Cory Shay, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with experience
in helping veterans transition from military to academic life, has been
selected as director of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Military Resource
Shay will begin his work at IUP on May 5. He is currently
serving as coordinator of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success
at the Community College of Allegheny County.
“I’m very pleased and proud that IUP has stepped up to
create the Military Resource Center and provide a central place for those to
whom we owe so much,” IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll said. “IUP takes pride
in being recognized in national publications for its service to student
veterans and in being a Yellow Ribbon institution, and we are committed to
doing what we can to enhance what we do for this population.
“Navigating through the programs and opportunities available
to veterans to support higher education can be a challenge,” he added. “The
Military Resource Center is designed to serve our student veterans by helping
them to find the guidance and information they need to complete their educational
goals and by enhancing the sense of community they share with other students in
Driscoll also recognized Captain David Sabulsky for his
service as interim director of the MRC.
“Captain Sabulsky has done an excellent job helping to
establish the role of the center for our students who are veterans. Mr. Shay
will certainly be able to build on the strong foundation he has established.”
In his role at CCAC, Shay is responsible for day-to-day
grant activities under the direction of the project director. He also
supervises success coaches for student veterans at three CCAC campuses and
supervises the veterans club of the Allegheny campus of CCAC.
“I would like to thank IUP for this wonderful opportunity to
be the director of its Military Resource Center,” Shay said. “IUP’s commitment
to serve its military-connected and veteran student population is impressive. The
Military Resource Center is proof of that commitment. I look forward to building the MRC into a
first-rate facility that can serve the needs of IUP’s veteran and
At CCAC, Shay was selected for the President’s Innovation
Award. He is a member of the Society for Instructional Technology in Teaching
and Education and has published and presented a paper, “Educational Websites, the
Time Saving, Money Saving, Environmental Solution to Education.”
His military awards include the Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and
the NCO Leadership Development Ribbon.
IUP’s Military Resource Center opened in January. Located in
Pratt Hall, it includes a conference room, an area for one-on-one counseling
and assistance completing required paperwork for receiving military benefits
and a lounge area. The MRC is funded through the President’s Strategic
Initiatives program at IUP.