LSU Announces Construction Plans for a New Military and Veterans Student Center
BATON ROUGE – LSU Veterans & Military Students Services will commence construction
on a new center to support student veterans, active military, reservists, guardsmen
and their dependents due to a donation from William A. Brookshire, an LSU chemical
engineering Ph.D. graduate (’61).
The facility will transform how LSU supports, recruits and retains veterans. The new,
4,600-square-foot center composed of a computer lab, meeting rooms and offices will
allow for increased services for military students and families. Additionally, it
positions LSU to compete with regional peers in recruiting veteran students.
“Dr. Brookshire’s generous gift allows LSU to take its rich history of military tradition
and excellence to an entirely new level,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “Previously,
we took pride in the number of students we saw go into the armed forces. Now, we can
also be proud of how we serve them after they have served our country. These brave
men and women, as well as their families, deserve all the support we can provide as
they pursue their degrees. We thank Dr. Brookshire for making this center a reality.”
LSU recently contracted with architects Jerry M. Campbell & Associates to complete
the design and will begin construction immediately following the contractor bid process.
“With a history steeped in military tradition, the Brookshire Military and Veterans
Student Center is another physical symbol of LSU’s commitment to those who have served
this country. The center positions LSU to better serve veterans, active military and
their dependents,” said Darrell C. Ray, assistant vice president for student affairs.
Formally established in 2013, LSU Veteran & Military Student Services, or VMSS, was
created to provide intentional outreach, communication and programmatic support for
veterans and active duty service members. LSU outreach efforts support our men and
women with careful attention to their transition or their return to higher education,
academic success and personal development. LSU is currently home to nearly 500 veteran
students and 1,630 undergraduate dependents.
For more information about VMSS, please visit www.lsu.edu/veterans
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