UNO unveils new service center for its student veterans
The University of New Orleans on Thursday (May 25) unveiled a newly dedicated space where students who are military veterans can find administrative assistance and peer camaraderie. Located on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library, the Veterans Service Center is designed to be a convenient resource and gathering spot for veterans and current military personnel who have chosen to pursue their academic goals at the University of New Orleans.
President John Nicklow said that since arriving at the University two years ago, it has been a priority of his to ensure that the administration provides veterans with a comprehensive network of support that eases their transition to academia while nurturing and valuing the unique experiences that students with military experience bring to a campus.
“You have our respect, our admiration and our thanks,” Nicklow said to a gathering that included veterans who are students, staff, faculty and alumni. “We are so grateful for your service to our nation. We are so pleased that you’ve chosen to fulfill your educational and academic goals at the University of New Orleans. Your presence on this University campus enriches our culture and our experiences. We certainly want you to succeed here. But it’s not enough to say we want you to succeed and that we support you in those efforts. We need to show you that.”
Miguel Olivero, president of the UNO Collegiate Veterans Association, is a U.S. Army veteran who transferred to UNO last year. He said he has found the University to be incredibly responsive to its veterans’ needs and concerns, including allocating this space—a request he made on behalf of students early in his arrival in New Orleans.
“I’ve attended five universities now and out of those, the University of New Orleans has been the most veteran-friendly, hands-down,” Olivero said.
Olivero hoisted a giant pair of scissors to cut a ribbon on the space. Holding the ribbon on either side of him while he snipped were Nicklow and Col. Joey Strickland, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Strickland, who served nearly 29 years in the U.S. Army, said such spaces send important messages to veterans on college campuses.
UNO serves more than 200 veteran and current military students and has been recognized by MilitaryFriendly.com and the State of Louisiana as a military and veteran friendly campus.