The DUSVO faculty sponsors are Dr. Olivia Catolico, professor in the Nursing Department and a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force, and Dr. Charity Keplinger, Associate Director of Clinical Education in the Physician Assistant Program, who served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard.
“The veterans organization was developed to provide a positive presence for veterans and dependents of veterans and active duty personnel on campus while contributing to the overall cultural diversity of the University,” said Kenneth Waters, DUSVO’s first president. “We want to make a positive lasting impact during our time here.”
Waters, a nursing major, said DUSVO is an inclusive organization dedicated to the promotion of those serving on active-duty, veterans, reservists, military spouses, and dependents and survivors of military personnel. "Its purpose," he says, "is to help address the challenges faced by military members transitioning from military service to the Dominican Experience by facilitating supportive services and an active involvement within the campus and the surrounding community of Marin County.”
Reaching the rank of Hospital Corpsman Second-Class (E-5) within the first 2 ½ years of service in the U.S. Navy, Waters was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 while attached to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. After finishing his military service, he decided to continue working in the healthcare field as a civilian. Waters was attending Diablo Valley College when he learned about Dominican’s Nursing program.
“We are making a positive presence for the veterans and military-connected students here at Dominican and we hope to grow our veteran student population, as well as membership into the veteran organization,” Waters says, “Our focus will be on expanding our presence on campus and in the surrounding community. Tying yellow ribbons around some of the trees throughout campus is a way to honor those who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces and also bring attention to the resources that the university has available.”
For more information about the DUSVO or the Veteran Services Office, please email Veterans@dominican.edu.