Sparked by the unique passions of Debbie Liebert Karl (’72) for veterans in the Ashland University community, her $1,000,000 contribution is being used to create a Veteran’s Center on campus. Inspired by the fact that Ashland once took a chance on her as an incoming freshman, her dream was to give back to both the university and its veteran students in a way that could make a real difference in their individual lives.
The Center will welcome and receive veterans as they transition from military service to campus life. Support services offered through the Center will include recruitment, admissions, registration and GI Bill processing, financial aid, academic advising, accessibility services, mental health counseling, and career development.
The initial gift allows the university to create a facility that includes conference spaces and offices for support staff; a USO-style veterans’ lounge where veteran students and staff can share a sense of camaraderie in a comfortable space; and two studio-apartment-style receiving rooms to provide emergency housing accommodations to veterans and their families at a moment’s notice. Living communities are also being formed to meet the specific needs of current student veterans living on campus.