University of Texas at Arlington is taking significant steps to help address
the mental and academic needs of military veterans who will make the transition
into college life this school year.
A record 590,000 military veterans will use the Post 9/11 GI Bill for higher education.
initiatives include a special Military Muster on Wednesday, Aug. 8, when some 200
wounded veterans will learn about adaptive sports and recreation; new School of
Social Work courses for people who want to serve military veterans with mental
healthcare needs; plus, a workshop series that helps student veterans better
handle the challenges of the classroom.
new report says as more American troops return from the Middle East, a record
590,000 veterans will use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for higher education. Eligible
veterans earn tuition and other benefits to cover expenses related to attending college free for four years.
Arlington expects about 1,000 veterans to be enrolled in fall 2012 courses.
That figure represents a little more than a 50 percent increase over the 525
veterans that enrolled at the University during both the fall and spring 2009
start Thursday, Aug. 23.
Movin’ Mavs Muster
service veterans from around Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma
are expected to learn about adapted sports and recreation from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., Wednesday at the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive.
UT Arlington's Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball players will discuss adaptive sports and recreation with wounded veterans.
Military Muster is co-hosted by the UT Arlington Movin’ Mavs wheelchair
basketball team, U.S. Paralympics, Paralympic Sport Arlington, and Wounded
are used as a tool to help soldiers transition to civilian life after service,
and to encourage them to continue their studies,” said Movin’ Mavs coach Doug
Garner. Mavs players and coaches will demonstrate rotations on sit volleyball,
archery, and wheelchair basketball. There will also be educational sessions.
event is free and open to the public.
“I think these types of events are important
for two reasons,” Garner said. “It shows the University is working to meeting
the needs of all student veterans to help them have a full college experience;
and, it shows the veterans ways to get out and participate in activities that
maybe they didn’t know about or have experienced before – meet people, make
contacts and move their lives forward after injury, illness or other life
Arlington has offered wheelchair basketball since 1976. More than a decade
later, the recreational team became a recognized intercollegiate program.
Participating students are eligible for full-tuition scholarships.
more information, email Doug Garner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Focus on military mental health
coursework provided through the UT Arlington School of Social Work will help
graduate students learn to better serve veterans and active members of the
military with mental health needs.
this fall, graduate students may enroll in “Special Topic in Social Welfare,”
an introductory, elective course covering the military culture and human
behavior in the social environment.
Smith-Osborne, associate professor and principle investigator of the school’s Student Veteran Project, said the need for military social work courses is
great. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says many veterans returning from the war zone will
struggle with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and other
serious emotional and mental health issues.
New military mental health course will be offered through the School of Social Work.
said that because of the stigma often attached with seeking mental health care,
many soldiers will not get treatment. “As thousands of veterans return from
Iraq and Afghanistan, many have concerns about getting mental health care,” she
said. “Also, many veterans will live in rural areas that do not have a military
installation or veterans medical center nearby.”
School of Social Work eventually plans to offer a certificate program for
social workers that want to help veterans or active members of the military. If
the certificate program is approved, Military Social Work 1 and Military Social
Work 2 will also be offered.
Alexa Smith-Osborne at 817-272-3181, email@example.com for more information.
Adjusting to the classroom
research, writing papers, taking exams and attending campus events can be a
tough balancing act for any new college student. For military veterans, there
are unique money matters, peer pressures, and even more issues.
Arlington’s University College, a one-stop shop for advising, tutoring and counseling, will provide
strategies to help veterans make a more seamless transition to the classroom
when it hosts its Student Veterans Workshop Series from Sept. 5 to Nov. 14.
5: Transitioning into College and Exploring University Resources – Student
veterans will learn about the
differences between the military and college lifestyle, and discuss how to transition
from a chain of command to working with faculty, staff and advisers.
- Sept. 19: Improving your Time
Management – There is
an ever-changing list of priorities for college students. This workshop will teach
student veterans how to shift from the military’s “Hurry up and Wait” mentality
to the manage-your-own-time expectations of college.
- Oct. 3: Reading, Note-Taking, and
Study Strategies – This
workshop will focus on improving your reading and note-taking skills. Student
veterans will also learn effective strategies for studying college textbooks
versus military training manuals.
17: Information Processing: Teaching Styles vs. Learning Styles - This workshop introduces the concept of
a learning style and helps student veterans figure out their own.
- Oct. 31:
Creating Effective Cover Letters and Resumes – Cliff Garinn, a UT Arlington Career
Center representative and military veteran, will discuss how student veterans
can maximize their military experience on a resume, offer tips to improve a
cover letter, and discuss current job search methods.
- Nov. 14:
Test-Taking and Preparing for Final Exams – Tests are an important part of assessing how much a
student has learned. To be successful on a test, however, students need a
strategy for success. This workshop will discuss the development of a study
strategy, including helping the student develop a five-day study plan to
prevent the need for cramming.
workshops will be held from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. at University College, Room
303, 602 W. Second St. A campus map is available online at www.uta.edu/maps/map?id=RH.
series is free and requires no advanced registration. Contact Roxanna Latifi at
817-272-6107, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this link for
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