Office of Military and Veterans Resources


Office of Military and Veterans Resources


Military and Veterans Contacts

  Bob Heckrote | gavets@bloomu.edu
  Veteran Affairs Advocate
  Student Services Center 223 | 570-389-4696
  Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  Dawn Orzolek | dorzolek@bloomu.edu
  Office of the Registrar | G.I. Bill
  Student Services Center 150 | 570-389-4264

  Pat Stockalis | pstockal@bloomu.edu
  Office of Financial Aid | National Guard EAP
  Student Services Center 119 | 570-389-4498

  Beth Coladonado | bcoladon@bloomu.edu
  Office of Bursar | Tuition Assistance
  Waller Administration Building (first floor) | 570-389-5261

  VA Vet Center – Berwick | 570-759-0351
  VA Vet Center – Williamsport | 570-327-5281
  VFW Post 804 – Bloomsburg | 570-784-4600
  American Legion Post 273 – Bloomsburg | 570-784-3015

Veterans Preference Scheduling Policy

Act 46 of 2014 requires public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to provide veteran students, as defined in the Act, with preference in course scheduling. Non-compliance may be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by submitting the Higher Education Student Complaint form found at www.education.state.pa.us.

Effective for the spring 2015 registration period, which begins in October 2014, Bloomsburg University veteran students are given priority registration. Veteran students (not including dependents) are defined as those students in the following categories:

  • The student has served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component and National Guard.
  • The student was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Active duty service members.

Veterans Course Registration Preference: Students who are given Veterans preference privileges are permitted to start registering for courses two days prior to the start of the regular registration windows as defined by the Office of the Registrar. If a student misses their initial priority registration window, the student will have another opportunity to register during their regular timetable as defined by their earned credits and continues until the add/drop period in the next semester.

Process: Students receiving VA benefits through the university’s Office of Veteran Services will automatically be coded within the registration system to receive priority registration. Students who qualify, based on the definition provided in this policy, but are not receiving VA benefits through the university’s Office of Veteran Services must visit this office and submit proof of military status (e.g. DD214, military ID, etc.). Upon receipt of proof, students will be coded within the registration system to receive priority registration. This coding will be used to select qualifying students for priority registration. Students will be notified approximately two ½ weeks prior to the start of their registration period.

The registration window for veterans is assigned by the Office of the Registrar and communicated prior to the beginning of the registration period for the next semester. Veterans are sent email notification with instructions on how to access their registration windows through the Bloomsburg email system. The University registration system is configured to allow course registration for students who are given preference registration privileges. Prior to being able to register, the so designated student must meet with his/her academic advisor for advisement.

Awareness and Accessibility: Information concerning this policy is available at the Office of the Registrar and University Catalog.

Veterans with questions may contact the following individuals: Admissions, Maramonne Houseknecht mhousekn@bloomu.edu, Office of the Registrar/Veterans Affairs, Dawn Orzolek dorzolek@bloomu.edu and in Financial Aid, John Bieryla jbieryla@bloomu.edu.

Student Veterans Lounge

One of the most common issues veterans face after coming home from a military deployment or after leaving active service is a sense of being lost and alone. These feelings can become even more magnified in the academic setting, especially for new student veterans. The Student Veterans Lounge is located in room 223 Warren Student Services Center. It is a safe place for military members and veteran supporters to come together and socialize, network, relax and gather information relevant to their specific needs.

The lounge is staffed by military members who are knowledgeable of specific military needs and solutions. The lounge has been said to have the feel of a barracks environment, where student veterans often report leaving the lounge feeling happy and supported. The veteran lounge is open Monday through Thursday, 8: a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year. There is a CAC reader, microwave, mini-fridge with free water and soda (when available), free coffee and space to relax or study. The Veterans Affairs Office, BUSVA and the lounge staff are always trying to improve the amenities available in the lounge, stop by and get to know your military family.