Military Service Center slates ribbon-cutting ceremony

April 27, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

The College of Adult and Lifelong Learning will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Military Service Center and Student Veteran Lounge Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in the Rocket Hall Visitor Center Lobby.

“The Military Service Center recently renovated its new space in Rocket Hall and expanded to include a Student Veteran Lounge complete with custom-designed military wall mural,” said Beth Gerasimiak, director of educational services in the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning. “We’ve created a unique environment where our military and veteran students can gather and feel welcome on campus.”

A reception will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The center helps military and veteran students apply for GI benefits and certifies their eligibility through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, obtain and post military transcripts for credit, and makes referrals to community resources for additional assistance. The goal is to provide services that will help veterans and active duty military students transition from military life to the classroom and support them through successful degree completion.

“UT is considered a military-friendly school, but we want to be even more so,” said Dr. Dennis Lettman, dean of the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning. “There are many best practices for serving vets returning to school. The Military Service Center is one bright example of our commitment to them.”

“The Military Service Center certifies more than 400 students for GI benefits each semester. The center also received the distinction of military-friendly school by GI Jobs for 2011,” Gerasimiak added.

The Military Service Center joined the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning in fall 2010.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at 419.530.3072 or e-mail

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