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Important dates

Student Veteran Leadership Academy (SVLA)
Tuesdays
February 25-April 28
Contact Mike Farnum to sign up

Clemente Veterans Initiative
Mondays and Wednesdays 6 – 8 PM
February 24-May 13
Hauge Administration Building 204A

Mission

To provide military-affiliated personnel with the support and resources they need to succeed at PLU and beyond.

Vision

We envision a world where our military-affiliated graduates are key community leaders who inspire peaceful growth and stability the world over.

Locations

The Center for Military Support is located in the Hauge Administration building in room 107. In it you will find the Offices of the Director of Military Outreach, the VetCorps Navigator, and a lounge that seats 5 to 8 people.
The CAVE located on the lower level of the Anderson University Center is the community space for commuter students. Which most of us veterans are. And it reminds me of a Bunker 🙂
The Diversity Center is a community space just up the stairs from The Cave. It is focused on diversity, justice, and sustainability (DJS) and minoritized identity support & engagement.
South Hall is a residence hall where the majority of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students live and has a common area that also welcomes military affiliated students. A great place to do two-way mentoring. Cadets learning from veterans and veterans learning how to be students again.

History of Military Support

  • 1945-1946 – GIs return from World War II. Campus military-affiliated population pose for photograph on the steps of Harstad Hall and also in a World War II Willys Jeep.
  • 1959 – PLU has a Veteran’s Club. Members include: Row 1: J. Armstong, C. Standifer, P. Benson, Mr. Farmer, advisor; W. Lennon, J. Baughman, D. Vaughn, D. Roberts. Row 2: B. Freeman, L. Robinson, D. Hollingsworth, E. Mellum, R. Kuper, G. Vine, K. Olsen, L. Schoenberg, F. Squires, E. Katz.

  • 1979 – AFROTC program held at UPS in conjunction with UPS, PLU, St Martins, Ft. Steilacoom, and TCC. There are two-year and four-year programs available.

  • 1986-1987 – PLU begins to offer Army ROTC program separate from the previously affiliated institutions. Now in partnership with Seattle University.
  • 1996 – PLU establishes Veterans Affairs Coordinator position and hires Neshell Chabot to fulfill the role. As the VA coordinator, Chabot provides support for assigned regions in areas related to certification of enrollments for students receiving MGIB and VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. Assists staff and faculty with inquiries about the student records for these students.

  • 2001-2002 – PLU becomes host school for ROTC and the Lute Battalion is exclusive to PLU.

  • 2010 – The first Vet Corps Navigator position founded by Michael Farnum and housed in the Diversity Center. PLU Student Veterans Association founded by Alyssa Mehl. PLU becomes Washington Department of Veterans Affairs “Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses.”
  • 2012 – Diversity Center hires Nicole Juliano as the Programs Coordinator. As part of her duties, Juliano helps oversee support of veteran students.
  • 2013 – University establishes Director for Military Outreach position, and hires Michael Farnum to fulfill the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position. Kridler Lounge opens space to allow for military-affiliated student usage.
  • 2017-2018 – University opens Center for Military Support, located in Room 107, Hauge Administration Building. This location acts as the primary office for the Director of Military Outreach, an office space for the Vet Corps Navigator, and finally as a lounge/meeting space for military-affiliated students.
  • 2018 – Military-affiliated websites created. Sites make navigation easier for students, faculty, staff members and community partners.