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ASU helps task force support "Boots 2 Books"
June 24, 2009 --
University will join forces with other educational institutions and the
Education Subcommittee of the Governor’s Yellow Ribbon Task Force in
sponsoring the State of Arkansas Veterans Symposium for Higher Education,
Thursday, June 25, at Camp Robinson in Little Rock. The symposium opens at 7 a.m.
with registration and concludes at 5 p.m. The theme of the conference is
“Boots 2 Books: Serving Veterans on Campus…Best Practices.”
Higher education throughout the state of Arkansas can expect to
experience an increase in the number of veterans on campuses during the
next several years. The Yellow Ribbon Task Force, consisting of 20
appointees by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, is seeking to identify the
needs of student veterans, improve their access to services, and to
reduce barriers to full participation in campus life.
Other institutions supporting the symposium include Northwest Arkansas
Community College, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, the Arkansas
National Guard, and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
“We are thrilled to have more than 37 of Arkansas’ two-year and
four-year institutions of higher education participating in this event
that is designed to provide a unique opportunity to collaborate on
efforts that support veteran’s education in the state,” said Susan
Tonymon, co-chair of the Boots 2 Books Symposium, and the director of
ASU’s Beck PRIDE Center for Wounded Veterans. She is also a task force
“Currently, there are more than 10,000 Arkansas National Guard members
who have been deployed in Iraq. The new Post-9/11 Veterans Education
Assistant Act of 2008 GI Bill takes effect in August and colleges want
to be prepared to welcome these service members and remove educational
Speakers from national education organizations will make presentations
and engage in discussions regarding attracting student veterans and
meeting their campus needs. The conference seeks to initiate dialogue
between Arkansas institutions of higher education in order to develop
“best practices” regarding the education of veterans of the United
States Armed Forces.
In addition to remarks by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, other speakers
include Major General William D. Wofford, the Adjutant General of the
Arkansas National Guard; George Westmoreland, chair of the Governor’s
Yellow Ribbon Task Force; Dr. Jim Purcell of the Arkansas Department of
High Education; and Dr. Jim Selbe of the American Council on Education.
The symposium also includes several panel discussions.
“This symposium focuses on having ‘military friendly campuses’ and will
provide an open forum for leaders in education to engage in discussion
on how to introduce innovative programs and best practices that will
offer creative solutions to educational road blocks for veterans as they
make the journey to and through higher education,” concluded Tonymon.
In addition to Tonymon’s presence on the task force, Chancellor Robert
L. Potts of Arkansas State-Jonesboro serves on the YRTF education