Regis University extends commitment to serving those who serve – hires military and veterans services coordinator
Hannah BreeceAugust 27, 2013
(DENVER) – Pursuing higher education while in the armed forces or upon returning to civilian life can be challenging. Navigating VA benefits and finding classes that are suited to the unique needs military students present is a process that can seem daunting; however, thanks to a new position created by Regis University’s College for Professional Studies, active members and veterans alike can find the support they need across all of Regis University’s schools.
John Sweet, a military veteran and an educator, began his duties as the new Military and Veterans Services Coordinator in June. In his new role, Sweet is in charge of advising students and connecting them with resources, building support networks and opportunities for veterans and supporting Regis University administrators on veterans’ issues, among other duties.
Motivated to serve his country following the September 11 attacks, Sweet has spent the past 12 years in service with the National Guard, during which time he has completed two combat tours in Iraq and commanded an artillery battery. He has also served during various state emergencies, including time in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina.
Sweet holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and has spent more than a decade as an educator, both as a middle school teacher and as a professor with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College. He has published a number of history articles and also wrote a chapter in the book “To Spare No Pains”: Zebulon Montgomery Pike and His 1806-07 Southwest Expedition.
Upon returning from Iraq for the second time in 2010, Sweet found that the economic downturn and social climate created a “challenging transition back to civilian life.” Though he supported himself by attending military schools, doing exercises and working on special projects for the National Guard, and teaching ROTC, he felt called elsewhere.
“I was most interested in returning to civilian higher education because I knew of the inestimable value of challenging and growing one’s intellect and spirit,” Sweet said. “For me, intellectual growth is best accomplished through academic rigor.” And, the combination of military relations and higher education made the Military and Veterans Services Coordinator position “an ideal fit.”
Sweet will also be in charge of creating and managing a Veteran Student Resource Center at the Colorado Springs and Lowell campuses, as well as online.
“Regis University has welcomed back veterans from America’s wars since at least World War II, when the first student veterans organization was founded, and I am very proud to be working in that tradition,” said Sweet. “I humbly hope to contribute to this great, historic institution and help my fellow vets benefit from a Regis education, and help Regis understand the military and to better serve the student vet population.”
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