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Canton VFW Supports SVA Chapter with Donation

Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 714 has donated $1,000 to Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter at Mansfield University to support the chapter’s efforts on behalf of veteran students.Canton VFW

Mansfield's SVA chapter is part of a national coalition of over 1,300 student veteran organizations in all 50 states. MU's veteran students have access to all SVA services, including scholarships.

Commencement

Graduating veterans and active duty military students are recognized in a Graduation Day program and presented with red, white and blue regalia cords. They are also presented with Letters of Congratulations from Senator Pro Tem Joseph Scarnati by the Coordinator of Military & Veteran Affairs, Roger Maisner along with stoles representing the graduating senior's branch of service. There are four veteran students who will walk across the stage this fall. 

Veterans Honored at MU

Mansfield University honors students, faculty and staff who are serving or have served in the U.S. military with a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon annually in North Manser Hall.

Pennsylvania Senator Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tem of the state Senate, was the guest speaker. Vet Luncheon

Remembering back to the time just after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Scarnati recalled pundits and analysts were raising questions about the will of American leaders to fight a war and the willingness of “this generation of young men and women to rise to the occasion.”

Looking out into an audience that included several Mansfield ROTC students plus students, faculty and staff who currently serve in the National Guard or Reserves, Scarnati said, “I can say, and I can say proudly, that our national leaders rose to the occasion. Democrats and Republicans came together as they should. The American public did endorse and stand behind our military in what has proven to be a very costly military effort. And yes, without a doubt, this generation not only stepped up to fight and defend this nation, it was done with pride and it was done with willingness.”

“To each of you who have served and continue to serve, I want to say thank you,” Scarnati added. “Thank you for protecting our freedoms and for your sacrifice and all you do.”

ShireyThe luncheon also featured the awarding of two new scholarships. The first Shirey-Cromley Yellow Ribbon Scholarship was presented to Rachel Horvath, a senior Nutrition and Dietetics major.

The scholarship, endowed by Brenda (Shirey) Cromley, a 1977 Mansfield graduate, and her husband Marlin Cromley, an Air Force veteran whostationed at Headquarters Pacific Air Force,  Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii and Wake Island during the Vietnam era, is to provide recognition and financial assistance to veterans to assist and enabled them to pursue a college  education and find lasting success on the home-front.

The first scholarship from the Members of the Military Scholarship Fund was presented to  Breyann Campbell, who serves in the Air force and is first year Criminal Justice Administration major. The Mansfield VFW was instrumental in establishing the Members of the Military Scholarship Fund. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide recognition and financial assistance to veterans and active-duty personnel to assist and enable them to pursue a college education. Both scholarships are administered by the Mansfield University Foundation. VFW

For information about academic programs and support for Military and Veterans at MU, go to mansfield.edu/military-veterans

The luncheon was provided by the Mansfield VFW Post 6757, Friends of Joe Scarnati, Citizens & Northern Bank, Troy VFW/American Legion, Mansfield University Foundation and PSECU.

Veterans Support Group Raises Awareness of Green Light Campaign

MANSFIELD, PA—Approaching the Mansfield University Military Resource Center in Alumni Hall, Room 138, people will notice a green light above the entrance. While the light adds to the holiday spirit on campus, its true purpose is to signal the MU Veterans Support Group’s participation in the Green Light A Vet campaign.Green Light

Greenlight a Vet is a national campaign to establish support for our veterans and military by changing one visible light in a home or business to green.

“To date, there are more than nine million online supporters of this program and countless more who have lit a green light at their residence,” Roger Maisner, coordinator of Military & Veteran Affairs, said.

Maisner points out that there are several businesses and homes in the Mansfield area who are already displaying a green light.

To find out more about the campaign, go to greenlightavet.com

For information about academic programs and support for military and veterans at MU, go to mansfield.edu/military-veterans or email rmaisner@mansfield.edu.

 Social Work Club Delivers Fruit Baskets; Provide Christmas to Needy Families

MANSFIELD, PA— Members of the Mansfield University Social Work Club, joined by members of the Student Veterans of America, packed and delivered fruit baskets to MU students, faculty and staff on Thursday, just in time for finals week.The long running fundraiser by the Social Work Club provides healthy snacks to fuel the studying, testing, grading and support work that will be going on as the semester comes to a close next week. Many of the baskets included a positive message from whoever ordered them.

Most of the money raised this year is being used to provide Christmas to two local families in need. If anyone is interested in donating to this cause, contact Tiffany Welch, Social Work Club advisor, at twelch@mansfield.edu

Student Veterans of America and Social Work Club Deliver Fruit Baskets; Provide Christmas to Needy Families

Fruit  MANSFIELD, PA— Members of the Mansfield University Social Work Club, joined by members of the
  Student Veterans of America, packed and delivered fruit baskets to MU students, faculty and staff on
  Thursday, just in time for finals week.The long running fundraiser by the Social Work Club provides
   healthy snacks to fuel the studying, testing, grading and support work that will be going on as the
   semester comes to a close next week. Many of the baskets included a positive message from whoever
   ordered them.Most of the money raised this year is being used to provide Christmas to two local families
   in need.



