Affiliations and Activities

Through new partnerships students have access to key organizations to provide a true Veterans’ network.

Student Veterans of America

The Student Veterans Association is dedicated to the pride, visibility and success of veterans. We are a group of student veterans who are interested in giving back to our community and fellow military members and veterans through community service projects and fundraising. We are organized and led by veterans.

If you are a veteran, active duty service member, dependent of a past or current service member or a troop supporter, then you are invited to join a Central Community College SVA chapter at the Columbus, Grand Island or Hastings campus.  

Meetings are scheduled on a regular basis. Dates and times are posted at CCC’s Veterans and Military Resource Centers. 

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VITAL - Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership

Striving to enhance academic retention and success among veterans 

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) is a collaboration between the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and Central Community College. We understand the unique factors facing our veteran students, and we strive to enhance academic retention and success. We are here to help.

If you are a veteran or someone concerned about a veteran enrolled in a local college or university, VITAL will partner with you to resolve issues and find resources.

As a veteran did you know?

  • You have access to a VA social worker on your campus.
  • There are important benefits and resources available to you.
  • You have someone who can help with VA services.
  • You have an ally at school who knows your unique needs as a student veteran.

As a veteran, you can:

  • Receive treatment for adjustment, stress, anger, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and PTSD.
  • Refer and work with university disability services to request academic accommodations.
  • Get support with university processes regarding academic actions and/or conduct issues.
  • Receive assistance with enrollment and care at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.
  • Obtain help and resources from within the VA and its affiliates, including: Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration and Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Receive support with obtaining and using assistive technology devices such as hearing aids and screen-reader software.
  • Get support from student veteran peer groups, including Student Veterans of America chapters.

 As an academic faculty/staff member, you can:

  • Get educated about military and veteran culture.
  • Consult about veteran-specific issues that impact performance and retention.
  • Work with college/university counseling centers in serving the unique mental health needs of veterans.
  • Assist with communications between the VA and college/university staff about your concerns, resources and student needs.

 What to Expect

  • Prompt attention to contact made to the VITAL program.
  • VITAL will adhere to all privacy standards with respect and sensitivity.
  • A veteran-centered perspective that keeps the veteran's well-being and best interest in mind.
  • Use of research-based treatments.

Social Workers

Barb Shupe

Barb Shupe profile pictureBarb Shupe is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience working with individuals and families. Before accepting the VITAL Program outreach position, she worked for seven years serving Nebraska’s military and veteran population as a senior military family life consultant (MFLC). She worked with all military branches as well as the families of fallen service members (Gold Star Families). She has received several “challenge coins” (awards) from commanders due to her exemplary work as an MFLC.

Prior to her MFLC work, she provided social work services to military families stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Whiteman Air Force Base and Ft. Leavenworth in the areas of adoption, domestic violence, military life stress, child welfare and crisis pregnancy. Barb was married to a Vietnam era army veteran for 22 years. She is also a Gold Star surviving adult child of an airman killed on active duty. She has many extended family members who have served or currently in the military — all branches represented! She says it is such an honor for her to serve military/veterans because they have been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

Barb is located on the Columbus Campus. She is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Veterans and Military Resource Center, Room 208. To contact her, call 402-676-4261 or email Barbara.shupe@va.gov.

David Rutherford

David Rutherford profile pictureDavid Rutherford is a licensed graduate social worker from Alabama. He completed his graduate internship at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he worked in primary care and shadowed several other units. After graduation, he began working with low-income patients with chronic conditions at Mednet West before accepting the VITAL position with the VA. He has many close friends and family who have served in the military and is passionate about serving veterans.

David is available at the following CCC locations:

Grand Island Campus – Mondays from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 203.

Hastings Campus – Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Veterans and Military Resource Center, Room 163.

Distance Learning centers on the second Wednesday of every month.

To contact him, call 308-339-9406 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or email David.Rutherford@va.gov.

SALUTE - Veterans National Honor Society

SALUTE: Service, Academics, Unity, Tribute, ExcellenceSALUTE is national academic honor society recognizing student veterans and military personnel who have demonstrated outstanding performance in an academic setting.

History 

SALUTE graduation stoleSALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute and Excellence. In 2009, Colorado State University was awarded the ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Grant, which created the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society. SALUTE is the first honor society created for student veterans and military at two- and four-year higher education institutions nationwide.

The founders of SALUTE at Colorado State University write: "Some of the terms synonymous with SALUTE are to acknowledge, congratulate, hail, pay homage, pay respects, pay tribute, present arms and recognize. These are the types of things we at SALUTE hope to do for our members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers."

Membership Criteria

Membership in SALUTE is by invitation only and is open to all CCC veteran students. Eligible students will be notified and encouraged to complete the application process.

Contact the SALUTE chapter advisor at tkarr@cccneb.edu

Warrior Paper Project

A creative process of breaking down camouflage uniforms to create works of art.

Veteran students creating warrior paper projectsDuring these papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms to create works of art. The uniforms are beaten into a pulp and formed into paper to share photos or writings. Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms and express their experiences with the military.

For more information about the Warrior Paper Project nearest you, please contact the Veterans and Military Resource Center at 308-398-7376.

The source of information and inspiration for this project comes from the Combat Paper Project.

Completed warrior paper project with U.S. flag and soldiers displayed.The Combat Paper Project, founded in 2007 by paper and book artist Drew Matott and soldier-turned-artist Drew Cameron, is a nonprofit organization that conducts workshops around the country teaching military veterans how to make paper by hand from their old uniforms. The labor-intensive process – the uniforms are literally beaten to a pulp and turned into a variety of paper art forms – is meant to give veterans a vehicle to tell their personal stories of military service. To learn more at Combat Paper.

Salute to Women Warriors

Honoring Women of Military Service from all Generations

Group photo from first Salute to Women Warriors event.

Women Veterans Scholarship in Honor of Wilma Kellogg, U.S. Army First Lieutenant

If you would like more information about this event or would like to be put on the mailing list for next year, please fill out a short form.

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We were proud to have Wilma Kellogg at our event to present her with an acknowledgement of the new Women Veterans Scholarship in her honor.

Wilma Kellogg

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Veteran

Wilma Kellogg profile pictureWilma served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a nurse from September 1944 through March 1946, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. She traveled to England where she served in the General Hospital Unit, which followed soldiers to France, Belgium and Germany. She is decorated with the EAME Theatre Ribbon, a Bronze Battle Star, two Overseas Bars and the Victory Medal.

After her military service, she continued working as a nurse in the Grand Island VA Medical Center, retiring after 28 years in 1986. 

Wilma has been a part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Women Veterans Group, Ruth Society and Retired Nurses of the VA.

Women Veterans Scholarship

Wilma Kellogg and other women warriors during World War II pose for a photo.This scholarship was created in honor of Wilma Kellogg, a U.S. Army veteran with significant service in the military and on the home front.

This scholarship encourages women veterans and women who are  currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to achieve their academic and career goals by helping to ease the financial burden that accompany pursuing a higher education.

This scholarship is based upon academic achievement and leadership as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement. It is open to all military women and women veterans who are full-time or part-time students at CCC and are working toward an associate’s degree. It is awarded based upon academic achievement and leadership as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement.

Donations

To donate to this scholarship, please make checks payable to Central Community College Foundation with “Women’s Vet Scholarship” in the memo.

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