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  • December 30, 2014 -

    Showing Appreciation for the Kaplan Military Community

    KUSMA Summit

    The Office of Student Life at Kaplan University is committed to both the personal and professional growth of our students. With this goal in mind, the office hosts a variety of workshops for students. On November 19, 2014, staff and students affiliated with the military were invited to attend a special Military Appreciation Workshop. A panel of guest speakers discussed a variety of topics of interest to this community.

    Kicking off the evening, Walter Tillman, director of programs at Student Veterans of America (SVA), spoke on member benefits available through the nationally recognized organization. SVA’s mission is “to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and life after graduation.”

    Kaplan University Student Military Association (KUSMA) Acting President Robert Tier then spoke on his experience at the SVA Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C., this past September (see photo). During his presentation he also shared some of his goals for KUSMA, which included sending more students to future conferences and fostering a stronger sense of community and military pride among KUSMA members. Panelist Professor Lea Rosenberry shared a personal connection to the organization’s efforts: “It has been an honor to work with KUSMA as an advisor, since I was also a military spouse for 25 years. We would like to see a committee formed for military spouses within KUSMA.”

    One of the final panelists to speak was Allison Selby, Director of Internship Programs at the School of Business and Information Technology. “Some of our internships are virtual,” she explained, “while others take place within a student’s community.” Student Monica Comerford, who currently interns at the Student Technology Center, added, “My IT internship is great and I love it!” Students interested in learning more can visit this page: www.kaplanuniversity.edu/information-technology/internship.aspx.

    The Office of Student Life wrapped up the workshop by sharing the results of projects that took place this year. They coordinated a letter writing campaign involving student organizations, alumni, and Kaplan University staff members to show support for deployed troops and military veterans through the national organization called Operation Gratitude. Over 115 letters were collected.

    The Kaplan Society for Human Resource Management collected over $42,000 worth of coupons that were sent to military bases overseas. These coupons, valid 6 months past their expiration date, can be used by families and single servicemembers abroad at their local commissary.

    The entire night was a huge success! If you would like to join KUSMA or any other student organization at Kaplan University, please contact studentlife@kaplan.edu.

    To view the recording of this workshop please go to this link: https://kucampus.kaplan.edu/CommunityCenter/StudentLife/WorkshopLibrary.aspx

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