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Pivot and March Forward Virtual Conference on Thursday November 4

Pivot and march forward

Sponsored by Drexel's Veterans Task Force, Pivot and March Forward: Pathways from Military Service to Educational and Career Success is a virtual conference designed specifically for both current and former members of the military. Composed of interactive sessions, this special event is where you will get to hear from our military-connected alumni, students, and professional staff members at Drexel. The conference will close with the opportunity to ask questions on topics such as the admissions process, financial aid and the Yellow Ribbon Program, and what it's like to be a student-veteran at Drexel.

Thursday, November 4
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. ET

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All sessions will be hosted via VisitDays. You can register for individual sessions or the full virtual conference. To ensure an optimal experience, we recommend participating on a laptop or desktop computer. If you have any questions, please email Rebecca Weidensaul at

Event Details

Welcome and Introduction to Drexel's Military Friendly Campus Community: Successful Transitions to Civilian Careers through Higher Education and Campus Resources

Time: 9:30 a.m.–10 a.m. ET

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Kevin Coleman, Assistant Director, Military and Government Strategic Partnerships, Drexel University Online

Join Kevin Coleman as he recounts some of his of his own experiences transitioning from military service to a civilian career and learn how to leverage your prior experiences and training to position you for success in higher education and civilian careers. Kevin will be joined by Dr. Thomas Heverin, CISSP, a United States Navy Veteran, Drexel alumnus, and member of the College of Computing & Informatics faculty at Drexel University, to give you an account of their Drexel journey and how the unique experiential education is both military friendly and appealing for so many service members and families.

Session #1: Finding and Creating Your New Mission: Exploring Academic Programs, Cooperative Education and Career Development Opportunities

Time: 10 a.m.–11 a.m. ET

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Angela Montgomery, PhD, Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Graduate Admissions and Maria Crossan, Career Counselor for the Steinbright Career Development Center

In this session, Dr. Angela Montgomery and Maria Crossan will help you unlock your path and passion to find the academic major that will best serve you in your future academic and career pathway. Uncovering your strengths and interests, they will help you to learn more about majors, minors, and co-curricular opportunities available to you in a university setting. This session will help you navigate the diverse opportunities, resources available, and the specific steps involved with the application process.

Session #2: Connect to Opportunities and Employers with Handshake and the Dragon Network

Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET

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Nicole Dalberto, Associate Director, Career Services, Steinbright Career Development Center and Gregory Law, Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Steinbright Career Development Center

Drexel University is renowned for its exceptional career education and resources for students and alumni. This session will showcase the resources available through the Steinbright Career Development Center and highlight some examples of how military-connected students and alumni have found military-friendly employers through cooperative education and full-time positions upon graduation. Finally, learn more about the value of the expansive Drexel network of alumni and how to leverage these connections for career satisfaction and fulfillment.

Session #3: The Value of The Dragon Community: Stories from our Military-Connected Students

Time: 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

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Dr. Rebecca Weidensaul, Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management and Director of Office of Veteran Student Services

Drexel University has been a nationally ranked "Military Friendly" school by major media outlets for over a decade. In this session, learn more about the extraordinary Yellow Ribbon program hosted by Drexel since 2009 and the infrastructure in place to support military-connected students. Dr. Weidensaul will talk more about the Veterans Task Force, the Office of Veteran Student Services, and how this team works together to advocate and support students, alumni, faculty and professional staff who are military affiliated. Hear from current military-connected students about their transition from the military to Drexel, what differentiates this education and how they are supported by the campus community. The panel will share insights about being an adult learner and how to manage the unique challenges associated with balancing work, classes, and family. Most importantly, learn how these students have worked together to build a vibrant community on campus, a genuine network of supportive alumni, and continue to serve their community. Their stories are testament that being a Dragon is challenging and rewarding but also fun!

Session #4: Wrap Up: Final Remarks and Time for Q&A with the Admissions, Certifying Officials/Financial Aid, Office of Veteran Student Services Representatives

Time: 1–1:30 p.m.

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Ryan Fonio, Assistant Director, Veteran Services, Drexel Central and Bryant Morris, Associate Director, Drexel Central

Drexel University is approved for the training of VA students and certifies the student’s enrollment to the appropriate VA Regional Office upon request. Drexel Central is in the Main Building, Suite 106. Our office coordinates services to all veterans, dependents, guardsmen, and reservists attending classes who are eligible for veteran’s benefits. Any veteran who is enrolled at Drexel who is eligible for VA educational benefits should notify Drexel Central when he/she wishes to be certified. DREXEL Central is currently staffed by two Veteran’s Certifying Officials and one Veteran Assistant.