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.