January 2020 Newsletter

Welcome from your new interim director

I am honored and humbled to introduce myself. My name is Michelle Loposky, and I will be serving as the interim director for the Pat Tillman Veterans Center for the next few months as we transition between Steve Borden’s remarkable leadership and our center’s next chapter. I’ve had the great privilege to serve as assistant director of outreach and engagement for nearly two years and have been part of the center since 2015, also serving as a military advocate. In my interim role, I will remain committed to the center’s mission to empower and engage our ASU military and veteran community with academic and personal success here at ASU and beyond.

On behalf of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center staff, I welcome you all, new and continuing student veterans, those still serving, and dependents to the spring semester! We wish you a successful term, and remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Whether you're on campus or online, you have your team at the veterans center. Please reach out to us if you have questions about your benefits, how to get involved or any other resources. We are here for you. 

Best of luck,

Michelle A. Loposky


2020 Tillman Scholar program

We highly encourage students to apply for the 2020 Tillman Scholar program, the premier academic fellowship for military service members, veterans and spouses. Scholars are chosen based on their service, scholarship, leadership and impact. The application for 2020 Tillman Scholars is open Feb. 1–28, 2020. To learn more about the program and the application process, attend one of the upcoming info sessions, which will be hosted live on YouTube:

  • Recommender thoughts and ideas: Jan. 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. CT

  • FAQs and best practices: Feb. 11, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. CT


Upcoming eBenefits workshop

If you need assistance with your eBenefits, consider attending the upcoming eBenefits workshop hosted by Veterans Upward Bound on Jan. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. You will have the chance to speak with a VA representative and get answers to your questions. For more information, see this flier or call 480-965-3944.


Apply for the Merle Fister Veteran Scholarship

The Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee is proud to announce the Merle Fister Veteran Scholarship, awarding $1,000 in education assistance to a U.S. military veteran living in Tempe. This scholarship was created through a generous endowment from the Merle Fister Estate. Mr. Fister was a veteran, community leader and MAC committee member. 

The online application is now open and is due Jan. 31, 2020. The scholarship recipient will be announced Feb. 15 and will be recognized at the Red, White and Blue Awards Ceremony on March 11. Registration for the ceremony is open now.


Student article: Using mindfulness in the military and civilian life

Army veteran and recent ASU graduate Nick Patterson explains how he uses mindfulness in his everyday life, and how it can benefit veterans as they transition to civilian life. Read the article here.


Find student veteran jobs and internships

Don’t forget to visit our jobs and internships webpage, where you can find a variety of opportunities curated for student veterans and dependents, as well as career-related events.