Viterbo University Introduces New Director of Military Aligned Student Support and Recruitment to Assist Veterans and Their Families
May 9, 2018
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VITERBO UNIVERSITY INTRODUCES NEW DIRECTOR OF MILITARY ALIGNED STUDENT SUPPORT AND RECRUITMENT TO ASSIST VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University has launched a military aligned student programming initiative that includes the appointment of a full-time director to help military veterans and their family members make a successful transition to college and civilian life.
Keith Purnell, who served for 22 years in the U.S. Army before retiring with the rank of Sergeant First Class, has been named as Viterbo’s director of military aligned student support and recruitment. His duties will include assisting veterans and their family members throughout their college careers—from the application process and accessing their military education benefits, to working with faculty and academic support services to ensure academic success and retention, to career advising and graduation.
“Viterbo University is committed to providing exceptional service to our military veterans and family members who have selflessly given of themselves for the benefit of our nation,” Purnell said. “I am very happy to be helping my fellow veterans succeed and make the very most of their Viterbo experience.”
Viterbo administrators have the goal of increasing the number of military-aligned students at the university by 300 percent over the next five years. Military aligned students are considered anyone who is currently serving or has previously served on active duty, as a member of the reserves or National Guard, and military spouses or dependents.
“Military aligned students greatly enrich our campus and it is wonderful to help them achieve their educational goals, whether it be earning a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree,” said Michelle Kronfeld, vice president for enrollment management.
This position at Viterbo is one of many ongoing veteran support programs at the university, which is designated a Military Friendly School and a Yellow Ribbon School. Examples include a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy, for veterans led by Viterbo chaplain Fr. Conrad Targonski, OFM, who served 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, partnerships with local veterans’ organizations, the opportunity for students to participate in the ROTC program, and dedicated space on campus for veterans to meet, study, talk, and relax.
“We are proud to offer a very supportive and engaging environment for veterans and all of our students,” said Rick Trietley, vice president for student affairs who retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. “Assisting veterans and military dependents is a great fit with our mission and our Franciscan values. It is a privilege for us to serve those who have so honorably served our nation.”
For more information about Viterbo’s many offerings for veterans and their family members, visit http://www.viterbo.edu/military-and-veterans.