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Dedication of Larger, Renovated UK Veterans Resource Center Set for Oct. 3

Photo of VRC Student lounge and study room
Student lounge and study room in the more spacious, renovated VRC in Erikson Hall.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2017) The University of Kentucky Veterans Resource Center (VRC) moved into larger renovated space on the lower level of Erikson Hall last year and will formally dedicate and celebrate that space in a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, on the front lawn of Erikson Hall. The UK community and public are invited to attend, especially veterans within UK and the Lexington area.

Among those speaking will be UK President Eli Capilouto, Steve Trage​r, Republic Bank chairman and CEO and Republic Bank Foundation president, UK Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Don Witt, VRC Director Tony Dotson and current UK student veterans.

The Veterans Resource Center was established at UK in 2009 in Room 124 Funkhouser but eventually outgrew that space, resulting in the move to Erikson Hall.

“The new center is a testament to our donors' generosity and the university’s dedication to student veteran success," Dotson said. "Our larger space allows for more congregational space as well as study space for students. We are now able to combine our resources into one physical location in order to better serve students needing assistance.”

The new space for the VRC was made possible by gifts from various donors including Republic Bank Foundation and the Nich Dieruf Memorial Fund. The center serves nearly 800 military affiliated students who are veterans, active military, or dependents of military parents. The center also supports the Bluegrass Community and Technical College's student veteran population of 300-400. 

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