New Veterans Center Opening

Posted by Andy Cunningham on September 7, 2023 at 2:03 PM
President Lapidus presided over the ribbon-cutting for the new veterans center in Thompson Hall on Thursday, Sept. 7. In his remarks, President Lapidus described the university's proud history of supporting student veterans.

"After World War II, the GI Bill created opportunities for returning soldiers to pursue college degrees, and Fitchburg State was such a popular destination that we actually built barracks on-campus, just across the Quad from where we are now, where our science complex now stands," he said.

Fitchburg State has been formally recognized as a Military-Friendly campus for the last several years, the president added. "We earn this designation by dedicating resources to ensure that our student-veterans get all the benefits to which they are entitled, and which our grateful community owes them," he said. "This space, dedicated to our veterans, is just one such resource. It is designed as a space for our student-veterans to study, to gather and socialize, or to grab a bite and relax. In short, it will be whatever our student-veterans want it to be."

Vice President for Student Affairs Laura Bayless said she hoped student veterans will use the space to access resources and be reminded they belong on the Fitchburg State campus.

The veterans center is located on the first floor at Thompson Hall.

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