2019 NC STRIVE - Central East
The 2019 NC STRIVE - Central East conference is offering a multi track system of enriched, informative, and relevant breakout sessions that are tailored to three main audiences; Student Veterans, higher education Staff and Faculty, and Community Professionals who have a primary touch point with military service members, veterans or their families. The conference will also host two student panels, a variety of exhibitors, and offer several special topic poster presentations.
Below you will find a comprehensive list of all 12 breakout sessions and two featured student panels. The conference's track system is open to all registered attendees who are encouraged to attend the breakout sessions that best suits their interest.
Career Transition Success
Deloitte established a transition assistance program, CORE, to help transitioning service men and women change the lens of how they search for a career after the service. On campus, we are finding that the veterans in college continue a heads down approach focusing on the target of good grades and a degree and consider looking for a job as subsequent task. We are working to apply the same CORE principles to college to ensure a career is lined up at the time of graduation. This breakout session is a discussion with student veterans, recently separated, or soon to separate, service men and women with the goal of assisting them with their transition from college into new careers.
Learning Objectives: Participants will understand how to build their unique brand; find their fit; and build a strong network.
- Deloitte; James Callihan, Manager; Jessy Jager, Senior Campus Recruiting Specialist
Entrepreneurship for All
Entrepreneurship unlocks the door to economic opportunity beyond one's privilege or status. Brian Hamilton co-funded Sageworks, the first financial technology company in the nation and the largest software provider to U.S. banks sold Sageworks to a leading private equity firm in 2018. Today Brian has invested his time and passion growing the Brian Hamilton Foundation, which helps bring entrepreneurship to people who would not otherwise have it, including veterans, students and inmates. In this talk, Brian will outline why entrepreneurship is one of the best alternatives for building wealth and how you can do it with limited resources.
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to start, grow and run a business.
- Brian Hamilton Foundation; Brian Hamilton, CEO
Competitive Applicant: Understanding the Admissions Process
Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions have teamed up to offer prospective undergraduate and graduate students insights to general admissions processes equipping them with information and resources on how to best choose a graduate or undergraduate program. The session will cover what to look at when choosing a school and program (size, location, department, reputation, cost etc.), admission application materials (transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose etc.), how to stand out from other applicants, and learn about Teaching/Research Assistantships and Fellowships.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be more equipped with information and resources on choosing an undergraduate or graduate school/program. Will have a better understanding of general undergraduate and graduate admission requirements. Be more knowledgeable of admission application materials and funding opportunities.
- NC State Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions; Dr. Peter Harries & Natalie McCook
Student Veteran Experience: Impact and Value
Jared Lyon, CEO of Student Veterans of America, will discuss the organization's mission to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. The session will highlight the core principles of the organization, access to annual student leadership summits offering chapter management, budgeting, and strategic planning skills, and will provide student veterans with the opportunity to discuss local challenges, needs and successes in higher education.
Learning Objectives: Participants will develop sustainable support opportunities for student veterans, build a more cohesive student veteran network for student veterans in North Carolina, and provide greater resources and tools for student veterans in North Carolina.
- Student Veterans of America; Jared Lyon, CEO
Staff and Faculty
Veterans, Degree Completion & Career: How to Support Their Progress to Employment
Veterans are attending higher education in increasing numbers, making use of their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. While there has been a great deal of conversation about developing veterans through student life much less attention has been placed on how veterans are being supported through their academic persistence to graduation and subsequent employment. This presentation will review current research, veterans’ academic completion and post-graduate employment and will offer strategies to positively impact campus efforts toward retention and graduation of student veterans.
Learning Objectives: Participants will understand current research and data gathering methods for student veteran academic success. Develop tools to assess their student veteran population for academic persistence and graduation. Implement practices to support student veteran academic achievement and post-graduate employment. Demonstrate the value of providing academic and career development support to student veterans to positively impact their persistence to graduation and employment.
- Western Carolina University; Dr. Sarah Minnis, Assistant Professor
Striving for Success: Accommodations and Assistive Technology
The Student Veteran population in higher education is growing annually. Students may have a service connected disability, injury, learning disability or other condition that affects their daily functioning. Accommodations exist to create an equal opportunity in the academic environment. In this session, we will highlight what qualifies as a disability, what types of accommodations are available, and identify technology to support Student Veterans in their learning environments.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to define disability and identify conditions that would benefit from Academic Accommodations. Identify 2 typical accommodations in the post secondary educational environment. Name three types of Assistive Technologies that could benefit Veteran's on a college campus.
- NC State Disability Resource Office; Leslie Watts, MAT, Access Consultant/Assistant Director; Rebecca Sitton, BSE, ATP, RET, Coordinator of Assistive Technology/Assistant Director, NCSU Disability Resource Office
Better Serving and Understanding the Unique Needs of Minority Identified Students
Minority Veterans of America recognizes that intersecting identities create unique lives and needs for those who may identify as a minority veteran and seeks to raise their profile within the community, particularly in higher education spaces, which often serve as a transitional space for veterans. Through storytelling, they seek to change and shape the narrative and public image of the U.S. veteran to reflect the diverse backgrounds of our current and past service members. This panel session will engage with minority identified veterans to discuss how their identities were impacted or shaped by their military service and veteran status, and engage with session attendees on best practices for inclusivity in veterans spaces.
Learning Objective: Participants will recognize the unique needs of women-, LGBTQ-, people of color-, and religious minority-identified veterans and how those needs may be addressed in post-military transitional support. Participants will integrate this knowledge into practicing inclusivity in veterans offices and lounges.
