YSU raises funds for new Veterans Resource Center

Members of the cabinet raising funds for the new YSU Veterans Resource Center

Among the members of the cabinet raising funds for the new YSU Veterans Resource Center are, from the left, Scott Evans, YSU vice president for University Advancement;Robert O’Leary; Bernie Kosar Sr.; John MacIntosh; Shorty Navarro; Harry Meshel; and YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson.

Youngstown State University is launching the public phase of a $1.25 million fund-raising campaign to construct a Veterans Resource Center on Wick Avenue that will help military veterans and service members transition to and succeed as university students.

The campaign has already garnered $300,000 in donations and pledges, leaving $950,000 to be raised.

YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson said the creation of the Veterans Resource Center is yet another step in the university’s continued commitment to serve the special needs of veteran and military students who are leaving their military careers and entering university life.

“It is imperative that we do all we can do to ensure that these individuals, who have served their country with honor, are successful in reaching their educational and career goals,” she said.

If the funds are raised, a two-story building will be constructed on the site of the former Peck House on Wick Avenue, between Pollock House and Melnick Hall. It will house the YSU Office of Veterans Affairs, created in 2009, to assist current and former members of the military who become YSU students. The building will provide a space for students to gather, interact with other veterans and receive assistance with admissions, financial aid and other related services. The Office of Veterans Affairs is currently located on the third floor of Tod Hall.

Carl Nunziato

Carl Nunziato

The fund-raising campaign is led by a 13-person cabinet that includes retired military personnel with close ties to YSU. Cabinet co-chairs are Carl Nunziato, a 1961 graduate of Youngstown University, Army veteran of the Vietnam War and former vice president of National City Bank Trust, and Bernie Kosar Sr., a 1959 graduate of the Rayen School of Engineering at YSU and a veteran of 15 years in the Army reserves.

“Under the leadership of President Anderson, much has been done to help better serve and honor veterans and service members, including the creation of the veterans affairs office and the opening of Armed Forces Boulevard on campus,” said Nunziato, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he lost both of his legs in combat.

Bernie Kosar Sr.

Bernie Kosar Sr.

“The construction of this facility is further proof of the university’s commitment to make the educational needs of veteran and military students a priority today and for years to come.” Nunziato said an architect’s rendering of the new Veterans Resource Center is being developed and will be shared with the public shortly.

Kosar appealed to veterans, veterans groups, members of the community and others to give what they can to the campaign. “We are confident that there is sufficient support for our veterans to reach and even exceed our campaign goal,” he said. “If all goes according to plan, we hope to open the doors in 2014.”

To donate or make a pledge, contact Heather Chunn in the Office of University Development at hrchunn@ysu.edu or 330-941-1363.

About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive emerging urban research university that offers over 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.