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Student-veterans organization established

February 18, 2003

A new organization geared toward aiding and recognizing veterans in their pursuit of academic achievement has been established at Austin Peay.

Chi Delta Chi Veterans Service Organization will conduct its first membership meetings at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303/5, and at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, in Room 307 of the University Center.
February 18, 2003

A new organization geared toward aiding and recognizing veterans in their pursuit of academic achievement has been established at Austin Peay.

Chi Delta Chi Veterans Service Organization will conduct its first membership meetings at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303/5, and at 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, in Room 307 of the University Center.

The organization, which has chapters at the University of South Carolina near Fort Jackson and at the University of North Carolina near Fort Bragg, strives to assist veterans in their transition into academia by providing contacts with the Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA), Veterans Affairs Counseling, vocational rehab, Veterans Upward Bound, Veterans Financial Aid and Veterans Services for assistance with the G.I. Bill.

“When I first came to Austin Peay, it took me about four months to get everything in order,” said Donald Ferguson, vice president of Chi Delta Chi.

Ferguson's frustration led him to research organizations oriented toward students who are veterans. “I was trying to start an organization on my own when I realized Greg was here,” he says.

Greg Schutz, Chi Delta Chi's current adviser, had helped to build Chi Delta Chi to its current prominent status at the University of South Carolina and had been one of the leading forces behind the organization's decision to open membership up to all veterans, dependents and those on campus that supported veterans' programs.

“There are about 1,000 veteran students on campus and hundreds more spouses and other dependents,” said Schutz. “We hope to eventually establish ourselves not only as an organization to support veterans but also act as a support group for military dependents.”

The group also hopes to be able to offer tutoring services for veterans and incorporate trips to VA hospitals.

General membership is open to anyone interested in assisting veterans and their families both on and off campus.

An honor society is offered through Chi Delta Chi to veterans of the United States Armed Forces or their family members who have completed 12 hours undergraduate or nine hours graduate coursework at APSU, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

General membership is a $25 annual fee and honor society membership has a $35 lifetime fee with an additional $10 for general membership.

For more information, telephone Mark Mader, chapter president at 7307, or Ferguson at 5283.