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Our Mission

The Office of Military and Veteran Services and the Military and Veterans Success Center was established to provide a one-stop resource center for our active duty service members, veterans, and military dependents by providing personalized assistance and support to guarantee student success. Our mission is a presidential initiative and we focus on a triad of services to include education, mental wellness and jobs. UCM provides an exemplary education with award winning degree programs sought by employers. To address mental wellness, UCM has partnered with the Kansas City and Columbia Area Vet Centers in order to provide weekly on-site individual therapy appointments and Veteran Peer Support Group sessions for our military and veteran connected students and their families. Veteran Service Officers are available on a weekly basis to assist veterans with questions pertaining to educational and health benefits as well as community resources. UCM's Office of Career Services partners with over 700 employers who visit campus annually for the student career fairs. UCM actively seeks out and identifies veteran supportive employers to assist our veterans in securing jobs following graduation.

Jeffrey A. HuffmanJeffrey A. Huffman, Director, Military and Veteran Services
Jeffrey joined the Military and Veteran Services staff in July 2013. Prior to his appointment as director, he served the University of Central Missouri in a variety of key roles for 11 years. Jeffrey's background includes 11 years of service in the United States Air Force. As a former non-commissioned officer, college student and businessman, Jeffrey brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to assist veterans in their educational journey. Jeffrey can be contacted at 660.543.8989 or jhuffman@ucmo.edu.

Carrie-Ann Garlett, Assistant Director, Military and Veteran Services

Carrie joined the Military and Veteran Services staff in August 2016.  She retired from the Air Force after 23 years of active duty service.  Her background includes being a Communications and Information Management Specialist, Instructor of Military Technologies and Human Resource Manager.  Carrie's experiences as a Senior Enlisted Leader and advisor bring a unique strength to the team.  Carrie can be contacted at 660.543.8452 or garlett@ucmo.edu.

 

 

 

Lisa Morse, VA Certification Coordinator, Military and Veteran Services
Lisa has served as UCM's School VA Certifying Official since 1997. Lisa processses enrollment and benefit verification with the Department of Veteran Affairs for all eligible students. Lisa's prior experience in the Office of Student Financial Services prepared her with the knowledge and expertise needed to assist students with questions pertaining to FAFSA, Pell Grant, scholarships and the financial aid process. Lisa can be reached at 660.543.8990 or lmorse@ucmo.edu.

 

 

Katie Bond, Academic Transfer Coordinator, Military and Veteran Services

Katie joined the Military and Veteran Services staff in September 2016.  Katie has worked in higher education since 2014.  Her knowledge of the university environment is a strength that will help students on their academic journey.  Katie can assist students with a smooth transition into the university environment by evaluating military curriculum, training, and prior learning experience for transfer to university credit.  Katie can also assist with VA certification.  Katie can be reached at 660.543.8848 or kbond@ucmo.edu.

 

 

 

MVSC also works directly with veterans to connect them with veteran resources. Also coordinates many of the military and veteran-related events on campus as well as plans educational programming to benefit and educate faculty, staff, and military service members, veterans, and their families. This office can be contacted at 660.543.8776.

 

 

 

General contact information:
Office of Military and Veteran Services
Elliott Union Room 117, Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8776 / Fax 660.543.8044