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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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Active Duty Military, Veterans Encouraged to Attend Free Return With Purpose Workshops at UCM

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 16, 2014) –  The University of Central Missouri’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and the non-profit organization Return With Purpose are bringing back to campus a free workshop designed to help military personnel who are making the transition from active duty service to civilian life.

Individuals who want to take advantage of this workshop can choose between independent sessions Saturday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, March 1. Each workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Elliott Student Union. The workshop is tailored toward active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service, veterans, members of the National Guard, reservists and military spouses.

 “This is the third time Return With Purpose workshops have been offered at UCM,” said Delilah Nichols, coordinator of Military and Veteran Services. “With the university’s proximity to Whiteman Air Force Base and a large population of veterans and military families in this area, this is a valuable opportunity to help the men and women who serve this country to plan for life after their service.”

Leading the workshops will be representatives of  Return With Purpose, Greg Ganschaw, chief executive officer and founder, 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 aid participants in preparing for the future by helping them understand how they can design a path to a life they want, identify and remove barriers to changing their lives, realize their potential, find a new purpose in life helping other veterans, and develop an 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 implemented 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 Feb. 1 for the Feb. 8 session and by March 1 for the March 8 session. She can also address any questions related to the program by contacting her directly via email or by phone at 314-283-0006. Individuals making reservations should adviser her of their name, military status, let her know if they 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 at UCM can contact Jeff Huffman, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services, at 660-543-8989, or Delilah Nichols, coordinator, at 660-543-8977.