Student vets and GI Bill topic of BU lecture

Margaret Stewart For immediate release: March 18, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Higher education for veterans since the establishment of the GI Bill will be the topic of a presentation by Margaret Stewart, instructor of communication studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Stewart will present the free lecture, part of the Institute of Culture and Society (ICS) lecture series, on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Andruss Library, Schweiker Room.

The lecture will explain the GI Bill and its implications to colleges and universities. It will focus on student veterans throughout three eras: post-World War II, post-Vietnam and current veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The presentation will examine the academic needs of current student veterans, teaching strategies and ways to maximize their engagements and learning experiences.

In addition to teaching at BU, Stewart is a doctoral candidate in communications media and instructional technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She recently made a presentation at the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) annual symposium on using social media as a tool to engage and promote collaboration among military learners. Her research focuses on exploring the uses and implications of new and social media in interpersonal relationships, corporate communication, education and training and information dissemination.

For more information, contact Pamela Donovan, ICS president and associate professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, at (570) 389-4636 or

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.