University Opens Office of Veterans Services

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (August 19, 2014) — Saint Joseph’s University has opened a new Office of Veterans Services to serve as a central place for student veterans to meet with trained staff for academic and specialized support.

Along with meeting the needs of the University’s veteran population, the office will also offer an entrepreneurship boot camp for veterans with disabilities. This intensive program will support veterans with an interest in creating their own businesses to achieve financial security.

“This move is a clear indication of the priority and commitment Saint Joseph’s places on the men and women who have served our country,” says director Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF). “Veterans are a growing population with specific needs and we’re pleased to offer an office where they can access support and information.”

Galati, who spent 14 months as a POW in Vietnam, is acutely aware of the challenges veterans often face as they transition from service to citizenship. “Our objective is to address the unique set of issues that face our veterans, their spouses, and even their dependents,” he says. “We intend to serve as a hub of resources to ensure that every has a program established that addresses each of his/her specific requirements.”

Following his release, Galati served in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon before going into the Air Force Reserves in 1978. He earned his master’s degree in public administration/human resource management from Golden Gate University in 1981 and moved on to great success working for IBM as a certified client executive and global account manager until his retirement from the company in 2007. Galati has taught business intelligence & analytics at a number of local universities and also worked as the veterans liaison for Delaware County, Pa., where he engaged in outreach efforts across the county.

To contact Saint Joseph’s Office of Veterans Services, or for more information, visit www.sju.edu/veterans or contact Galati at 610-660-3263 or rgalati@sju.edu

Media Contact

Carolyn Steigleman, Marketing Communications | Haub School of Business, 610-660-1355, csteigle@sju.edu


Background

Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.



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