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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

ARLINGTON – The University of Texas at Arlington will focus on the academic needs and transitional challenges that face many military veterans undertaking college life, when it hosts its Student Veterans Workshop Series from Sept. 21 to Nov. 30 on the UT Arlington campus.


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says as soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan and tap into Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, the number claiming education aid continues to increase.

An average of 525 veterans enrolled at UT Arlington during both the fall and spring 2009 semesters. That number nearly doubled this month with almost 1,100 veterans enrolled in fall 2011 courses.


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“The workshop series came about after seeing the rapid increase of this student demographic on campus,” said Roxanna Latifi, student development specialist in University College, a one-stop shop for advising, tutoring and counseling.

The series includes:

  • Sept. 21:  Time Management for Student Veterans - Learning to manage time in college is a key component of achieving academic success. For student veterans, coming to college will mean balancing work, education, family and other obligations in an environment that is very different from the structured system to which they may have become accustomed. This workshop will help veterans think critically about how they utilize their time.
  • Oct. 5:  Understanding Your Learning Style - Getting adjusted to life as a college student can be challenging as veterans learn to navigate the many different styles of instruction that they will receive. This workshop introduces the concept of learning styles and individual learning styles to tailor study habits to get the most out of study time.
  • Oct. 19:  Improving Your Reading and Note-Taking Skills – This workshop will focus on improving your reading and note-taking skills and provide opportunities to learn how to make the most of each lecture.  
  • Nov. 2:  Managing Test Anxiety - This workshop will help veterans develop a strategy for success, and explore common causes and solutions that will help   defeat test anxiety.
  • Nov. 16:  Money Management - Every student needs a financial plan that will help him or her prepare for the future. In this workshop, Veterans Affairs’ representatives will be available to discuss how to get the most from veterans' benefits.
  • Nov. 30:  Building a Healthy Lifestyles - Learn more about the resources available at UT Arlington that will help veterans maintain a healthy lifestyle in this workshop. Veterans also will discover how to avoid some of the most common mistakes that new students make that often lead to illness or stress.

All workshops will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 330, 502 Yates St. A campus map is available online at www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=SH.

The series is free and requires no advanced registration. Contact Roxanna Latifi at 817-272-6107, roxanna@uta.edu or visit this link for more information.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 34,000 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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