Stories Speakers at the Veterans Roundtable

Published on September 3rd, 2013 | by SMUMN

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Veterans Roundtable a success

 

As Saint Mary’s looks toward its next 100 years, it is committed to working on higher education solutions and bringing people together for the common good. Monday, August 26, 2013, Saint Mary’s University and Senator Amy Klobuchar hosted federal and state veterans affairs leaders and higher education leaders to a roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities for veterans returning to Minnesota.

Approximately 80 people attended this discussion, held at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis. The roundtable discussion focused on the remaining challenges and opportunities that veterans face today when transitioning from their military service to higher education and ways to eliminate those challenges and take advantage of other opportunities.

The following nine individuals were invited panelists who gave insights into some of the issues veterans face upon returning from active service:

  1. Brother William Mann, FSC, President of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

  2. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

  3. Dave Bellefeuille, MN Department of Veterans Affairs

  4. Carin Anderson, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Liaison

  5. Captain Aaron Oelschlager, Minnesota National Guard

  6. Alison Block, Director of Student Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

  7. Gina Sobania, Military Education Academic Credit Director at MnSCU

  8. Julie Selander, Director of One Stop Student Services & University Veterans Services at the University of Minnesota

  9. Jacqueline Mahon, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota student and Minnesota Air National Guard member

After the panel presentation, audience members engaged in small-group discussions to provide additional insights and recommendations for policy changes to enhance veterans access to and success in higher education and the workplace.

The issue of transitioning veterans from service to the work has long been at the forefront of education policy in the United States and Saint Mary’s University has been engaged in conversations in Minnesota and on Capitol Hill.

“We were happy to sit down with Sen. Klobuchar to talk about what we can do to help in preparing veterans to adjust to the civilian workplace.  As Saint Mary’s looks toward its next 100 years, it is committed to working on higher education solutions and bringing people together for the common good,” said Brother William Mann, FSC, President of Saint Mary’s.

All of the information captured during the event will be provided to Sen. Klobuchar as she continues to advocate for veterans in Washington, D.C.

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