Track the Progress - Road to the GW Military Resource Center

November 2016 - December 2016

  • Finalized access agreements to center and began granting VALOR students entry
  • Reached fundraising goal in Colonial Crowdfunding campaign 
  • Began outfitting center with focus on student-use areas including lounge, kitchenette, and student organization office
  • Rear entrance door is made ADA accessible with door motor and GWorld "tap access"
  • Requested and completed basic IT advancements
  • Hosted VALOR Student Services holiday party
  • Chief of Staff of VALOR is relocated to another building; space is projected to be converted to additional quiet study area

October 31, 2016

  • The GW Military Community Center formally opens up for student use during business hours from 9:00am - 5:30pm M-F. Waiting on the GW Office of General Counsel and access control measures to be implemented before granting full 24-hour access.

October 29, 2016

  • GW Alumni Relations holds an open-house in the GW Military Community Center during Alumni Weekend 2016.

October 28, 2016

October 25, 2016 

  • GW Veterans and the Vetsuccess-on-Campus counselor are relocated to 2035 F St.
  • GW ReUse furniture is delivered

October 21, 2016

  • Confirmed move-in day will be Tuesday, October 25th. Furniture chosen through GW's ReUse program will also be moved in.

October 19, 2016

  • Approved for Colonial Crowdfunding 2016, an online platform for student organizations to raise funds. 
  • Met with Monet Ballard, Relocation Supervisor at GW, regarding moving plan, moving date, and acquiring moving materials. Current tenants moving out on October 24th and looking to move GW Vets to the center on October 25th. Waiting on confirmation.

October 9, 2016

October 6, 2016 

  • Dr. Andy Sonn, GW VALOR, and GW Veterans meet to
    • finalize agreement that will be provided to VALOR students interested in obtaining tap access to the center
    • finalize plans for the Alumni Relations Open House (
    • and naming the space the "GW Military Community Center (MCC)" 

October 4, 2016

  • Dr. Interns signs on as an organizational supporter of the initiative.

October 3, 2016

  • Receive estimate from contractor ($15,566.70)
    • cover areas as needed to complete work
    • make minor repairs to walls as needed in preparation for painting
    • prime patch areas
    • paint first floor office area as per GW standards
    • remove existing carpet on first floor
    • supply ring/string and receptacle for LCD screen
    • supply and install wall block for LCD screen
    • replace carpet on first floor
    • remove debris generated by work 

October 2, 2016

September 30, 2016 

  • Met with Kasey Smith from Raytheon Company's Rosslyn office and overseeing YESNET regarding fundraising opportunities for the benefit of the Military Resource Center Initiative and other GW Veterans' programs.
  • Notified by Director of Campus Development Management for the Division of Operations, Adam Aaronson, that the current tenants will be moving out the week of October 17. 

September 29, 2016 

  • Notified by Director of Campus Development Management for the Division of Operations, Adam Aaronson, that reUSE may require additional time as a result of "urgent issues" from the earlier expected completion date of September 28.

September 28, 2016 

  • GW Pitches, signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.

September 25, 2016

  • GW Veterans submits an application to have the resource center considered as a project for the Fall 2016 Colonial Crowdfunding program. In its inaugural semester, 20 student organizations applied to be considered and five were selected. The program connects student organizations with GW Development and Alumni Relations to provide funding for student organization initiatives. Read more here.

