Student Housing Business

MAR-APR 2018

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PROJECT PROFILE March/April 2018 120 T The University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC) has long been a pioneer in educating veterans. It was one of the first universities to offer specialized programs and housing to accommodate wounded veterans returning from World War II. These efforts were largely credited to Timothy Nugent, a professor of rehabilitation education at the University of Illinois. Nugent founded a first-of-its-kind degree program to increase opportunities for returning veterans and people with disabilities. His work was the initial spark for the uni- versity's momentum, still strong today, for providing residential accommodations and support services to this student population. Nugent is credited with making the University of Illinois the first campus with curb cuts and the first university to equip buses with wheelchair lifts, in addition to leading research on building design to serve people with disabilities. He was even the founder of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Most recently, the College of Applied Health Sciences opened the Chez Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The center was designed, and is oper- ated, with the goal of providing dignity and independence to veterans with disabilities. Servicemen and Women Go Unserved at Most Campuses Student veterans are an underserved seg- ment of campus populations and have unique needs, regardless of their physical and mental abilities. From the roles of civilian to deployment to injury to college to the pursuit of a meaningful career, this group of students is quickly pro- pelled through multiple, significant life tran- sitions. Not to mention that many also have had life and work experience prior to their military service. It's a group that's vastly dif- ferent from a traditional freshman matriculat- ing from high school. Smooth transitions are safeguards against Veteran Housing is Front and Center at Illinois A new campus center provides residences and services for wounded veterans to ensure graduation and support career success. By Lynn Peisner The Chez Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign takes the university's long-standing mission to educate veterans to new heights with residence and support services located at a central spot on campus. The kitchen in the Chez Center is a popular place where students gather to study and socialize. It features base cabinets and appliances with drawers rather than doors.

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