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2014 SVA National Conference highlights important topics for student veterans: Day 2

shutterstock_125204504As mentioned in a previous post, the Student Veterans of America (SVA) is holding its 2014 National Conference from January 2-5 in Scottsdale, AZ, with the theme of “Pioneering Social Change.” We shared the first day’s agenda and now will share what will be discussed on Day 2 at the conference. Paul Knudtson, Director of Armed Services Relations for National Louis University’s Veterans Program, will be a panel member on the “Collaborative Communities: Creating a Coalition” panel, and he’ll blog about this opportunity after the conference.

SVA: Looking Ahead

Angela Xhakolli, Director of Operations for Student Veterans of America, will share an overview of SVA’s current programs, recently launched initiatives and upcoming projects. Topics will include the Student Veteran Success Corps, the “Veterans on Campus” interactive training programs, this year’s academic scholarship opportunities and the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program.

General Casey, Former Chief of Staff, United States Army Retired, is the keynote speaker on Day 2.

In the afternoon, attendees can choose from the breakout sessions below:

Innovative Solutions: Unique Chapter Programs

This breakout session is an opportunity for select chapters from across the country to showcase their unique programs designed to tackle distinct challenges student veterans face on campus. Share your ideas and hear from a panel of student veteran innovators who measure success by their positive return to society.

Sustainable Change: Building a Strong Chapter

Every year, the SVA hears from members who return to their campuses energized and motivated after attending the national conference. The SVA wants to give you the tools and resources to capitalize on that momentum to build a robust, sustainable chapter organization. The Sustainable Change breakout will focus on membership retention, institutionalizing change, increasing campus engagement and organizational stability through a discussion with chapter leaders who will share their first-hand campus success experiences.

Collaborative Communities: Creating a Coalition

The Collaborative Communities breakout session will highlight the real impact collaboration can have in both local and national communities through a discussion led by statewide chapter coalitions. These groups of student veteran organizations have leveraged their local and state networks to bring awareness to the student veteran experience and provide members with support, opportunities, and resources to enhance their on-campus and post-graduation experiences.

The day will conclude with a networking reception and VIP speaker Derek Blumke, Executive Vice President of Business Development for HirePurpose. As a reminder, members of NLU’s SVA chapter will be at the conference and will share their thoughts on this blog, once they return.

Stay tuned for more updates about Day 3 of the SVA Conference or check out the tentative agenda!