UCI Veteran News
Warrior-Scholar Project ‘boot camp’ at UCI puts military members on the front line of education
Daily Pilot, published by the LA Times
By LILLY NGUYEN | AUG. 7, 2019 | 3:56 PM
Fourteen veterans and active military service members from around the country are going back to basic training this week in sunny Irvine, miles from their bases and homes.
But this time, these “cadets” are not being trained for what the military will demand of them emotionally, physically and mentally. Armed with pencils, highlighters and textbook after textbook, they are attending a boot camp of a different kind — one meant to prepare them for college.
The week-long, humanities-focused program made its debut Monday at the UC Irvine campus. It is presented by the university and the Warrior-Scholar Project, a nonprofit that promotes educational opportunities for retired and active service members. More...
On the Hunt...for new knowledge
With scholarship support, chemistry grad student Jessica Kelz probes the secrets of carnivorous plants
by Noah Bulthuis, UCI | March 26, 2019
Jessica Kelz is not your typical UCI student. A first-generation graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, she’s a well-traveled veteran now seeking an M.S./Ph.D. in chemistry and conducting research with carnivorous plants.
Kelz grew up in a San Diego military family that encouraged her college aspirations. She excelled academically in high school and received a presidential nomination to one of the most selective institutions in the country: the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, which requires active duty after graduation. More...
UCI Fraternity Brothers Help Vietname Vet Who's Struggled with Health Conditions, Hardship in Buena Park
February 8, 2019
By Christina Pascucci | KTLA 5
A group of UC Irvine fraternity brothers, one of whom is a member of Code of Vets, are helping Vietnam veteran Robert Lewis get secure housing after he has struggled with health conditions including a stroke, PTSD and a hard fall in December that left him hospitalized. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Lewis get housing upon his release from medical care. Video...
A Veteran in Our Midst
November 11, 2018
IRVINE, Calif. -- Not every athletic department has a veteran in its midst, but UC Irvine is lucky to have men's volleyball player Andre Castro, who served in the Navy from 2010-2016.
"Andre's experience in the military cultivated a deep appreciation for service and support within a team environment," men's volleyball head coach David Kniffin said. "He has a keen ability and willingness to follow leadership. He operates in a mission-first mindset. I am grateful to Andre for these qualities and I am grateful to the Unites States military for their investment in him. Andre makes our team, University and country better." More...
Veterans and scholars
UCI prides itself on serving those who have served
by Daisy Murguia, UCI | November 8, 2018
Navigating the cultural transition from military to civilian life can be emotionally and financially challenging, as well as fraught with such practical concerns as housing, employment and education. UCI prides itself on serving those who have served, creating a welcoming environment that supports both their social reintegration and their higher education.
In fact, the university is ranked No. 13 nationwide on U.S. News & World Report’s current list of best colleges for veterans and was named a “top veteran-friendly school” in the summer 2018 issue of U.S. Veterans Magazine. More...
UCI Feels Like Home for Navy Veteran and Computer Science Major Timothy Tomas
November 9, 2018
By Shani Murray
UCI’s Veteran Services Center (VSC) aims to provide veterans with the “world-class benefits and services they have earned — and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.” According to VSC director Adelí Durón, who works to support UCI’s 167 veteran students (including both active duty and reservists) and their families, 33 veterans are in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). More... Additional Posting...
From Cockpit to Courtroom
UCI helped Marine Corps veteran Advaith Thampi find his path after military life
December 13, 2017
By: Bria Balliet, UCI School of Social Sciences
When UCI alumnus Advaith Thampi, political science ’16, was considering possible careers in the Marine Corps, the idea of working on airplanes in sunny San Diego sounded like a good gig to the then 18-year-old Bakersfield native. More...
Serving those who served
Campus to host Veterans Appreciation Week activities Nov. 6-10
by Brian Bell (U.S. Navy, 1984-91), UCI | November 3, 2017
The UCI Veteran Services Center supports a diverse group of current and former military personnel and their dependents with a host of programs to help with tuition and housing, the transition to student life, comradery and career readiness.
UCI is recognized nationally as a strong institution for service members, earning a rank of No. 16 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of the best colleges for veterans. More...
UCI honors veterans with flag display, student scholarships and appreciation dinner
by Anna Iliff, UC Irvine | May 29, 2015
Late on Memorial Day, a small group of UC Irvine student-veterans and supporters gathered in Aldrich Park armed with balls of twine to grid a large patch of lawn. They returned just after sunrise Tuesday with thousands of miniature American flags to plant along the grid, ready to complete their mission: honor fallen service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and raise awareness of the 8,000 suicides committed by U.S. veterans each year. More...