August 16, 2019 Newsletter
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SVRC Construction Complete - Aug 21st Open House:

renovationOver the summer we expanded the SVRC to provide space for our coaching programs and our new full-time Readiness Coach (Mandy Brooks).

Swing by our Open House on Wednesday August 21st  (8:30-11:00) and say hello. While supplies last, we’ll have free biscuits and coffee.

Join the Student Veterans Association (SVA) in Welcoming our New and Returning Student Veterans:

To celebrate the beginning of the semester the Student Veteran’s Association (SVA) is hosting a Fall Meet and Greet followed by a short meeting. All student veterans and related military-affiliated students and their spouses are invited to stop by, connect with your fellow vets, and share in some delicious pizza.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, August 20th @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mellow Mushroom – 320 E Clayton St. Athens, GA
Going forward the SVA will generally hold its monthly meeting on the first Monday of each month in the SVRC Lounge at 8:30 AM (free Chick-Fil-a and coffee) and for those who can’t make the morning meetings the first Thursday at 6:00 PM at Mellow Mushroom w/ free pizza.
Questions? Please contact Kolby Register, SVA President at

GI Bill STEM Extension:

Effective August 1, 2019, the VA extended the education benefits for veteran students seeking science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees.
Students who have used the majority or all of their Post-9/11 GI Bill are able to apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs for extended benefits. If approved, the VA will pay eligible students up to nine additional months of benefits, or a maximum lump sum of $30,000.
To learn more click here!


Did you know 90% of our undergraduate student veterans have neither submitted nor updated their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Many students believe their VA benefits disqualify them from additional Federal benefits; not true. 

  • The FAFSA is required to participate in three Federal programs (i.e. Pell Grants, Federal Loans, Federal Work Study {FWS}) and serves as a critical component to determine eligibility for other UGA awards, scholarships, and requests for Emergency Funds. 

This year, in partnership with the Office of Financial Aid, we are trying to get more Student Veterans to submit/update their FAFSAs and, in turn, increase their access to supplemental funding opportunities. To learn more or apply click here.

Apply for SUITUP - Free Professional Attire:

The UGA Career Center will be hosting 'Dawgs Suit Up' on Sunday, September 8th from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - an event where select UGA students will be able to purchase professional business attire at deeply discounted rates of up to 70% off from the JCPenney Athens store. Using the award ($200 gift card), students are generally able to purchase a suit jacket and pants or a skirt, shirt, shoes, and professional accessories often originally valued at over $1,000.
Last fall, the UGA Career Center allocated 592 awards - including many to our student veterans - totaling $118,400.

Deadline for applications: 26 August 2019

Fall SVRC Scholarships Open:

Again this Fall we are offering thousands of dollars in awards and scholarships to our student veterans. Only one application is required to compete for our Fall scholarships. Graduate, professional, and undergraduate student veterans are encouraged to apply. We have made the application process relatively easy, however, recognize the applications are reviewed by a panel of veterans, faculty, staff, and/or community leaders. So take your time and put some thought into completing the application. The application window will remain open through Sep 18th COB.

 Share Your Unique Story and Receive $75:  

In partnership with the Special Collections Library, the SVRC will again this year solicit student veteran oral histories. To date, nearly 75 student veterans have leaned forward to share their histories.
Tom McShea, one of our graduate student veterans pursuing a Masters Degree in History, is facilitating this year’s interviews. The interviews are generally 45-60 minutes in length and will be conducted in the SVRC (Tate Rm 481).
  • To encourage your participation, the first 50 student veterans (graduate, professional or undergraduate) to sign up and share their unique stories will receive $75.
UGA’s oral history program is one of the leading student veteran oral history programs in the nation. To learn more or sign up click here.

Improve Your Brand and Earn $250:

As you may know, in partnership with Lockheed Martin (LM) last year the SVRC recognized student veterans (all majors) with a $250 award who improved their resumes, broadened their networks, and enhanced their brands. With Lockheed's help, this year we'll again award the first 100 student veterans who complete the readiness program $250 (i.e. goal setting, resume development, networking). We'll also provide free professional headshots for students participating in this initiative.
We’re not just giving money away, there is work involved. Going forward we’ll work with you one-on-one to ensure your brand is optimized for an internship, a job, or graduate school. 

If you are interested in kicking your brand up a notch click here to set up a time to meet with Mandy Brooks, our new full-time team member and Readiness Coach. Mandy is a UGA Alumni and a former Assistant Dean of Marketing at Kennesaw State University.

