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UMA Student selected to attend Student Veterans of America Leadership Institute

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Jennesa Fabbri, a student veteran at the University of Maine at Augusta was selected as one of only 100 attendees for the 2018 Student Veterans of America Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. This national organization supports Student Veterans Associations at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Jennesa Fabbri

Jennesa, from Bowdoin, Maine, was chosen to participate from among hundreds of highly competitive, talented and qualified applicants from across the United States. Those invited by the Selection Committee represent the nation’s student veterans with the most extraordinary academic, extracurricular, and personal strengths. Jennesa is a UMA student who exemplifies these characteristics.

“This whole process has been a group effort,” said Jennesa. “Without the help of Amy Line, Director of Military and Veterans Services, and the Veteran Academic Center on campus, I would have never thought to start a Student Veterans Association at UMA.”

Enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program on the UMA Bangor campus, Jennesa is the President of the newly formed UMA Student Veterans Association, a multi-campus student group inclusive of veterans at all UMA locations. She volunteers in the Katz Library on the Augusta campus and is always willing to lend a hand to her fellow classmates. She is also an employee at Maine General Medical Center working at the front desk providing a friendly welcome.

With this prestigious opportunity, Jennesa joins a select group of student veterans dedicated to their Student Veterans Association chapter, campus, and community. Jennesa’s participation in this conference, as well as, her achievements as a student at UMA, services as an inspiration to veterans in her community.

Hosted in Washington, D.C., at the United States Chamber of Commerce, this highly selective program will bring student veterans together for intensive leadership training between September 20 through the 23, 2018.

“My leadership style is a bit unorthodox,” stated Jennesa. “I like to lead from the middle. That way I can have a full 360 view on how everyone is doing. It is important to me that no one slides through the cracks.”

In addition to Jennesa, two University of Southern Maine students will take part in this leadership institute, senior Kelsey Earley from Saco and sophomore Mary Swanson from Waterboro.

The University of Maine System has received national recognition for the military friendly culture on its campuses and is increasingly working as One University to recruit Veterans and provide seamless supports to help them transition successfully from service member to student to the workforce.

For additional information about the Student Veterans of America please visit http://studentveterans.org/index.php.

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:

2018 Military Friendly School (8th year)
2018 Military Advanced Education & Transition Top School (8 h year)
2018 U.S. News & World Report 30th Best Online Bachelor’s Degree for Veterans