ECSU's Veterans Center opens


From staff reports

Monday, December 10, 2018

Elizabeth City State University’s Military and Veterans Affairs Center has a new home on campus to accommodate a growing program.

“We are providing a service that makes our military and veteran students know we want them to be here,” said Tim Freeman, director of the program.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week for the new office in suite 500 of the Griffin Building.

Freeman said the office is a space for military and veteran students, and their dependents, to find both assistance on campus as well as veterans issues. A representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Norfolk, Virginia, frequently visits campus to work with students and members of the military based in the area.

ECSU’s veteran and military services have earned the university a “Best of the Best” designation by “U.S. Veterans Magazine.”

Freeman said a representative from the Norfolk office visited campus recently and met with two members of the Coast Guard who are poised to retire. The meeting was to guide them through the retirement process, but it also served as an introduction to the ECSU campus in the event those service members choose to stay and enroll as students.

Through a partnership with the Coast Guard, Freeman says ECSU is able to provide service members with services through the campus office. An ECSU military affairs committee, he said, is providing guidance to the program, ensuring that appropriate services are offered to students, non-student members of the military and veterans.

The committee is comprised of active and retired military officers, the majority of whom are ECSU graduates. They include Coast Base Elizabeth City executive officer, Cmdr. Warren Judge, Coast Guard Capt. Lamont Bazmore, retired U.S. Marine Col. Randy Bell, and retired U.S. Army Capt. Timothy Rogers, all of whom are ECSU graduates.

The new ECSU Veterans Center is outfitted with a lounge, a television, and with four new computers, giving students a place to relax, study and seek military and university related services and guidance, according to Freeman.

Freeman said as the program and its needs continue to grow, the center office will continue to grow, and possibly seek an even larger space. For now, however, being situated in the Griffin Building, home to ECSU’s Office of Student Affairs, the Veterans Center offers a well-appointed facility to serve the men and women who have served their country.