Military Student Advisory Council

In keeping with our mission to support and enhance the journey of our veteran and military family member students here at UTC, VSS understands that connection and communication are vital to success and growth. The mission of this council will be to address the needs and concerns of our veteran students from a campus-wide perspective, develop veteran liaisons with all student support service areas, and ensure that veteran students have a smooth transition from the military to campus with the necessary support and resources in place to promote academic excellence throughout their time here at UTC and beyond. This council is an opportunity to connect the greater Chattanooga community, alumni veterans, current student veterans, UTC staff, faculty, and administration and unite with one goal in mind: student veteran support and what we want that to look like at UTC.

  1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
  2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
  3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
  1. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size).
  1. Collaborate with the local community and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
  1. Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
  1. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
  1. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.

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8 Keys to Veterans' Success Site

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October 31, 2019




Squoia Holmes - Chair, Assistant Director of Veteran Student Services

Tara Mathis - Director of Veteran Student Services and Multicultural Affairs

Yancy Freeman - Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Jim Hicks - Dean of Students

Haley Sebastian - Student Veteran Organization President

Jordan Case - Student Veteran Member

Scottie Thomas - Student Veteran Member

Hannah Turcotte - Coordinator for Student Engagement

Laura Petrus - Assistant Director for Student Engagement

Carrie Sherbesman - Director of New Student & Family Programs

Daryl Walsh - Faculty Member

John Harbison - Faculty Member

Major Beavers - Department Head of Military Science

Courtland Leamon - Instructor in Military Science

Amy Davis - Director of the MOCS One Center

Malerie Thompson - Assistant Director of the MOCS One Center

Robert Lidell - Director of Center for Career and Leadership Development

Elizabeth Johnson - Director of the Center for Academic Support and Advisement

Elizabeth O'Brien - Executive Director for Counseling Center

Kelly Drake - Associate Director for Counseling Center

Michelle Rigler - Executive Director in Disability Resource Center and Mosaic

Joshua Mason - Access Coordinator in Disability Resource Center and Mosiac

General B.B. Bell - Veteran Alum Member

Mickey McCammish - Veteran Community and Alum Member

Stephanie Orr - Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions

Cindy Taylor Williamson - Director of Assessment and SACSCOC Liaison, Office of Planning, Evaluation & Institutional Research

Gregg Crawford - Veteran Education CoordinatorforTennessee Department of Veterans Services