The new center is designed to assist with the transition of current and incoming veteran and transfer students to the university. The center was developed following recommendations made by the Texas Government and will be supported by a team of knowledgeable staff from various offices across campus. Johanna Cannedy will coordinate the center, for veterans, transfer students, and their dependents. The first PVAMU Student Veterans Association is currently being organized. We are drafting a constitution and bylaws, will submit them to the Student Government Association and, in February of 2012, the PVAMU Student Veterans Association will became a provisional student organization. Before that, there was no official representation for veterans on campus."
Veteran students bring with them a set of non-traditional needs; almost all of PVAMU's veteran students have been deployed to a combat zone.
By the time we get out of the military and go to college, we are much older than the kids coming right out of high school and we have a much different perspective on life. It is hard to relate to peers that are much younger and who have never served in combat.
Colleges and universities nationwide are preparing for an expected increase in veteran enrollment due to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill that took effect in August. Universities are increasing support for and outreach to veterans by streamlining admission and registration processes, expanding their counseling center capacity, offering career development and academic support resources, creating veterans' offices and establishing mentoring programs.
Our goal in establishing the center is to provide veterans and transfer students with a central location that assesses their needs and connects them to our existing programs and resources. These students bring a unique set of academic and life experiences with them to the PVAMU family; I applaud them for bringing these issues forward so our institution can better serve our non-traditional students.
We are setting up this organization to give veterans a way to connect socially, as well as advocate on our behalf and help the college understand the needs of veterans. The center is meant to serve as an information repository for the various needs of veterans as well as give us a place to study and hold meetings. The establishment of a dedicated Veterans Center means a lot to veterans here at Prairie View A&M University.
Veterans Services Coordinator
Evans Hall Room 323
Phone: (936) 261-3563
Fax: (936) 857-2695