New Veterans Center located in College of Engineering
Since this story was written the Veterans Center has moved locations to N-5 Memorial Student Union.
Local veterans can now find educational assistance in a central location on the University of Missouri campus. The Student and Veterans Service Office opened December 1 in the College of Engineering to assist veterans with issues encountered when returning to school. Center staff will help with academic advising, financial aid issues, tutoring and other learning services.
Currently located in W1018 of Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall, the center will be permanently located within the Engineering Student Resource Center slated to open in the spring.
For Carol Fleisher, interim director of the center, the decision to accept the position was personal.
“I grew up in a military family and for 30 years I was a military wife. Working with veterans has been a most rewarding, gratifying, satisfying experience,” Fleisher said.
Fleisher started the Mizzou Student Veterans Association (MSVA) three years ago, and also works for the Department of Veterans Services in Jesse Hall.
“Veterans are people with expectations and life experiences that you and I can’t even imagine. Through the MSVA, we provided a venue for camaraderie, mentoring and tutoring amongst veterans,” Fleisher said. “I am excited to see the MSVA become a full partner of the new Veterans Center.”
“The center is there to help veterans assimilate back into student life after a completely different environment,” said Mizzou Engineering’s Director of Administrative Services Marty Walker, who helped facilitate its establishment within the College of Engineering.
A veteran himself, Walker said the decision to affiliate the new Veteran Support Center with engineering made sense.
“Veterans are problem solvers, many of whom have done engineering jobs in the military, Walker said. “Lafferre Hall is located centrally on campus and is handicap accessible.
“Veterans want to succeed and they are good for our community. This is the least we can do to get them comfortably back into civilian life,” he added.
The center’s services are not limited to MU students. Any veteran seeking academic direction may get help through the center.