September 23, 2016 

  • GW Club Brazilian Jiu Jitsu signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.
  • Met with VALOR representatives to discuss the logistics of the resource center
    • There will be a two phases to the establishment of the center
      • Phase 1
        • GW will cover the costs for moving VALOR Student Services, the Director of VALOR Student Services, the VetSuccess counselor, and GW Veterans into the space.
        • GW will cover the cost for reUSE
      • Phase 2
        • Painting, carpet, and any construction would occur at a later date (possibly summer 2017)
        • It is undetermined if GW will provide assistance to funding this phase.
    • Access control
      • The main door of the resource center will be unlocked during business hours
      • Students will be given "tap access" to the main door after signing an agreement
      • Tap access to the back door (handicap accessible) will only be given to those students that require it, VALOR staff, and leaders of the student organizations within the center.
      • Students will not be allowed to reside in the center.
      • The upstairs conference room will have a posted schedule of meetings and events with 15 minutes buffer times. When not in use, students will be able to use this space for studying.
    • Responsibility
      • GW Veterans, although in a building managed by GW VALOR, will be autonomous and managed by the Center for Student Engagement
      • GW Veterans will be responsible for the kitchenette, lounge, and the student organization office.
      • GW VALOR will be responsible for VALOR Student Services, the Director's Office, the VetSuccess-on-Campus office, the conference room, the upstairs bathroom, and the two upstairs GW VALOR offices.
      • GW Veterans and GW VALOR will have dual responsibility of the downstairs bathroom.
      • All "fix-it" requests will be submitted by GW VALOR and if payment required, charged to the entity responsible.
      • Malacious damage, regardless of space, will be treated on a case-by-case situation
      • Alcohol will only be consumed within the center during applicable events registered according to GW Health Promotion and Prevention Services (HPPS).
    • Immediate Goals during Phase 1
      • Add security cameras with DVR system stored in Director's office (GW Veterans)
      • Get estimate to add glass doorway into lounge and have work completed (GW Veterans)
      • Add foosball table (GW Veterans)
      • Add large TV (GW Veterans)
      • Add dart board (GW Veterans)
      • Acquire two computers with CAC access (GW Veterans)
      • GW World "tap access" estimate for rear door and coordinating "business hours" (GW VALOR)
      • IT estimate for added data lines into VALOR Student Services reception room (GW VALOR)

September 21, 2016 

September 20, 2016 

  • A small team from GW Veterans and GW VALOR met with Program Manger Bobbie Ballard from GW reUSE and Director of Campus Development Management for the Division of Operations, Adam Aaronson, to complete a walk-through of the 2035 F. St NW town house and request furniture items to be kept or added to the building. Also discussed the need to refresh the main floor of the building and identified some construction and infrastructure issues in order of importance:
    1. Create a doorway with a glass door between the "front desk area" and the "lounge"
    2. Add the "tap access" scanner to the rear door that is handicap accessible
    3. Update the kitchen including adding an oven/range
    4. Expand the kitchen by removing the wall the separating it from the lounge.
  • GW Muslim Student Association signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.
  • Colonial Demand Action signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.
  • Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.
  • GW Club Fencing signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.

September 19, 2016  

September 18, 2016 

September 17, 2016 

September 16, 2016 

September 14, 2016 

September 12, 2016

  • Received notification from Senior Associate Vice President of the Division of Operations Alicia Knight that
    • a space has been identified
    • staff currently in the space are in the process of moving out
    • that a specific timeline will be determined in the coming weeks
    • plans to coordinate a site visit of the space 

September 7, 2016 

  • GW Hawai'i Club signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.

September 6, 2016 

September 4, 2016 

  • Silver Wings, the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Capital Chapter, signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.
  • GW-TV signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative. 
  • The International Affairs Society signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.
  • GW for Israel signs on as a student organization supporter of the initiative.

August 17, 2016

July 26, 2016

  • Met with Ariana J. Sarfarazi, Attorney Fellow for the Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the George Washington University, to discuss the creation of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be used for resources operating out of the proposed military resource center. Associate Director Victoria Pridemore will take lead in the communication and creation of these documents in conjunction with Ms. Sarfarazi.

July 14, 2016   

  • Provided details to the GW Alumni Association for a motion to be submitted providing support to the proposed Military Resource Center.

July 13, 2016 

  • Associate Director of VALOR Student Services, Victoria Pridemore, meets with Carl Mojta from the DC Vet Center, to discuss options for the DC Vet Center to provide services in the proposed Military Resource Center to supplement counseling services conducted by the Colonial Health Center and the GW VetSuccess counselor.

June 28, 2016 

  • The School of Business, led by Dean Linda A. Livingstone, signs onto the initiative as a formal supporter.

June 14, 2016  

  • The GW Multicultural Student Services Center, led by Director Michael Tapscott, signs onto the initiative as a formal supporter.

June 9, 2016 

  • The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, led by Dean David S. Dolling, signs onto the initiative as a formal supporter.
  • Received an email from Alicia Knight, Senior Associate Vice President of the Division of Operations, regarding her meeting with Deputy Provost Teresa Murphy and that Ms. Murphy is supportive of a shared townhouse space that will provide a home for operations town but will have to coordinate with existing occupants.

June 8, 2016 

  • Met with the dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, regarding his school's support of the Resource Center Initiative. Ambassador Brigety stated that he believes in the concept and would provide a formal answer at a later date.

