MEDIA ADVISORY: LSU Veteran & Military Student Services to Celebrate Opening of New Student Center

04/25/2014 10:02 AM

BATON ROUGE –LSU Veteran & Military Student Services will celebrate the opening of its new student center, located at 318 Hatcher Hall, with an open house today from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The event is open to the public and there will be brief remarks from university officials, including LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, at noon.

The veterans center serves as a dedicated space for veterans, active duty military, reservists and national guard members, as well as their dependents. The center will feature three rooms: an administration office, study lounge/computer center and main meeting room. The center will provide space for individual or group study sessions, computer and print capabilities and a focal point on campus for these students to form supportive communities during the transition from military to civilian life.

“This space is the first step as we develop comprehensive support and services for veterans, active military and dependents,” said Darrell Ray, assistant vice chancellor for Student Life. “It also provides a foundation for educating our campus community on the rich military history of LSU.”

Recognized as an institutional best practice by Student Veterans of America, or SVA, and other prominent leaders in the veteran education space, including the American Council on Education, resource centers have been shown to directly contribute to student veterans’ successful academic outcomes. And this center was made possible with help from a $10,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation, in partnership with SVA.

On Friday, April 18, SVA and the Home Depot Foundation announced the recipients of $100,000 in grants through the VetCenter Initiative partnership. Through the VCI, nearly 100 chapters applied for funds to construct veteran-specific resource centers on campuses across the country.

LSU Veteran & Military Student Services was one of nearly 100 applications received. Student veterans demonstrated their enterprising spirit through application submissions in the forms of various media, including photos and film.  

“The quality effort demonstrated in these submissions speaks to student veterans’ commitment to their individual success and that of their peer community,” said SVA President and CEO D. Wayne Robinson. “We look forward to seeing these projects develop, and to current and future generations of veterans benefiting from the solid foundation of progress laid by our chapters, their campuses and our partners at The Home Depot Foundation.”

A compilation of the winning video presentations, along with a message from Robinson and The Home Depot Foundation, is available to view at

For more information on the student center or LSU Veteran & Military Student Services, contact Adam Jennings at  or 225-588-9084.

LSU Veteran & Military Student Services, a division of LSU Student Life & Enrollment, is dedicated to helping veterans, service members, dependents and survivors succeed in higher education and in seeking employment. For more information, visit

LSU Student Life & Enrollment focuses on creating an environment that fosters student success. Its mission is to recruit, admit, engage, retain and graduate a diverse student population for success at LSU and beyond. Student Life & Enrollment enhances learning by fostering critical thinking and ethical responsibility to create a university experience that transforms lives. For more information, visit

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014