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Student Veteran Organization

The purpose of SVO is to provide PAU's military veteran students with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation; to provide veteran and non-veteran students with information on veterans' issues, including behavioral health related research and military/veteran cultural concerns; and to link veteran and non-veteran students with the local veteran community through events and volunteering opportunities.

SVO is open to anyone interested in the unique issues facing service members and their families – we do not require that you be a service member, only that you have a passion for, or curiosity about, veteran support, services and research.  Incoming students: if you would like to talk with a fellow military/veteran student about their experience at PAU, please email A board member will have a current student contact you.

The Student Veteran Organization is an official Chapter of the Student Veterans of America


2023-2024 Officers:

Co-President: Nicole Stephenson
Co-President: Sami Mitchell 
Vice President: Jason Woodruff
Secretary: Ashlynn Steinbaugh
Treasurer:  Jas Chok
Event Coordinator: Colin Simsarian

Advisor: Lisa Harris 

Faculty Advisors: Matt Cordova, PhD and Matt Yalch, PhD




PTSD in Military Populations

Welcome Home: Understanding the Complex Transition and Unique Needs of Military Veterans Academic Life – a presentation by Dr. David M. Joseph, Director of the Oakland Vet Center and follow up discussion featuring a panel of PAU Student Veterans.