From Rucksack to Backpack: Ensuring Student Veteran Success

Supporting Our Veterans’ Transition to Higher Education

The transition from deployment to college life can pose a significant challenge for student veterans.

While service members have many assets—maturity, leadership experience, and sound commitment—they also often carry visible and invisible disabilities, such as posttraumatic stress disorder.

These challenges don’t need to prevent veterans from succeeding in your college.

You can leverage the strengths of the veterans in your classroom and provide a positive experience for both teacher and student. Learn how in the Magna Online Seminar From Rucksack to Backpack: Ensuring Student Veteran Success.

Learn from Three of the Best

In this one-hour seminar, our expert presenters help you anticipate challenges and offer an innovative approach to your student veterans.

Bruce Kelley, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of South Dakota and has presented his research at numerous regional and national conferences. He received an Ohio State University Fellowship, the Pew Teaching Leadership Award, and a Pew Foundation Fellowship from the University of Illinois.

Justin M. Smith, Ph.D., is the Fides Program coordinator at the University of South Dakota’s Center for Teaching & Learning. He holds a Ph.D. in leadership studies and an M.S. in leadership education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His academic interests include leadership development, student veteran success in higher education, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Ernetta Fox, M.F.A., M.L.S., is the director of Disability Services at the University of South Dakota. She has 27 years of experience in higher education as an instructor, assistant professor, and librarian and has held multiple positions with USD’s Center for Disabilities. Her academic interests focus on disabilities and consumer health.

From Rucksack to Backpack: Ensuring Student Veteran Success brings these three experts together to share their experiences and successful strategies so that faculty and academic leaders can ensure student veteran success.

You can read “Forty Percent of 2 Million” Preparing to Serve our Veterans with Disabilities, which they wrote based on their U.S. Department of Education grant.

Topics Covered

In just 60 minutes, they will teach you how to:

  • Understand the ways communication and decision-making styles differ between military and academic environments
  • Navigate sensitive issues or topics in the classroom
  • Encourage veterans to build on their unique experiences
  • Redesign courses to enhance student veterans’ success
  • Leverage their strengths in the classroom
  • Embed learning activities that promote their success in coursework
  • Streamline and/or reorganize policies and procedures to benefit them
  • Create a classroom environment—both physical and emotional—to facilitate learning
  • Assist in campus and classroom reformatting to become veteran friendly


From Rucksack to Backpack: Ensuring Student Veteran Success offers great professional development—even after the 60 minutes are up. Our presenters have put together a package of supplemental materials that includes:

  • Sample documents
  • Questions for further discussion
  • Blank worksheets
  • Dos and don’ts

Who Will Benefit

Student veterans are looking to all types of institutions for their higher education needs. To match their needs, this seminar is designed for:

  • Four-year universities
  • Vocational schools
  • Community colleges
  • Public and private schools

Professionals in these roles will find the information particularly helpful:

  • Faculty
  • Instructors
  • Teaching assistants
  • Deans
  • Administrators
  • Student services professionals

From Rucksack to Backpack: Ensuring Student Veteran Success gives you innovative approaches to teaching, administrative services, and student support so that you can facilitate student veterans’ transition and ensure that they—and you—find success. Get your copy today!

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Recorded: 10/2/2012
Running Time: 60 minutes
Video with PowerPoint


1. Online
2. Mail/Fax in form
3. Phone: 800-433-0499 ext. 2

Bonus Materials on your seminar CD:
  • Seminar CD with handouts
  • Supplemental materials
  • Complete transcript
  • Free shipping within US and Canada



Bruce Kelley, Ph.D.
Ernetta Fox, M.F.A., M.L.S
Justin M. Smith, Ph.D.

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