- Lindsay Church, President and Co-founder of Minority Veterans of America & Amber Mathwig, Higher Education Liaison
"Grief is Grief": Using a Literature of War Class to Bridge the Civilian-Military Divide
The purpose of this presentation is to describe the benefits, challenges and opportunities of a literature of war course for student veterans and military-affiliated students, civilian students and college and university communities overall. Panelists will include the course instructor and several students who took the course, including a student veteran and an ROTC cadet.
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn 1) how a course on the Literature of War can help bridge the civilian-military divide by creating connections among military-affiliated and civilian students; 2) how student veterans in the classroom are able to push back effectively against civilian assumptions about their inability to imagine veterans' military experiences; 3) how student veterans are able to draw on their military experience in understanding the literature of war to take on authoritative roles in the classroom as interpreters of this material for civilian and ROTC peers; 4) how having a student veteran co-teach with a civilian professor can create a more student-centered classroom and facilitate discussion and community building.
- UNC Chapel Hill; Dr. Hilary Lithgow, Teaching Professor of English; Tech. Sgt. Chris Young, USAF, Ret, Public Relations Major at UNC Chapel Hill
Soldier to Civilian: A Transition Through Wellness and Collaboration
This interactive presentation aims to collaborate with those who serve veterans, military-connected students and/or their families to explore the impact of the transition process from military roles to the civilian student as it relates to mental health and wellness practices. Presenters will facilitate a discussion to troubleshoot unique transition issues in achieving wellness among student veterans, identify wellness best practices, unique role of community relationships, and an exchange of resources.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify unique challenges and strengths of student veterans. To learn how relationships can foster a successful transition. And participants will be able to identify key resources they can apply to their work with student veterans.
- UNC Charlotte CAPS; Dr. Libby Malone; NC State Counseling Center; Dr. Eileen Haase, LPC & Marina Cline, LPC; Army National Guard & NC State University; Specialist Heather Akers, MSW Candidate
Military Veteran Mental Health Trends and Risks
This breakout session will summarize the prevalence of various behavioral health disorders (e.g., post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety) among active duty Soldiers and Marines through the analysis of U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps DoD records of service between 2001 and 2011.
Learning Objectives: Participants will discuss various behavioral health disorders among Soldiers and Marines. Discuss opportunities to mitigate risks and provide protective factors against negative sequelae.
- RTI International; Dr. Jessica Morgan & Dr. Joel Cartwright
Veteran Voices: A Conversation on Veteran and Transitioning Military Needs from Primary Sources
Three panel presenters will provide unique perspectives on the needs of transitioning military, veterans, military families, and military-serving non-profit organizations across North Carolina from research and field experience. The session will shift from an academic to practical perspective, and provide opportunities for discussion. Community professionals are especially welcome, but the discussion may also be relevant to faculty, staff, and student-veterans.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify and describe the needs of veterans in North Carolina as they relate to availability and access to services. Identify and describe the needs of organizations within communities of North Carolina as they relate to providing these services to veterans. Apply knowledge gained from identifying the above needs to understand pathways to solutions for struggles that these communities and organizations face.
- NC State Center for Family and Community Engagement & NCServes; Dr. Samantha Cacace, Emily Lefebvre, and Paul Berry
Difficult Conversations: Supporting Veterans' Transition in the Post 9/11 Era
The Post 9/11 military population has experienced unique challenges from combat deployments, the increased use of military and personal technology, and changing social and economic structures in the United States. This session will engage student affairs professionals in discussing how their own experiences and challenges in this era of a new and different type of international conflict impact how they work with the veterans who personally experience war, war zones, and long-term effects of conflict on the people most directly engaged with it.
Learning Objectives: Participants will engage in difficult conversations that may challenge their own beliefs about military service and the purpose of supporting student veterans throughout veterans’ educational journey. Participants will identify the challenges associated with balancing personal and professional responsibilities, values, and beliefs, and recognize the intersection of one’s personal and professional life in providing support for students. Participants will recognize the varying military experiences that the Post 9/11 veteran generation may have that contribute to transition challenges while engaged in higher education.
- UNC Chapel Hill; Amber Mathwig, Student Veterans Assistance Coordinator
Student Panel Opportunities
Beyond the Transition: A round table discussion with today's student veterans
Student veterans from across North Carolina will come together for a 50 minute conversation to discuss the challenges, opportunities, strengths and attributes of being a student veteran post service. Moderated by UNC-TV's Jeff Smith, host of the "Situation Report" and special guest Jared Lyon, CEO of the national organization Student Veterans of America.
Moderator: Jeff Smith, UNC TV
Panel: Jared Lyon, U.S. Navy, Student Veterans of America; Will Beam, U.S. Army, NC State University; Richelle Jara, United States Marine Corps, UNC Asheville; Tara Fontaine, U.S. Army, Methodist University; Brett Wilson, U.S.Marine Corps, Wake Technical College
Ask a Military Kid: Why Military-connected Children are not Traditional Students
Corvias Foundation has invited college graduates who are also the children of military service members from across the state to talk to you about what it is like to be a military family member studying at a four-year university. They will present four takeaways to help universities better serve their military dependent sub-population and be available to answer your questions. From the strain of parent deployments to financial aid challenges, this is a unique opportunity to learn from military children who want to share their experiences.
Moderator: Maria Montalvo, Executive Director, Corvias Foundation
Panel: Josh Groll, Program Manager, Taproot Foundation, U.S. Army, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jacqueline Leibman, 2019 Graduate, U.S. Army, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Cody Long, Law Student, U.S. Army, NC State University and Emory University