Penn State York offers free informational conference for veterans

March 24, 2011

Penn State York is offering a free informational conference, Duty to Degree: Informational Conference for Veterans, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, for veterans interested in learning more about their military benefits and the educational opportunities available.  Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center on campus.

"The Duty to Degree: Informational Conference for Veterans is designed to provide veterans with information about their military benefits, financial aid, academic choices, counseling resources, and admissions options," said Sharon Christ, director of enrollment management and strategic recruitment and retention initiatives and one of the planners of the conference at the campus.

Veterans who attend will learn about the opportunities available; and meet with veterans who have successfully managed the challenges of becoming successful students, and the graduates who have gone on to fulfilling careers. A complete schedule for the day is listed below.

Christine Frederick, a current adult student and veteran, is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies (HDFS) and remembers what it was like trying to arrange to return to school after her deployment in Iraq.

“Making the transition from the military to a collegiate environment can be difficult for veterans who may not know or understand their benefits,” said Frederick.  “Sometimes in the excitement of returning home, that information is lost. While in Iraq, I communicated with Jane Emery in Penn State York’s Advising and Career Center and she advised me on the process of applying to Penn State when I returned home.”

Frederick, who has been a part of the planning of the conference, noted that this program will help veterans learn more about the transition.

Frederick, who already earned an associate degree in letter, arts, and sciences at York in 1995, had experience at the campus so making that transition back to college was a bit easier for her.

In addition to hearing from students who are veterans and campus representatives, Philip Palandro, director of York County Veterans Affairs, will do the veterans benefit presentation and be available to answer questions.

Veterans interested in the program can register online at  Online registration ends at noon Thursday, April 7, and those who wish to register after the deadline, should call Sharon Christ at 717-771-4048 or email her at Limited walk-ins will be accepted April 9. To learn more about the variety of opportunities at Penn State York, visit the website at or contact the admissions office at 717-771-4040.

Duty to Degree:  Informational Conference for Veterans Schedule

8:30 a.m.                 Registration and Continental Breakfast 
                                  Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center

9-10:30 a.m.           Welcome
                                  Student Panel
                                  Veterans Benefit Presentation
                                  Financial Aid Session

                                 Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center 

10:30-11:30 a.m.  Campus Tour
                                 Leave from Community Room

11:30 a.m.             Academic Information Tables
                                 Conference Center, Main classroom Building

12 p.m.                   Lunch, Networking, and Questions and Answers
                                 Lion’s Den, RSCC

1 p.m.                      Optional opportunity to complete admissions application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or Veterans  Online Application                                      (VONAPP) for benefits.
                                 Computer Lab, M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center


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Last Updated March 24, 2011