Veterans & Military Personnel

Military Friendly Credentialing Program

Western Illinois University is committed to providing the best possible experiences for its military service students. Given that less than 10% of the US population has served in the military, there are often aspects of service that civilians do not understand. Research conducted with WIU military service students suggests that faculty, staff, and administrators may not be aware of the challenges our military service students are negotiating on campus. Faculty, staff, and administrators may be creating unnecessary and unintended challenges for military service students through policies and pedagogical practices without ever realizing it.

For this reason, the Veterans Resource Center Liaisons, a group of WIU faculty, staff, and administrators have worked with the Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Club, Military Science Department, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR) and the WIU Military Task Force to create a voluntary Military Friendly Credentialing Program (MFCP) for WIU employees.

The MFCP is modeled on the Green Zone trainings utilized on many campuses, but we have customized it based on the unique needs identified by our own military services students. It is important to note that no employee is required to participate, and there is no monetary or other compensation for participation. There is also no penalty for choosing to not participate. Those who earn military friendly credentials will be listed on a Veteran Resource Center website where the length of time they’ve been credentialed will be recognized.

The goals of the credentialing program are:

  • to facilitate spaces for military services students to share their experiences;
  • to educate WIU employees about research, resources, and best practices for working with military service students; and,
  • to assist the Veteran Resource Center in making WIU as military friendly as it can be.

Unlike one-time trainings that are often impactful in the moment, but sometimes forgotten, the MFCP is based on research demonstrating that the most effective programs for facilitating welcoming environments for military service students require ongoing trainings that integrate students, faculty, staff, and administrators. To be credentialed as military friendly through this program, WIU employees will need to attend two military friendly training programs a semester.

The programs are open to all WIU employees. They are announced as they are developed so that we can address any issues that emerge through the semester. If you have any questions about the credentialing program or the sessions below, please contact Jeremy Robinett, Associate Professor, at

Additional programs are being developed, but we wanted to share the already planned opportunities with you.

Upcoming Events:

Veterans Resource Center – Who, What, When, Where and Why/Military Liaisons Meeting

Date & Time: Monday, September 26, 2022 12:00-1:00 pm 
Location: Capitol Room, University Union and

Attendees will learn more about the Veterans Resource Center and the services it provides. Ron Pettigrew, Program Director of the VRC, will explain the who, what, when, where and why of services provided through the Center. This program will help attendees understand the role the Center plays on campus and the requirements entrusted to it by the U.S. Veterans Administration and State of Illinois.

Fallen Soldier 5K Run/Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, October 8, 2022 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Each year, the University hosts the Fallen Soldiers 5K to raise money for the WIU Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund, which supports veterans and service members currently enrolled at Western. Before the race, a special program is held to honor our Fallen Soldiers for whom the scholarship was established and recognize the current scholarship recipients. More information about ways you can honor veterans and be involved in the 5K Run/Walk can be found at

Military Activation Policy & Pedagogical Considerations

Date & Time: Monday, October 10, 2022 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Cardinal/Oak Room, University Union and

Attendees will learn about the Military Activation Policy and how WIU works with military service students, or the spouses of military service students with a dependent child, who during the course of an academic term, is called into active military service, for a period of seven or more consecutive days, including National Guard and Reserve. Attendees will learn more about the types of military services students we have at WIU and ways to accommodate these students throughout the activation process.


In their Own Words – Military Service Students at WIU

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 3:30-4:30

Location: Cardinal/Oak Room, University Union and

Military service students will discuss how their military experiences have shaped them as individuals and students.

What it means to be a Leatherneck

Date & Time:Monday, November 7, 2022 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Capitol Room, University Union and

WIU's World War I and World War II veterans have contributed to the rich legacy of the University, including our symbols, our traditions and our commitment to inclusion. Cory Booher, Marine Corps veteran and current WIU student, will share a presentation commemorating the military achievements of Colonel Raymond "Rock" Hanson.

Veterans Day Military Tribute Ceremony

Date & Time: Friday, November 11, 2022 11:00 am – 12 pm

Location: Sherman Hall flag pole

The ceremony will honor veterans and service members. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Sherman Hall Auditorium, third floor.

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to support our military service students. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.


Last Name First Name Title  Department Level
Braverman David Vice President Student Sucess I
Cruise Tracy Professor, WIU Psychology Clinic Director Psychology II
Dace Marsha Counselor University Counseling Center II
DeSplinter Ashley Office Manager Engineering Technology I
Hallinan Tim Assistant Director Foundation and Development Office  II
Keithley Ember Advisor College of Business and Technology II
Kitch Sarah  Office Manager Veterans Resource Center I
Klingler Samantha Director Student Development and Success Center II
Knowles Nick Director Campus Recreation II
Knox William  Professor English I
Lawhorn Barbara Associate Professor English I
LaFlam Richard Senior Instructor Computer Science I
Louden Angie Program Assistant Veterans Resource Center II
Perone Kathy Professor Social Work I
Pettigrew Ronald Director Veterans Resource Center II
Pickett Larry Recruiting Operations Officer Military Science (ROTC) II
Roberts  Timothy Interim Chair History I
Rhoads Troy Assistant Vice President Facilities Management II
Robinett Jeremy Associate Professor Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration II
Root Dyan Assistant Director  Financial Aid I
Stambaugh Deanna Records Officer BGS Progrm I
Walters Jerrie Associate Director Student Development and Success Center II
Wilson Jacqueline Instructor English I
Wilson Joani Deputy Director Office of the Registrar II