New resource centers embrace, support large and growing student veteran population

With gratitude for the brave men and women who have served our country, Regis University observed Veterans Day with a special celebration Nov. 11. The University cut the ribbon on a new Veterans Resource Center on its North Denver (Lowell) Campus that is designed to serve the University’s large and growing student veteran population.

The resource center provides a gathering place for student veterans, a central location for information about military and veterans services on campus, and a training center for staff and faculty on veteran-related topics. It is the second such resource center for Regis; the first opened on the University’s Colorado Springs Campus in October.

Helping student veterans experience Regis’ strong sense of community from the start of their time at the University is vital and the new resource centers will work toward that, said John Sweet, Regis’ military and veteran services coordinator. Sweet, a career educator and recent combat veteran, understands the difficult transitions that veterans face.

 “When veterans enter higher education, they are often venturing into unfamiliar territory and many of today’s veterans have had multiple deployments and have years of combat time behind them,” Sweet said. “It’s good to have a place where peers who have had similar experiences can gather to develop fellowship and camaraderie. Research shows that creating that environment really helps foster retention and degree completion.”

The resource centers, guided by the Regis mission that emphasizes selfless service to others and development of the whole person, are the latest among several initiatives Regis has implemented or is pursuing under Sweet’s direction that demonstrate the University’s commitment to its active duty and veteran student population.

“Veterans understand service, mission and sacrifice. It’s an honor to help them transition to a new mission in the civilian world,” Sweet said.