Have A Question? Contact Us!

2023 SOCHE-OVEC Veterans Workshop

2023fri06oct9:15 amfri3:00 pm2023 SOCHE-OVEC Veterans WorkshopIN-PERSON EVENT | EVENT COMPLETE

Event Details

The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) and Ohio Veterans Education Council (OVEC) are pleased to announce the 2023 SOCHE-OVEC Veterans Workshop, an in-person event that will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, from 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. ET.

For the convenience of members traveling from all over Ohio, the workshop will be held in Columbus at COhatch Polaris’ Meridian Event Center (1554 Polaris Parkway, Suite 325, Columbus). This year’s theme is “Serving Those Who Served: Ensuring Academic Success for Military-Connected Students.”

We have planned a full day of programming that is geared specifically for personnel who provide support to student veterans and other military-connected students at higher education institutions throughout the state of Ohio. The day will begin with a moving keynote session on resilience from military mental health expert William Wall. Then you’ll have the chance to attend sessions on helping students navigate accessibility and disability services on campus; facilitating student veteran transition into the workforce; best practices around assessments; and assisting with the processing of Military Transfer Assurance Guides on campus. We’ll wrap up the day with a panel of student veterans who will share the best ways to engage their peers on campus.

See below for the full conference program.

When: Friday, Oct. 6, 2023
9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. ET

Where: COhatch Polaris Meridian Event Center (1554 Polaris Pkwy., Suite 325, Columbus, Ohio)

Cost:

  • Staff/Personnel of Institutions & Organizations: $35 (increases to $45 on Sept. 16)
  • Students: $20 (increases to $30 on Sept. 16)

Registration Cancellation Policy

Questions? Contact Mindy Claggett at SOCHE

Event Program

Time Session Location
8:30 a.m. Event check-in begins Meridian Event Center
9:15 a.m. Opening and Welcome from Conference Hosts
Seth Gordon, Director of Veteran & Military Center, Wright State University
Eric Buetikofer, Director of Military & Veteran Affairs, University of Toledo
Meridian Event Center
9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE – Complexities & Challenges: Key Considerations Toward Enhancing Veteran Student Success
William Wall, LCSW, Military Mental Health Expert
Student veterans face a host of complexities in the higher education environment. These complexities are often shared with other students who have been exposed to adverse childhood events. The challenges our student veterans face are unique and include not only mental health conditions but also comorbid health issues that can put their academic success at risk. In this session, five key considerations will be addressed that, when implemented, can provide an academic environment in which student veterans can thrive.
Meridian Event Center
10:00 a.m. OVEC Planning Committees Progress Reports
Residency Issue Committee – Mike Forrest, Ohio State University
OVEC Charter – Joshua Rider, Kent State University
OVEC Website – Eric Buetikofer, University of Toledo
Meridian Event Center
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Morning Concurrent Sessions
• Session 1 – Navigating Accessibility and Disability Services on Campus [morning only]
A panel of accessibility and disability services practitioners from different campuses will discuss best practices for serving students who need accommodations; how to encourage students to request accommodations; and how to support students as they receive services. We’ll also cover how to temper expectations about what accommodations can and cannot be provided.
Moderator: Sam Surowitz, University of Dayton
Panelists: Deanna Arbuckle, University of Dayton; Tom Webb, Wright State University; and Lorrie Spivey, Sinclair College
 
The Pavilion
10:45 a.m. Morning Concurrent Sessions
• Session 2 – Career Integration: Facilitating Veteran Transition into the Workforce [repeats in afternoon]
This session will focus on facilitating the student-veteran’s transition into the workforce and providing them with guidance for better representing themselves to veteran-friendly employers. The discussion will include how to represent military service on a resume and in interviews and guiding students on identifying and pursuing roles with military-friendly companies.
Moderator: Seth Gordon, Wright State University
Presenters: Brian Niswander, Military-Transition.org; and Cassie Barlow, SOCHE
 
Meridian Event Center
10:45 a.m. Morning Concurrent Sessions
• Session 3 – Assessment: Processes and Best Practices [repeats in afternoon]
Everyone is required to do assessments, so what works and what doesn’t? How many questions should you include in a climate survey? How do you build it? Hear from a panel that will share assessment examples from different institutions and lessons they learned during their processes.
Moderator: Eric Buetikofer, University of Toledo
Panelists: Jessica Turos, Bowling Green State University; Dana Bower, University of Toledo; and Lisa Gilliland, Stark State College
Sand Room
11:45 a.m. LUNCH
Sponsored by National Veterans Leadership Foundation
Meridian Event Center
12:45 p.m. Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
• Session 1 – Transfer Credits: Not Just a Collection of Acronyms [afternoon only]
This panel will share how to read transfer credit, how to evaluate it, and how to turn it into an MTAG. You’ll discover how to help faculty and the campus transfer credit personnel understand awarding credit when not every class, job, or MOS has an MTAG associated with it. Additionally, learn what additional information can be provided so schools will award credit.
Moderator: Jared Shank, Ohio Articulation & Transfer Network
Panelists: Misty Sommers, Kent State University; Krista Spencer, Western Governors University; Heather Pritchard, Muskingum University; and Greg Gilbert, Owens Community College
Meridian Event Center
12:45 p.m. Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 
• Session 2 – Career Integration: Facilitating Veteran Transition into the Workforce [repeat from the morning]
This session will focus on facilitating the student-veteran’s transition into the workforce and providing them with guidance for better representing themselves to veteran-friendly employers. The discussion will include how to represent military service on a resume and in interviews and guiding students on identifying and pursuing roles with military-friendly companies.
Moderator: Seth Gordon, Wright State University
Presenters: Brian Niswander, Military-Transition.org; and Cassie Barlow, SOCHE
Sand Room
12:45 p.m. Afternoon Concurrent Sessions  
• Session 3 – Assessment: Processes and Best Practices [repeat from the morning]
Everyone is required to do assessments, so what works and what doesn’t? How many questions should you include in a climate survey? How do you build it? Hear from a panel that will share assessment examples from different institutions and lessons they learned during their processes.
Moderator: Eric Buetikofer, University of Toledo
Panelists: Jessica Turos, Bowling Green State University; Dana Bower, University of Toledo; and Lisa Gilliland, Stark State College
The Pavilion
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Panel: Student Engagement for Health & Academic Success
Hear from student veterans about the best ways to convince their peers to use the services available to them, such as a campus food pantry or accessibility services. Learn how to help students understand advocating for themselves and what role Military & Veteran Centers can play in connecting students with campus resources.
Moderator: Mike Carrell, National Veterans Leadership Foundation
Panelists: Shannon Hansen, Wright State University; Seth Neal, Sinclair College; Brandi Wooten, Ohio State University; and Shelby Dennhardt, University of Dayton
Meridian Event Center
2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks Meridian Event Center

Time

(Friday) 9:15 am - 3:00 pm(GMT-04:00)

Location

COhatch Polaris Meridian Event Center

1554 Polaris Pkwy., Suite 320

Councils & Committees

SOCHE is dedicated to advancing higher education through active collaboration, resource and knowledge building, and effective professional development programs. To accomplish this, SOCHE administers 16 active Councils and Committees. The purpose of a SOCHE Council or Committee is to provide an opportunity for representatives from higher education to be a resource for one another, share information and best practices, identify common challenges, and, ultimately, broaden awareness of the resources, services, and activities in higher education. SOCHE is also dependent upon the Councils and Committees for substantial input on annual professional development programs.

Skip to content