal, Staff Writer

Asst. Dean Karlene Thompson (center) helps cut the ribbon for the opening of the center. / Photo by Naima Akther

When the new Student Veteran’s Resource Center opened its new office on Sept. 19, red and blue balloons filled the club space area. Since then, students and Brooklyn Campus involved in the program are now at work.

“Here at LIU we pride ourselves in being a military friendly school,” said Assistant Dean of Students, Karlene Thompson.

“We looked at other schools and saw what we lacked as a university, which was to provide holistic services for veterans.”

For students who have served in the armed forces, the new center offers many services such as, one-on-one résumé review with Kenneth Ellis, who is an adjunct professor in the School of Business.

It also provides classes on health and wellness, and mental health counseling specialized for veterans.

The goal of the center is to provide a network that teaches career-building skills, offers internships, financial assistance and, as Thompson put it, “woo them, keep them, and have them graduate them with good grades in four short years.”

Students observe wall of veterans at Brooklyn Campus. / Photo By: Naima Akther

Right now, she adds, there are still available positions open for working at the resource center, which anyone can apply for through work study.

Currently, the center is continuing to “actively look for outside partners that will advance our veterans in the outside world.”

Teshia Singleton, the AmeriCorps VISTA Student Veterans Resource Center coordinator, is actively working on creating those partnerships. Eventually, Thompson would like to hold workshops between veterans and the campus community as a whole to build closer ties.

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