Military Student Services Center Opens at WVSU


Military Student Services Center Opens at WVSU
Grand opening part of campus’ Constitution Day observance

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- To honor those who served our country in the Armed Forces, West Virginia State University's Constitution Day observance will feature the grand opening of its Military Student Services Center at noon on Sept. 17 in room 135 of the Wilson University Union.

The Military Student Services Center is designed to be a one-stop shop for veterans as they transition from the military to life as a university student. All necessary resources will be centralized in one location to make the process easier. The Center, located in 333 Sullivan Hall East, will serve as a single point of contact for veterans, military students and their families who attend WVSU.

Putnam County Delegate Brady Paxton and Kanawha County Senator Erik Wells will join President Brian O. Hemphill in a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening.  The South Charleston High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard and the WVSU singers will also participate. 

WVSU has a proud history of students, alumni, faculty and staff who have served their country through military service. The Military Science program was established in 1891 when

the institution was chartered by the West Virginia Legislature. As a land-grant institution, one of its functions was to educate citizens in the military sciences.  

Graduates of the WVSU Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) have made vital contributions to the U.S. Army throughout the years, serving in various capacities as officers. The ROTC program proudly boasts 15 individuals who have earned the rank of U.S. Army General. WVSU is also home to the first Tuskegee Airmen Chapter on a University campus. The Tuskegee Airmen were an all-black squadron of pilots and ground crew who served with valor during World War II. Many of them received their initial training at State.

Constitution Day is a federal holiday observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution as the supreme law of the land in 1787. The law to establish the holiday was created in 2004, with the passage of an amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill by West Virginia’s U.S. senator, the late Robert C. Byrd.

West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, WV. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.

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