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Oct. 28. 2011

Media advisory: Veterans, service providers share experiences at second annual statewide UI conference Nov. 2

What: The second annual University of Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference hosted by the UI Office of the Provost, UI Office of the Registrar, UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity in the Chief Diversity Office and the Army National Guard.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Where: The Iowa National Guard Armory, 4540 Melrose Ave., Iowa City.

Who: Retired Brig. Gen. Jodi Tymeson, executive director of Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, will give the keynote address and UI dignitaries including UI Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President Georgina Dodge and Jennifer Modestou, director of the UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, will make remarks.

In addition, veterans and specialists will be speaking about various topics, including troop return efforts, reintegration into society, and employment. Those speaking include:

--Dan Grinstead, social worker at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa Army National Guard.
--Donald Rhoades, vocational rehabilitation and education counselor at the Veterans Benefits Administration.
--Michael Hall, neuropsychologist for the Iowa City VA Health Care System.
--Tamara Woods, UI counseling psychology doctoral candidate in the UI College of Education who has helped developed a course for veterans.

Why: An estimated 85 veteran service providers in Iowa, as well as UI faculty, staff, and students are participating in this conference held nine days before Veterans Day. The conference will address issues such as returning to Iowa after service, transitioning to the higher education environment, and the vital support systems and resources necessary to student veteran reintegration.

Background: More than 500 UI students are veterans or are using veteran benefits, spanning a diverse array of majors, ages, and different branches of the military. UI officials expect these numbers to continue to grow due to the state of Iowa having one of the highest levels of military volunteerism in the nation and also due to President Obama's recent announcement that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of 2011.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS; John Mikelson, UI Veterans Center, 319-384-2020,; Larry Lockwood, UI Office of the Registrar, 319-335-0217,; Jennifer Modestou, UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity; 319-335-0705,; Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,; Writer, Betsy Bates