veteran


Edward Davis
If Edward Davis could choose one word to describe himself, it would be “driven.” From life in the military, to becoming a first-generation college graduate and continuing his educational pursuits in a master’s program, to managing his own business, Davis isn’t afraid of taking on new challenges. Growing up in […]

A Life of Firsts


Sean Tran with friends at Hodges University
Everyone knows somebody who is always a pleasure to be around and who is always wearing a smile. This person maintains a positive attitude, is supportive and encouraging, enjoys getting involved and giving back, and believes in making a difference. At Hodges University, this person is Phuc “Sean” Tran. “I […]

Learning to Thrive


VSC Director and Student
As a veteran returning from service, the transition can be difficult. The uncertainty of what lies ahead, as well as what options are available can be daunting. For veterans returning to school, not only do they face the same uncertainties, but they are also stepping into a far different role […]

Hodges’ Veterans Services Center Helps to Ease the Difficulties of ...



Justin Chait, owner of Gnarly Harley Paddle, LLC.
College is often viewed simply as a time for learning. Students attend class, listen to the professor, read from a textbook and study in order to remember the information. However, a textbook to test learning style isn’t always the most effective way for a student to prove he/she knows the […]

Putting His Plan into Action


There are two types of people in the world: optimists and pessimists. For 77-year-old Hodges student Nic Neumann, life has presented its share of unique circumstances, both good and bad. From escaping Romania during World War II at the age of five to becoming an entrepreneur with an associate degree, […]

Regardless of Age, Nic Neumann is Keeping his Options Open


Nicole Fleschute
It has been three years since Nicole Fleschute made the decision to transition from military to civilian life. No stranger to hard work, her journey from growing up in Virginia to serving in the United States Army to pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management from Hodges University has not been […]

Personal Struggles Lead to an Inspiring Comeback



Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center
By Christine Manson, director of veterans services at Hodges University and U.S. Air Force reservist.  The transition from combat to college can be difficult for many veterans. While some students feel prepared to enter into a classroom environment, others struggle with the feeling of inadequacy. At Hodges University, 12 percent […]

Three Tips for Veteran Students to be Successful in College


Mia Rodgers
Author, artist and professional speaker Mary Ann Radmacher once said, “Unexpected events can set you back or set you up. It is all a matter of perspective.” For Mia Rodgers, captain at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and commander of the Core Facility in Fort Myers, a positive outlook, […]

Captain by Day and Student by Night


Ameena Brown
Name: Ameena Brown Program of Study: Interdisciplinary Studies Semester of anticipated graduation: December 2016 Career goal: My goal is to work with veteran students at Hodges or at a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital. Tell us a little about yourself and your life: I have a six-year-old daughter who I love […]

February 2016 Student of the Month: Ameena Brown