On Sept. 11, 2015, Westminster held the Grand Opening for the college's first-ever Center for Veterans & Military Services (CVMS).
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
- Veteran mentoring and tutoring
- 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 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.
Center for Veteran and Military Services (CVMS) Director
The director of Westminster's Center for Veteran and Military Services (CVMS) is Sylvia O'Hara.
Previously, O'Hara worked at the University of Utah’s Veterans Support Center and helped build their program from the ground up. She served in the Utah Army National Guard for six years and currently serves on the board of Wasatch Women Warriors, which is dedicated to supporting Utah Women veterans and their families. O’Hara has a bachelor of science in mass communication from the University of Utah.