Campus News

Veterans Club announces first event

By: Jonathan Baca, Staff Reporter

The newly formed Veterans Club will help veterans make the tough transition from service to college, said club adviser and full-time CHSS instructor Jim Johnson.

The club will offer guidance about the tech­nical aspects of attending college, as well as a com­munity of support that veterans can fall back on in times of need, he said.

“We didn’t have any veterans clubs here at CNM and other colleges do. We decided that this would be a good thing to do to help veterans make the transition back into college from military ser­vice,” said Johnson.

The club’s first scheduled event is a Veterans Day Flag Ceremony and recruit­ing effort on Monday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Student Resource Center on Main campus, said Louis E. Adams Jr., program specialist for the VA Department.

A color guard from Kirtland Air Force Base is scheduled to conduct the flag-raising ceremony and club members plan to have tables set up on Main and Montoya cam­puses near the cafeterias from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in an effort to raise aware­ness of the club to other veterans, said Adams.

“We’re going to let the veterans know we are here and what we are doing, in addition to honoring vet­erans,” said club adviser and full-time BIT instruc­tor Chris Burns.

Members must be current students and veterans or active duty members of the military, said Johnson.

Main campus was recently selected as one of several campuses in the state to have a representa­tive from Veterans Affairs work directly with the school’s veteran commu­nity, said Burns.

“It’s whatever the veterans want to make it. Whatever they think is important to them and what they need as a group,” said Burns.

Communic at ions major and Vice President of the Veterans Club Armando Gonzalez said the school already has a vibrant veteran commu­nity, but he felt there was a need for them to have their own group.

“A lot of people come here from Kirtland and a lot of National Guardsmen choose to come here. A lot of our veterans need financial aid, a lot of them are disabled, and CNM does great work support­ing those special needs,” said Gonzalez.

Burns said they have also discussed organizing seminars to educate fac­ulty and staff about the challenges that veterans may face in the classroom.

“We have envisioned doing some veteran-to-veteran mentoring, help­ing to ease veterans back into academia, because that can often be a very difficult adjustment,” said Burns.

Anyone interested in joining the Veterans Club can email Chris Burns at cburns@cnm.edu.

All members of the CNM community are also invited to join them at the Flag Ceremony on Veterans Day, Monday Nov. 12 on Main campus.

“Some veterans have a very hard time coming back to school. They are often a lot older than the average student; their life experiences are a lot dif­ferent,” said Johnson.

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