POWELL, Wyoming — The Northwest College Veterans Club will host a public open house of its new Veterans Lounge Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 3-5 p.m. in Frisby Building Room 208 on NWC’s main campus.
According to NWC faculty members Steve and Kristine Walker, who are also U.S. Air Force veterans and co-advisors of the Veterans Club, the lounge provides an environment and meeting space to allow students with military backgrounds to come together to build connections with each other and the college.
“Student veterans can be different from our more traditional students, and even from other nontraditional students,” Steve Walker said. “Veterans share a common background and culture that is outside the experience of nonveterans. When we are around people who have this commonality, we feel more comfortable and more connected to each other and consequently to our institution. Creating this dedicated space that is inviting to student-veterans will help build those connections and that community within our college, and hopefully their academic goals as well.”
Space for the lounge was acquired by the club after the NWC Social Science and Education Division moved from the Frisby Building into the Yellowstone Building in 2014. Since that time, the space has been fully renovated from a classroom to a lounge environment which includes a conference table, recliners, TVs, computers, mini-refrigerator and microwave. The room is also decorated with military badging and flags.
The Veterans Club currently has about 25 members, according to the Walkers, and will begin meeting regularly in the lounge on the second Tuesday of each month from noon-1 p.m.