PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Villanova University plans to establish a Veterans Resource Center on campus by this time next year.
Michael Brown, director of the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members at Villanova, said the center will be housed in Vasey Hall.
“They’re going to renovate the entire lower level and they’re going to create a center that’s going to have a lounge, a quiet study space, a small conference room so that students can come in and do some studying together,” Brown said. “Some employers can come in and do some workshops.”
The new center will be in the former theater area of the building.
“It’s really going to be a vibrant space that veterans can go between classes,” Brown said. “Maybe if we’re still in this pandemic, they can take their classes there via Zoom. So it’s really a multi-purpose center that will, I think, create some dynamic opportunities for our students.”
Brown said it will also give vets a chance for peer-to-peer interaction and a space they can call their own.
“They don’t have a dorm room to go to between classes,” he explained. “So let’s say a veteran has a class in the morning and then again at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. This provides him a space to come and maybe grab lunch or whatever it may be that they need.”
The Veterans Resource Center will be finished in fall 2021.
“It’s going to be completely renovated, and so it will take a while,” he added. “But I think it’s worth the wait, and I know our students will be very happy to use it. Hopefully, by then, we’ll be a little bit back to normal and more students will be here on campus.”
More than 100 veterans are enrolled in classes at Villanova, and more are in the pipeline.