First cohort of Military Allies graduates

February 6

Merze Tate College's Office of Military and Veterans’ Affairs (OMVA) is proud to announce the graduation of its first cohort of Military Allies. Thirteen faculty and staff members completed the online and in-person training.

Congratulations to:

  • Brandy Anderson, Merze Tate College
  • Rosemary Andrews, Sindecuse Health Center
  • Jonathan Bush, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mandy Cox, College of Health and Human Services
  • Deveta Gardner, Merze Tate College
  • Decker Hain, Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Paul Hildenbrand, Haworth College of Business
  • M'Myia Hughes, Merze Tate College
  • Brian Montgomery, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Randy Ott, Merze Tate College
  • Bonnie Pfingst, Merze Tate College
  • Gail Rouscher, College of Aviation
  • Colin Scott, Admissions

The purpose of the program is to support a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion by creating safe spaces and mentors for military-connected students across Western's campus. The program trains faculty, staff, and administrators on specific challenges military-connected students face during the transition from military to higher education, how to validate issues, and how to listen with a sympathetic ear. The program provides training on resources available and how to direct military-connected students to the appropriate resources on and off campus. If you are interested in becoming a Military Ally, upcoming training dates are Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, April 6. Please visit the OMVA website to register for the eLearning session and in-person sessions.