NW Student Veteran Conference Looks at Transition, Careers, Leadership

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The third-annual PNW Student Veteran Conference brings together professionals and organizations for an intensive three-day gathering devoted to "something for everyone."

UW Tacoma will host the third annual Pacific Northwest Regional Student Veteran Conference. The three-day event runs Thursday, April 19 to Saturday, April 21. “The idea was to have a regional conference for those who couldn’t attend the national student veteran conference,” said Veteran and Military Resource Center Associate Director Rosalynn Johnson.

The program begins with a community work party at the Giving Garden. “The Travis Manion Foundation has donated funds that will allow us to purchase whatever materials we need,” said Johnson. Afterwards, participants are invited to attend a mixer at Seven Seas Brewery.

The conference brings together professionals and organizations devoted to veterans’ issues. During breakout sessions, participants will have a chance to attend workshops on a range of issues including: music and art therapy, transitioning from higher education to the private sector and tips for success in STEM and entrepreneurship. In addition, representatives from FourBlock, Vetted and Minority Veterans of America will be on hand to answer questions.

Three keynote speakers are scheduled to give remarks at the event. Matt Kress, senior manager of veteran and military affairs at Starbucks will help open the conference with a talk about finding a career that fits your interests. Later, Jared Lyon, the president and CEO of Student Veterans of America will give a speech during a banquet at the Museum of Glass. Retired Master Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry will close the event.

Washington State University hosted the first conference, followed by Bellingham Technical College. Both of those events were well attended. Johnson hopes UW Tacoma’s location plus its large population of student veterans will help drive attendance. “This is really a great opportunity to network, to talk with professionals even interact with student vets,” she said. “We wanted to make sure there would be something for everyone, whether you were interested in leadership or wanted to get ideas about how to better express yourself.”

Tickets to the event are $25 for students, $35 for educators and community members. More information and tickets are available online.

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Eric Wilson-Edge / April 4, 2018
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu