University of Iowa Veterans Association (UIVA)

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The UIVA is a student organization geared toward providing opportunities for Veterans, Guard and Reservists, as well as military spouses and children that attend the University of Iowa.

Fall 2021 meetings: Thursdays at 6 PM in 208 Calvin Hall

Email President Tyler Promes (tyler-promes@uiowa.edu)

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UIVA Weekly Meeting Notes

UIVA Meeting Notes

1630 – 1708

 

Meeting called to order at 1631

 

PRESENT: Jessica Cupps, Josh Brown, Paul Richards, Sam Andrus

ABSENT: Kalli Christensen, Kyle Starkey, Marina Lareau, Senai Ryal

 

Announcements

- VOTE!!! o https://votesaveamerica.com/plan/#basic-block o https://whoaremyrepresentatives.org o https://vote.uiowa.edu o Early voting locations: https://vote.uiowa.edu/election-resources/how-to-cast-your-ballot/vote-…

- Work Study

o As per Matt’s email, make sure to actually be monitoring the Zoom during your scheduled shifts

 

Events

- Fresh Check Day (October 21st 12:00PM/7:00PM, 2020)

o Moved online

o 12:00 PM

§ https://fb.me/e/5ECmdmJ8m

o 7:00 PM

§ https://fb.me/e/1uX7jWejN

- Flag Display (Novermber 8-14, 2020)

o Waiting for IMU approval for use of space

o Volunteers

§ May have to work in shifts

- The Things They Carry Virtual Ruck March (November 19-26, 2020)

o Nebraska is ghosting us again (?)

o Marketing

§ Senai is making a poster

 

Meeting adjourned at 1708

 

1630 – 1710

 

Meeting called to order at 1632

 

PRESENT: Koleen Starkey, Jake Cress, Jessica Cupps, Josh Brown, Paul Richards, Sam Andrus, Senai Ryal

ABSENT: Kalli Christensen, Kyle Starkey, Marina Lareau

 

Announcements

- Ruck March

o Apparently, Nebraska is interested 

o We’re going to push forward with the All-Iowa Virtual Ruck

§ Let’s explore making a club on Strava?

§ Timeframe

· TBD

§ Milage goal

· TBD

 

Events

- No updates on events at this time

 

Meeting adjourned at 1710

1630 –

 

Meeting called to order at 1635

 

PRESENT: Caitlin Pestel, Jessica Cupps, Josh Brown, Kalli Christensen, Kyle Starkey, Paul Richards, Rob Leahey, Sam Andrus, Senai Ryal

ABSENT: Marina Lareau

 

Announcements

- Work Study

o IVETS Zoom

§ Make sure you’re monitoring the Zoom during your scheduled shifts

§ If you can’t monitor the zoom, try and find someone to cover your shift or let Matt Miller know!

o VPA

§ Check Excelling@Iowa! You should have at least one new advisee. Make sure to do an initial outreach!

§ Outreach due by this Sunday, 10/4/20

 

Events

- No event updates

 

Meeting adjourned at 1700

1630 – 1700

 

Meeting called to order at 1630

 

PRESENT: Jessica Cupps, Josh Brown, Paul Richards, Sam Andrus

ABSENT: Kalli Christensen, Kyle Starkey, Marina Lareau

 

Announcements

- No new announcements

 

Events

- No event updates

 

Meeting adjourned at 1700

1630 – 1710

 

Meeting called to order at 1631

 

PRESENT: Caitlin Pestel, Jessica Cupps, Josh Brown, Koleen Starkey, Sam Andrus, Senai Ryal

ABSENT: Kalli Christensen, Kyle Starkey, Marina Lareau, Paul Richards

 

Announcements

- Academic Calendar Update (RIP Spring Break 2021)

o Winter 2020 session extended

§ New dates: December 28, 2020 – January 22, 2021

o Spring 2021 session starting 1 week later than initially planned

§ New dates: January 25, 2021 – May 14, 2021

§ Spring Break 2021 is CANCELLED

- IVETS

o Lounge and computer lab will be closed for the rest of the Fall 2020 semester

§ Free printing is still available

· DON’T GO TO THE OFFICE · Email PDF or Microsoft Office document to UI-IVETS@uiowa.edu

o Please limit each print job to less than 20 pages

o Keep in mind that the IVETS staff will see the document that you’re printing (AKA this service is non-confidential) so please refrain from trying to print any private/confidential documents with personal information

· Staff will print files on Tuesdays and Thursdays

o You will receive an email once your order is ready

o

· Documents can be picked up in the IVETS Benefits Office (2706 UCC in the CDE)

o Work Study

§ No openings at this time. Email Matt Miller at matthew-t-miller@uiowa.edu if you have any questions about joining work study

§ VPA

· Remember to check the VPA ICON!

· Try and keep in touch with your advisees if they reach out!

 

- TALA/TAWA

o The application for the Temporary Alternative Learning Assignment (TALA) has closed for Fall 2020

o If you need to apply for the Temporary Alternative Work Arrangement (TAWA) you can still do so!

§ TAWA: https://hr.uiowa.edu/support/faculty-and-staff-disabilityservices/covid…

- COVID-19 Testing

o If you have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:

§ STAY HOME

· Isolate yourself from family, friends, and roommates

§ Call a healthcare professional who can assess your symptoms

· DO NOT GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM (unless you’re having a medical emergency)

§ Contact Student Health

· STUDENTS: visit the Student Health website, call the nurse line (319-335-9704), or sending an email (student-health@uiowa.edu)

· FACULTY/STAFF: Call your healthcare provider or UIHC (319-384-9010)

§ Self-Report

· If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, are contacted by a county public health department, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are in close contact with someone with COVID-19, please fill out this form https://apps.its.uiowa.edu/forms/self-report

- University Counseling Services (UCS)

o You can schedule an appointment with UCS by

§ Calling 319-335-7294

§ Follow the link to the UCS website https://counseling.uiowa.edu/students/university-counseling-service-is-…

Events

- Veterans Week

o UIVA currently has no plans for veterans week due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

Meeting adjourned at 1710

1630 – 1703

Meeting called to order at 1638

PRESENT: Jessica Cupps, Josh Brown, Koleen Starkey, Paul Richards, Rob Leahey, Ryan Psenka, Sam Andrus, Senai Ryal, Tyler Promes

ABSENT: Kyle Starkey, Kalli Christensen, Marina Lareau

Announcements

- All registered student organizations are prohibited from hosting in-person events due to University policy

- IVETS

o Lounge and computer lab in UCC closed until at least Thursday, September 3

§ Monitor your university email for more information

§ Work Study: log your scheduled hours, monitor the IVETS Zoom chat for your scheduled time

o Work Study Openings!

§ Interested? Contact Matt Miller at matthew-t-miller@uiowa.edu for more information

- COVID-19 Testing

o If you have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:

§ STAY HOME

· Isolate yourself from family, friends, and roommates

§ Call a healthcare professional who can assess your symptoms

· DO NOT GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM (unless you’re having a medical emergency)

§ Contact Student Health

· STUDENTS: visit the Student Health website, call the nurse line (319-335-9704), or sending an email (student-health@uiowa.edu)

· FACULTY/STAFF: Call your healthcare provider or UIHC (319-384-9010)

§ Self-Report

· If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, are contacted by a county public health department, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are in close contact with someone with COVID-19, please fill out this form https://apps.its.uiowa.edu/forms/self-report

- TALA/TAWA

o If you need to apply for the Temporary Alternative Learning Agreement (TALA) or the Temporary Alternative Work Arrangement (TAWA) you can still do so!

§ TALA: https://sds.studentlife.uiowa.edu/fall-2020/covid-19-temporary-learning…

§ TAWA: https://hr.uiowa.edu/support/faculty-and-staff-disability-services/covi…

- New comms director!

o Welcome Senai Ryal!!

o Kyle will continue to monitor comms until Senai is officially onboarded

 

Events

- Virtual Student Involvement Fair

o Wednesday (09/02/2020, 6PM – 10PM) o RSVP: https://uiowa.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6150532

- Virtual Ruck

o Contact Matt Miller and Chelsea, ask their opinion as to if we can host this type of event due to COVID-19

o May need to contact reps at the Office of Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement

- Virtual Panel Discussion

o Tabled

- UIVA Annual Fundraiser

o Tabled

 

Meeting adjourned at 1703

1630-1718

Meeting called to order at 1630

PRESENT: Jess, Josh, Matt Miller, Marina, Paul, Sam

ABSENT: Julia, Kyle, Kalli

Administrative

· GI Bill benefits unaffected by COVID-19 at this time

· Veterans.uiowa.edu is up to date!

