UCSB Student Veterans

UCSB Military Families Organization

May 8th, 2019

The SVO's Sister Organization

The enterprising VRC resident, Skye Wojciechowski has founded the UCSB Military Families Organization (MFO) to create a community for military-associated students. The MFO aims to provide a social outlet and support to military connected students.

The organization is still a work in progress but we're happy to welcome them and look forward to working together in the future.


UCSB Military Families Organization Facebook Page

Community Grad Ceremony

May 1st, 2019

Military Community Hail and Farewell Ceremony

The 2019 UCSB Veteran and Military Services Office has announced the details on it's end of the 2019 school year and graduation ceremony for the military community. The VRC and SVO will also take the opportunity to welcome incoming students to the commmunity. Gotta get 'em inducted before anyone else can talk to them.

The event will be held Thursday, June 13th at 6 PM. The event will be held on campus in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Resource Building. Families are welcome to attend!

Please RSVP by May 15, 2019 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ucsb-military-community-hail-and-farewell-dinner-tickets-60891995598


SVO Officers

April 17th, 2019

The SVO wants you!

Interested in serving as an officer for the Student Veterans Organization in the coming academic year? Fill out the form at https://forms.gle/UKo1iBGHpRYkW1UP9! Nominations will be accepted until 5 pm, April 24.


Spring Updates

April 7th, 2019

Spring Quarter, 2019. Grab your allergy meds!

The first week of spring quarter is over and sun is returning to our soggy slice of heaven. After being reintroduced to all the rain we've missed for the last five years, hopefully now we'll get a chance to dry out and enjoy the sun. Be sure to dry out responsibly and use sunscreen.

Being that it's the last quarter of the academic school year I'll be adding the career services events to our calendar and plugging a few opportunities here on the main post. We'll highlight some of the programs and connections available to us at UCSB.

Important events to be announced

Our SVO elections are coming up soon, so start thinking about who you'd like to volunteer to a life of paperwork! Caveat, they will have to be students next year. We're also planning our veteran graduation ceremony so that's something else to keep an ear open for. More information to be released as it becomes available.

The Veterans Resource Center is Hiring

April 4th, 2019

Wanted: Gaucho Military Student Sponsors

Candidate Requirements: Successful candidates will meet eligibility requirements to receive VA educational benefits, and possess the following work characteristics: organizational skills, conflict resolution experience, flexibility, energy, and exceptional multitasking ability. Candidates must have strong administrative and customer service skills. Candidates must be self-starters with the ability to work independently and within a team environment.

Education: Must be enrolled as a student at UCSB. Candidates must maintain a minimum of ¾ in training time for enrollment. Candidates must have completed at least two full quarters (fall and spring), with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Works as a team member within the Veterans Resource Center (VRC), as well as within Veterans and Military Services (VMS) at UCSB. Engages and interacts collegially with administrators, faculty staff, students, parents, and the general public
  • Provides superior customer service and possess the ability to work independently and with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Communicates and interacts frequently with internal and external customers both orally and in writing.
  • Serves as a liaison to an assigned group of new/prospective students. Represents VMS as the initial point of contact for new/prospective students from acceptance through the end of their first quarter. Keeps documentation of contacts and outcomes.

Anyone who is interested can speak with Coby or e-mail him at VeteransMilitaryServices@sa.ucsb.edu

Gaucho Military Community Awards

March 15th, 2019

Nominations for Gaucho Military Community Awards are open!

Veterans and Military Services is pleased to recognize outstanding members of the military community through two awards programs. Nominations for these awards will be accepted from April 1-May 1 and can be e-mailed to VeteransMilitaryServices@sa.ucsb.edu

The Military Student of the Year awards are given to two students-a student veteran (to include active/Reserve/Guard service members), and a military dependent, for their character, service to the military-related community, and academic achievements. These awards recognize individual involvement in campus and community organizations, contribution to research and scholarship, and evidence of living by the UCSB Principles of Community.

The Military Supporter of the Year award is given to a staff member, faculty member, or administrator who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to advancing the interests of UCSB’s military-related student population. Selected by the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Services, this award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in their service to military-related students during the current academic year.


End of Winter Quarter

March 15th, 2019

The end is near.

If you're reading this then you're probably staring down the barrel of finals week and entering a weekend filled with last minute assignments and studying. Hang in there and pace yourself! Also, caffeine isn't a replacement for sleep.

Good luck to everyone on their tests. For those of you free from the joy of finals then I hope your spare time is mired by boredom.

First graduating class for the Gaucho Military Support Network

The Gaucho Military Support Network is a new project designed by UCSB's veteran resource coordinator, Coby Dillard, and aims to educate staff and faculty on the experiences of our military-related students so that they can continue providing improved services. He hopes to eventually see at least one Gaucho Military Supporter in every department.

The first class graduated this week. These eleven individuals went through a two-hour training, including knowledge tests, that enables them to better understand your experience as a military-related student. Each of them was given a certificate and an emblem that identifies them, so ask for them when you visit their centers!


Congratulations to: Shereen Barr (Student Health), Maggie Cazares (TSC), Melissa Chavez (Admissions), Myra Howard (Student Health), Don Lubach (Assoc. Dean of Students), Sarah Ocampo (TSC), Francesca Palermino (TSC), Tricia Rascon (Orientation), Raquel Rodriguez (EOP), Malaphone Phommasa (TSC)

A March Update

March 6th, 2019

Mission Accomplished: Negotiate a larger veteran's center

After nearly a year of wheeling, dealing and official bribing, our wonderful Veterans Coordinator Coby has succeeded in negotiating a larger veteran's center. We'll be in the same building (434), Room 109. The move in date is forecasted to be sometime during the summer. At the moment the occupants of the room (a decaying tricycle and a disconnected tiny water heater) are being evicted and the room is being fixed up. We'll follow up when we have more information.

Dodgeball Tournament Results

Veterans were represented at the recent dodgeball tournament by the elite atheletic members of Ball of Duty. They put forth an inspiring effort but as the late night competition began approaching the bed times of some of the participants the team decided collectively to drop out, leaving them at 3rd place in a 16 team bracket. The team allegedly received a gold star for participation although no one was there to receive it.


Valentine's Day News

Februrary 14th, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! Unless you're one of the people who complains its a fake holiday, in which case you can continue with your normal routine of misery. I've added a few more things as we try to get the website up and rolling. More events

On that note we have a team competing in the upcoming UCSB dodgeball tournament on the 22nd. Go them!

Also Pass 2 Registration is coming up so keep an eye on pass times and think about your class schedules.


Small Update!

January 31st, 2019

I cleaned up a few things in the display, added some better stand-in bios for the leadership and put in our own unique 404 page. I've also added the links for the mail button and facebook page link on the footer. A larger update will be on the way after midterms.


Winter Quarter 2019

January 23rd, 2019

This is the birth of the new UCSB-SVO run website. Everything is designed and run in-house by veteran students.

Our Vision: This website will serve as a one-stop source for UCSB student veterans and SVO members looking for links to school websites or forms. We'll post information on upcoming events, highlight some of our outreach and some of our members.

We'll also showcase any opportunities, work or support we receive from our members and sponsors.

The next stage of development for the website will be to:

  • Get pictures of the beautiful faces of our leadership for the profiles.
  • Convince the leadership to write a portfolio longer than four words. This may be especially hard for prior marines.
  • Find a good version of UCSB SVO logo to put on the page.

It's still a work in progress so bugs are possible. If you find any or have suggestions/comments please feel free to e-mail them to me at bsickler@ucsb.edu.