The American University Military-Connected Club is an official chapter of
Student Veterans of America (SVA), a 501(c)(3) coalition of student-veteran
groups on college campuses across the globe. SVA’s parent chapter is located in
Mission and Purpose
To connect, assist and support so members can thrive (CAST).
To that end, AUCC’s executive branch is committed to the following:
- Serve as the primary representative and unified voice of the student military population to American University’s administration, faculty, staff, trustees, and surrounding community;
- Represent the unique needs of all American University military-connected students, regardless of AUMCC participation;
- Link American University military-connected students with resources,
assistance, training opportunities, support, and social engagements that
improve their academic, social, emotional, and professional experiences, success, and overall wellbeing;
- Collaborate with the Veterans Services to provide a designated space with exclusive use by AUMCC, their guests, and advisor(s).
- Establish and maintain a military inclusive campus. Military inclusive is
defined as: identifying military-connected student unique needs and gaps then working to fill those so that the military-connected student experience is in line with the college experience.
Military Inclusive Campus Goals
- Establish a Military-Connected Leadership Counsel comprised of AU military-connected, staff, faculty, and alumni;
- Achieve Vet Success on Campus with a designated Veterans Benefits Counselor on campus;
- Maintain Yellow Ribbon status;
- Close the childcare gap – Provide free childcare for military-connected students in need;
- Offer discrete, stigma-free meal cards to combat food insecurity;
- AUMCC E-board and Veterans Services regularly disseminate opportunities and information through a plethora of channels;
- Alumni Relations disseminates .70 cents of every dollar donated to Veterans. Funds directly support
military-connected student programs, events and outreach;
- Establish the adopt a military-connected student program providing AUMCC-Undergrads a home away from home;
- Establish campus wide education for staff and faculty on challenges and learning barriers unique to many militaryconnected children, including the effects of trauma;
- Extend complimentary parking.
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Jennifer Thurston is an American University Masters in Film and Media Arts student and has served as the AUMCC President since 2020. She also serves as the Veteran Liaison on the Graduate Leadership Council and as a DC Veterans in Media and Entertainment Fellow. Jennifer is a retired US Army Captain (Medical Logistics) and served in the VT and CA Army National Guard before commissioning in 2009 and going active duty in 2010. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Vermont. Her thesis is a military suicide prevention call-to-action documentary to be filmed in Summer 2022.
Vice President – Membership Director
Lewis is a Masters of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) student and US Army military intelligence veteran. Lewis holds a BA in history from Augsburg University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He served 7 years active duty and another 8 as a federal civilian intelligence officer at the CIA, NSA, and DIA before transitioning to a corporate career in 2017. Lewis also serves as the online program representative to the AU School of Public Policy (SPA) Graduate Student Council.
David Proferes is a military veteran and current student at American University working towards a Master of Public Policy degree. His professional experience includes more than 11 years in the U.S. armed forces serving in various capacities. The more recent years of his military service were spent in Special Operations, leading a team of military intelligence professionals. After separating from the service, David completed a B.S. in Political Science from University of Maryland before pursing graduate school at American University.
Max Jentsch is from Montgomery County, Maryland and holds a BS in journalism from West Virginia University. He has a background in military intelligence and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in foreign policy and national security at American University’s School of International Service while completing ROTC at Georgetown University through American University’s participation in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Alicia Marsh services as the Associate Director Veterans Services and has been on staff at American University since 2012. She currently helps veterans and their dependents use the VA Education benefits they’ve earned towards a degree at AU. She also helps first-time non-degree students with the registration process and questions they have while a visiting student at AU.
Do you have questions, comments, suggestions, or want to engage with our club directly? Please use the form to write the club leadership team directly.
Have You Officially Joined the Club?
The American University Military Connected Club (AUMCC) is open to all students, regardless of military-affiliation. We welcome ROTC, active duty, reserve, National Guard, retirees, veterans, and military supports.
To officially join AUMCC and receive updates on club events and news, you must register within American University's Engage system. Click the button below, log in with your American credentials, and request to join today!