SVRC Employer Breakfasts:  

Again this year, the SVRC is hosting a number of employer breakfasts (see below).   

To attend a session please RSVP below AND if you have not already done so, pre-coordinate your resume through our readiness coach - Mandy. Thank you.

NOTE:  Based on the registered number of attendees, Employer Breakfasts with less than four students will generally be cancelled.

Veteran Breakfast with First Data on Sep 4th:  

First Data is the largest credit card processor in the world handling over $2T in annual transactions. Headquartered in Atlanta, First Data (a top-ranked military-friendly company) is seeking business-related majors to include computer science, to fill internship and full-time positions.
In an effort to share the benefits of this program, recruiters from First Data would like to come to UGA to meet interested student veterans.
  • Who: All graduate and undergraduate business-related majors are welcome to attend
  • What: Internship and Part-time Jobs  (i.e. analysts, sales and others)
  • When/Where: September 4th, 8:00AM - 9:15AM in Tate Room 482
  • Food: Free Chick Fil-A biscuits and juice
  • Signup: Please REGISTER by August 23th so we can coordinate attendance and order the correct amount of food

Veteran Breakfast with Cox Communications on Sep 10th:

Cox Communications is the third largest cable provider in America with over 6.2M customers. Headquartered in Sandy Springs, GA Cox is seeking student veterans, ALL MAJORS, to fill a variety of internships and FT career positions across a numbers of fields and US locations. Senior Talent Managers from Cox will be here to meet interested veterans and discuss wide-ranging opportunities.

  • Who: All student veterans are invited to attend
  • When/Where: September 10th, 8:00AM - 9:15AM  in Tate Rm 482
  • Food: Free Chick Fil-A biscuits and juice
  • Registration Deadline: Please REGISTER by Aug 30th so we can coordinate attendance and order the correct amount of food

Veteran Breakfast with Federal Reserve Bank on Sep 16th:

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is part of the central bank of the United States. The Federal Reserve System—the Fed, as it is often called—consists of twelve Reserve Banks located around the country and the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.  The Atlanta Fed has branch offices in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans. The FED is seeking student veterans, business-, technology- and communications-related majors, to fill internship and part-time positions.

  • Who: All graduate and undergraduate business-, technology-, communications-related majors are welcome to attend
  • What: Internship and Part-time Jobs 
  • When/Where: September 16th, 8:00AM - 9:15AM in Tate Room 482
  • Food: Free Chick Fil-A biscuits and juice
  • Signup: Please REGISTER by September 6th so we can coordinate attendance and order the correct amount of food

Veteran Breakfast with Wells Fargo & Company on Sep 24th:

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, and has offices in 32 countries and territories.

  • Who: All student veterans are invited to attend
  • When/Where: September 24th, 8:00AM - 9:15AM  in Tate Rm 482
  • Food: Free Chick Fil-A biscuits and juice
  • Registration Deadline: Please REGISTER by Sep 13th so we can coordinate attendance and order the correct amount of food

Career Opportunities from the National SVA:

The SVA has partnered with companies like Deloitte, Google, Schlumberger, Edelman, Microsoft and Nestlé Purina who are committed to hiring veterans.  Visit their website and click on your company of interest to access their recruiting webpage. 

UGA Veterans Legal Clinic - Part-time Position:

This VA work-study position with the UGA Veterans Legal Clinic offers undergraduate student veterans, reservists or national guard members the opportunity to help attorneys and law students advocate for at-risk veterans living in 19 North/Central Georgia counties around Athens. The assigned duties are as follows: conduct interviews; interact with staff; assess and evaluate records; as well as assist the office manager with routine clerical work. 

To qualify you must be using VA benefits, minimum of ¾ load, for the duration of your assignment with the Clinic. 

  • To apply or learn more contact the SVRC by COB 23 August.

Career Fair Rhythm:

  • August 21st – Part-time Job & Internship Fair, Tate Student Center, 5th floor, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • September 23rd – Engineering & Computer Science Career and Internship Fair, Classic Center, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • September 24th – Fall Career & Internship Fair, Classic Center, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For a complete list of career center events click here.
Please pass along any feedback, questions, concerns or ideas to our SVRC Newsletter Student Editor, Jason Badia.

Other POCs: 
SVRC Director: Ted Barco    SVRC Readiness Program: Mandy Brooks
 SVA President: Kolby Register

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