USD Welcomes Amanda Etter as the New Veterans Student Services Coordinator Celebrates National Ranking for Best School for Veterans

SAN DIEGO, CA — University of San Diego is proud to announce Amanda Etter as the new Veterans Student Services Coordinator. Etter, a Marine Corps Veteran, has previously worked as an Academic Adviser to Wounded Warrior Battalion-West and Marine Corps Community Services Education Counselor for San Diego State University Military and Veterans Center. As the new Veteran Student Services Coordinator for USD, she oversees the Military and Veterans Center and works collaboratively across campus for the Military and Veterans Program.

“Before I joined the team, I already felt that USD was an ideal destination for military and veteran students. After working here, I now know that the values rooted in USD of ‘educating the whole person’ and the character-building education approach develops student veterans and military connected students in a very unique way,” Etter said.

USD has also been recognized in 2017 as one of the Best School for Veterans in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

In her first year, Etter has big plans for the program, such as expanding the three-tiered approach of Access, Support, and Connect, by creating awareness about military culture and the challenges students face pursuing higher education. Etter also sees immense value in connecting students to careers and professional experiences. She plans to kick-off the professional development series by bringing Amazon to campus for a Student Veteran Career Development event.

Etter recognizes that student veterans deal with many non-traditional obstacles when facing higher education. Her goal is to “create a space where military connected students are encouraged to have a transformational experience.”

In honor of Veterans Day, USD will host on November 9 a traditional recognition ceremony for Veterans Day with speaker Bob Muth, academic director of the USD Law Legal Clinics from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Hahn University Center, Forum C. All are welcome to attend.

On Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11, USD will host its Founders Gala to support student scholarships and pay tribute to military veterans.


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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.