July 27, 2015
Adversity did not stop Shahnaz Askins '15 (College of Arts & Sciences). The retired Navy Legalman served 17 years in the military that included four deployments and nine tours. As a single mom, her battle against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has given her compassion for those with disabilities, motivating her to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Regent University. She also recently competed for a second year in the Department of Defense's Warrior Games.
"A couple of years ago, Safe Harbor said they needed athletic women. I already did cross fit and decided to give it a try," said Askins. "It was a really great experience. The one thing I noticed about the athletes is how humble they were. It's in a sense, the way God wants us, to be humble, caring and emulate Christ's character."
June 9, 2015
Sometimes changing the world begins on the homefront.
For Regent University School of Divinity (DIV) students Brian Payne '17 and Camea Baksh '17, it will begin on the frontlines as they continue to learn what it means to serve in the United States Navy as Chaplain Candidate Program Officers (CCPOs).
May 15, 2015
"Boots on the ground" has a different meaning for the military spouse. These less-decorated heroes are uniformed by their volunteer efforts, their countless moves, and for many, their leadership of both mother and father roles to their children while their spouses are serving on deployment.
On Thursday, May 8, the patriotic lilts of a brass ensemble greeted these men and women as Regent University's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs, along with several other Hampton Roads organizations, honored the sacrifice of the less-decorated heroes at the annual Heroes at Home 2015 Military Spouse Awards.
By Brennan Smith
March 30, 2015
Research shows that military chaplains are essential to the well-being of those serving in the armed forces. Research is also revealing though that the occupation has moved from being one of the healthiest to one of the unhealthiest.
"The workload is tremendous," said Dr. Gary Roberts, Robertson School of Government (RSG) professor. "Some of them have 1,500 officers, men and their families, to whom they're providing service. You see in any care-giving occupation, when you have such a large flock, it just creates role conflict, because you really just can't invest the time that you would like, and it exacerbates your own self-care problems and issues."
By Brett Wilson
March 19, 2015
Members of the United States Armed Forces are trained to uphold the values and protection of the United States. In the same light, lawyers are trained to uphold the nation's Constitutional integrity. It takes a distinguished class of individuals to do both.
On Tuesday, March 17, Regent University's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs with Regent University's School of Law (LAW) Career & Alumni Services hosted the Military Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC) information session for those individuals hoping to serve their nation in the Corps.
By Brett Wilson
March 16, 2015
July 1863, 163,000 soldiers swarmed the town of Gettysburg.
There, a woman named Elizabeth, the wife of a cemetery caretaker, was left to fill her husband's shoes while he was away at war. After the three-day fight that determined the course of the Civil War, she was charged with the lonely task of digging graves for 108 massacred bodies.
She was six months pregnant.
That strength is the legacy of faith and courage from these and others were stories that Jocelyn Green, author and speaker shares in her fiction and non-fiction books. And it's the encouragement she shared with women at a military wives appreciation dinner on Thursday, March 12, hosted by Regent University's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs and First Baptist Church of Norfolk.
By Brett Wilson
December 19, 2014
A small, yet strong percentage of military officers choose to serve and protect their fellow Americans. Fewer still are chosen to protect the spiritual well-being and vitality of those individuals and their families as military chaplains.
On Friday, Dec. 5, Regent University honored one such Arthur Briggs '14 (School of Divinity) as he crossed the threshold of Regent graduate into the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy. Briggs and his family celebrated at the military officer commissioning ceremony hosted by the Office of Military & Veterans affairs.
By Brett Wilson
November 14, 2014
Continuing to strengthen its relationships with military personnel, Regent University's Military & Veteran's Affairs has established an agreement with Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), a division of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Norfolk, Virginia.
Earlier this fall, NATO staff officers Lieutenant Colonel Alfonso Alvarez (Spanish Army) and Commander Matteo Minelli (Italian Navy) attended a signing ceremony for the letter of accord with Regent's executive vice president for operations, Dr. Paul Bonicelli.
By Brett Wilson
November 12, 2014
LT Jason Redman, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was a self-proclaimed "closet" Christian, saving his prayer time before he entered the battlefield, more out of habit than reverence.
"I'd say, 'Lord, I'd be cemented in my faith if you would only give me a sign,'" Redman told guests of Regent University's Veterans Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs on Friday, Nov. 7.
October 7, 2014
Regent University's School of Divinity (DIV) military chaplaincy candidates and other students considering military chaplaincy recently had the opportunity to fellowship with active duty and retired chaplains and learn more about the calling to serve the spiritual needs of service members and their families. The Military Chaplaincy Dinner was held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 in conjunction with modular week, which brings online students to campus for face-to-face learning and connecting.
Army Chaplain Dean Darroux, post chaplain at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, was the guest speaker.
Darroux, who hails from Island of Dominica West Indies, was a local pastor there when he heard God's "calling out" to military chaplaincy, to which Darroux answered, "Yes, Lord, I'll become a minister to the military."
