Meet the Veterans Team

Nichole Grunwald

Military & Veterans Student Services Assistant

907.786.1183

 

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 Mr. Terry Jackson
VetSuccess on Campus Counselor

907.786.6962

What We Do

The MVCRC houses both the UAA Military &Veteran Student Services Assistant and the Department of Veterans Affairs' VetSuccess on Campus Counselor (VSOC). This partnership supports our military, veterans and family members through one-on-one coaching sessions, large scale briefings and workshops. We also strive to elevate the overall institutional understanding of the military and veteran student experience through in depth training opportunities for faculty, staff and students.
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Why choose UAA?

We help ease the transition from the military into college by providing service members, veterans and their families with the tools needed to succeed. 

Here is just a few of the things we offer:

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Operation Self Expression Lunch Group

Join us for a free and confidential supportive expressive arts group to promote healing and camaraderie in a safe environment. For more information, please contact Sierra Mills or Jessica Mason at (907) 786-6158 or Nichole Grunwald at (907) 786-1183.

Thursdays, 11:30am-12:00pm, Lyla Richards Conference Room(Rm 102), Student Union

Free Yoga for Veteran Students, Staff & Faculty

Free yoga for UAA students, staff and faculty who are active military or veterans. All skill levels welcome. Bring a towel, yoga mat and water. This class is only open to military and veteran students, faculty and staff who have paid the sports facility fee. Students taking six or more credits are automatically assessed the fee at registration. Students taking fewer than six credits and all faculty and staff may pay the $55 fee at the Issue Cage in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Mondays, 1130 to 1230, January 12th-April 27th,  in the Dance Studio, Wells Fargo Sports Complex 

For questions, email the Military and Veteran Student Resource Center at uaa_mvcrc@uaa.alaska.edu.


Soldiers and Citizens Tour: Theater of War, April 16th, 2015

Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, our hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience. Using Sophocles' plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the impact of war on individuals, families, and communities, these events will be aimed at generating compassion and understanding between diverse audiences.

It has been suggested that ancient Greek drama was a form of storytelling, communal therapy, and ritual reintegration for combat veterans by combat veterans. Sophocles himself was a general. At the time Aeschylus wrote and produced his famous Oresteia, Athens was at war on six fronts. The audiences for whom these plays were performed were undoubtedly composed of citizen-soldiers. Also, the performers themselves were most likely veterans or cadets. Seen through this lens, ancient Greek drama appears to have been an elaborate ritual aimed at helping combat veterans return to civilian life after deployments during a century that saw 80 years of war.

Plays like Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes read like textbook descriptions of wounded warriors, struggling under the weight of psychological and physical injuries to maintain their dignity, identity, and honor. Given this context, it seemed natural that military audiences today might have something to teach us about the impulses behind these ancient stories. It also seemed like these ancient stories would have something important and relevant to say to military audiences today.


Film & Discussion: Last Days of Vietnam, April 17th, 2015 at 6:30pm

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.