Veterans Workshop 2020 – SOCHE

About the Veterans Workshop

Evolving to Meet the Needs of Our Military-Affiliated Students

Do you wish that you had a guide on how to handle the “every day” military-affiliated student? Do you find yourself questioning if other people have experienced the same situations regarding this student population? If so, this workshop is for you! The SOCHE Veteran and Military Committee has dedicated the last year tackling real-life issues and want to share some of these results with you. The idea is that you will walk away with real-life applications and solutions that you can take back to your campus.

Register by: October 6, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern Time


October 9 Veterans Workshop
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM ZOOM OPENS
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM OPENING: How Your Institution Can Better Serve Student Veterans
Jennifer Kostic, Associate Provost, Sinclair College; US Army Reserve
9:20 AM – 10:05 AM SESSION 1: Service Animals on Campus

Alicia Schroeder, Sinclair College, Director of Student Affairs

Lorrie Spivey, Sinclair College, Manager of Counseling and Accessibility Services

Requests for animals on campus continue to grow. Please join us to learn about the different types of support animals, obligations under the law, and veteran-specific issues.

10:05 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM SESSION 2: Faculty and Staff Real-Life Scenarios
Jennifer Kostic, Associate Provost, Sinclair College; US Army Reserve

In-depth discussion concerning military-to-civilian students in the classroom and the most effective tools to handle these scenarios, including balancing ongoing military duty with the pursuit of higher education. These real-life scenarios will be documented in worksheets to be used to identify policies, procedures, and ideas that can be discussed and applied at each institution.

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM BREAK
11:10 AM – 11:25 AM SESSION 3: Student Veteran Experience

Mark Wright, University of Dayton, Student Veteran, Air Force Reserve

11:25 AM – 11:55 AM SESSION 4: Who’s Who and What’s What of University and Community Resources for Veterans

Sam Surowitz, University of Dayton, Director of Military & Veteran Programs & Services; US Army Reserve

A brief overview of best practices for student vets, including the DoE’s “8 Keys to Veterans Success” and Ohio’s “House Bill 488.” Addresses key concepts of the GI Bill ® that all faculty and administrators should know and covers common ways colleges can be veteran-ready, including applications, transfer credits, student support services, faculty training, and community resources.

11:55 AM – 12:00 PM CLOSE
Registration is closed.


October 9, 2020
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


SOCHE Zoom Platform
Webinar access information will be sent to registrants shortly before the event.


$15 Members
$25 Non-Members
$10 Students

Participants previously registered for this rescheduled Veterans Workshop should contact Mindy Claggett ( about how they can provide a colleague with complimentary registration.

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The SOCHE Veterans Workshop would like to extend our gratitude to Blue Star Families and CSX for donating five Facebook Portals as door prizes for our event. Thank you for your support!

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