Veterans Colleague Networking Group 16 Sep 2013
Attendees were Rob Morris, Kevin Justian, Bob Stundtner, Vernetta
Kinchen, Emily Franco, Sue Withers, Glenn Larratt, Craig Wiggers,
Steve Headrick, Brendan Kraft, Tim Wilson, John Keefe, Rick Roper,
Kathy Fahey and Michele Fish.
Emily Franco called the meeting to order at 1211 with a round of
At 1214, Kathy Fahey, the Director of Student Disability Services,
gave a talk on her organization.
Student Disability Services reports up through University Health
Services; their mission is
1. To work in partnership with the campus community to facilitate
reasonable accommodations so that students with disabilities have
equitable access to the university’s programs and services.
2. To protect students from discrimination on the basis of
“Equitable” means access that is as effective and meaningful as that
enjoyed by the students’ non-disabled peers. There are seven
categories of disabilities, but the manifestations (and therefore
the effects and necessary assistance/accommodations) are frequently
SDS has points of contact with a large variety of campus and other
entities. Disability accommodations *must* be requested by the
student and non-obvious disabilities must be documented to SDS
(although that information is privileged and only ever shared on
a need-to-know basis).
There was some discussion of the issues involved in reaching out to
our respective communities; topics included the distribution of
orientation material via Admissions, the cross-inking of our websites
and other materials, etc. There was also discussion of adding
veteran-specific content to SDS’ Faculty Handbook.
At 1248, we turned to priority project updates. Bob Stundtner and
Dave Juers are that committee addressing a Veterans Day / Vietnam
Veterans Commemorative Partnership event; Rick Roper will be joining
that committee. There is the notion of a November meting in Annabel
Taylor, partially in response to a trustee query regarding the
remembrances of those who have fallen in recent actions.
At 1255, Rick reported on the Moakley house event; it was lightly
attended, and Rick reports two new contacts.
At 1257, Cassie Joseph reported on efforts to get Hannah Rudstam to
speak to our group; Hannah’s travel schedule may preclude that
happening any time soon. Here assistance, Luz Semeah, might be
available. Cassie is also looking to incorporate Hannah’s presentation
into the conference, noting sponsorship both by us and DCNG.
At 1303, Brendan Kraft reported on Team Red, White, and Blue, with
some open issues regarding iteraction between our organization and
Team RWB. To set up a chapter, there are various positions to be
filled: Chapter Captain (which would be Brendan), Social Networking
chair, Athletics Directory, Financial Manager, Communications and
Outreach, others. Brendan is working to schedule some Team RWB
events starting the first week of October, in a particular a
moderate-pace walk/jog event and a “PT stud” activity.
Brendan also reports that the folks at The Mission Continues
(missioncontinues.org) contacted him to ask if he’d represent them in
a New York City marathon as a challenge fundraiser. He will be doing
so; a message will go out to the mailing list reporting this
activity and providing information for any who wish to donate.
Emily reports a Trailblazers event is happening on September 26th,
form 5:30-7:00. Brendan has conflict; he will ask Amy if she can
be there. Information on this event will be distributed to the
No new information is to be had as yet regarding Yellow Ribbon slots.
We have a new blog site, http://vcng.cornell.edu/ ; minutes
will be posted there in addition to the Confluence site.
At 1323, Kevin Justian reported on an increase in traffic to his new
office. The first e-claim was filed from this office (in fact, one of
the first in the nation). Feedback from veterans so far: complaints
about Yellow Ribbon eligibility; housing allowance included as income
in Financial Aid’s need calculations; non-specificity of student
orientation. The consortium has its next meeting on October 8th;
Cornell is hosting the consortium meeting on February 12th.
Adjourned at 1328.