Summer Updates

  • 28 June 2016

    The Veterans Resource Center is not maintaining regular hours at this time.  However the STARS Student Resource Center is generally open 9-4 Monday-Friday while classes are in session.  Additionally the Veterans Coordinator, Brian D Ragunan and other STARS and Vets advisors are available to speak with you as well.  Brian may also be reached at  Contact info for our peer mentors is located under the staff and support tab.  

    For new and continuing students if you have questions about using your education benefits at UCSC please reach out to the registrar’s office at or

    New students, I look forward to seeing you at oreintation, and I encourage you to reach out via email beforehand if there is anything I can do to assist.


  • 13 Jun 16

    Congratulations to the end of the year and our 2016 Graduates!

    Congratulations to those of you graduating and moving on to bigger things.  Our veterans program and the UC community in general are happy to continue to provide any support you many need.  For those of you coming back next summer, please don't hesitate to contact me 

    It was excellent to work with all of you I got to know as many of you as I did.  For those of you I didn't get to know, please don't hesitate to reach out in the future if you are graduating or not.  If you want to remain in touch and receive updates on the program, please provide me a permanent email address to reach you at.​

    Job Opportunity

    In addition to our regular Peer Mentor program where regardless of financial aid status you can receive ​$2,640/quarter while on the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Voc rehab, working in our veterans resource center, I'm looking to expand the program to take on new opportunities to benefit veterans​.  Dependents on Post 9/11 are also eligible and I can hire vets not using those benefits on a more limited basis as well.  With either program I can hire for the summer as well as fall, and can provide whatever kind of work experience you are looking for as long as we can think of a way to have it help veterans.  Please reach out to me if you are interested or check  out this link here. 

    Please forward it to any vet, dependent, or ally interested in gaining experience and living up to our mission.

    Cheap Available on Campus Housing

    Family and Grad Student Housing will have 5 openings for veterans going into next year.  The rate is $1103 for Grad Student Housing and for FSH $1574 for single occupancy and $1382 for double.  This is much more affordable and offers much more space then many on campus options.  On campus living has many advantages and you would be living just with veterans.  If you are interested please email

    Textbook Lending Library

    If you have any textbooks you want to donate, please drop them off at the vet center or STARS.  If you need them picked up, contact me and we can arrange something.

    Be Safe this summer and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Also look out for a new newsletter format that I hope is more accessible.




  • 12 Feb 16

    REMINDER:  Bruce Lane Memorial Scholarship DUE Monday, 22 Feb!

    Hey everyone!  Don't forget to put in your application for the 2016 Bruce Lane Memorial Scholarship!  The deadline for the scholarship is Monday the 22nd of February.  Dont miss this opportunity to be awarded a $1000 scholarship towards your educational goals!  This scholarship is exclusive to Veterans attending UCSC, open to all levels of education, and to awardees of previous years.  Submit all completed applications to the STARS office at Kresge.

    The scholarship application and instructions can be found here.



  • 3 Feb 16

     February Event:  VETS Movie Night

    Hey guys!  We have an event coming up this month!  On Thursday, February 11th we will be having an 80s movie night featuring the origina Die Hard.  As usual we will have food and drinks (provided by woodstocks pizza).  Come out and hang out, meet other student veterans, and enjoy the show!  If you're interested please contact our lead peer mentor Chris Ramirez at to RSVP.  See you all there!

    Vets Movie Night