June 1, 2016

  • Representatives from GW Veterans, President Yannick Baptiste and Civic Engagement Coordinator Matt Basista, and representatives from GW VALOR Student Services, Associate Director Victoria Pridemore and Coordinator of Veteran Services Devin Belzer, met with Senior Associate Vice President of the Division of Operations Alicia Knight to follow up the meeting that occurred on December 17, 2015. Ms. Knight provided insight into the many future changes in regards to space allocation including the competing interest of moving administrators from currently leased space to GW owned space. Ms. Knight also commented on the changes occurring within the Marvin Center and the potential for the center to be located there however those changes are currently being planned and would not be implemented until a later date. As for space in the basement of Gelman Library, the new home of the National Churchill Library, that although space does exist, it may not be ideal but also politically challenging to obtain. The 2035 F St. location that has been recommended by Provost Forrest Maltzman was also brought to Ms. Knight's attention as a large space currently underutilized in which she believes has great potential. Alicia mentioned that she has upcoming meetings with Deputy Provost Teresa Murphy and will be discussing the initiative with her. A follow meeting will be set for late July.

May 31, 2016

  • Representatives from GW Veterans, including President Yannick Baptiste, Policy Director Willie Floyd, Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator Tyler McManus, and Civic Engagement Coordinator Matt Basista, met with Captain James Wyatt and Commander Ross Piper of the George Washington University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (GW NROTC) to discuss the having the GW-based unit formally sign onto the proposed initiative. The leaders of the unit are interested in moving forward but wish to present an executive summary and an outline of commitments to their higher headquarters before moving forward.

May 20, 2016

  • Representatives from GW Veterans (Yannick Baptiste & Matt Basista), representatives from GW VALOR (Deane Highby & Victoria Pridemore), met with Robert Snyder (Division of Student Affairs - Executive Director, Planning and Outreach), Dr. Andrew Sonn (Division of Student Affairs - Assistant Vice President), and Danielle Gabriel (GW Office of Alumni Relations - Assistant Director, Affinity Outreach) regarding alumni and fundraising logistics. 
    • Allocate account code once project is formally initiated by GW
      • Requires space allocation and/or formal commitment from GW to commit a space
    • Robert Snyder will serve as POC for fundraising accounts and GW Development
    • All donations processed through MRCI including those that come through GW Veterans
      • Verify if donor wishes to remain anonymous and collect all relevant contact information
    • Generate list of component needs for the center to acquire a more accurate measure of non-construction related costs.
    • Have GW Development and GW Office of Alumni Relations filter current fundraising statements on

May 10, 2016

  • Met with Lex McCusker, Director of the GW New Venture Competition, regarding business development assistance and project strategy. Suggested contacting the business school to find interested faculty and students that may wish to assist with the initiative.

May 3, 2016

  • The Student Association (SA) at the George Washington University, led by SA President Erika Feinman and Executive Vice President (EVP) Thomas Falcigno, recommit the support initiated by the 2015-2016 Student Association administration with an updated letter of support.

Late April 2016

  • Met with various VALOR associates regarding the potential of the 2035 F Street Town House serving as the space for the proposed resource center. The townhouse is a three level structure where GW VALOR currently operates on the third floor. The first floor is occupied and houses a navigation simulator for NROTC students. The second, and largest floor, is occupied by non-VALOR GW staff and appears underutilized for the amount of individuals that work on the floor. The 2035 F Street Town House, through a separate entrance, also houses the GW Naval ROTC unit.

April 15, 2016

  • The Colonial Health Center, headed by Senior Associate Dean of Students, Mark Levine, signs onto the Military Resource Center Initiative to provide specialized services and office hours through Mental Health Services. Mental Health Services is working to hire a Staff Clinician that will also serve as the Mental Health Services' Veteran Student Services Coordinator. This individual will provide some office hours in the proposed resource center to connect with VALOR students and make this valuable resource both known and approachable.

April 8, 2016

  • Met with Dr. Andrew Sonn, Assistant Vice President, who has direct oversight of GW VALOR under the Division of Student Affairs ( . Dr. Sonn has remained an advocate for the military populace at GW for several years including the creation the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services ( . Discussed in detail the need and expected benefits of the proposed resource center. Learned that Dr. Sonn is well-read on data showing such a center being a best practice on university campuses. Sonn said this has been something he and administration have looked at for a couple years but the need at GW had not been demonstrated until recently as the GW VALOR program has grown. Dr. Sonn asked, aside from getting the allocated space as soon as possible such as "next week", what deadlines were set for the initiative? GW Veterans President Yannick Baptiste stated that December 2016 is a reasonable deadline and is necessary for grant deadlines as well as meet goals set out by the current GW Veterans Executive Board.

