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2013.09.20 - Veteran Study Lounge Dedicated on 75th Anniversary Founder's Day
PHOTO CAPTION: Cutting the ribbon at the dedication for Mitchell College's Veteran Study Lounge are (left to right): Stephen Percy, former trustee and retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel; Daniel Spring, trustee and retired Connecticut Army National Guard Brigadier General; Mary Ellen Jukoski, president; Thomas O'Hara ’15, U.S. Navy veteran; and Rob Simmons, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former U.S. Congressman.

Veteran Study Lounge Dedicated on 75th Anniversary Founder's Day

The new Veteran Study Lounge, a space in the Duquès Center dedicated for students who are service members and veterans, was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 18 that gathered Retired U.S. Army Colonel and former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons joined Mitchell College President Mary Ellen Jukoski, Ed.D., faculty, staff, students, and representatives from Home Depot.

Transitioning from active duty to the classroom often leaves veterans without the familiar camaraderie to which they have grown accustomed. A dependable and supportive environment is essential to the success veterans achieved during their military careers. Congressman Simmons spoke about his own experience as a Vietnam veteran and the importance of finding community support in higher education. As President Jukoski explains, "The Veteran Study Lounge is a resource where veterans and service members will meet, study, and relax. It offers a place where trust, support, and 'brother/sisterhood' can be found and fostered in an academic environment."

The Veteran Study Lounge is part of a proud tradition at Mitchell College of meeting the needs of our service members and veterans that stretches all the way back to World War II, during which Mitchell College facilities supported the U.S. Army and Coast Guard and after which began a special summer session for veterans in June 1946. The tradition continues as this month it was announced that Mitchell College has once again been recognized as a Military Friendly School©. Military Friendly Schools are the top 15% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.

The Veteran Study Lounge has also been made possible by support from The Home Depot and Bob's Discount Furniture.

The Day covered the event [].