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Frostburg State University Veterans Services Office Now Open
09/11/2015

Frostburg State University Veterans Services Office Now Open
FSU Veterans Services Coordinator Danielle Dabrowski shows off some of the features of the University’s new Veterans Center on University Drive.

Student military service members and veterans have a new place to call home at Frostburg State University.

The FSU Veterans Center is now open on University Drive in front of Sand Spring Hall, where it previously maintained an office. The new Veterans Center is home to the Veterans Services Office and the Student Veterans of America organization.

“The veteran and military service population at Frostburg deserves the best,” said Danielle Dabrowski, FSU Veterans Services coordinator. “I’m so happy for Frostburg because this is such a great thing for the students, veterans and dependents. It helps bridge a connection with them in the community.”

Frostburg State has 176 veterans, military personnel or dependents of veterans who are receiving military education benefits. That represents a 24 percent increase since the 2014-15 academic year. Because of FSU’s dedication to veterans and active duty military, the University has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for four consecutive years by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

Dabrowski’s office provides an array of services to student veterans and dependents of veterans. These include ensuring that they are receiving the appropriate benefits, academic advising, connecting them to counseling, advocating for their rights and acting as a liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Five students contracted through Veterans Affairs also help staff the center.

“My office helps student veterans receive the benefits that they have earned,” Dabrowski said.

The center features a lounge area for student veterans to relax, a kitchen, a study area and a fenced yard where veterans and their service animals can unwind. Furniture inside the center was donated by the campus community.

Interior renovations occurred in the summer and exterior renovations are being planned for the building and fenced yard. An open house will be announced at a later date.

The Veterans Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Walk-in office hours for the Veterans Service Office for the fall semester will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Appointments for other days and times are available by calling 301-687-4409 or emailing dldabrowski@frostburg.edu.

In addition to being home to the FSU Student Veterans of America chapter, FSU is home to a SALUTE chapter, which is the first national higher education honor society established for student veterans and military service members.

The Veterans Service Office is also performing community and alumni outreach with veterans through fundraisers and programs.

“This center is a catalyst for building relationships,” Dabrowski said.

The Veterans Service Office is inviting FSU alumni who are veterans to read names of veterans, active duty members and deceased veterans during the National Roll Call ceremony on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room. A travelling Vietnam War Memorial is also scheduled to be at the Lane Center on Dec. 17 through 21.

Also, American Legion Post 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Frostburg are offering membership deals to FSU student veterans and military service members.

For more information about services to military and veteran students and their dependents at FSU, Contact the FSU Veterans Services Office at 301-687-4409 or VAoffice@frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

- Charles Schelle

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu