Author: Robin Chipman

Honoring Past, Present, and Future Veterans

Recently, “the University of Central Oklahoma dedicated a memorial statue in honor of past, present, and future military-connected students, faculty, and staff. The memorial statue was a joint effort of Central’s Student Government Association, UCOSA and the City of Edmond Visual Arts Commission”.-UCO Press Release

Reflection: What does Veterans Day mean to you?

As Americans come together to honor military members, and their families we ask the questions “what does Veterans Day mean to you? took to social media in 2017 to ask the question. As you can guess the responses reflect both the experience from the veteran’s point of view, and that of the many military-connected families who have made sacrifices.

Post-Deployment and College, University, or Trade School

There are so many challenges when transitioning from military service to college, university, or trade programs. The good news is most veterans are very well versed in time management, productivity, and setting a routine. As a veteran you not only walk into a classroom as a student but, as an adult with a different perspective, and set of experiences.

Veterans and Social Capital

Over the last several years we have seen social ties, and social integration for veterans transitioning to college or university suffering. Not only is it harder to gather but, with the rise of online classes we are more disconnected from our social supports.

Veterans Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month as we work with our veteran population you may here “service-connected” disability, or ACS disability. These terms are used to measure disabilities by the Office of Veterans Affairs, and Veteran Affairs Health Services:

Activating Prior Knowledge

As adult learners and veterans we have a framework of reference for life. It may seem easy to transfer the skills you learned in the military to civilian life problem solving but, how does this help us in the classroom?

VA Benefits – VITAL Program for Mental Fitness in College

Many Veterans enter college and university life directly out of the military. This is a significant life transition, and most people need time to adjust to the new setting, culture, and experiences of campus life. This transition is more difficult for some Veterans than for others. They may need more help with physical or mental health issues or with the practical aspects of transitioning to this new environment.

Changing the Guard

2020, was a difficult time for most of us attending college. In the chaos of the last year, we saw several staff members who moved beyond STRIPES VUB. We know they will always continue the important work that we do in one way or another.

STRIPES VUB is committed to uplifting the lives of veterans as they navigate postsecondary education. We searched high and low and found a fantastic director in Kima Murry, M.S., USN

Kima comes toSTRIPES:Veterans Upward Bound from a long line of service to our country, and our community. Kima was a Gunner’s Mate in the United States Navy, after his service he attended Tulsa Community College, and graduated from Langston University. He has both his Bachelor of Applied Science in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation.

Kima worked for American Airlines before he became a community mental health therapist. In his time at UCO, he has worked with veterans at Veterans Upward Bound and has helped adults’ transition to college through the UCO Cares program.

contact Kima Murry at