News

29 Mar 16

Upcoming Events

Vetworking at Facebook


Facebook is hosting our first ever Facebook VETworking event on 3/31 where we'll be sharing our plan to foster a community of Veterans. You will hear personal stories from some of the vets who work here as well as have the opportunity to network and mingle with other veterans from the area.

Date: Thursday, March 31st
Location: Facebook HQ - 1 Hacker Way, Building 10, Menlo Park, CA 94025. External guests can check-in at the Building 10 lobby and bring a photo I.D.
Time: Please check in at 6:00PM.
Content: There will be breakout groups with talks and Q&A, networking and happy hour. Food and drinks will be served.
Here is the link to the event for RSVP.
https://facebookvetworkingkickoff.splashthat.com/?preview

Please contact me, at BRagunan@ucsc.edu for the password.

UC VETERANS CAREER SUCCESS FORUM Registration Due by April 4th

Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BMC6RQ9


This application is for currently registered University of California undergraduate and graduate/professional students. The systemwide UC Veterans Career Success Forum will be at the University of California, Berkeley Memorial Stadium – Field Club on Saturday April 23, 2016 from 10:00am to 5:30pm.

The meeting will provide veterans and military-affiliated students the opportunity to engage with California veteran-friendly employers and UC graduate/professional school representatives on transitioning into a career or graduate school. Presentations will include but are not limited to topics such as promoting your military experience, networking and building your network, the art of interviewing, and leveraging your education.

Transportation will be provided or funded. In addition to submitting the application, please let me know you are interested and I can provide you further info and work on preparing you to get the most out of the event.

  • 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 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