A hallmark of the CMVE is its annual conference which brings together our statewide network of professionals dedicated to making military-connected students as successful as possible in Michigan’s higher education landscape.

Future Annual Conferences

The date will be announced

The conference location will be determined soon

The conference theme will be announced soon

Registration fees: CMVE Institutional Members (Michigan Public Institutions of Higher Learning): Please visit the following page to become an institutional member.

Registration deadline will be announced

Previous Conference information

2019 Annual Conference

Friday, September 27th, 2019

Oakland University, Auburn Hills
Conference Program: Back to Basics: supporting our Military Connected Students

2018 Annual Conference

Tuesday, September 26, 2018
Pre-Conference Program: Military Credit Mapping Summit

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This slide deck incorporates the following presentations:
Setting the Stage – Where we’ve been, where we’re going
Katie Giardello, Director of Veteran & Transfer Initiatives, MCSS
Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) Overview
Sara Appel, MCMC Project Coordinator, Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)

This slide deck incorporates the following presentations:
American Council on Education (ACE) Translation Exercise
ACE Deep Dive – Faculty Review, JST credit, Exploration of ACE Tools (Breakout session)
Dr. Patricia Brewer, Midwest Regional Liaison, Center for Education Attainment & Innovation, American Council on Education; Dr. Lisa Ferris-McCann, Associate Director, Military Programs, American Council on Education

Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Overview (Breakout session)
Barry Moore, Director, Strategic Planning & Partnerships, METC, Defense Health Agency, Military Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Digital Resource Packet: Click here to access the digital resource packet available to attendees. Recommended to use ACE’s “Mapping ACE Military Credit Recom. and explore MN’s blank ACE credit worksheets (MCMC_MasterCopyVETSWorkbook) for on-campus credit mapping exercises.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Annual Conference: Serving Veterans in the Classroom

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“No Turning Back” – Considering the Perseverance of Today’s Veterans
Bryan Anderson, U.S. Army Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, Author, Actor, Athlete
Visit Bryan’s website to read about his story!

Key Competencies for Veteran Educators
Dr. Eric Fretz, Faculty Member, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; U.S. Navy (Retired)

Lunch & CMVE Business Meeting, see Annual Report

Concurrent Sessions Group I

Concurrent Sessions Group II

2016 Annual Conference

Please be sure to complete the online evaluation of the 2016 Conference if you haven’t already!

Documents from the 4th annual CMVE Conference (September 27-28, 2016) are available below:

Click here to view the detailed conference agenda.

Keynote address:
Where’s Willie Gillis Jr. on my campus? Data Collection and Collaboration to Locate and Serve Student Veterans On Campus – Dr. Chris Cate, Student Veterans of America

Concurrent Sessions Group I
Through the Looking Glass: An In-Depth Look and Discussion on Data Collection, Collaboration, and Tracking. – Dr. Chris Cate, SVA

Veterans Compliance Reporting Re-Engineering Project Update – Doug Falk, National Student Clearinghouse

Get Out and Get Active: Activity-Based Veteran Groups – Featuring Team Red, White, and Blue; Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors; and Dr. Will Emerson, UM-D

Finding Purpose: Exploring the Purpose of the Modern SVO – Patrick Forystek, Walsh College

Concurrent Sessions Group II
Improving Veteran Services: How to Assess Current Services and Proactively Implement Changes – Kara Fields, Macomb Community College, Ryan Sieja, Wayne State University

Connection to Military Culture Makes Collaborating for a Veteran-Friendly Community Stronger – Elizabeth Snell, Jackson College

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA): VA Education Benefits – Brent Haddow, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Connecting the Student Veteran to Michigan’s Veteran-Friendly Employers – David Dunckel, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Concurrent Sessions Group III
Veterans and the Michigan Workforce: Information and Tools from the MI Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives – Dr. Scott Powell, BLMI

Breaking Down Barriers to Student Veteran Success – John Collins, Beverly Jones, University of Michigan – Flint

Creating a model for Veteran Success through Collaborations – Featuring Ferris State University

Transition Support: The Whole Student Concept – Billy Clayton, Western Michigan University