Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life


Spring 2015 quarter

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This course is envisioned to aid active duty, veterans and dependents in adjusting to a college environment and to provide them with an orientation to the tools that are available to help them adjust. We will use a seminar format, where class members discuss issues confronting their re-entry into the civilian community, particularly an academic environment. Through reading and research, you will discover effective tools and strategies for dealing with those challenges. The class will feature short lectures and films on various topics, followed by discussions. Students will read the novel,  Catch -22, and discuss it, do a team research project, resulting in a paper and presentation, and write short essays on various topics. You will interact with guest lecturers, share your discoveries with classmates, and keep a journal of your feelings, emotions and observations over the length of the quarter. Credit will be awarded in research methods and in descriptive, expository, and creative writing.


The faculty member, Thomas R. Kelley,  is a retired  Mustang - Navy Lieutenant Commander with 25 years of Naval Service. After retirement, he has worked in K – 12 administration as an Assistant Superintendent  and has taught Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Management, and Leadership at Averett University in Danville VA. Randy arrived at Evergreen in the Fall of 2013 to open and direct the new Veterans Resource Center and to establish a program for Veterans Success.



Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 6-9:30p Thu


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.


Date Revision
February 23rd, 2015 Randy Kelley added as faculty

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Course Reference Number

(4 credits): 30232

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