Thanks to our veterans

Veterans Day provides us with an opportunity to recognize and thank the veterans among our student, faculty and staff populations here at the College.

The College aims to create a welcoming learning and working environment for current and past members of the uniformed services, not only on Veterans Day, but all year round. This tradition dates back to 1943, when many St. Scholastica nursing students were called overseas through the Cadet Corps Program, which alleviated the critical shortage of nurses during World War II.

We'll have the opportunity to celebrate Veterans Day this week, and to show our appreciation.

Stop by the Veterans Resource Center in Tower Hall around lunchtime on Friday, Nov. 10 to offer greetings to the veteran members of the College community. There will also be tables in Benedictine Commons and the Student Union where community members can stop by and write a message to veterans. The Concert Band and String Ensemble will present a patriotic musical salute called the "Americana! Veterans Day Concert" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Mitchell Auditorium.

St. Scholastica strives to promote student veteran academic success. The College has a Veterans Advisory Board, which was created to help advise the administration on projects and initiatives related to veterans, and to share their input. There is also a new veteran-to-veteran mentoring program, which covers everything from social activities to class advice and guidance.

A new online course has been created through the College's Implementation of a Nursing Veterans' Initiative to Transform Education (INVITE) grant program. This course, which focuses on ways to create effective learning environments for veterans, will soon become available to faculty and staff members in Blackboard.

St. Scholastica is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a Best College for Veterans among Midwest regional universities, and it is classified as a Military Friendly College by Military Advanced Education magazine and G.I. Jobs Magazine. St. Scholastica is designated as a Yellow Ribbon School and is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges Consortium.

The College collaborates often with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, the Twin Ports VA and the Duluth Vet Center. For more information about veterans services at St. Scholastica, contact VRC coordinator Jessica Johnston at 723-6645 or jjohnsto@css.edu, or follow the VRC on Facebook at @CSSmilitarycommunity.