By Brett Wilson
August 29, 2014
Despite their various degree programs and service in the armed forces, before many of Regent University's military students are launched from the school as world-changers, they share one very similar experience: community.
On Tuesday, August 26, some of Regent's military students and alumni gathered in the Library Atrium for the annual Military Meet and Greet networking event, hosted by Regent's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.
By Amanda Morad
July 9, 2014
For years, Regent University has been a local leader in helping veterans and military servicemen and women transition to civilian life through higher education. That role continues to grow as Regent partners with GoArmyEd, a virtual gateway for active duty, National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers to request tuition assistance for classroom and distance learning.
Celebrating with an official launch ceremony on July 1, Regent now has full status as a Servicemembers Opportunity/Letter of Instruction (SOC/LOI) school, and will now be accessible to soldiers seeking their institution of higher learning through GoArmyEd.
By Amanda Morad
May 21, 2014
Regent University is regularly recognized as a military-friendly school, but on Tuesday, May 20, U.S. News & World Report took this recognition a step further by ranking Regent among the Best Online Programs for Veterans and Service Members.
Regent was ranked No. 8 for online bachelors programs, No. 8 for online graduate education and No. 24 for online graduate business programs for veterans. Regent was the only Virginia school ranked in the top 20 for bachelor's programs and is the highest ranked Virginia school for graduate education.
By Amanda Morad
May 13, 2014
As a key member of the Hampton Roads, Va., community, Regent University's support of local military families is a top priority. On Thursday, May 8, Military & Veterans Affairs director David Boisselle presented the winner of the 2014 Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year Award with a Presidential Scholarship.
The Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year Award is given annually to a Hampton Roads military spouse from any branch who demonstrates exceptional community service and support for fellow military families. This year's winner is Jayme Borah, spouse of E5 Nicholas Borah, Naval Station Norfolk. Jayme has been a military spouse for 11 years and is a mother to three children.
December 17, 2013
Regent University has agreed to a strategic partnership with U.S. Army Command & General Staff College's (CGSC) Department of Distance Education, whose mission is "to prepare field grade officers to solve problems and lead organizations in a range of Army, joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational operations in complex and uncertain operational environments. DDE develops, distributes and administers the Command and General Staff College's distance learning programs to Active and Reserve Component officers from all services and allied nations."
The partnership provides advanced standing of up to 15 credits for graduates of CGSC's Intermediate Level Education (ILE) in the School of Business & Leadership's (SBL) Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight programs, as well as the Robertson School of Government's Master of Public Administration (MPA).
By Amanda Morad
November 13, 2013
When Regent University alumnus, Chaplain Darren Turner '06 (Divinity) chose the Army for his place of ministry, he couldn't have predicted the road it would take him and his family down.
But on Friday, Nov. 8, Turner shared his story of redemption before a crowd of fellow military service members at Regent's annual Veterans Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.
By Brett Wilson
May 17, 2013
The sacrifices that men and women serving in uniform make to defend the United States are apparent. However, within the midst of the "delightful chaos" of military life—moving frequently and serving overseas—there is another community whose sacrifice is not quite as apparent: military spouses.
On Thursday, May 9 the ninth-annual "Heroes at Home" Military Spouse Awards honored these men and woman who have, in the midst of their own trials, stood firmly in support of those in the armed forces. The ceremony, held at the Founders Inn and Spa, recognized the efforts of more than 70 nominees, each of whom has contributed to the wellness and flourishing of the Hampton Roads community.
April 19, 2013
It was a sight never before seen on the Regent University campus. Future U.S. Navy officers in their summer whites marched across Robertson Field before their superiors and several hundred guests at the close of their year as Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) students on Saturday, April 13.
The Pass-In-Review gives NROTC graduates the opportunity to display their drill expertise before Navy leadership. An impressive show of skill and precision, midshipmen are evaluated on their execution of moves and their attention to detail.
April 16, 2013
As one of the leading military-friendly universities in Virginia, Regent University is constantly expanding its relationships with every branch of the armed forces, providing educational services and discounts to military personnel.
On Monday, April 15, Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo, and Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) Commandant Joseph S. Ward, Jr., Major General U.S. Air Force, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) about provisions for JFSC students to earn credit at Regent
January 22, 2013
Regent University's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs welcomed back Rachel Johnson, MOL '08, as special guest speaker for its Spring 2013 Military Community Open House for new and returning military students.
Johnson's objective was to deliver encouragement to Regent's military students at the start of the new semester.
Johnson, a former Air Force public affairs officer, emphasized that time management was crucial to her academic success. "I had my 'non-negotiables': prayer, family and schoolwork. I planned my schedule and stuck to it, even doing homework while at lunch or the gym." She began every day in prayer. "God is the source of wisdom, peace, and joy," she said. "Through prayer, I discerned how to plan my day." Communication with key people like family members, her boss, professors and peers was also crucial.
