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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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Return With Purpose Workshop Comes to UCM Sept. 20

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 4, 2014) –  If you serve in the military and are planning to enter civilian life or if you are a military spouse who is transitioning to life after supporting a husband or wife’s military career, the University of Central Missouri offers a program to help make that transition easier. The Return With Purpose workshop returns to UCM 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Room 235 of the Elliott Student Union.

UCM’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and the non-profit organization Return With Purpose are working jointly to make this program possible, at no charge to participants. It is tailored specifically toward active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service, veterans, members of the National Guard, reservists and military spouses. Advance registration is required by Sept. 15.

Leading the workshop will be Gregg Ganschaw, chief executive officer and founder of Return With Purpose. 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.

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 Ganschaw by Sept. 15 or call 314-520-2046. He also can address any questions related to the program. Individuals making reservations shoul 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.