April 2, 2016

  • G-dub Ultimate, the George Washington University's ultimate frisbee team, signs on to the initiative as an official supporter of the Military Resource Center.

April 1, 2016

  • GW Hillel signs on to the initiative as an official supporter of the Military Resource Center.

March 31, 2016

  • Met with Dr. Peter A. Konwerski, Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, Rachel Brown; Assistant Provost of University Career Services; Mark Levine, Senior Associate Dean of Students; Danielle Lico, Associate Dean of Students for Student Administrative Services and Senior Advisor; Tim Miller, Associate Dean of Students, Center for Student Engagement; Andrew Sonn, Assistant Vice President; and Robert Snyder, Executive Director, Planning and Outreach.

    The purpose of this meeting was to directly approach the Division of Student Affairs to give a full overview of the initiative's concept and clarify any questions especially to those acquainted with the proposed plan only through hearsay. The overall intent, following the initiative's top-down approach, is to get key leaders at the university on-board and talking about its overall benefits and to become advocates of the plan moving forward. Peter Konwerski stated that in the coming weeks and after further conversations, they would follow-up.

March 12, 2016

  • GW Veterans learns of a serious downfall with gift processing systems under GW Development. GW Vets is working on a resolution prior the fundraising stage of the initiative.

February 26, 2016

  • Met with Anna Mahalak, Program Coordinator for Planning and Outreach for the Division of Student Affairs, after referral from Anne Graham, Assistant Director at the Center for Student Engagement, to discuss a separate donation account for the initiative. Found that the current structure for student organization accounts would be a sub-par method to use and going through the Program Evaluation Board (PEB) with GW Development would be the most ideal.
  • GW Men's Basketball, led by Head Coach Mike Lonergan, formally supports the creation of the Military Resource Center.

February 23, 2016

February 22, 2016

  • Received notification from the Center for Student Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs that the application for the Spring 2016 Colonial Crowdfunding program submitted on February 9 was denied. Over 20 applications were submitted by various organizations with only four being chosen. No explanation is provided.

February 16, 2016

  • Met with Sarah Harte, Assistant Director at Mental Health Services - Outreach and Prevention, to discuss having the Colonial Health Center formally sign onto the initiative. The Colonial Health Center is currently working to fill the vacancy for a military-affiliated counselor. This individual, while complimenting their regular duties, could potentially dedicate set periods where they would be available in the Resource Center, primarily the lounge and meeting room, educating military connected students on available mental health resources and becoming acquainted with students to alleviate barriers to communication. Ms. Harte will be following up after briefing the appropriate committee within the Colonial Health Center before moving forward. 

February 9, 2016

  • GW Veterans submits an application to have the Resource Center considered as a project for the Spring 2016 Colonial Crowdfunding program. In its inaugural semester, 20 student organizations applied to be considered and five were selected. The program connects student organizations with GW Development and Alumni Relations to provide funding for student initiatives. Read more here.

February 2, 2016

  • Briefed the Student Engagement Committee of the VALOR Advisory Board on progress and future strategic goals. Members include Victoria Pridemore, Associate Directory of the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services; Marva Gumbs Jennings, Managing Director - Interdisciplinary Career Services Initiatives; Robert Baxter, GW Alumni and former President of the GW Law School Military Law Society student organization ; and Martin Misciagna, Director at Deloitte Consulting.
  • The GW Veterans Service Initiative, a program under the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and headed by Charles Basden (Coordinator, Special Projects, Web, Communications, Database, PSGC & Veteran Initiative Program(s)), signs onto the initiative as a program that would occasionally operate out of the Resource Center to engage the VALOR populace directly for Veteran and university-wide service projects.

December 17, 2015

  • Yannick Baptiste, GW Veterans, and Victoria Pridemore, Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, met with Alicia Knight, Senior Associate Vice President Operations, to clarify the purpose and scope of services to be provided at the resource center. An estimate of the minimum required space was provided at 1500 square feet with the ability to accommodate three offices; an ideal situation would exceed this requirement and include five offices. Some suggestions were provided such as the outdated and under-utilized basement of the Gelman Library, row houses on the Foggy Bottom campus, or office space that became vacant after the creation of the Science and Engineering Hall (SEH).

