Conference Agenda

WAVES 2024 – Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
Agenda (Tentative)

Monday, July 15, 2024

1:00 – 5:00 PM

Registration

6:00 – 8:00 PM

President’s Reception


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

7:00 – 8:30 AM

Breakfast Refreshments

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration

8:30 – 9:00 AM

WAVES Welcome, Chris Henthorn, WAVES President

The Star-Spangled Banner, Tracy Copeland, Past-President

Pledge of Allegiance, Jason Garcia, WAVES 1st VP

Introduction of Board Members, National Training Team-Schools (NTT-S), SAA’s, Chris Henthorn, WAVES President

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Muskogee RPO Updates
(General Session)

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Break

10:00 – 11:30 AM

SAA – Up-dates and Overview of “The Uniform Application”

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch provided

1:00 – 3:30 PM

(Breakout Sessions – Select one to attend) 

New SCO Training* – Sharon Coverdell, VA National Training Team

Advanced SCO Training* – Traveon Ward Sr., VA National Training Team

Certification Process for NCDs* – Brittany Tennant, VA National Training Team

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Refreshment Break

4:00 – 5:00 PM

(Breakout Sessions Continued – Q&A)

New SCO Training* – Sharon Coverdell, VA National Training Team

Advanced SCO Training* – Traveon Ward Sr., VA National Training Team 

Certification Process for NCDs* – Brittany Tennant, VA National Training Team




Wednesday, July 17, 2024

7:00 – 8:30 AM

Breakfast Refreshments

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Student Veterans of America – Jared Lyon, SVA National President, and CEO
(General Session)

9:30 – 10:30 AM

VA Central Office/Federal Updates* – Joseph Garcia, Executive Director, VBA Education Service
(General Session)

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VA Central Office Q&A*
(General Session)

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:00 PM

(Breakout Sessions – Select one to attend)

Enrollment Manager (TBD)  

VA Work Study – Courtney White, VA National Training Team  

Tungsten – Geoff Line, Tungsten Network  

All State Approving Agencies Panel

National Guard – Donald Sutton, National Guard Education Programs

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Refreshment Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM

(Breakout Sessions – Select one to attend)

Enrollment Manager (TBD)  

VA Work Study – Courtney White, VA National Training Team  

Tungsten – Geoff Line, Tungsten Network  

All State Approving Agencies Panel

National Guard – Donald Sutton, National Guard Education Programs

6:30 – 8:30 PM

President’s Dinner and Awards


Thursday, July 18, 2024

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Breakfast Refreshments

8:00 – 8:30 AM

WAVES Business Meeting – Chris Henthorn, WAVES President
(General Session)

8:30 – 10:00 AM

VR&E
(General Session)

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Debt Management Center* – Julie Lawrence, Chief of Operations, Treasury, Education, External Relations
(General Session)

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Lunch provided

1:30 – 3:00 PM

(Breakout Sessions – Select one to attend)

Ed. Benefits w/ Yellow Ribbon – Chelsea Jackson, VA National Training Team  

Compliance Surveys – Heather Cates, VA National Training Team   

SCO Workshop: VR&E 101 – Renee Montilliano, Golden Gate University

SCO Workshop: Balance the Hectic Nature of SCO Duties & Connecting to Student Veterans – Chai Glenn-Cook, University of Nevada, Reno

Starting a SVA Chapter Best Practices – Tammy Barlet, SVA VP of Govt. Affairs

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Refreshment Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM

(Breakout Sessions – Select one to attend)

Ed. Benefits w/ Yellow Ribbon – Chelsea Jackson, VA National Training Team  

Compliance Surveys – Heather Cates, VA National Training Team   

SCO Workshop: Lost in Translation: “Speaking VA” to Students and Campus Partners – Danielle West, Stanford University

SCO Workshop: Shared Experiences with the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Grant – Evelyn Andrews, Las Positas College


* Session counts toward SCO Annual Training requirement. Will be available to certify on the SCO training Portal post-conference.

Agenda is tentative (as of 05/16/2024). Meeting rooms to be announced.

Thank you for attending WAVES 2023, have a safe trip home.

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Get in Touch

Chris Henthorn
WAVES President
Veteran, Residency & Registration Advisor
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

831-459-2910
chenthor@ucsc.edu

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