As the Director of the Veterans Resource and Support Center at Southern Utah University, Amanda Keller leads a team of staff and students focused on helping military-connected students.
The Veterans Resource and Support Center exists to retain and graduate military-connected students by delivering programs and services designed to recruit, retain, and support military-connected students as they pursue their educational goals and the achievement of skills needed to lead productive and meaningful lives.
Amanda served in the United States Marine Corps from May 1996 to May 2000.
Keller earned a bachelor of science at Weber State University, majoring in sociology with a minor in criminal justice.
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Meet the Staff of the Veterans Resource and Support Center
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Southern Utah University’s Veterans Resource and Support Center’s work is concerned with retaining and helping graduate military-connected students by running programs and services designed to recruit, retain, and support military-connected students as they pursue their educational goals and the achievement of skills needed to lead productive and meaningful lives. The team at the Veterans Resource and Support Center includes the Director of Veteran Services Amanda Keller, School Certifying Official Jeffrey Hunt, Veterans Success Specialist Amy Ellington and the Veteran Student Liaison Team composed by Dakota DiGuardi, Ricardo Bastidas, Cristian Morales, Tony Ochsner and Kodey Anthony.
How to Go Back to School as a Veteran
SUU News online
It can be difficult for veterans to shift from being in the military to being in the civilian world, and as a result of that, SUU is expanding its Veterans Resource and Support Center with the purpose of being a foundation in veterans’ futures. “We have a dedicated facility for veterans,” said Amanda Keller, director of the Veterans Resource and Support Center at SUU. “We have a director; we have the school certifying official. Our goal is to maintain good, open communication among all the departments and schools, in order to help veterans feel they are contributing members of society.”
Presidents Podcast Episode 70 - A Veteran's Day Commemoration
SUU's President Podcast online
"There’s a lot of unique challenges that [veterans] face reintegrating back into when they decide to come back to school. They change from a very structured and very rigid daily life to not so much structure. They sit in classrooms next to the traditional 18 year old. They have different world views, they have this rich knowledge that our traditional students don’t have and some of that knowledge comes with a little bit of baggage. They can have very strong opinions at times, they can be scared by fireworks at times, they can have big mouths sometimes even, too."