UofL to create office to serve veterans


    LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The University of Louisville is creating an office to better serve the needs of students who are serving or have served in the military.

    The university announced today that it will open an Office of Military and Veterans Student Services this fall. The office will have three principal goals:

    • Provide support to military and veterans throughout the enrollment process; actively recruit veteran students and better facilitate the admissions process
    • Provide effective academic and student life support and provide opportunities for veterans and military personnel on campus
    • Provide a single point of contact at UofL for veterans

    The facility will be located in the Houchens Building on Belknap Campus, close to the university’s offices of admissions, registrar and other student services. Joe Dablow, associate director in the offices of Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management, will coordinate the work along with a second, full-time not yet hired coordinator.

    “The men and women who have served and are currently serving in our armed forces often have unique needs when they enter the university,” said Dablow. “We want to provide those services that put veterans and military service members on a level playing field with every UofL student and give them the best opportunity to excel in their education.”

    In addition, the university is launching a “one-stop shopping” web site dedicated to the unique needs of veterans. That site, www.louisville.edu/veterans, will feature admission, education and support resources, as well information on news and events of interest to veterans.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.