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Annual Veteran Conference


Spring 2019 Annual Veteran Conference: Supporting Today’s Veterans & Understanding Their Diversity

The Annual Veteran Conference brings together University of Hawaii faculty, staff, and the veteran community to learn about the today’s veterans and military-connected students. This years theme is focused on support and diversity within this student population.


April 26, 2019 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 

7:45 am – 9:00 am Registration & Check in (refreshments & coffee) Keoni Auditorium

9:00 am Opening/Welcome by Kenith Scott, Keoni auditorium

9:15 am Keynote by State Senator Kai Kahele, Keoni auditorium

10:00 am – 10:50 am Plenary Session – Dr. Keanu Sai, Keoni auditorium

11:00 am – 11:50 am Student Stories Panel – Moderated by Dr. Jonathan Mueller, Keoni auditorium

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch with Awards Recognition, Wailana room

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm Breakout session 1

  • Veteran Task Force Update: Presenter Robert Bullen, Keoni auditorium 
  • Forever GI BILL Update: Presenter Michael Cochran, Pacific room
  • Why a Student Veteran Organization is Important on Your Campus: Presenter UH Mānoa Student Veteran Organization, Asia room 

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm Breakout session 2

  • Prior Learning Assessment: Presented by Robert Bullen, Asia room 
  • What is the lived experience of college students who have a family member with PTSD who served in Iraq & Afghanistan Armed Conflict: Presented by Abbie Neves, Pacific room 
  • Honoring Student Veteran Identities through intentional partnerships: Presented by Jennifer Barnett & Kenith Scott, Keoni auditorium
  • Veterans to Energy Careers: Presented by Chantal Newell, Wailana room

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Special guest Senator Mazie Hirono, Keoni auditorium

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Closing remarks & evaluation, Keoni auditorium

April 27, 2019 8:00 am – 2:00 pm 

8:00 am Registration & Check in (refreshments & coffee), Keoni auditorium

8:30 am Opening/Welcome by John Schoebel, UH Mānoa Student Veteran Organization President, Keoni auditorium

8:45 am Keynote by Ronald Lockwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Hawaii, Jr. Vice Commander, Keoni auditorium 

9:15 am – 10:00 am Forever GI BILL Update: Presented by Michael Cochran, Keoni auditorium

10:10 am 11:00 am Edward Jones: Presented by Barbara Cobble, Keoni auditorium

11:10 am – 12:00 pm Veterans to Energy Careers (VTEC): Presented by Chantal Newell, Keoni auditorium

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch sponsored by Edward Jones & Veteran Resource fair, Wailana room

Edward Jones is a proud partner of Student Veterans of America. This year they are sponsoring our lunch on April 27. For more information, please visit their website below.

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Professional Headshots, Jefferson Hall Lanai

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Closing remarks & evaluation, Wailana room


UH Mānoa campus East West Center Jefferson Hall Keoni Auditorium

1777 East West Road Honolulu, HI 96848

RSVP ONLINE (Deadline April 12, 2019 11:59 pm)

Contact: Office of Veteran Student Services at (808) 956-2192 or

For disability access services, please contact Kenith Scott at (808) 956-2192 or

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Contact Information

Office of Veteran Student Services
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2600 Campus Road
Queen Liliuokalani Center 310
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (appointments preferred)
Phone: (808) 956-2192

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The purpose of this fund is to support veteran and military connected students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.) The Office of Veteran Student Services understands and recognizes the unique needs of veterans and their families and has created this account to provide continued support for veteran and military connected student success.