The transition from high school to university life is hard enough for new college students, but for student veterans who have been out of school for several years, these challenges are even more complex.
The Carolina Veterans Resource Center officially opened on Sept. 28, providing student veterans a space to gather. The facility is complete with a study space, lounge, conference meeting space and lactation room for student veterans to use whenever they please.
The Carolina Veterans Resource Center was part of a vision of Trustee Haywood Cochrane. As an active advocate for student veterans, Cochrane recognized the need for a centralized location where veterans could access resources to guide their academic journey. After receiving direct input from student veterans, Cochrane began crafting a plan for a space dedicated to satisfy their needs.
After several years of advocating for a center, an opportunity opened up when Odum Village was shut down in the fall of 2015. Amber Mathwig, the student veterans assistance coordinator at UNC, was delighted to receive the news that the University had set aside a former Odum Village building for the Veterans Resource Center. She was then given the green light to add onto the original plans that Cochrane and his team mapped out, allowing her to assist in developing the design for the facility.
Mathwig works directly with student veterans to assure that their transition from service to the classroom is smooth. With 10 years of service in the Navy under her belt, Mathwig understands the unique experience that student veterans have.