Educational Opportunities


Photo taken by UNCW student while overseas. This is the Bucholz Airfield on the tiny island of Kwajelein and the Marines were headed to the Philippines.

Off-Campus Coffee Breaks*

Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:30 am-11:30 am
Fisher Student Center across from the Bookstore Entrance

FREE Coffee, Juice, and Breakfast pastries

November PERCH Programs

Car Maintenance 101
November 3, 2015 from 1-5 PM
Belk Parking Lot

Come educate yourself on car maintenance. Topics include checking fluids, changing tires, putting air into tires, jump starting cars, and so much more! If you want to take care of your car yourself, come out and take advantage of this free instructional workshop!

This will be a judgement free zone, so come by and get your questions answered!
Sponsored by University Police and PERCH

Staff Sergeant Leroy Petry
November 9, 2015 at 7 PM
Burney Center

During one of his eight deployments while serving in the US Army, Sgt. Petry lost his hand when he picked up and threw a grenade to save his fellow Rangers from being wounded or killed during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008. For his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty he received the Medal of Honor for his bravery and heroism. He is currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters company, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA with special duties as a liason officer for the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition- Northwest Region, providing oversight to wounded warriors, ill and injured service members and their families. UNCW Students can receive 2 tickets for Free at Sharky’s Box Office
Sponsored by Arts and Programs, Military Task Force, and PERCH

Risk Management: Protecting yourself for the Unpredictable
November 10, 2015 from 5-6 PM
Lumina Theater

Come learn on how to protect your home, family, and belongings from the unpredictable including weather, health and safety, and other events. Open to students, faulty, and staff.

Sponsored by University Police, Environmental Health and Safety, ITS Security, and PERCH

Veteran’s Day Ceremony
November 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM
University Commons, Amphitheater

Sponsored by PERCH and V.E.T.S.

Off-Campus Housing Fair
November 17, 2015 from 11-2 PM
Burney Center

Come learn about your off-campus housing options in Wilmington. Over 15 properties will be at the fair!


Military Student Spotlight
Patty, Exercise Science Major
United States Marines Veteran

Patty with MarinesPatty with Sammy

My first year transitioning to UNCW was the hardest year for me. After being out of the classroom for 7+ years it took some time to get my brain working in an academic fashion again. It took practice and it took asking for help and advice from my instructors on how to best study for their classes and keep my head above water. The military mentality is to be good at everything from the moment you are thrown into it. This doesn't work well in the classroom setting and it took some time before I became comfortable with the notion that I wasn't going to be a straight A student without putting in 100% effort, 100% of the time. That meant spending hours at the library and at home on the weekends with my nose in the books as well as asking for help when I needed it. That is key.

While I was pretty excited to leave the military in exchange for a civilian life I chose to become immersed with campus life. I joined many organizations. Some I was not able to keep up with and others I am still largely a part of. I stayed away from the military-affiliated groups in effort to assimilate with the general student body. It wasn't until last year, my second year at UNCW, that I longed for "my people." It is nice to feel like a real college student, it's not often that we are given a second chance in life and the GI Bill gave me that, however, my life differs greatly from those who are here straight out of high school. After a while, I wanted to be around the people I knew were like me and had gone through similar things. I found my place with the members of the Veteran Peer Support group. It's a great place to discuss our role in society in a positive way and a great place to feel like your back in again, chatting away and making jokes.

My advice as you make this transition is to look for help when you are struggling. Academically, reach out to your instructors. Personally, reach out to your peers. You are only as alone in this as you want to be. Asking for help is a form of strength and self improvement.

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