Hell & Back Again

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Boots2Business – Employment/Training Opportunity for Las Vegas & UNLV Veterans

MGM Resorts International and the American Red Cross are collaborating on a special initiative called Boots-To-Business. The initiative supports our veterans through:

Pre-Employment Support Services Provided by the Red Cross:

  • Resume creation and review.
  • Interview preparation.
  • Management Training program overview.

Management Training Program:

  • 10-12 week program to prepare for Assistant Manager and/or Manager positions with MGM Resorts International comprised of classroom, on the job, and transition support training.
  • Reconnection Workshops – Small group discussions to unify military families after deployment or separation.
  • Transitional Leadership Workshop – Provides veterans with skills necessary to transition from a military command to a corporate environment.

Deployment Support Provided by the Red Cross: 

  • Services offered to support current MGM employees’ call to active duty.
  • Coping with Deployments Workshop – Provide skills to strengthen families during times of deployment and separation.

Ongoing Support:

  • MGM employee-led mentor group designed to further personal and professional development, promote diversity and strengthen networking among military employees and veterans.

To learn more about Boots-To-Business and to apply, please contact:

 Michael Ryan

Service to Armed Forces

Special Project Manager

American Red Cross

702.369.3038 (O)

702.591.4020 (C)

michael.ryan@redcross.org


Graduation Coins & Honor Cords

Attention all graduating student veterans! The Office of Veteran Services, with support from the UNLV Student Veteran Organization and Las Vegas Rotary Club, is proud to offer FREE graduation honor cords and coins to each graduating student veteran. Stop by the Office of Veteran Services, SSC-A Rm 311, anytime before graduation to pick up your free gift, with our congratulations on another mission completed!

Questions? Call 702-895-2290 or email veterans@unlv.edu.


SERV Training: For UNLV Faculty & Staff

Today, the UNLV Office of Veteran Services is excited to announce the launch of SERV Training for UNLV Faculty & Staff.  Designed to help the UNLV community learn more about student veterans and military families, this one hour training will provide an overview of student veteran needs & challenges, as well as information about resources available on campus.

Those who complete the training will receive a SERV sticker to display proudly in the workspace, signifying to all veterans that the faculty or staff member is part of the effort to make UNLV more veteran-friendly.  If an entire department completes training, Rebel VETS will also provide a larger print poster for the department’s reception area to be sure veterans are aware of the effort.

This in-person, interactive training may be conducted for entire departments and will also be scheduled once a month for the remainder of the Spring 2012 semester (check back for dates/times).  Interested departments should contact Sally Caspers, Rebel VETS Program Coordinator, at 4-4611 or sally.caspers@unlv.edu to schedule a training opportunity.

UNLV SERV Training: Serving Every Returning Veteran & Making UNLV a Veteran-Friendly Zone.


Rebel VETS Writers – Spring 2012

Here’s another great opportunity for students new to UNLV and looking to get started on your core education requirements!  This 3 credit English 101 class is reserved just for veterans and is on every VA-approved, GI Bill eligible undergraduate degree sheet at UNLV.   Such a great opportunity to get to know fellow veterans while you also knock out an important required class.  Contact Rebel VETS at 702-774-4611 to get released for enrollment!

 


2011 Veterans Day – Run to Remember

We have a full day of events planned to celebrate Veterans Day at UNLV this year and the centerpiece of our day is a new event called “Run to Remember”.  This should be an exciting, meaningful event and we hope you’ll spend some time running with us on November 10, 2011.

Our Run to Remember will begin at 0600 (6am) on November 10, 2011, and conclude at 1800 (6pm). Runners will be running with a light-weight aluminum flag pole and a 2’x3′ US flag. (If ROTC students would prefer to run with their unit’s guidon pole/US flag, that is fine also.) The course will go from our table on Pida Plaza, north to the Veterans Memorial, west to MPE, and back. It is about a 1 mile loop and should take folks about 10 minutes to complete. However, we are asking people to sign up for blocks of TIME rather than completed loops, in order to keep a consistent schedule. Runners should simply sign up for a block of time on the shared spreadsheet (minimum 10 minutes – no stated max).

Sign up with Google Docs here.
We will have T-shirts and snacks for all of the runners, as well as a safety golf cart to drive in front of the runner to clear the way and be on-hand for emergencies. All runners are asked to arrive at the SVO/Rebel VETS table on Pida Plaza 10 minutes before the schedule run time to pick up a t-shirt and sign a liability waiver.

Any questions can be directed to Sally Caspers at Rebel VETS at 702-774-4611 or sally.caspers@unlv.edu. I’m looking forward to a GREAT event!


A Place to Call Home

Good news, Rebel Veterans!  A new Office of Veteran Services is opening on the main campus beginning August 29, 2011!

You’ll have to pardon our dust for a few days as we get settled and bear with us as we slowly transition Rebel VETS and our VA Certifying Official (in the process of doing all your certifications) to our new spaces, but we’re excited to have you visit!  You’ll find us in SSC-A in room 311 (It’s the old International Students Office).  This is the same building as Financial Aid, Cashiering, and Disability Resources, and just across the sidewalk from the Academic Success Center and the Registrar.  Talk about convenient!

We’ll be hosting an open house on Sept 8, 2-4pm.  Be sure to swing by for some cookies and lemonade and to say hi.  In the meantime, if you’ve got free time and want to help make the place shine, come on over and grab a rag.  We’re so anxious to make this place yours.

Welcome back, Rebel Veterans!  We’re glad you’re here!