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OSU-OKC announces new Veteran Student Mentorship Program

A program designed to strengthen the academic success of the approximately 400 veteran students at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City was announced this week in advance of Veterans Day.

Officials said the new Veteran Student Mentorship Program adds to the support OSU-OKC provides to help student veterans make the transition from military life to civilian life and college.

“Both mentors and mentees benefit from the program. As veterans, they have a bond because of their similar experiences. This program lets our veteran students know someone always has their back," Sam Snow, coordinator for veteran services and assessment, said in a news release.

Snow said that by providing encouragement and advice, mentors can increase student engagement, utilization of campus resources and foster academic success. 

In honor of Veterans Day, OSU-OKC invites the community to campus for a ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday to recognize veterans on and off-campus. 

The event will be outside the Student Center on the northwest side of the campus, 900 N Portland Ave. Putnam City West students who are members of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will present the colors. OSU-OKC student and veteran Eustace Paige will be the featured speaker. 

At the conclusion, attendees will be invited to place American flags on the grounds to honor veterans and to write a short note to a member of the military.  The OSU-OKC Office of Veteran Services will collect the letters and send them to A Million Thanks, a nonprofit that distributes letters to active, reserve and veteran individuals.


K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›