February 2019 Newsletter

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about love. Shawn Banzhaf, your military advocate, lists love as the first step in what he calls the “5 L’s” method. He describes love as what must be present before you can do anything to help someone — a person who has been through trauma needs someone who is willing to be present with them. You can read about Shawn’s 5 L’s here.

Some current student veterans and dependents want to share why they love being a part of our community:

  • “I love the support and resources available to help veterans excel here at ASU!” – Jon C.

  • “I love spotting other veterans on campus and asking them, ‘what’s next?’” – Marisa V.

  • “I love the veteran-specific resources. Having additional support makes me feel like my goals are within reach.” – Amanda J.

  • “Being able to meet veterans and tell their stories on my radio show, Veteran Diaries, is the thing I love most.” – Nick W.

  • “I love the support! It's so great when there are people, events and even a whole place specifically designed for you on campus. The people at the veterans center are the most helpful and down-to-earth people to surround yourself with.” – CynClair H.

  • “My favorite thing is the community itself.” – Kenny C.


Upcoming scholarship deadlines

Don’t miss out on these financial aid opportunities:

  • The ASU Veterans Education Fund is offering three $1,000 scholarships for ASU student veterans. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 18 at 11:59 p.m. Apply here.

  • If you are the son or daughter of an active duty or veteran Marine, you could be eligible for this scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. The application closes March 1. Learn more.

  • Student Veterans of America and Raytheon have partnered to provide two $10,000 scholarships to student veterans demonstrating passion for their field of study and leadership within their community. The application deadline is April 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Learn more.


Register for classes

Early registration for the fall 2019 semester opens Thursday, Feb. 21 for veterans using benefits. Take advantage of this ASU benefit and ensure your schedule for the fall semester is what you want. The class schedule will be available Feb. 18.

If you plan to take summer classes, remember that the summer course schedule will be available on Feb. 5, with registration beginning Feb. 6.


Pat’s Run 2019

The 15th annual Pat’s Run will take place Saturday, April 27 at Sun Devil Stadium on the Tempe campus. Register now and participate in this event to honor Pat Tillman's legacy and raise funds to support veteran programs at ASU. Spots are limited and fill up fast, so don’t delay! And be sure to share your Pat’s Run experience on social media using #ASU42.

Register for Pat’s Run



Maximizing your benefits workshop

Do you fully understand all you get with your VA education benefits and how they work at ASU? This workshop is designed to help you understand the basics and how to use your benefits to their fullest potential. Troy Rundle, ASU’s VetSuccess on Campus counselor, will host two sessions at each campus, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 15 by emailing troy.rundle@va.gov. Include the campus location or webinar and the workshop time you plan to attend.

ASU and Your VA Education Benefits workshop

Morning session: 10 a.m. – noon

Afternoon session: 1 – 3 p.m.

Feb. 19: Tempe campus, Memorial Union, Gila room 224

Feb. 20: Downtown Phoenix campus, Cronkite Building, room 124 (also available as webinar)

Feb. 21: Polytechnic campus, Peralta Hall, room 305

Feb. 22: West campus, Faculty Office/Administration building, room B18


Resume workshop for veterans

Get prepared for any upcoming career fairs with one of these resume workshops for student veterans hosted by Katherine Perez on the Polytechnic campus. There will be a workshop on Monday, Feb. 11 and Tuesday, Feb. 12, both from noon to 1 p.m. in the Administration Building. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, email militaryadvocate@asu.edu.


Meet with your veteran career services liaison

If you are on the Polytechnic or Tempe campus and need career advising, you can now meet with the veteran career services liaison, Katherine Perez, at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center. Katherine will have drop-in office hours during the following times — no appointment necessary.

Polytechnic campus: Feb. 27, March 20 and April 10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Tempe campus: Every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m.


Apply to be a Tillman Scholar

The Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military members, veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships, building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. We are pleased to announce the opening of the annual application cycle for the Tillman Scholarship, which can be applied toward direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books, and living expenses. Eligible active-duty service members, veterans or military spouses who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate degrees as full-time students are encouraged to apply.

Nationally, the Pat Tillman Foundation selects up to 60 Tillman Scholars each year. The scholars chosen demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential, and a deep desire to create positive change in their communities and throughout the world. The scholarship is an investment in excellence and potential. Scholars receive the benefits of leadership development and a community of peers and mentors to help them reach their fullest potential as leaders.

This is a highly competitive scholarship. Scholarships in 2019 are expected to average $10,000 per academic year, but will be dependent on the unique financial needs of each awardee. The majority of awards have historically gone to students in graduate or postgraduate programs. As a university partner, ASU is guaranteed to have at least one scholarship award.

See more details on scholarship eligibility, benefits and expectations, and be sure to look over the FAQs.

The application period for the 2019–2020 academic year opened on Feb. 1, 2019 and closes on Feb. 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

All applicants will be notified of the results no later than May 2019.

For questions, please contact Ken Salmon.


Women’s gymnastics Salute to Service

The Sun Devil Gymnastics women’s team will be holding their military appreciation meet on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils will be competing against Stanford. Tickets for the meet are available at thesundevils.com — use the discount code SALUTE to purchase tickets for $3.


All about the SVA

Student veteran Ryan Wadding interviewed the president of the Student Veterans of America Downtown Phoenix campus chapter to learn about the national SVA conference last month. Read Ryan’s article to learn about the benefits of joining a chapter. Check out the SVA at your campus.