News

  • 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 chcramir@ucsc.edu to RSVP.  See you all there!

    Vets Movie Night

    -Chris

  • 29 Jan 16

    Winter Quarter January Updates

    Afternoon,
    To avoid sending everyone a million emails, I'm going to do my best to condense all the little announcements into a weekly or bi-weekly format.  While this means that I will be throwing a lot at you, I also won't be crowding everyone's inbox with less then useful information.  I hope this change is welcome, and please let me know what else I can do to improve communication.  I'll also try to post these on the website, and I'll keep the daily reminders on our facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ucscstudentveterans/?ref=hl ) .  If you have any questions or have a particular interest (ie jobs, grad school, va benefits, university events) please reach out to me and I'll ensure I do some extra digging to find you exactly what you are looking for.  
    Evening Drop In Advising at VRC
    I'll be doing evening advising at the Vet Center on Thursdays from 4-7.  Come by to use the VRC, to answer any questions or address issues.  This time or day my change, but I'll be there this week and going forward.
     
    STEM Internship Update!
    Here are some updates in regards to the STEM internship for vets I discussed last time.  Please check these out if you are at all eligible.  ​
    GI Bill Payments
    I understand that there is some frustration with the pace of getting benefits paid forward, particularly on the end of the school's staff.  I am investing a lot of time in improving my relationships throughout the university and hopefully that process.  Please inform me of any major delays or negative experiences you are having.  I can't promise any miracles for the time being, but I can promise you my full effort and eventual improvements.   In the meantime, I ask that you provide me support in submitting your enrollment forms to the registrar's office as soon as possible.
    Recruiting Veterans in Tech Dinner
    Geoffery Alllen, Director of Veterans Recruiting from Personify (http://personifysearch.com/), wants to meet with a few of our vets to talk about what he does, and potentailly to start a pipeline for recruiting vets out here.  He's mostly focused on getting veterans interested in technology careers.  He wants to take some of our vets to dinner on the evening of February 3rd.  This will be an off campus event, and while I don't have an exact time, it would be about 7pm.  I'm happy to help coordinate transportation.  We have a limited number of spots, so please RSVP as soon as possible, and I'll provide more info.   
    Grad School Fair
    Grad School Virtual Fair
  • 13 Jan 16

     Winter Quarter 2016 and the VETS Quarterly Meet and Greet

    Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a great winter break and a good start to the quarter.  We have a meet and greet today a the Veteran's Resource Center!  Come by and meet your fellow student veterans and enjoy catered meals!  We'll be discussing upcoming events for the VETS program so make sure to come by!

    -Chris

  • 3 Dec 15

     New VETS Coordinator and End of the Quarter Bash

    Hey everyone!  Its been awhile since the last update but I wanted to introduce you all to our new VETS Coordinator Brian Ragunan!  He comes to us with Veterans Affairs experience and as a veteran Marine himself.  Hes eager to help all campus veterans in need of veteran support and services so feel free to come in and contact him!  His work phone is 831-502-7240 and his email is bragunan@ucsc.edu

    We also have an event today!  So if you're tired of studying, take a break and join us at the Veterans Resource Center at Kresge and grab a burritto, socialize, and most importantly destress!

    burri

    -Chris

  • 21 Sep 15

    WELCOME BACK!

    Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great summer vacation either at home or abroad!  To kick off the start of the 2015 - 2016 school year we got two events coming up!  

    First, we got the OPERS Fall Festival tomorrow (22 Sep 15) from 1800 to 2100.  If you're a new student veteran looking to get more information about us or just to meet new people and fellow student veterans, come check us out!  If you're a returning student veteran, stop by and hang out!  We'll be at booth A9 near the front of OPERS as you come in from Cowell - Stevenson.  Here is the map for the Fall Fesitival.  

    Second, on the following day (23 Sep 15) from 1500 to 1800 .  We have our third annual Veterans Meet and Greet!  Come by and meet the staff and students that support the UCSC VETS program and enjoy the food.  Attached is the flyer below with more details!

    Vets

    Again, welcome to our new student veterans and welcome back to our returning ones!  

    -Chris

  • 26 Feb 15

    News, Events and Things to Do


    Hey guys!  Sorry for the lack of updates lately!  So we got some events coming up for the remainder of this quarter.  First off for our Vets that have been awarded the Bruce Lane Memorial Scholarship, the luncheon is going to take place on Tuesday, 3 March at 1115.  The location is going to be at the UCSC Arboretum, directions here.  Second, we got our VETS Military Mixer event on Thursday, 5 March Tuesday, 10 March between 1530 to 1930.  Its going to be at the Graduate Student Housing BBQ area, come out and grab tri-tip and chicken!  Finally, yesterday was priority enrollment for veterans.  Make sure you sign up for your classes before seats fill up!

    -Chris

  • 9 Jan 15

    Welcome Back!


    Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a great and restful vacation.  Just as a reminder, we have a great scholarship opportunity coming up for vets only!  

    Also, keep an eye on the website for things to come!  We'll be annoucing new events shortly this month and we will have winter quarter VRC hours posted by next week!

    -Chris

  • 11 Dec 14

    Reminder:  Get your benefits certified for next quarter!


    As Finals week approaches so does Winter break!  However, DONT FORGET to turn in your VA Enrollment Verification Form to our certifying official Ms. Gloria Lozano at the Registrar's Office!  If you want your benefits on time for the start of the Winter Quarter, make sure to turn in your form NO LATER THAN Thursday, 18 December.  Our certifying official will be unable to process any new forms until the second week of the Winter Quarter so get to it!  As always, all of the required forms are listed in the "Veterans Certifying Office" tab to the left of this page.  

    -Chris

  • 5 Dec 14

    Scholarship Opportunity, Farewell and Post-Finals Celebrations


    Hey guys!  We got a few announcements today.  We have a scholarship opportunity coming up next quarter!  The UCSC Retirees Association is offering the Bruce Lane Memorial Scholarship to student veterans once again.  The scholarship amounts to $500 for use towards any expense you may have.  This scholarship is specifically for our veteran student population so don’t hesitate to fill out an application >> here <<!  

    On Thursday 18 December, we will be hosting a Farewell / End of Finals celebration event.  One of our long time student veterans and Navy Corpsman John Sy is graduating this quarter.  So come to the Veterans Resource Center right after your finals and come celebrate John's graduation and the end of the Fall Quarter with food and drinks!  The exact time of the event will be posted as we near the actual event date, so keep an eye on your emails and on this site.

    -Chris