· Direct any questions about COVID-19 to the coronavirus.uiowa.edu site

· GroupMe

o Professionalism

· This is an official student-organization group chat

· Executive members are authorized to remove disruptive individuals from the GroupMe

Events

· Sack Lunch Event (Tuesday, 08/25/2020 11AM-1PM)

o IVETS Lounge

o Mama's Deli

o Watch the capacity in the lounge! No more than 6 at a time.

· Ruck March (Nebraska/Wisconsin)

o NOT happening

o What can we do for Veteran Suicide Awareness?

· Virtual Ruck

§ Similar to a virtual 5k, with registration fee, t-shirts, etc.

§ Use Eventbrite or similar service to register people for the event

§ Donate proceeds to an organization that focuses on veteran mental health

§ How-to Virtual 5k resource

§ https://blog.bonfire.com/how-to-host-a-virtual-5k-fundraiser/

§ Veteran-owned t-shirt business?

§ Josh will conduct research and follow up by Friday, 08/28/2020, end of business

· All-Iowa Ruck

§ Iowa City / Ames / Cedar Falls / Cedar Rapids / etc.

§ Set goals for # of miles rucked (x amount of miles to Ames, x amount of miles to Cedar Falls, etc.)

§ Potentially do a virtual ruck if deemed unsafe

· Social media campaign

§ Crisis Text Line

§ Alternative options to care?

 

Public Relations

· Cedar Rapids Derecho Response

o Doing a donation drive/food drive/etc. for Cedar Rapids

· Walmart gift cards

o Reach out to local organizations to figure out the best ways that UIVA could help the community

· United Way 2020 Derecho Response

§ https://unitedwayofeastcentraliowa.galaxydigital.com/need/index?s=1&nee…

· Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster

§ https://www.linndisasterinfo.com/volunteer

o Supporting local veterans

· Contact Coe, Kirkwood, Mount Mercy, and other local institutions and see if there's any veterans that need assistance

· Jess will follow up

 

Looking Forward

· Vice President

o Looking to be more hands-on with the organization

· Running meetings, etc.

· Veteran's Success Course

o Not offered this semester

o Recruiting this year to fill the class for the next time it's available!

· COVID-19

o Opportunity to advance education and advocacy

· Virtual panel?

· Theme weeks/events

§ i.e. 2 weeks dedicated to talking about a specific issue student-veterans experience(?)

§ Could provide an opportunity for a social media marketing campaign

· Maybe we can do our own virtual conference if NatCon is cancelled?

§ NATCON may be moved to a virtual environment if deemed unsafe

o UIVA Annual Fundraiser

· Tabled

 

Meeting adjourned at 1718

Elections

UIVA Executive Team elections start April 6

- President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Director, Student Veteran Constituency Senator (UISG), Army ROTC Liaison, Air Force ROTC Liaison 

Vote UISG Elections

- Josh Brown is running 

Martin Acosta Fundraiser 

- Cousin to Alex Garcia (UI Student)

- Injured in Afghanistan 

- Plan to make a donation as a club 

- GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/martin-acosta-recovery-expenses

All of the following are canceled: 

- Military Ball, Camping trip, Aspen Dental Mouth event

 

**Meetings will still happen over Zoom Mondays at 4:30!!

Meeting ID: 982-685-965

Fundraiser 

March 7th
Volunteers for food transport:

- Marina

PTSD Awareness Event

- Local veteran will attend a meeting to speak about a potential PTSD awareness event to take place July 4. 

Military Ball @ IMU

- April 18 

- Price $35

- Please email tucker-trefz@uiowa.edu if interested in attending and TO FILL OUT THE RSVP FORM

- Currently signed up to go: Paul, Jake, Sam (+roommate), Siena, Dimi

Camping Trip?

- Coralville Reservoir

- Hannen Lake 

- Kent Park

- April 4? 

- April 11?

