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New Veterans Academic Center at UMA

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Grand Opening at University of Maine at Augusta November 30, 2017

The University of Maine at Augusta will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new Veterans Academic Center on the Augusta Campus on November 30, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The new Veterans Academic Center (VAC) is located at Room 41 Katz Library.

The prior Veterans Lounge had been located in the second floor of the Randall Student Center. The new VAC will provide additional space for UMA’s veteran student population. The VAC will serve as a place to take online exams, write and print papers, and study.

Additionally, the VAC was designed in a thoughtful manner with an eye to improving accessibility for those who will use the space.  Color schemes and LED lighting provide a more conducive environment for those with the invisible wounds of war, such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Touch screen computers and other technology upgrades are part of the new design.

Most importantly, the VAC will continue to provide a safe environment and place for fellow veterans to seek and lend support to each other and interact with the UMA Office of Military and Veterans’ Services staff.

The celebration will include remarks by UMA President Rebecca M. Wyke; University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page; and Amy Line, Director of Military and Veterans Services.

Special guests will include Robert G. Fuller, Jr. CAPT, JAGC, USNR (Retired) and board member of the Windover Foundation, which provided grant funding for the renovations.  Also in attendance will be Randall Liberty, Maine State Prison Warden, combat veteran and a 1998 UMA alumnus.  Chaplin Andrew L. Gibson, Colonel and Senior Army Chaplin will provide the benediction.

Photos from the Grand Opening Celebration for the Veterans Academic Center (VAC) on the University of Maine at Augusta Campus. You can now visit the new VAC in room 41 of Katz Library.

Additional Information

UMA Office of Military and Veterans’ Services

UMA has a rich tradition of supporting military and veteran students and has been “changing lives since 1965”.  UMA’s commitment to educating and providing opportunities to our veterans, service members and families has earned it the following designations:

2017 Military Friendly School (7th year)

2017 Military Times Best for Vets Colleges (5th year)

2017 Military Advanced Education & Transition Top School (7th year)

2017 U.S. News & World Report 30th Best Online Bachelor’s Degree for Veterans