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Participant name: anna froula
Organization name: east carolina university

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AV-255537-17Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarEast Carolina UniversitySoldier to Scholar Bridge Program8/1/2017 - 7/30/2019$64,899.00Anna Froula   East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleNC27858-5235USA2017American LiteratureDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs64899064677.420

A summer bridge program for student veterans to study and discuss historical and literary treatments of World War I and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in relation to their own military experience.

The goal of the Soldier to Scholar bridge program is to provide access to war literature and film with historical national context to 15 incoming student veterans. Content will focus on WWI and on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. NEH Discussion Leaders will comprise ECU faculty from the humanities, two consultant Modernists and American literature scholars, and the assistant director of SVS. The program will take place Monday August 7, 2017, through Friday, August 18 and provide three humanities credits to the participants, who will be guided by faculty in daily discussions. Student veteran participants will analyze humanities texts in relation to their own military experience.

AV-271049-20Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarEast Carolina UniversityOdysseus Goes to University: Veteran to Scholar Bootcamp5/1/2020 - 4/30/2022$97,163.00SheenaM.EaganAnna FroulaEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleNC27858-5235USA2020Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs971630971630

The revised reprisal of a 2017 Dialogues on the Experience of War summer bridge program for a total of 30 student veterans to explore the topics of homecoming and reintegration through literature, film, folklore, and medical humanities.

Many military veterans have struggled to make the transition from military culture to university culture. Showing up alone on the first day of classes can be intimidating, especially to student Veterans who might feel out of touch with the traditional undergraduate population, those who might not yet feel that they belong in a university, and those who are unused to being in control of their own schedules. To intervene, East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina, proposes to a “Veteran to Scholar Boot Camp.” This program aims to build community and understanding by cultivating discussions about war experience through the study of humanities texts. Simultaneously, the program prepares these students for academic success through an orientation to student services on campus, while also providing unique opportunities to gain comfort in the classroom setting and develop important scholarly skills (such as reflective writing, critical reading and thinking skills, etc.).