Elections

UIVA Executive Team elections start April 6th 

- President, V.P., Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Director, Student Veteran Constituency Senator (UISG), Army ROTC Liaison, Air Force ROTC Liaison

Aspen Dental Mouth Mobile

- free dental work

- April 21 9AM - 3PM 

- Location: 2515 Corridor Way (the Mall)

- Contact joshua-brown@uiowa.edu if interested

- would like 30 people

April 3 TLC event

- 3:30

- Location TBD

- Information covering University Counseling services 

 

**Questions or want to join the UIVA groupMe contact tucker-trefz@uiowa.edu

**Parent's Night Out February 29th 5-9pm.

- Volunteers (1 per child):

- Meagan, Paul, Dimi, Matt W, Jake, Liz, Jessica, Tucker (maybe), Marina

Fundraiser 

Volunteers for food transport:

- Marina

Military Ball 

- April 18 

- Price TBD

Veteran Employer Meet Up February 19th 10 - 11 am

*****CANCELED

Tough Mudder

- Neola, Iowa (3 hours away)

- April 25

- Garwin, Iowa (1.5 hours away)

- June 13

Woolstock, Iowa (2.5 hours away)

- August 1

- Paul, Meagan, Marina, Dimi, Jake, Matt W, Sam, Danielle, Randy, Kallie

Quad Cities Bix

- Mile 

- July 25

Camping Trip

- Coralville Reservoir

- Hannen Lake 

- Kent Park

- April 4?

Elections

UIVA Executive Team elections start April 6th 

- President, V.P., Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Director, Student Veteran Constituency Senator (UISG), Army ROTC Liaison, Air Force ROTC Liaison

Parent's Night Out February 29th 5-9pm.

- Volunteers (1 per child):

- Meagan, Paul, Dimi, Matt W, Jake, Liz, Jessica, Tucker (maybe)

Fundraiser

Flyers will be printed this week 
Alumni List of ROTC, Student Vets, and Faculty:

- Will be created during the upcoming Center for Advancement Meeting 

Corporate Sponsors

- Will use flyers

- Potential sponsors: Leash on Life, Iowa City Tire, Dodge Street Tire, Nodo, Cedar Ridge, Grinnell Mutual, RSM, Zebra, Big Grove, Chomp, Hills Bank, Spoco, Lincoln Financial, Aegon, Broncos - professional football teams (?), Hartland, Knight Eagle, Dupont, Collins United Technologies, Pita Pit, Lowe's, Menards

In-Person Donation Requests

- Will use flyers

- Small donation baskets

- Table (Sammy and Paul)

- Start requesting this weekend 

Food

- VFW catering through HyVee 

Tables 

- 8 foot table $150

- 6 foot table $100

- sponsor tickets

Military Ball 

- April 18 

Veteran Employer Meet Up February 19th 10 - 11 am

Tough Mudder

- Paul, Meagan, Marina, Dimi, Jake, Matt W, Sam, Danielle, Randy, Kallie

Elections

UIVA Executive Team elections start April 6th 

- President, V.P., Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Director, Student Veteran Constituency Senator (UISG), Army ROTC Liaison, Air Force ROTC Liaison

 

 

UIVA Meeting Jan 27 

Welcome Back everyone! 

If you are not in the GroupMe please ask another UIVA member or someone on the exec team. Important info will be messaged through GroupMe 

Elections:

- If interested in running for a position, please contact one of the exec team members 

Spring Fundraiser:

-March 7th 

-Jess has updates – still need volunteers 

-Contact Jessica-cupps@uiowa.edu if interested in volunteering  

Duties:

-Kyle and Paul door to door 

-Matt Whittle corporate contacts 

-Matt Miller ROTC /Veterans alumni w/Paul 

UISG Updates from Dimi:

- Office hours:  

- First and third Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 (UIVA Computer lounge) 

- Second and fourth Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 (UISG office) 

-VA registration initiative – healthcare – VA disability support group? 

-If interested, please contact damaris-mirea@uiowa.edu 

Events: 

- Hawk the Vote 

- Climate crisis parade in Des Moines Feb 1st free at noon 

 -Females: 5-day retreat in IC after school May 18-22 applications due Feb. 7 

- Multicultural ball 

- Deputy city liaison (get with Dimi, guide to not being rich (yet), CLAS committee – required class/elective for sustainability,  

 - PTSD support group – talk to Dimi 

- VA Disability Support group 

Updates on move with IVETS 

- No longer a part of CDE or DDEI (part of university registrar) 

- Still have the space in mall 

- Office hours switched to 8-4:30 

- Fall semester – moving out between May and August to Calvin hall 

- Any questions/issues? - talk with Matt Miller 

Military Ball: 

- Dates tbd 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, November 4, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, November 11, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, November 18, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, November 25, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, December 16, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome

UIVA Weekly Meeting

Thursday, December 23, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Calvin Hall
Weekly meeting to discuss ongoing business with the Veterans Association. All are welcome