Phi Theta Kappa to host Veterans Awareness Seminar

by NCTC Public Relations | Nov 10, 2015 <p> </p>

North Central Texas College's Psi Iota Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will honor veterans at NCTC with a special panel discussion and resource fair on Nov. 19 in Corinth.

The panel discussion will feature the existing programs that are in place for student veterans at NCTC, possible future benefits for student veterans attending NCTC, how veterans cope with re-entering the workforce, and more.

The event is open to all NCTC students and their families, as well as the community. It will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the NCTC Corinth Campus Library.

Panel speakers will include Dr. Jack O'Connor, Paul Bastaich, Stanja Zylowski, Samantha McGee and David Marchio.

Currently a philosophy professor at NCTC, Dr. O'Connor became a student veteran in 2003 after being released from the Bush administration's "Stop Loss Program." Dr. O'Connor will share his story of his successful transition from the military to civilian life, and provide some insight into how his experience can help current student veterans achieve that goal.

The director of the Denton County Veterans Service Department, Bastaich will provide vital information to student veterans on filing Veterans Affairs benefit claims, go over some FAQ's, provide helpful contact information, and discuss how student veterans can use the Veterans Service Department to their full advantage.

As the veterans' representative with NCTC Financial Aid, Zylowski will shed some light on programs currently available for student veterans attending NCTC, and also answer any questions pertaining to how veterans attending NCTC can best take steps in receiving the benefits they are entitled to.

McGee and Marchio are both student veterans. They will talk about their transitions from military to student life, their experiences navigating the academic landscape, and what helps them stay motivated in furthering their pursuit of higher education.

There is no charge to attend the Veterans Awareness Seminar. For more information, contact PTK Advisor Erica Thompson at 972-899-8337 or by email at