Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) Program is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus in order to help them navigate college life, identify challenges they are facing, refer them to the appropriate resource on or off campus, and provide ongoing support to their academic and personal ventures.
The main goals of the program are to:
- Ease the transition from the military to the university
- Improve student veterans’ sense of connectedness to the university
- Create a safe haven and source of support
- Improve student veteran academic performance
As a Peer Advisor, you help fellow student veterans on campus connect with resources and services appropriate to their needs and provide them with support throughout their transition to college. Peer Advisors are matched with incoming student veterans and work to ensure that their concerns and questions are being addressed. Students may ask you common questions about classes, professors, and academic schedules, but they may also share concerns outside of academia, such as employment problems and financial issues. Your experience as a student veteran will be key in connecting with them and providing them with the support and linkage to the resources that will help them meet their academic and personal goals.
For more information, please email Ava Murphy at PAVE@uccs.edu or call our office: 719-255-3253.
Kristin Chaney is the Team Lead for the UCCS PAVE program. She was born in Colorado Springs at the United States Air Force Academy, however, she calls Texas home. After graduating from high school in El Paso, Texas, she served nine years of active duty enlistment in the United States Air Force during which time she earned her first Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Regis University. She recently graduated from her second Bachelor of Arts program in Geography & Environmental Studies with a minor in History and is currently in the Alternative Licensure Program for Secondary Education while pursuing a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. It is her goal to one day be a High School Social Studies teacher. Kristin has a lot of experience in higher education and looks forward to sharing it with you. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children ages 13, 11, and 7.
Ryan Dobbs is the Military and Veteran Orientation Welcome Leader for the Office of Military and Veteran Student Affairs. He was a medic in the Army for four year and was in the 10th MTN, in the 4th battalion 31st Infantry at Fort Drum, NY. After getting out of the service he moved to Colorado to go to school at UCCS, and for the plethora of outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. Currently he is a senior in the nursing program at UCCS. So far, he has completed a psychology minor and is currently working on a pre-med minor. He works at the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs at UCCS, and in the summertime he is also a white water raft guide for Peterson Air Force Base's outdoor recreation program.
Shane Lisius is an officer for the UCCS Student Veteran Organization, as well as a Student Benefits Processor for the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs. Shane possesses a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After serving over seven years in the US Army as an Infantry Captain in multiple positions both overseas & stateside, he enrolled at UCCS and to pursue a Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences & Biochemistry, with an intent for Medical School. Shane seeks to assist veterans with an emphasis in neurology, in order to give back to those who have already given much.