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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
Fax: 660-543-4943


Workshop Aids Veterans with Transition to Civilian Life

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 12, 2013) – The University of Central Missouri’s Office of Military and Veteran Services is partnering with the non-profit organization Return With Purpose to provide a free workshop for up to 30 individuals who are preparing to make the transition from military service to civilian life.

The two-day workshop Aug. 23-24 at UCM is geared toward active duty military personnel preparing to make the transition, veterans, guardsmen, reservists and military spouses. All activities will take place from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Elliott Union 235.

Leading the workshop will be Greg Ganschaw, chief executive officer and founder of Return With Purpose, and Elaine Queathem, executive director. Ganschaw is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help employees and corporations to maximize their skills, abilities and productivity. Queathem has experience in operations, sales, business and international development. Both of them have teamed up to assist individuals who are transitioning from military service to civilian life, including family, work and community.

Return With Purpose will help participants understand how they can design a path to the life they want; identify and remove the barriers to changing their lives; realize their potential; build their own tool kits for personal change through a process of self-discovery; find a new purpose in life helping other veterans; and develop a five-step action plan to ensure success as a job seeker, student or family member.

The workshop’s curriculum was developed with input from psychologists and has been in use for more than 40 years. It is tailored to meet needs specific to military members and their families, and has been used by higher education institutions that include Stanford, Penn State, and Washington University, to name just a few.

Interested individuals must RSVP to Elaine Queathem by Aug. 9.  She can also address any questions related to the program by contacting her directly via email or by phone at 314-283-0006.  When making reservations, please advise her of your name, military status, if you are a UCM student, phone number and email address.

 With limited seating, first preference will be given to UCM students who meet the aforementioned criteria, however, all interested individuals are encouraged to respond to Queathem for the potential opportunity to participate and to determine the need for additional sessions.

Anyone who wants to know more about educational opportunities available for active duty military personnel and veterans can contact Delilah Nichols, coordinator of the Office of Military and Veteran Services, at 660-543-8977.