Veterans Informational Evening highlights possibilities


LIMA — The Ohio State University at Lima will hold a Veterans Informational Evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the Student Services Center. The event is open to all veterans interested in beginning, furthering or finishing their educations at The Ohio State University at Lima.

“We want our veterans to realize that there are opportunities beyond the military that they can take advantage of at Ohio State,” said Melissa Marshall, Lima’s new Veterans Community Advocate, a former sergeant in the Army E-5, and a current junior in Middle Childhood Education. “They can be successful at Ohio State Lima on their own terms in an environment that has a lot of one-on-one attention from the faculty and staff.”

The Veterans Informational Evening is an opportunity for veterans to learn more about Ohio State Lima and the benefits available to them through the university. Guests will be able to speak with admissions and financial aid representatives, current student veterans, and the university’s director of Veterans Transition and Services. There will also be an opportunity to apply for Autumn semester.

Marshall hopes to appeal to the broad spectrum of veterans in the area, from younger men and women looking to use the GI Bill to start a new phase of their lives to older vets who might not realize all the services available to them.

“Ohio State has scholarship opportunities beyond the GI Bill for veterans,” Marshall said. “Those looking to finish a degree or start something new should really look at what we have to offer.”

Veterans who are on campus in Autumn semester will benefit from Marshall’s new position as the Veterans Community Advocate. She has been talking to both current and past students about what veterans need to be successful during their time at Ohio State. To start and based on their experiences and suggestions, a textbook collection and exchange will be in place that provides veterans with a low-cost way to get the books and supplies they need to be successful. Marshall has been collecting books from around the campus since Spring semester to jumpstart the program.

Marshall is also planning to hold informational lunches for veterans that highlight benefits and services available both from the university and community. The larger student body will also be included in the programming she is planning to help share the veterans’ experiences with others. For example, students will have a chance to try MREs, or meals ready to eat, and work their ways through some military training tools on the Quad.

To register for the Veterans Informational Evening, go to Lima.OSU.edu/rsvp and use the code VETS15. For general admissions questions, call 419-995-8391.