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Veterans and Military Students’ Faculty/Staff Awareness Training Program announces Fall 2021 session

Published: September 13, 2021 Author: Staff reports

The Ohio University Veterans and Military Student Services Center Faculty/Staff Awareness Training Program, known as “Landing Zone,” is being offered this Fall in person and on Microsoft Teams.  

More than 215 veteran advocates across OHIO’s campuses have completed the training to date.  

The Landing Zone training was created to assist individuals who are committed to providing resources and aid to veteran students across campus. The program seeks to provide its participants with an understanding of the unique challenges faced by veteran students, GI Bill implications on course selection, discussion of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury impacts on learning, and resources to assist this special student population.  

The training is four hours in duration, broken down into four one-hour blocks, to facilitate college or departmental scheduling. Each of the training sessions, named Zones, build upon each other.  

The descriptions of each Zone training are as follows:

Zone 1: Military 101 — Looks at various military terms, rank structure, differences in military culture and academic culture, and dispels common myths about veterans.

Zone 2: OUr Veterans in Transition — Breaks out national veteran student characteristics, Ohio University veteran characteristics, Ohio University student veteran transition experiences, and highlights a veteran student panel question-and-answer session.

Zone 3: The GI Bill — Details the Department of Veterans Affairs’ organizational structure, student veteran success programs, differentiating types of VA educational benefits, and VA regulation implications/challenges for students.

Zone 4: PTSD/TBI and Resources 4 Vets — Provides an understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury effects on student veterans, discussion of potential signs, and how to assist student veterans with each. The Zone will also highlight internal and external resources available to veterans, provide web-based assistance, and answer any additional questions regarding student veterans still unanswered.

The program invites faculty and staff to show their support for veterans by attending these training sessions to help improve understanding of veteran students and enhance their educational experience.

Fall semester 2021 sessions are outlined below. If colleges, departments or regional campuses would like to schedule specific training dates, please contact Terry St. Peter in the Ohio University Veterans Center at 740-566-VETS (8387).

All training times are noon to 1 p.m. and will be hosted simultaneously in person (Baker University Center 239) and via Microsoft Teams. It is recommended that participants take the training in order, but they are able to attend as available. Missed Zones can be taken at a later time.

All classes will be held in Baker 239 and via Microsoft Teams:

Zone 1 – Sept. 28, 2021 and Oct. 26, 2021.

Zone 2 – Oct. 5, 2021 and Nov. 2, 2021.

Zone 3 – Oct. 12, 2021 and Nov. 9, 2021.

Zone 4 – Oct. 19, 2021 and Nov. 16, 2021.

Registration is required in order to receive the professional development pathway credit and the Microsoft Teams link.

Register here: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Ua19DI62PkQ5Jr (May have to copy and paste into browser).

Faculty and staff will receive credit in the Ohio University Professional Development Pathways (PDP) program as part of the relationship building concentration.