    Ms. Knight stated the Office of the President and the Executive Vice President of the Student Association had contacted her regarding the University’s support of the initiative prior to the meeting as something to be explored and created. Knight mentioned that at the present time and that to the best of her knowledge, no such space was currently available. She mentioned that university movement follows a “domino effect” where entities that have or will be moved related to the SEH for example, are already in motion. Overall, Ms. Knight indicated that the Military Resource Center could become a reality once another such “domino” pattern was initiated which could include future construction/acquisitions or the reevaluation of current space holders. Knight said she would further investigate the matter and contact GW Veterans if a space becomes available. At the very latest, another meeting will be scheduled around the spring break in March 2016. 

December 9, 2015

  • The Hoya Battalion, the Army ROTC program located at Georgetown University and led by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Donahue, joins the initiative. Since 1964, the Hoya Battalion has welcomed distinguished cadets from The American University, The Catholic University of America, The George Washington University, Marymount University, and the University of Maryland and recognized as one of the top performers out of 270+ units.

December 7, 2015

  • The GW Student Association, led by President Andrea Dowd and Executive Vice President Casey Syron, provide a letter of support for the initiative.
  • Detachment 130, the Air Force ROTC program located at Howard University and led by Lieutenant Colonel Gardner J. Joyner, joins the initiative. The detachment is comprised of cadets who attend through consortium from American University, Catholic University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Marymount University, Trinity University and the University of the District of Columbia. The Howard University ROTC program has produced more African American General Officers than any other university in the nation.

December 6, 2015

  • The GW Hatchet, an independent student newspaper, publishes an article about the Military Resource Center Initiative.  

November 25, 2015

  • The George Washington Society of American Military Engineers Student Chapter, led by President James Adie, signs onto the initiative as a student-organization that will be located within the proposed resource center. 

November 23, 2015

  • Daniel Smith, Assistant Director at The American Legion, contacted GW Alumni Relations in regards to the preliminary idea of adding a Legion Post on the Foggy Bottom campus. Contacted Mr. Smith and briefed him on the current initiative and the benefits of combining the two goals. Formal meeting to discuss the matter further scheduled for later date.

November 20, 2015

  • The George Washington Military Law Society, led by President Warren Bianchi, signs onto the initiative as a student-organization that will be located within the proposed resource center. 

November 16, 2015

  • Met with Student Association President Andie Dowd – supportive and mentioned the resource of “Reuse” to acquire used furniture on campus, the space that “Students for Recovery” have on 21st & F as a model, and potential space associated with “District House”. Very supportive of the initiative overall.

  • Met with Steven Knapp, President of the George Washington University, and Peter Konwerski, Dean of Student Affairs, in a short meeting discussing the official intent of GW Veterans to create the center, the Student Veterans of America Vet Center Initiative to serve as an initial fundraising effort, minimum space requirements, and the need to have GW grant space before moving forward into the business plan and further fundraising. Recommended contact with Alicia Knight, Senior Associate Vice President Operations.

November 13, 2015

  • Met with Faculty Advisor Barbara Porter, also the Chief of Staff to the President of GW, briefed on the timeline we have to start the initiative and prepare for a meeting with President Knapp.

  • Met with Danielle Gabriel, Assistant Director- Affinity Outreach at Alumni Relations, regarding future support required to make the center a success such as monetary donations, business plan development, item donations (i.e. furniture), and construction support.

  • Met with Adm. Mel Williams of GW VALOR, updated on timeline goals from last preliminary announcement in May 2015 and suggested having Andie Dowd involved in the initiative.

Veteran’s Day 2015

  • Official launch of the GW Military Resource Center Initiative

  • Met with Seth Weinshel, Executive Director of Housing, through a recommendation from Andrew Sonn, Assistant Vice President at Student Affairs, at the annual wreath laying ceremony whom provided the names of Michael Peller, Peter Konwerski, Alicia Knight, and Forrest Maltzman who may be pivotal in the creation of such a center.

October 2015

  • Informed Center for Student Engagement Advisor to GW Veterans, Megan Thomas, of initiative.

  • Met with Victoria Pridemore, Associate Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services (aka VALOR Student Services) who supports the initiative and given appropriate space, would move a portion of VALOR Student Services to the Resource Center. 

May 2015

  • Announced to GW VALOR Advisory Board priority initiative to create resource center on campus.

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