By Amanda Morad
Each November, Regent University's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs celebrates the sacrifice of servicemen and women and honors those who have paid the ultimate price.
Linking stories of the Revolutionary War and the War on Terror to traits of the three national colors, presidential historian and keynote speaker Jane Hampton Cook gave an overview of what it means to stand behind the colors of the American flag. "The founding fathers didn't know what red, white and blue meant at the Continental Congress in 1777," she said. "But by 1782 when the Revolution was won, they knew."
November 7, 2012
Sara Jane Arnett
Photo courtesy of Office of Military & Veterans Affairs
Regent University's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs recently welcomed Sara Jane Arnett, wife of Army captain Sam Arnett, as its Networking Lunch 'n Learn speaker on the topic of "How to Thrive as a Military Spouse." Arnett, the 2011 Hampton Roads Heroes at Home military spouse award recipient, is also a student in Regent's School of Business & Leadership.
Arnett spoke about the importance of having a mentor, and introduced her personal mentor and fellow Army wife (retired) Shirley Strong. Arnett also spoke on ways to build resilience to strengthen military families, including managing family separation, getting involved in post and community activities, and focusing on self and family relationships.
Regent University School of Divinity's military chaplaincy candidates and other students considering military chaplaincy recently had the opportunity to fellowship with active duty and retired chaplains and learn more about the calling to serve the spiritual needs of service members and their families. The Military Chaplaincy Dinner was held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in conjunction with modular week, which brings online students to campus for face-to-face learning and connecting.
Chaplain (Col.) Dave West, a retired Army chaplain and School of Business & Leadership doctoral candidate, gave the keynote address. West, originally an enlisted and commissioned engineer officer in the U.S. Army, admitted he came to military chaplaincy "reluctantly" after forming a negative opinion of military chaplains. "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him you don't want to do something," said West, adding, "God has a way of teaching us things when we listen to His call."
September 7, 2012
Regent University has joined the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) College and University Network, a group of institutions which use ACE credit recommendations to provide more opportunities for adult learners to earn a college degree.
"Military adult learners at Regent have long enjoyed generous transfer credit in recognition of their extensive training and experience," said Dave Boisselle, Regent's director of military and veterans affairs. "Now, civilian professionals working at organizations that partner with the ACE can likewise receive generous transfer credit for their corporate training and experience. This underscores Regent's commitment to serving adult learners who aspire to become Christian leaders to change the world."
By Rachel Judy
July 25, 2012
Affirming Regent University's continuing commitment to both active duty and military reserves, President Carlos Campo recently signed a Statement of Support with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
At a signing ceremony held on Friday, July 20, President Campo stressed the importance of supporting the military community. "Today is part and parcel of our continued commitment to making Regent not just a military-friendly place but a place where we can continue to give back to our country," he said.
ESGR is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.
By Amanda Morad
May 14, 2012
Toni Hall and her husband CMSgt. Ronald Hall Jr. accept the Presidential Scholarship from Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president (center).
The Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year Awards have become a treasured Hampton Roads tradition honoring the spouses of active duty service members for their support, leadership and dedication to the success of military families. Also continuing in this tradition, Regent University once again awarded Regent's Presidential Scholarship to the 2012 recipient of the award, Toni Hall.
Hall is the wife of Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ronald S. Hall Jr., of the 30th Intelligence Squadron out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis.
May 29, 2012
Following a national search, Dr. Eric Patterson has been appointed as dean of Regent University's Robertson School of Government, effective July 1. Most recently, Patterson served as associate director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.
He also has considerable U.S. government experience. He served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 2007-2008 and has had two appointments in the State Department's Bureau of Political and Military Affairs, where he worked on international small arms and light weapons security issues. He is also an officer and commander in the Air National Guard, having deployed to Southwest Asia in 2011.
By Rachel Judy
April 9, 2012
Winsome Sears '03 (Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship)
A tradition at Regent University, the Spring Military Prayer Breakfast regularly attracts both military service members and civilians to campus for prayer and fellowship. Held this year on Thursday, April 5, the event featured Regent alumna Winsome Sears '03 (Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship).
By Amanda Morad
February 28, 2012
As February draws to a close, Regent University concluded its Black History Month celebration with events to honor African American contributions to the arts. On Friday, Feb. 24, the Office of Military Affairs hosted a jazz night with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band.
Written by Carolyn Mendez, Regent Daily Runner
Neil P. McNulty brought a compelling and enthusiastic presentation to Regent University on October 25 when he addressed job opportunities in today's society. "Change the way you think, opportunities are everywhere and available at all times," said McNulty as he began his speech on the endless possibilities of finding a job in the midst of economic struggle. As author of The Quick 30/30 Job Solution: Smart Job Search Tips for Surviving Today's New Economy, McNulty has stood in society as one of the most prominent employment consultants. He began a career in the Military and went on to join Management Recruiters International (MRI) and then to eventually start his own company: McNulty Management Group. Through his brief session, listeners acquired the fundamental steps needed to begin the job hunting process.
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