OVS Monthly Newsletter for February 2017
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OVS Networking Event

The OVS Veterans' Exclusive Networking Event will be held on Wednesday, February 8th. Employers from companies in various industries will be here to connect with veteran and military dependent students from all years and programs! Several of this year's attendees include Google, KPMG, ALDI, Tek Systems and the FBI. The first thirty students that RSVP will receive a free leather OVS padfolio! For more information on the event please contact

February 10th Board Meeting

The next meeting of PITT VETS is Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Office of Veterans Services, Posvar Hall. Please join the group as they plan spring activities for all military affiliated students.


New PITT VETS t-shirts are still available for purchase at the Office of Veterans Services! Sizes available are large and extra-large for $20. Please submit payments in cash only.

Bowling Event

The first annual Stars and Strikes: A PITT VETS Family and Friends event will be March 25, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville. You can RSVP at or by visiting the Facebook page. Tickets, for those who bowl, are $10/adult and $7/child under 12.


PITT VETS Yoga will host its first session Tuesday, February 7, 2017 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the William Pitt Union, Dining Room B! All sessions will be taught by a certified instructor from Schoolhouse Yoga. Instructors are certified in veteran related yoga techniques. You do not have to be a veteran or military affiliated student to attend. Visit the PITT VETS events page for a listing of dates and times.

Please visit the PITT VETS Facebook page with any questions or to RSVP for upcoming events.

SALUTE National Honors Society

The University of Pittsburgh is now a member of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society! This program will be open to both undergraduate and graduate veteran students at Main Campus that meet specific academic standards. More information on program membership will be distributed throughout the semester. Please contact Brett Foley at 412-383-5171 or with any questions on the program.

Upcoming Events

2017 Panther Leadership Summit
Sat, February 4, 8:30 am – 4:30 am
Location: William Pitt Union

The 11th Annual Panther Leadership Summit is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Division of Student Affairs. The Summit’s morning program will feature 10 minute leadership development presentations by notable alumni and friends of Pitt in a dynamic format similar to the TEDx model. Attendees will be given opportunities to network with fellow students and speakers. After lunch the afternoon will focus on giving students the opportunity to enhance their leadership development and multicultural awareness through breakout sessions, discussions, and cultural simulations. More information on this event and how to RSVP can be found here.

The Discussions on Governance Lecture Series
Wed, February 22, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: The University of Club, Ballroom B

Michael Missal, Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be presenting “Watchdog of the Department of Veterans Affairs: Ensuring Effective Services for Veterans and Proper Spending of Taxpayer Dollars.” The Office of Inspector General identifies fraud, waste and abuse in VA programs and operations, and recommends ways that VA can operate more efficiently and effectively. Mr. Missal will discuss the role of the Inspector General and his priorities, challenges and vision for his office. More information on this event can be found here.

Federal Law Enforcement Day
Wed, April 5, 8:00 am – 4:30 am
Location: Room 1310 William Moorhead Federal Building
1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This FREE educational session will be hosted by the Office of Personnel Management. The tentative schedule has the event starting at 8:00 with 30 minute presentations from Federal Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the day.  Attendees from last year included: Secret Service, US Marshal’s office, IRS Criminal Investigation Services, FBI, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, TSA, DEA, National Background Investigation Bureau (formerly known as FIS); U.S Customs and Border Patrol and ATF. If you are interested in attending or have any questions please email Brianna McMeekin at This is not a Pitt sponsored event so spaces for Pitt students are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis with a wait list for any overflow.

Internship/Job Opportunities

Graduate Research Opportunity


The University Center for Social & Urban Research (UCSUR) is looking to hire a graduate student employee/researcher, in Spring 2017. The graduate student will participate in a project conducting a comprehensive economic impact analysis of Pennsylvania’s military and defense installations. The position description can be found here. Please contact Sabina Deitrick for additional information on the position.

Paid Summer Internships at HERL


The Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and HERL invites all qualified students to apply for several available internship opportunities. Find out more about the opportunities for veteran students and undergraduate students.

VA Education Benefits

Summer and Fall Certifications


The enrollment period for the upcoming summer and fall terms will open up in the month of February. If you are a student who would like to use benefits during the spring term. You must submit an Enrollment Certification Request Form to OVS if you would like to use benefits for one of those terms.

Monthly Stipend


The first monthly stipend payments for the spring term were distributed on February 1. This date can vary on a case by case basis. If you did not receive an expected payment, please contact OVS. Any decision to drop or withdraw from a class may have a negative impact on a student’s monthly stipend. Changes that result in a student moving below the full-time rate of pursuit, may reduce the monthly stipend to a pro-rated portion. An over-payment by the VA will be requested back either in the form of a debt letter or a withholding from a future stipend. Please contact OVS if there are any questions.

Veteran Student Priority Enrollment


Summer term veteran student priority enrollment appointments are scheduled for Friday, February 10. For more information about receiving a veteran student priority enrollment appointment, please review the Veteran Student Course Scheduling Policy.

Pittsburgh Vet Center
Located in Green Tree, the Vet Center provides readjustment counseling to war zone veterans and their families. These visits are always at no cost and are completely confidential. Vet Centers are primarily staffed by veterans who are professionally trained to provide counseling support.  Veterans do not need to be enrolled in VA Healthcare to access Vet Center services and Vet Centers can see veterans of ANY discharge type. Check out the latest edition of the Vet Center Newsletter here!

Vet Center Counselors at Pitt
The Office of Veterans Services has partnered with the Pittsburgh Vet Center to bring Vet Center counselors to campus. A counselor will be on hand to meet with veteran students on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by contacting the Pittsburgh Vet Center at (412) 920-1765 or (412) 496-2078.

General Information

EPG Scholarship Opportunity

EPG Scholarships for Veterans are available to both members and non-members of the Energy Polymer Group. Scholarships are in the amount of $3000 and will be awarded in two installments of $1,500, payable at the beginning of the first two semesters. Payment for the second semester will be made available providing grades are maintained at an acceptable level (B Average or better). Eligible students must be registered full time at an accredited four year Bachelor of Science program, majoring in Engineering or the Applied Sciences. Applications must be received by the Scholarship Chairperson no later than March 31. If you have any questions concerning this application, please contact Fred Pedersen via email at

VA Hearing Research Study

The VA is seeking participants, ages 20 - 50, for a research study on hearing problems in blast-exposed Veterans who demonstrate normal hearing test results. The study consists of two parts. Part One includes up to 9 study visits over about 2 months. Participants may also be invited to participate in Part Two, which consists of 6 to 11 visits over 6 to 12 months. Qualified subjects will receive $25 for travel and $50 for each study visit. More details on the specifics of the study can be found here. For any additional information please contact Dr. Pratt at 412-360-6409.

Duquesne University Military Psychology Clinic


The DU clinic provides free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts (OIF/OEF), to the veterans of those conflicts, and to the families and loved ones of those involved. If you or someone you know is in need of an appointment the clinic can be contacted at or 412.396.6562.

The Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families to qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders through confidential communication. The Crisis line can be reached by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1. More information on this service can be found here.

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