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.

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

Credentialed MFCP3

Last Name First Name Title  Department Level
Aanenson Mari Senior Instructor Biological Sciences  I
Allwardt Debra Associate Professor Health Sciences and Social Work I
Creasey Susan Assistant Professor Management & Marketing I
Cruise Tracy Professor, WIU Psychology Clinic Director Psychology II
Dace Marsha Counselor University Counseling Center II
Donahoo Drew Director Foundation Communications/Donor Stewards I
Ervin Carl Interim Director JIDE I
Friedrichsen Nicky Assistant Director of Student Services WIU QC Student Services I
Hallinan Tim Director of Annual Giving Foundation and Development Office  IIi
Keithley Ember Advisor College of Business and Technology II
Kitch Sarah  Office Manager Veterans Resource Center II
Klingler Samantha Director Student Development and Success Center III
Knox William  Professor English II
Lawhorn Barbara Associate Professor English I
LaFlam Richard Senior Instructor Computer Science I
Louden Angie Program Assistant Veterans Resource Center III
Perone Kathy Professor Social Work II
Pettigrew Ronald Director Veterans Resource Center III
Pickett Larry Recruiting Operations Officer Military Science (ROTC) III
Roberts  Timothy Interim Chair History I
Rhoads Troy Assistant Vice President Facilities Management III
Robinett Jeremy Associate Professor Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration III
Root Dyan Assistant Director  Financial Aid I
Smith  Victoria Student Legal Advocate Legal Services  I
Stinson Troy Assistant Professor Law Enforcement and Justice Administration I
Wilkinson Ashley Academic Advisor WIU QC Academic Advising I
Wilson Jacqueline Instructor English I
Wilson Joani Deputy Director Office of the Registrar III
Zoghi Manoochehr Provost and Academic Vice President Provost and Academic Vice President I