VetNet meets every Wednesday when school is in session, from 12-1pm in the VETS Center, North 115. Members keep in touch through our Facebook group. Join us if you want to know what’s going on with VetNet!
2012 VetNet officers
- Kevin Leszcyznski, President
leszczynskiK0771@stuemail.gcc.mass.edu or call 413-522-7283 anytime 24/7
- Michael Lewis, Vice-President
LewisM4916@stuemail.gcc.mass.edu or call 413-834-1174 anytime 24/7
- Chris Rose, Vice-President
- Will Collins, Treasurer
- Aaron Suddaby, Secretary
- Chris Howe, Sergeant at Arms
- Mike Linnehan, Sergeant at Arms
VetNet is GCC’s club for student veterans. Our primary goal is to generate a campus-wide culture that embraces the leadership, discipline, and high standards veterans bring to our campus while translating their military experience to student success.
How will VetNet accomplish these goals?
- Create a seamless transition for student veterans returning to the classroom.
- Facilitate access to programs, benefits, and services for veterans in the local and college community.
- Provide appropriate space on campus for student veterans to relax, study, share resources, plan activities, access support, and engage in familiar camaraderie.
- Invite all students, staff, and faculty to participate in the VetNet community.
- Collaborate with the GCC and Franklin County community members to provide educational programming and training that promotes the successful integration of veterans returning to civilian life.
- Identify and develop relationships with family members of veterans in our Armed forces to ‘close the gap’ and ‘build bridges’ that encourage a broadening of their self-image and lifestyle management principles that contribute to their academic, community, spiritual, and emotional success.
- Endorse a non-political environment.
Approved by VetNet members on October 13, 2010
The current GCC Veterans Network (VetNet) group was conceptualized by a student veteran that wanted to ensure that the veteran population had a voice on campus and resources available for the combat to classroom transition. This effort began in November 2009 by establishing a weekly campus meeting, Wednesday’s 12-12:50 p.m. that welcome student veterans, dependents and spouses of veterans, and all other individuals interested in participating in the veteran community.
Sometime in the Spring 2010 semester, a student veteran that was attending the weekly meetings suggested the group use social media as a tool to connect the folks attending meetings. It was at that time the Greenfield Community College Veterans Network Facebook group was created by a student veteran. The intention of the Facebook group was to have a safe space for student veterans to share their voices, resources and experiences with each outside of the weekly meeting. Although this is an open group on Facebook, individuals requesting to join must know at least one member. The Greenfield Community College Veterans Network Facebook group currently has 66 members and has a wildly active wall that has created a sense of community that is authentic, committed and irreplaceable.
By September 2010, VetNet was gaining attention on campus and the attendance at weekly meetings began to increase. It was at that time it was necessary to organize more formally. The student members that attended the weekly meeting officially identified themselves as the GCC Student Veterans Network Organization and adopted the VetNet catch name. The meeting members developed and approved a Mission Statement for VetNet on October 13, 2010. In October, VetNet held its first election for student officers to uphold the Mission Statement and lead the group to where it is today.
VetNet members have done extensive outreach to the GCC campus and community through volunteerism, networking and community service. The members are committed to developing community relationships, creating visibility and establishing an access to GCC for veterans and the families and friends of veterans.
In September 2011, VetNet was invited by GCC Student Life to become an officially recognized student club on campus. As of December 2011, the VetNet Student Club has an active membership that has grown to over 30 students and allies and counting as we welcome new students this semester.
Anyone interested in more information or becoming a member of the GCC VetNet student club is encouraged to stop by the VETS Center, N215, which is conveniently located down the hall from the Student Life Office.