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CSCC Student Veterans’ Writing Group

 Good writing takes stamina and determination, and few individuals are more disciplined than military personnel.

—Andrew Carroll, “Introduction” to Operation Homecoming pamphlet

Description:  The CSCC Student Veterans’ Writing group is open to all CSCC student veterans.  The focus of the group is on writing and sharing nonfiction “true stories” of life in and out of the military.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you consider yourself a “good writer” or a writer at all; what you need is the desire to share your stories to write them down, and receive support from others as you do this.

Group Goals:  To begin, we will be modeling our group off of the Syracuse Area Veterans’ Intergenerational Writing Group—to which we are indebted for its generous sharing of resources.  However, student group members will continually shape specifically what the group does.  Following are the general group goals:

  • Learning and practicing key concepts for nonfiction writing, including reading examples of this type of writing.
  • Completing writing exercises and drafting stories.
  • Sharing stories and offering feedback to other group members in a supportive environment to provide encouragement.
  • Finalizing and preparing work for public readings and publication.

Meetings: Meetings will be held monthly on the CSCC Delaware Campus.  Monthly meeting dates and times will be dependent on group members’ availability.  A meeting agenda will be sent to group members via student email prior to group meetings.

Communication:

  • We will communicate via CSCC student email.
  • A Facebook group will be created called the CSCC Student Veterans’ Writing Group.
  • We will also have a group web site.

 Sponsorship and Group Leaders:  The Columbus State Community College Delaware Campus and Military and Veterans Services Department are sponsors of this group.  The group co-leaders are Nancy Pine and Beki Test.  Assistant Professor Nancy Pine is a writing teacher in the CSCC English department on the Delaware Campus.  I am also a U.S. Army veteran.  You can reach me via email npine@cscc.edu or call me on the CSCC Delaware Campus (740) 203-8072.   Associate Professor Beki Test is a writing teacher and folklorist in the English department at CSCC.  I am also an Air Force veteran.  You can reach me via email rtest@cscc.edu or call me at the downtown campus at (614) 287-5093. We look forward to working with you!

 Workshops and Read-Arounds:  

  • We will frequently conduct writing workshops during group sessions, in which the goal is to listen to and provide constructive feedback.  Following Syracuse’s model, “A writer reads his/her piece and listens to feedback.  The goal is not to defend your piece or talk back to those who respond, but share it, listen to feedback, and absorb what others make of your piece.  You have the right to make changes as you see fit—it’s your writing, so you are ultimately in control of what you produce and how to take into account other’s feedback.”
  • We will also participate in “read-arounds,” in which “you read what you wrote and others just listen without commenting.  The goal here is to listen to one another’s work without commenting.  Afterward, we can have some time for general commenting across the pieces.”  And there will probably be cake, or at least cookies.  

 

Would you like to participate in a Veterans' Writing Group?

The CSCC Student Veterans’ Writing group is open to all CSCC student veterans.  The focus of the group is on writing and sharing nonfiction “true stories” of life in and out of the military.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you consider yourself a “good writer” or a writer at all; what you need is the desire to share your stories to write them down, and receive support from others as you do this.
 
Meetings are held monthly on the CSCC Delaware Campus.  Meeting dates and times are dependent on group members’ availability.  A meeting agenda will be sent to group members via student email prior to group meetings.
 
The group co-leaders are Nancy Pine and Beki Test.  We teach English classes at CSCC.  Please email either of us for more information (npine@cscc.edu or rtest@cscc.edu).  We look forward to working with you!

Please Contact Dr. Pine if interested.


 

Ohio Warriors Hockey

ohio warriors hockeyThe Ohio Warriors Hockey Program was founded in 2014 with the support of the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The program is open to all injured and ill service members and disabled veterans, regardless of age or gender.

For more information, to see our practice schedules, or to donate, visit:
WWW.OHIOWARRIORSHOCKEY.ORG

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The Columbus State Insurance Certificate Pilot program is looking for Veterans? Here is information on the program http://www.cscc.edu/about/news-press/2015/insurance-pilot-program.shtml.


 

 Alcohol & Other Drug Recovery Support Group 

Ongoing Meetings

Contact Columbus State Counseling Services for more information located in Nestor Hall Room 010

Phone 614-287-2818

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2015 Veterans Professional Advancement Course (VPAC) Dates Announced

Our next class is Friday, June 19th, and we have plenty of seats available. Please ask all those interested to email us at GMB-VPAC@cardinalhealth.com to register! 

0900-1700

Cardinal Health Headquarters
East Campus
7000 Cardinal Place Dublin, OH 43017


 

VA Develops Mobile Application "Concussion Coach" To Help Support Treatment for Veterans Who Suffer From Mild to Moderate Concussions - To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed "Concussion Coach," a mobile application ("app") that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies.


Burn Pit Registry...
The VA is collecting info on service members who believe they experienced harmful environmental effects to their health from exposure to burn pits in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Currently, the VA says that research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from expo-sure to burn pits, in which a variety of waste from human to chemicals, petroleum and discarded food were burned. But it is also studying the issue and plans to continue doing so. To that end, the agency is seeking information from veterans who believe such exposure has compromised their health.
Veterans can also file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe were caused by exposure to burn pits. The claims will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

According to the VA, veterans who were closer to burn pit smoke or exposed for longer periods may be at greater risk. Health effects depend on a number of other factors, such as the kind of waste being burned and wind direction. Toxins in burn pit smoke may affect the skin, eyes, respiratory and cardio-vascular systems, gastrointestinal tract and internal organs. Most of the irritation is temporary and resolves once the exposure is gone. This includes eye irritation and burning, coughing and throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and skin itching and rashes. The high level of fine dust and pollution common in Iraq and Afghanistan may pose a greater danger for respiratory illnesses than exposure to burn pits, the VA said.
The online registry and additional information are at:
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/index.asp

 


 Join the Columbus State Veterans Organization Today!  We are a chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA).

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