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2017 State System Summit

Session 3

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2017 State System Summit

13-15 University Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

Hiram G. Martinez
2017 Summit Chairperson
Phone: 610-436-2433

Growing to Meet the Needs of Student-Veterans in a Rural University Setting

  • 2:00 PM – 2:55 PM
  • SYKES ROOM 252

This panel seeks to describe the transition in support levels provided by Clarion University to its Student Veteran Community. Historical support has consisted of Veterans preferences in registration, faculty sensitivity training, and new student sensitivity training. Support was determined by the administration rather than by the Student Veteran Community itself. Clarion University recently opened a Veteran Service Office in order to be more intentional providing support, with the goal of developing its Student Veteran Community.


Alyssa Guglielmo, WCU Student Volunteer


Dr. Mark Lepore , Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences at Clarion University
Mark Lepore has earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University. He holds an MA from Duquesne University and an MSW from West Virginia University. He also has a Clinical Social Work license, Professional Counselor license, and five education certifications. He has worked as a School Counselor and is currently a Professor at Clarion University. Dr. Lepore has worked extensively in the field of trauma and grief and loss counseling. He is a mental health trainer for the American Red Cross in the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program, He was honored with being named the 2011 Red Cross Volunteer Educator of the Year in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Pennsylvania State Mine Families First Response and Communication Advisory Committee.

Mr. Daniel Smith, Director of Budgets and Academic Planning for Clarion University
Daniel Smith is the, and recently took on the responsibility of opening the first Veteran Resource Center at the University. He has been with Clarion for one year, after completing a career in the United States Marine Corps. In 2016, Mr. Smith retired from the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel. He brings his passion for the military and for student veterans onto campus.

Tanner Corbett, Junior majoring in Accounting at Clarion University, PA Air National Guard

Juneanne Homer, Freshman majoring in Nursing at Clarion University, US Navy Veteran

Christopher Lauer, Junior majoring in Criminal Justice Administration at Clarion University, PA Army National Guard

Stephen Mancini, Junior majoring in Communications: Digital Media at Clarion University, US Marine Corps Veteran

Samuel Richardson, Graduate Student majoring in Communications and Advanced Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at Clarion University, PA Army National Guard

Damodica Robinson, Sophomore majoring in Psychology at Clarion University, Dependent of two Active Duty US Army Service Members