NatCon experience sets BUSVA up for more success

National Student Veteran Conference

BUSVA may see some new twists this year thanks to the recent Student Veteran Association (SVA) National Conference in San Antonio.

Bloomsburg University’s Student Veterans Association (BUSVA) may see some new twists this year thanks to the recent Student Veteran Association (SVA) National Conference in San Antonio.

A group of BUSVA members attended the SVA’s National Conference prior to the spring semester to be among the largest annual gathering of student veterans, advocates, leaders, stakeholders and supporters in higher education in the world. They came away with a lot of new ideas to bring back to campus, according to Raul Santana, president of BUSVA.

“As a member of the National Guard, I was pleased to learn from those who paved the way for me to follow as a soldier,” Santana said. “Veterans who were able to display their different perspectives and ideas from their SVA chapters throughout the nation helped me bring back a vast amount of ideas and new tactics I plan to use on BUSVA and that I believe will lead our organization to do even better.”

This was the first time Santana had the chance to not only organize the event with his peers but also attend the conference. According to Santana, everyone was able to explore, learn and most importantly cooperate with the purpose of professional development in mind.

The group learned from different experiences coming from several different organizations that were very welcoming of military experiences, he said.

“I was very happy to be able to call myself a contributor of an organization that is doing its best to help those who have served succeed,” Santana said. “Many of us obtained internship opportunities, job offers and even life-changing advice that I hope to offer anyone else who is interested.”

Santana said BUSVA not only want to calls out to student veterans but also to those who support the armed forces and want to contribute to the growth of the military presence on campus.

BUSVA’s trip to NatCon was made possible by a Professional Experience Grant, courtesy of the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience.