Westminster Hosts Grand Opening of Veterans Center on 9/11

Westminster will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the inaugural Center for Veterans & Military Services on Sept. 11, 2015, at 1 p.m. in front of Walker Hall.

The event is open to the community and will include remarks by Gary Harter, executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs; Stephen Morgan, Westminster College president;

Kim T. Adamson, Westminster trustee and center co-founder; and Sylvia O’Hara, Westminster CVMS director. In addition to the speakers, the ceremony will include a color guard, a tour of the new center and refreshments.

The new Center for Veteran & Military Services is located in Walker Hall and will provide a central location to support veterans, dependents and other military students. The new center includes:

  • A full-time, dedicated director focused on serving the Westminster military community
  • A Veterans Affairs student worker
  • Office space to host representatives from the VA, financial aid, counseling center, etc.
  • GI Bill benefits counseling
  • Referral services
  • Student Support Services
  • Free veteran-to-veteran tutoring
  • Free veteran mentoring
  • Free computer, fax, copy and printing for student use
  • A lounge area with sofas and matching tables, a flat screen TV and a DVD player
  • A place for pure camaraderie
  • A coffee bar and microwave
  • A conference/study area for meetings and tutoring

The Center for Veteran & Military Services will serve the more than 130 veteran students and their dependents, as well as approximately 90 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students at Westminster, which has a total population of 2,800 students.

The establishment of the new center and director position was made possible by generous lead gifts from alumna, trustee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kim T. Adamson and the R. Harold Burton Foundation.  Additional contributions are being sought to complete the furnishing and operations of the center.

“We are excited to announce the creation of a center that will support our student veterans and their families,” said Stephen Morgan, Westminster president. “The center is long overdue, and we are extremely appreciative to Kim and to Westminster trustee O. Wood Moyle of the R. Harold Burton Foundation for their support of our military students.”

For more information on the new Center for Veterans & Military Services, visit: westminstercollege.edu/vets.