Student Veteran Center

Breaking Ground July 2018

Purpose

As a veteran-friendly university, it is essential to recognize the enduring importance of supporting current and former servicemembers. We also understand that today’s veterans have specific needs that set them apart, both from traditional college students and from nontraditional students without military backgrounds. These needs range from the administrative, such as understanding and maximizing G.I. Bill benefits, to the psychological, such as managing post-traumatic stress disorder. Recognizing these realities, we believe that veteran students deserve a dedicated space on campus, a place where they can access important services and gather with other veteran students. The Student Veteran Center project involves a complete renovation of an entire floor—approximately 6,300 square feet—within Ritenour Building in the heart of the University Park campus. Upon its completion, this space will become the new home of the Office of Veterans Programs, which is Penn State’s comprehensive, direct-service unit for veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits recipients. With more offices (including space designated for work study and outreach), more modern and welcoming lobby and reception areas, dedicated private counseling rooms, and digital resources designed to connect servicemembers at Commonwealth campuses with the support they need to thrive, the Student Veteran Center will enhance student veterans’ experiences as they seek guidance from the Office of Veterans Programs.

Please Reach Out!

If you find yourself interested in any of the naming opportunities below, please reach out to Andrea Pagano-Reyes, Director of Development for University Programs.

Email amp244@psu.edu or check the “Staff” page for aditional information!

Col. Eugene McFeely

Col. Eugene McFeely

Senior Director for Veterans Affairs and Services

“The Student Veteran Center will help Penn State become the national leader and a beacon in higher education for student veteran engagement, support, services, and success”

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