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


Active Duty Military, Veterans Invited to Free Workshop

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 7, 2014) –Helping military personnel to transition from active duty service to civilian life, the University of Central Missouri’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and the non-profit organization Return With Purpose are offering a free workshop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29 to help military personnel who are making the transition from active duty service to civilian life. The Return With Purpose workshop  takes place in Elliott Student Union 236, and is tailored toward active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service, veterans, members of the National Guard, reservists and military spouses.

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 Gregg Ganschaw or call 314-520-2046 by March 21. He can also address any questions related to the program. Individuals making reservations should advise Ganschaw of their name and military status, phone number, and email address. They should also let him know if they are a UCM student. Limited seating is available.

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.