CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Named Military Friendly School for 2011

Date: 08-24-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Larry Langwell
Coordinator, Office of Veterans’ Affairs

California State University, Chico has been named a Military Friendly School for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine, the premier publication for people making the transition from the military to civilian work, training or education. The schools on the list represent the top 15 percent of all colleges and universities in the nation in terms of their service to veterans.

Higher education institutions were chosen for the list based upon the comprehensive services offered to student veterans. CSU, Chico responded to the governor’s 2005 Troops to College initiative with several enhanced services, including the Student Veterans Center that opened in spring 2010.

Langwell outlined the services created by the Office of Veterans’ Affairs at CSU, Chico in response to the Troops to College initiative. The following enhanced services address the needs of returning Afghanistan and Iraq veterans:

  • VEST (Veteran Education Support Team), comprised of 12 student service professionals on campus, collaborates with several veteran service agencies in the community.
  • The CSU, Chico Student Veteran Organization was revived in 2004. It is an inaugural member of the Student Veterans of America, a national organization with approximately 265 current school memberships.
  • The Student Veteran Center opened on campus to provide a visible and safe environment. Student veterans can enjoy camaraderie with other veterans between classes.
  • A change in General Education criteria allows veterans to receive academic credit for military experience.
  • A special dispensation from admissions closures was created for veterans. Student veterans are also given priority registration.
  • Veterans have been invited to give presentations at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) conference to promote awareness of veterans’ issues.
  • Student veterans have participated in discussions as part of the Conversations on Diversity program.
  • Official policy and procedures have been created for students called to active military duty.

“The recent influx of veterans from current global obligations is the largest since WWII,” said Larry Langwell, coordinator of Veterans’ Affairs at CSU, Chico and the Student Veteran Organization advisor. “More than 8 million veterans flooded the nation’s colleges upon their return to use the original GI Bill. Chico State responded to the return of veterans by creating the Vets Village in 1944. You can see Vets Village documented on our website.”

The Office of Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and the Chico State Student Veteran Organization (SVO) came into existence in the 1970s. The OVA has continued to serve student veterans since its inception, while the SVO has had periods of inactivity during the 1980s and 1990s.

OVA is operated by an all-veteran staff lead by Langwell. You can contact OVA by calling 530-898-5911 or e-mailing.