Veteran Advocacy Committee
Supporting the Needs of Veterans
This committee has provided a collaborative platform from which to review the unique and varied needs of veterans and explore how NKU can become a more Veteran Friendly campus. In addition, the group works to ensure that we have a support network in place to meet the needs of veterans.
NKU is unique in that we continually work together across campus to seek veteran-friendly initiatives that will help our student veterans. To all past and current VAC members, NKU thanks them for their participation and support.
Why We're Here
Our veterans have strong leadership skills and are responsible citizens. Many are the first in their family to go to college. They will become leaders and persons of influence in society.
It is important for NKU to promote GI Bill benefits to our area veterans and for us to do all we can to support the success of these students when they arrive on our campus…..
- Work to create campus awareness of issues faced by veterans.
- Develop programs that support access and success of student veterans and family members.
- Facilitate dialogue in campus community that directly affects the academic success and well-being of student veterans and families.
- Provide a forum for student veterans (V.E.T.S.) to give feedback on issues that affect their academic success.
- Partner with organizations that can assist veterans.
- Engage the community in the process.
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”
Ava Nienaber, Associate Director, Adm Proc Transfer Svc
Andy Meeks, Director, Business Operations & Aux Svc
Whitney Kessinger, Analyst, Institutional Research
Barbara Sween, Director, Health and Counseling Svc
Chris Hammann, President, Norse V.E.T.S.
Dave Merriss, Chairman, VAC
Jessica Thiede, VITAL (VHACN) Initiative, Program Coordinator
Diane Williams, Director, LA Programs
Evert “Shane” Talbott, Faculty, Health Professions
Jeffrey Waple, Dean of Students
Jennie Lamothe, Director, New Student Orientation
Jim Hughes, Faculty, Business Informatics
Joel Robinson, Interim AVP, Enrollment Management
John Bickers, Faculty, Chase Law
Kim Graboskey, Director, Office of the Bursar
Marilyn Schleyer, Faculty, Advanced Nursing Studies
Vicki Berling, Executive Director, Educational Outreach
Larry Blake, Assistant VP, Facilities Management
Leah Stewart, Director, Student Financial Assistance
Ben Anderson, Director, Testing & Disability Svc
Kim Turner, AVP Student Support & Business Ops
Holly Riffe, Professor & Director MSW Program
Bonnie May, Faculty, History & Geography
1LT Edward Roach, Assistant PMS, NKU-Xavier
Lane Swanson, Veterans Certification Coordinator
Melissa Gorbandt, Director, Admissions – Outreach
Michael Hinckley, Faculty, History & Geography
Marla Herron, Registrar
Bill Froude, Director, Career Services
Susan Mospens, Director, Student Support Services
Thom McGovern, Chair, Visual Arts
Tracy Butts, Coordinator of VA Volunteer Services
Kathleen Barker, Early Alert Specialist, U-CAP
Jeanne Pettit, Faculty, First Year Programs
Peg Adams, Director, U-CAP
Arnold Slaughter, Director, University Housing
SSG Michael Sheets, US Army Recruiter
Major Rusty Mardis, Assistant Professor, UC AFROTC
Deloris Elliott, Clinical Social Worker, DVA-VRCC