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Cal U Director of Veterans Affairs, Capt. Robert Prah

Robert Prah

Director, Office of Veteran's Affairs (Student Affairs)

Room 317, 3rd Floor, Manderino Library

(724) 938-4076

www.calu.edu/veterans

My name is Robert Prah and I am the Director of Veteran's Affairs at California University of Pennsylvania. I have served as the Director of Veteran's Affairs since 2007. I have over 8 years experience in working with Veterans education programs. In addition to serving as the Director, I serve with various community organizations such as American Legion Post 790, Student Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America, Reserve Officers Association, Team Red, White, and Blue (Team RWB), Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America and several others. On campus, I serve as the Veterans Club Advisor as well as the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity campus advisor. I am also an M-Day (National Guard) Officer serving with HHC/2IBCT, in Washington, Pa, as part of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. In addition to my military experience, I'm an Army ACE-SI (Ask-Care-Escort Suicide Intervention) Trainer and also a Living Works ASIST Trainer. I have served in the Army National Guard for over 14 years and have experience in the Intelligence community as well as the Infantry. I look forward to working with you during your time at California University of Pennsylvania. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime. prah@calu.edu or 724-938-4076.


Major Joseph Masserini

Assistant Professor of Military Science / Army R.O.T.C. Instructor (Eberly College of Science & Technology)

(724) 938-1679/1680

TBD


Staff Sgt. Jesse Maund

Career Counselor / Army R.O.T.C. Instructor (Eberly College of Science & Technology)

(724) 938-1679/1680

My name is Staff Sgt. Jesse Maund and I'm the Cal U Career Counselor / Cadre with the Cal U Army R.O.T.C. I have been working at Cal U since 2012. In addition to serving as the Career Counselor, I serve with various community organizations such as the California American Legion Post 377, Student Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and several others. I have served in the Army National Guard for over 14 years and have experience as a scout in both HHC/1-110 IN & C/2-104 CAV. My most recent position was as a team leader in D/112 (AT), 56 SBCT. I look forward to working with all Veterans and future leaders of our United States through the Army R.O.T.C. program. Feel free to contact me at maund@calu.edu with any questions about the Pennsylvania Army National Guard or Army R.O.T.C. program.


Fall 2015 Semester Team

 


 VA Work Study Fall 2014

Joseph Bryan (Army)

Veteran's Club Member and Senior Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4076

My name is Joseph Bryan and I am a senior at California University of Pennsylvania. I am a graduate of Yough High School. I joined the United States Army in December 1997 and attended basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and also advanced individual training at Fort Lee, VA. I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 13th, 2007 through October 14, 2008. After my service in Iraq, I was medically retired in October 2011. My major is Business Administration with a concentration in Management. I currently reside in California, PA. This is my third year as a VA work study student in the Office of Veterans Affairs. I am involved with the Veterans Club and Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. I have also assisted as cadre during the 2012 and 2013 Cal U German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge testing. I look forward to assisting and supporting all Cal U of Pa Veterans.


Timothy Dawson (Navy)

Veteran's Club Member & Senior Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4578

TBD


Don Fike (Marine Corps)

Veteran's Club Member & Sophomore Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4076

My name is Don Fike and I am a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania. I graduated from West Greene High School in 2005. I joined the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and attended basic training in Parris Island.  I was stationed in Camp Pendleton California. I was discharged from the Marine Corps in 2011. After I was discharged, I worked at Emerald Coal Mine in Waynesburg, Pa for 3 years. I am using the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and my major is in Geology. I currently reside in Carmichaels, PA. This is my second semester as a VA work study student in the office of Veterans Affairs.


Cris Frost (Army)

Veteran's Club Member & Senior Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4076

My name is Cristian Frost and I am a senior at California University of Pennsylvania. I am graduate of Susquehannock High School. I joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 2010 and attended Basic Combat Training at Ft. Benning, GA and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sill, OK. I joined the Veteran's Club in January 2012. I assumed responsibility of the Veteran's Club as President in September 2014. I am currently assigned to A/1-108FA in Hanover, PA. My major is Homeland Security. I currently reside in California, PA. This is my 5th semester as a VA work-study student. I am involved in the Veteran's Club and Sigma Tau Gamma. I look forward to assisting and helping all California University of Pennsylvania Veterans and military members.


