Opening of New Veteran's Center at USD

SAN DIEGO, CA: USD, home to over 500 student veterans or their dependents, is opening a new Veteran’s Center on campus. The University of San Diego Veteran’s Center is a place where student veterans can connect with their peers, share experiences and enhance their comfort level with life on campus. This Center will be the only one found on the west coast on the campus of a private university.

The official opening of the Veteran’s Center will take place on Thursday, October 16th from 3:00-5:00 pm in Forum A in the University Center. USD President Mary E. Lyons, herself a U.S. Navy veteran, Congresswoman Susan Davis, Congressman Scott Peters, San Diego City Councilman Ed Harris, and Assemblyman Rocky Chavez will be in attendance.

The Veterans Center is designed to function as a one-stop shop where students can have questions answered on topics ranging from military benefits and financial aid packages to professional networking opportunities. Located on the second floor of the Hahn University Center in office suite 225, the space will include an all-purpose area where students can hold meetings, study sessions, or just relax and shoot the breeze with fellow students who understand their experiences, and speak their language. The Center is run by retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) Laura Paquian.

Additionally, The University of San Diego is celebrating the receipt of a significant $470,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to encourage more veterans to become engineers. “Military veterans hold tremendous promise for expanding and diversifying the engineering workforce,” said Susan Lord, professor of electrical engineering, who was awarded the grant along with Michelle Madsen Camacho, professor of sociology.

Given the diverse backgrounds of veterans, their increasing numbers, and the growing national demand for engineers, the timing is ideal to study the conditions under which veterans pursue and succeed in engineering education,” Lord said. Researchers from Purdue, Clemson and North Carolina State universities will also collaborate on the four-year study that will look at why veterans go into engineering, help develop strategies to support their success and generate critical information for larger-scale studies on veterans in engineering.

The University of San Diego prides itself on keeping the priorities of student veterans at the forefront and to recruit and retain members of this valued and highly motivated student demographic.

The University of San Diego’s commitment to student veterans was recently recognized by G.I Jobs, designating USD as a 2014 “Military Friendly School.”

USD has a long-standing commitment to our nation's military, veterans and their families. Since 1982, USD has been home to San Diego's NROTC Battalion. USD's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science has teamed up with the White House and other universities to educate current and future nurses to recognize and treat veterans impacted by PTSD. Through our School of Law, USD professors and law students have assisted hundreds of veterans involved in disputes with for-profit institutions accused of predatory lending.

The Veteran’s Center opening is free and open to the media.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Denise Ward
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