Sep 11, 2015
Sept. 11, 2015
College opens Center for Veteran & Military Services to support those who have served
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Center for Veterans & Military Services (CVMS) on Sept. 11, 2015. Holding the event on 9-11 was a reminder of the sacrifices made by our military community and the importance of having a center on campus to support them.
"Many of our student veterans chose to serve after the 9-11 attacks. This center gives them the resources they need and provides a space where others understand their experiences," said Sylvia O'Hara, director of the Center for Veteran and Military Services at Westminster.
The grand opening included remarks by Gary Harter, executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs; Stephen Morgan, Westminster College president;
Kim T. Adamson, Westminster trustee and center co-founder; and Sylvia O'Hara, Westminster CVMS director. In addition to the speakers, the ceremony included a color guard and tours of the new center.
"As an alumni, back in 1979, I came to love Westminster down to my core. Just as I entered the Marine Corp in 1974, I learned to love and embrace the Corp and serving my country down to my core - those experiences truly made me who I am today" said Kim T. Adamson, Westminster trustee and center co-founder.
The new Center for Veteran & Military Services is located in Walker Hall and will provide a central location to support veterans, dependents and other military students. The new center includes:
- A full-time, dedicated director focused on serving the Westminster military community
- A Veterans Affairs student worker
- Office space to host representatives from the VA, financial aid, counseling center, etc.
- GI Bill benefits counseling
- Referral services
- Student Support Services
- Free veteran-to-veteran tutoring
- Free veteran mentoring
- Free computer, fax, copy and printing for student use
- A lounge area with sofas and matching tables, a flat screen TV and a DVD player
- A place for pure camaraderie
- A coffee bar and microwave
- A conference/study area for meetings and tutoring
The Center for Veteran & Military Services will serve the more than 130 veteran students and their dependents, as well as approximately 90 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students at Westminster, which has a total population of 2,800 students.
The establishment of the new center and director position was made possible by generous lead gifts from alumna, trustee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kim T. Adamson and the R. Harold Burton Foundation. Additional contributions are being sought to complete the furnishing and operations of the center.
"We are proud that this center will support our student veterans and their families," said Stephen Morgan, Westminster president. "The center is long overdue, and we are extremely appreciative to Kim and to Westminster trustee O. Wood Moyle of the R. Harold Burton Foundation for their support of our military students."
The grand opening coincided with Westminster being recognized by U.S. News and World Report
as a 2016 "Best College for Veterans - West
." For more information on the new Center for Veterans & Military Services, visit: westminstercollege.edu/vets