Veteran Peer Mentoring

Veteran Peer Mentoring (VPM) is a peer support program that connects incoming and current student Veterans with the purpose of easing the transition to college life at Iowa.  Interested in getting connected to a peer mentor or becoming a peer mentor? Contact us at!

Meet the Mentors from Fall 2022!

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Team Lead

My name is Joe, and I am a senior studying Business Analytics + Information Systems (BAIS) at the University of Iowa. I'm also a member of the Iowa Air National Guard, serving part-time while being a full-time student. I wanted to be a peer mentor to get more connected with the veteran community and help veterans transition to life at a Big Ten University!

Savannah Rupp



I'm a Third Year Enterprise Leadership major with a minor in Rhetoric and Persuasion. I joined the Iowa Army National Guard in 2018 and plan to go Active Duty after college! I also dedicate the rest of the time as a student-athlete for the UI Women's Rowing team!

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I’m a second-year law student here at Iowa. I served as an Army Infantryman from 2014 – 2019, then I received my bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Washburn University in 2021. I am also a student writer on The Journal of Corporation Law. When I’m not reading and/or writing about the law, I enjoy cycling, playing Chess, and watching Chiefs football!

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I'm a senior in the BLS program at the University of Iowa. I've been in the Army National Guard since 2018 and I grew up in Northern Virginia. My hobbies consistent of spending time with friends and family, playing cards, working out, and watching sports. I'm a Denver Broncos fan but more importantly, an Iowa Hawkeyes fan. I am very easy to reach so please do not hesitate to contact me!

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Jason Nye

Peer Mentor

My name is Jason Nye and I use the pronouns he/him. I am a senior at the University of Iowa, majoring in accounting 

I have been in the Marine Corps Reserve for nearly three years, as a rifleman in the infantry. I have another three years on my contract, and we will see from there. 

I wanted to be a peer mentor to help those in the military connected community achieve their scholastic goals. School is difficult and can cause mental, emotional and even physical stress. I want to help people access the resources they need to succeed and be there for them in whatever difficulties they face. 

One interesting fact about me is that I went on a study abroad to Tanzania, Africa, where I was able to hike to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and spend a week camping among lions and elephants on a safari. 

Veteran Peer Mentoring  

Thank you to all that applied to be a Veteran Peer Mentor for Fa22-SP23.  Applications are now closed.

Applicants will be contacted for interviews by August 17, with Zoom interviews to take place August 18 and 19. Appointment will begin August 22, 2022 with training taking place during that week. Questions? Contact tara-lamb@uiowa.ed or call (319)-384-4816.

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