Published: April 28, 2016
The University is in the midst of completing construction of an on-campus veterans’ resource center in Hyland Hall.
Senior communication major Jedediah Stewart is president of The University’s Student Veterans’ Club, a somewhat recently created organization that is involved in the project.
“There used to be a veterans club here, I think back in the sixties, but (a few years ago)… a bunch of us who were freshman at the time had gotten together and talked about… reforming the veterans’ club,” Stewart said.
Stewart said the student organization has been active in its few years of existence.
“We’ve hosted a few different events on campus. We did a ‘hoops for troops night’ where we sponsored the basketball team, we brought someone in to sing the national anthem … We had a day where we brought in the National Guard and they were here just giving out information about veterans’ resources… We just actually kind of work like any other club on campus,” Stewart said.
The organization has been trying to create an on-campus resource center for several years, Stewart said.
“This is something that’s been in the works for quite a while now and I would say the main person whose been really pushing for this was Bob Zelno. He’s the Veterans’ Club moderator and he’s been working very hard on this for the past couple of years,” Stewart said.
The new resource center, Stewart said, will be located in Hyland Hall and is replacing a current veterans’ lounge located in the basement of ‘Old’ Loyola Science Center, which is scheduled for demolition.
“It’s actually going to be an upgrade from the lounge… This is going to be a veterans’ resource center. So it’s going to be a place on campus where veterans who are here, or new veterans seeking information regarding the campus, can go in and get information and have a place to study,” Stewart said.
Stewart said he is grateful for The University’s involvement in the project and is hopeful that the project will be beneficial to the school and its veteran population.
“They already do have a great program for veterans here, through the yellow ribbon program and other resources that they help veterans with. But I think that this is really the next step… A large veteran population is the out reaching goal, and I think this is a great leap by The University of Scranton and the supervisors and faculty here to make this happen for the veterans that are here and for the future veterans that will come,” Stewart said.
Stewart said the resource center is currently in the final stages of construction.
“It’s supposed to be completed before the end of the semester… they’ve already done all the demolition, taken out the walls and different stuff so it’s really starting to come along,” Stewart said.
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