Corey Gaffron (Army)

Veteran's Club Member & Senior Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4076

My name is Corey Gaffron and I am a junior at California University of Pennsylvania. I am a graduate of California Area High School. I joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 2012 and Attended Basic Combat training at Fort Benning, GA and also Advanced Combat Training at Fort Leonardwood, MO. I joined ROTC Fall of 2012 and received a GRFD Scholarship January of 2013 and earned the rank of Cadet. I am currently assigned to E/128 BSB in Beaver Falls, PA. My Major is Homeland Security in the Justice Studies program. I currently reside in California, PA. This is my semester working as a VA Work Study. I am involved in the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and the Veterans Club, I am also the president of the ROTC Club. I look forward to assisting and helping all Cal U of PA Veterans.


Tim Hackley (Navy)

Veteran's Club Member & Senior Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4076 

My name is Tim Hackley and I`m a senior at California University of Pennsylvania. My major is business management. I completed Navy basic training in 2005, and was stationed in Sasebo, Japan onboard the U.S.S. Tortuga and U.S.S. Fort
Mchenry until 2009. I was then stationed at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia at Port Operations until 2010. After a short time out of the military as a mechanic at GMC, I rejoined the Navy Reserve and am now attached to Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 DET 105. I have over ten years total service to the U.S. Navy, and enjoy boxing, BJJ, as well as wrestling and many other physical activities. This is my second year as a VA work-study, and I have learned a lot from my previous year. I look forward to assisting student veterans to the best of my ability.


VA Work Study Fall 2014

Benjamin McCurdy (Army)

Veteran's Club Member & Sophomore Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4076

My name is Benjamin McCurdy and I am a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania. I graduated from Shippensburg Area Senior High School in 2012. I joined the United States Army Reserve in 2011. I completed BCT and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. I currently serve in the 382 EN CO in Harrisburg, PA. I currently live in California, PA. This is my first semester as a VA Work Study student in the Office of Veterans Affairs. I am a Cadet in the Cal U Army R.O.T.C. program and also a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.


 VA Work Study Fall 2014

Robert Milhoan (Army)

Veteran's Club Member & Junior Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4076

My name is Robert Milhoan and I am a senior at California University of Pennsylvania. I am currently majoring in Archaeology. I graduated from Washington High School in 2008 and then enlisted in the Army for five years as a Military Police Officer. I served a tour in Iraq (2010-2011) and South Korea (2012-2013). This is my second year as a VA Work Study student. I am part of the Vets Club, Archaeology Club, and the Medieval Club.


 

Jason Rionda (Navy)

Veteran's Club Member & Senior Veteran's Affairs Work Study Student

(724) 938-4076

My name is Jason Rionda and I am a senior at California University of Pennsylvania. I am a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School. I joined the United States Navy in 2008 and attended basic training at the Great Lakes in Chicago and also attended MA training (police officer) at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. I was discharged from the Navy in June of 2012. I'm using the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and my major is Justice Studies with a concentration in Criminology. I currently reside in Canonsburg, PA. This is my third semester as a VA Work Study student in the Office of Veterans Affairs. I am involved in the Veterans Club as well. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us. I look forward to assisting and supporting all Cal U of PA Veterans.


Veterans Affairs work-study fall 2013

Pictured above are 6 of the VA Work-study students assigned to the Office of Veterans Affairs at California University of Pennsylvania for the spring 2014 semester.

From L - R: Lee Means (Marine Corps Veteran), Joshua Wolfe (PA Army National Guard & Army R.O.T.C. Service member), Joshua Hager '14 (PA Army National Guard Veteran & Service member), Andre Sullivan '14 (PA Army National Guard Veteran & Service member), Cris Frost (PA Army National Guard Service member) & Tim Dawson (Navy Veteran).