Military Affiliated Students


Butler County Veterans Service Commission

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission's mission is to ensure that the veterans living in Butler County receive every possible benefit entitled to them on a federal, state and county level. They strive to maintain a strong relationship between the veterans, spouses or widows/widowers of veterans, dependents of veterans, and the agencies in place to serve them.

Called to Active Duty

Miami University complies with federal and state regulations to assist students who are called to active duty during the semester/term. It is recommended that students schedule an appointment to discuss grades in current classes (including an incomplete) and the procedures for properly withdrawing from the University and future re-enrollment by contacting Ashley Hopkins in the Student Success Center at or 513-529-3786.

Graduation Recognition for Those Who Have Served in the Military

Graduating student veterans and those on active duty are presented in an official ceremony hosted by members of Miami's Military Assistance Group with a Military Honor Cord if the student has made their service known in advance to the Office of the University Registrar.

Mesothelioma Help Now

Despite being less than one-tenth of the country’s population, veterans account for over 33% of all mesothelioma cases. was created to be a source of hope and empowerment to those affected by mesothelioma. By providing accurate and helpful information and resources, patients and their families better can understand their treatment, support and legal options.

Though mesothelioma is a rare cancer, you and your family are not alone in your fight against this tragic disease. Mesothelioma Help Now is your trusted advocacy center available to help you all your questions. Whether you want to know what treatment options you have, the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Help Now are committed to helping you.

Military Assistance Group (MAG)

Convened in the summer of 2015, this group of faculty and staff provides ad hoc support for all military-affiliated students (U.S. military veterans, those on active status with U.S. Guard and Reserve units, active-duty military, ROTC cadets, and dependents of those who have or are serving). The MAG directory can be found on the HUB site for the Oxford chapter of the Student Veterans of America.

The MAG includes the following information:

  • academic advisors
  • contact information for staff regarding:
    • admission
    • advocacy
    • applying VA education benefits
    • billing
    • general questions
    • pre-deployment
    • registration and transfer credit
  • counseling and crisis information
  • social support offices

Member Directory:

  • Emily Akil, FSB Advising
  • Steve Bailey, Community/Justice Studies - Middletown
  • Laura Birkenhauer, King Library
  • Beth Bowden, Assistant Registrar for Transfer Evaluation
  • Eric Buller, Wilks Leadership Institute, USA
  • Rodney Coates, Global & Intercultural Studies
  • Tracy Davis, Student Services Coordinator - VOA Campus
  • Virginia Engwall, CAS Advising
  • Laurel Gilbert, CLAAS Advising - Middletown
  • Nathan Hoch, EMSS/One Stop Certifying Official, USMC
  • Ashley Hopkins, Student Success Center Point of Contact
  • Tonia Hyllengren, Regional Assistant Dean for Academic Success
  • Rhonda Jackson, Women's Center
  • Jordan Land, Study Abroad
  • Donaly May, Naval Science, USN
  • Keisha Norris, CEC Advising
  • Wendy Owens, Career Exploration
  • Ted Pickerill, Office of the President
  • Sean Poley, Director of Accessible Technology, IT Services
  • Aidyn Scott, Office of Residence Life
  • Amy Shaiman, University Advancement, USNR
  • Matthew Smith, Humanities & Creative Arts - Hamilton
  • Shayna Smith, Career Exploration
  • Ryan Swallow, CAS Advising
  • Hope Sweeney, Student Disability Services
  • Sarah Unger, Admissions
  • Lincoln Walburn, Associate Director, Armstrong Student Center; SVA Advisor; USMC
  • Corey Watt, Career Exploration
  • Daryl Wright, EMSS Research & Data Analytics

Motor Vehicle Permits, Exceptional Transportation Needs

Please refer to the Student Handbook section 6.2.D and contact the Parking Office.

Other Campus Resources

Student Veterans of America

Miami is home to three chapters, one on each campus. These chapters are part of the national Student Veterans of America organization and are listed on the HUB. There is a designated advisor/point of contact for each campus:

Student Veterans' Center

The Oxford campus Student Veterans' Center is located at Wells Hall, 301 E. Spring St., Oxford, OH 45056. The Center is open 24/7 for military-affiliated students and is handicapped-accessible. Amenities include desktop computers, a printer, meeting and leisure space, as well as a television, refrigerator and storage lockers.

Please call or email Ashley Hopkins at 513-529-3786 or with questions.

Veterans Administration (VA)

Visit the VA’s website or call 1-800-827-1000. For tuition benefits call 1-888-442-4551.

Vets Center

The Vets Center is a support agency for counseling assistance for veterans. Miami students may access these resources by calling 1.877.WAR.VETS (877-927-8387), contacting Chadwick (Chad) Watiker, MSW, LISW-S, BCD, in person at 801 B W. 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203, via phone at 513-763-3500, or by email at


Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership is a Veteran-centered, results oriented, collaboration between the Cincinnati VA Medical Center (CVAMC) and higher education.