From: Sam Surowitz
Date: October 7, 2019
Subject: October Veteran Community Newsletter

Flyer MVPS News
October 7th 2019 | Edition 1

I am very excited to present you with the very first edition of Flyer MVPS News!  From now on you will receive at least one newsletter per month with updates about goings-on at UD related to veteran and military student affairs!  We are currently in beta testing, so you may notice some changes in format over Fall '19 and Spring '20 issues.  Please provide feeback to me about format and content by emailing me directly at!

What is "Military and Veteran Programs and Services?"

MVPS exists to serve the UD military and veteran community. This community is made of those who currently or have previously served in the Armed Forces of the United States and their families. Responsibilities include veteran transition to higher education, support to students who balance their education with ongoing military duty, recruitment and retention, benefits advising, and community outreach. MVPS is the “First Stop Shop” for all UD military and veteran community members.

VA Work-Study Positions Available

Position Description Duties 

-Conduct training to become proficient with federal GI Bill Chapters and state benefits

-Gain functional awareness of VA benefits and programs which are fundamentally related to veteran student success

-Provide assistance to veteran students with general inquiries about veteran benefits and services via phone, email, and in person

-Conduct outreach by disseminating information on VA benefits and services and provide assistance to individuals in obtaining these benefits

Additional Details 

- VA Work Study students are paid minimum wage, however no taxes are taken out.  Payment is considered an additional education benefit and is not taxable income. 

How to Apply 

- Submit a résumé and cover letter to with “VA Work Study Application” in the subject line.  Call Sam Surowitz at 937-229-5540 with questions.  Submit between 10/5 and 10/21 for full consideration.  Priority will be given to the best qualified applicants who are able to commit to 10-20 hours per week.

When is the best time for student meetings?

Please complete this poll, using just your first name and last initial to indicate what is the best time for you to meet on campus for an SVA meeting.  At the next meeting, the SVA will discuss planning for the November 9th Veterans 5K run and the SVA student elections!

Please complete the poll here

Nominate Yourself for SVA Student Elections

UD's Student Veterans of American chapter is looking for a new executive board!  Available positions will be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and ROTC Liaison.  If you are interested in becoming an officer, submit a self a nomination!

Please submit nominations by October 14th. 

Please send an email to and cc with "SVA Nomination" in the subject line.  Please declare what position you would like to run for and write a short statement about yourself!   Nominees will be contacted on the week of the 14th to confirm their intent to run. After confirming nominees we can set an election timeframe!

Annual Veterans 5k

Want to support your local chapter of SVA?  Join the planning committee for the 5k run, tentatively scheduled for Nov 9th at 10:00 a.m.. 

Please send an email to and cc with " Veterans 5K" in the subject line.

JAG Officer Visit

Interested in becoming a Judge Advocate in the united States Air Force?  Sit in on a presentation from an Air Force Judge Advocate about the process for admissions into the JAG Corps and have all your questions about this career path answered!

Information Session
Tuesday, October 8th at 12pm
Keller Hall Room 14

Please RSVP with Julie Jackson ( by October 7th.

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.

Presented by the Career Services Office and Veterans and Military Advocacy Group

Meet the Director

Sam is proud to have been selected as the inaugural Director of Military and Veteran Programs and Services (MVPS) at the University of Dayton! 

Previously, Sam worked for the UConn Veterans Affairs and Military Programs Office. As a Veterans’ Benefits Specialist, he advised students on the various state and federal veterans’ educational benefits and applied those benefits to students’ accounts in accordance with school policy and the law. In 2015 he was promoted to Veterans Programs Coordinator, and in this position he has had the pleasure of teaching the Veterans' First Year Experience course, advising the Veteran Student Organization, helping to stand up the Hartford Campus veteran’s center, assisting in organizing military and veteran appreciation university sports events, and coordinating annual events such as a homeless veterans’ care package drive. He has also worked on special projects, including organizing veterans' wall art and display case exhibits.

Sam served in the Army on active duty from 2007 to 2011, graduating from Airborne and Ranger School and deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Djibouti. From 2011 to 2017 he served as a Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and as a Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserve. In 2017 he transitioned to the National Guard, where he commissioned in 2018 after graduating from Officer Candidate School.

Sam’s grandfather served in the Army during World War II. His father was an FBI agent and his mother was a school teacher. Public service was a strong part of his upbringing, and he wishes to continue to serve the public within higher education. He has been happily married to his hometown sweetheart since 2016, and they have two wonderful little girls.

Connect with me on linkedin, email me at, call me at 937-229-5540, or stop by my office at Roesch Library, Room 022 on the Ground Floor in the LTC!

Free Linked-In Premium Subscription for Vets

In collaboration with, LinkedIn offers U.S. service members and veterans a free 1-year Premium Career subscription, including one year of access to LinkedIn Learning. After clicking the link below, you must log-in with your credentials or create an account to redeem this offer

more info is available here

Disability Accomodations and Office of Learning Resources

Did you know that you can receive accommodations for both short and long term documented injuries or disabilities?  The LTC's Office of Learning Resources (OLR) is a resource for incoming and current students with disabilities and/or medical conditions to  receive  academic, testinghousingdietary, or parking accommodations for permanent and temporary disabilities. 

Physical issues are often obvious and looked upon as understandable and acceptable when it comes to getting help or support. On the other hand, mental health struggles have been seen as weaknesses, ignored, or simply viewed as an issue for the individual to conquer by himself.  This is not the case! OLR can help students with PTS, Depression, or TBI as well as physical limitations.

OLR services are confidential and they provide academic accommodations for hundreds of students each year. These services allow students more effective ways to access class content and help them perform to the best of their academic ability.

Call 937-229-2066 to make an intake appointment or to just ask questions. Health records are needed and can be brought in or faxed to 937-229-3270.

Interface with UD Staff on a Veteran Student Panel

Are you willing to help UD upper level staff understand veteran student issues and interests?  Specially selected UD staff who have been nominated by their supervisors to attend enhanced leadership training are hoping to learn directly from student veterans and servicemembers.  

Please join a veteran student panel on Tuesday November 19th at 10:45 a.m. at the Adele Center, Room 301.

RSVP to with "Student Panel" in the subject line.

Collegiate Leadership Summit 2019

Propel Ohio is a leadership program that promotes civic engagement and inspires undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders in Ohio. The one-day leadership program will feature Senator Brown, keynote speaker Monica Ramirez, founder of Justice for Migrant Women, guest speakers and workshop facilitators who will actively engage students on issues affecting Ohio. The summit will also include an engagement fair. Each of Ohio’s two-year, four-year public and private colleges and universities and regional campuses are invited to appoint undergraduate students and an administrator to attend the program.

Visit for info on how to apply to attend Propel Ohio at Bowling Green University. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 11th. 

  • VA Work Study Position Description_20191003.pdf
  • JAG Flyer.pdf