Senator Scarnati to Speak at Veterans Appreciation Luncheon

MANSFIELD, PA—Pennsylvania Senator Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tem of the state Senate, will be the guest speaker at the Mansfield University Veterans Appreciation Luncheon held on Monday, November 10, 11:30 a.m. in North Manser Hall.  Senator Scarnati

All MU students, faculty and staff who are Veterans, Reserves or Active Duty Military are invited to the luncheon.

"The MU Veterans Support Group and a number of sponsors want to publicly recognize the service and sacrifice of all our men and women who have or are serving in any of the branches of our Armed Services," Roger Maisner, coordinator of Military &Veteran Affairs, said.

This will be the second annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon held at MU. Mansfield President Fran Hendricks, a retired Air Force Brigadier General, was the speaker at last year's inaugural event.

For more information on the luncheon, email veteran-support@mansfield.edu

For information about academic programs and support for Military and Veterans at MU, go to mansfield.edu/military-veterans

The Veterans Appreciation Luncheon is sponsored by the MU Military &Veteran Affairs Office.


Morris Run Legion Contributions to Military Scholarship Fund Morris Run Legion

MANSFIELD, PA— The Morris Run, PA American League Post 167 has contributed $3,000 to the Members of the Military Scholarship Fund at Mansfield University.

Post Commander Andrew Beaderman made the presentation to MU President Fran Hendricks.

“The American Legion Post 167 places high priority on furthering ones education,” Beaderman said. “Mansfield University gave us an opportunity to donate for scholarships to assist our fellow veterans.”

“On behalf of our veteran and active duty students who will benefit from this, we thank the Morris Run Legion for their support,” Hendricks said. “We also thank the Legion members for their service in defense of our nation.”

“Mansfield University is very fortunate to have partnerships with strong local organizations, such as the Morris Run American Legion, who believe that it is a priority to assist those who have served our country reach their educational goals,” Josh Battin, coordinator of Military and Veteran Affairs and assistant professor of Criminal Justice Administration,” said. “We cannot thank Commander Beaderman and the members of American Legion Post 167 enough for their contributions to this effort. 

The Members of the Military Scholarship Fund, administered through the Mansfield University Foundation, was established in 2014 to provide recognition and financial assistance to veterans and active-duty personnel to assist and enable them to pursue a college.        

The scholarship fund is supported by private contributions and are offered to eligible current members of the military and veterans who have been honorably discharged from military service.

To learn more about contributing to the Members of the Military Scholarship Fund, go to mansfield.edu/support-mu/

To learn more about the support and benefits offered to veterans and military personnel at Mansfield, go to the Military & Veterans Educational Benefits website.


MU Veterans Support Group Awards Scholarships

Eighteen Mansfield University students who are veterans were awarded scholarships at the Veterans Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, November 10. Scholarship Recipients 2015-16

The scholarship funds, totaling more than $18,000 have been raised by the MU Veterans Support Group, which is comprised of faculty, staff and student veterans.

"Special thanks to Dr. Josh Battin, chair of the Criminal Justice Administration Department, who has established a direct outreach and partnership with area VFW's, American Legions and Vet Clubs, along with Annie Brooks, Annual Fund Coordinator for the Mansfield University Foundation", Roger Maisner, Coordinator of Military and Veteran Affairs, said.

 

Military-Veteran Student Organization Officers

Organization for Veterans and Military Formed

The Mansfield Military and Veteran’s Organization is open to all students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the military. The organization will hold regular meetings and has a Facebook group page that allows for the exchange of information and ideas. [Read more]


General Jerry G. Beck Jr. to Speak at Veterans Appreciation Luncheon

MANSFIELD, PA— Brigadier General (Retired) Jerry G. Beck Jr., deputy adjutant general–Veterans Affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will be the guest speaker at the Mansfield University Veterans Appreciation Luncheon to be held onTuesday, November 10, 11:30 a.m. in North Manser Hall. Brigadier Beck

Beck was appointed to his current position after retiring as Deputy Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in August 2011. He served 34 years, rising through the ranks from private to general.

As deputy adjutant general–Veterans Affairs, Beck supervises the administration of assistance programs for nearly one million veterans and their dependents as well as the operation of the commonwealth's six veteran's homes.

All MU students, faculty and staff who are Veterans, Reserves or Active Duty Military have been invited to the luncheon.

For information about academic programs and support for Military and Veterans at MU, go to mansfield.edu/military-veterans.

The Veterans Appreciation Luncheon is sponsored by the MU Military &Veteran Affairs Office and private contributors.