Office of Military and Veterans Resources


Bloomsburg University is the educational destination for over 400 military students and has been growing steadily in recent years during a period of declining enrollment. What makes BU different from many other colleges and universities is our unique appreciation for the fact that military students have different needs and attributes than non-military students. The centerpiece of our efforts is the Office of Military and Veterans Resources, or as we like to call it — The Military Office.The Military Office differs from other colleges and universities in that we work for current and former military members, spouses and dependents, and ROTC cadets. We also have developed very strong relationships with area military recruiters in order to facilitate conversations for people who are interested in joining the military.

Military Friendly School

Our objectives in serving you are:

  • To assist with the overall integration, academic and personal success and retention of all military students, to include members of ROTC cadets, spouses and dependents, and current / former service members.
  • To elevate campus awareness regarding military student population and associated their issues, challenges, and strengths.

At Bloomsburg University, you will be taken care of by a network of dedicated individuals who appreciate your military service and go well out of their way to ensure that your time at BU is maximized. From Admissions, to benefits, academic advising, military specific programing, student organizations and more, BU sees you, the military student, as unique and deserving of additional resources:

  • Dedicated Military Resources Center — Led by a two-tour combat veteran who understands academic affairs, student affairs, and strategic enrollment. Staffed by current and former military members who are using the same benefits you are and will assist you in maximizing your benefits, getting assistance with financial aid, or helping with your military or civilian career goals and aspirations.
  • Additional academic advising for all military students (on top of your major advisor) — Bob Heckrote is a dedicated professional who can explain every aspect from admissions to graduation.
  • GI Bill Certifying Official — Located in the Military Office to offer a one-stop experience.
  • Military specific programming, guest speakers, and events created specifically with military members in mind.
  •  All military members who have graduated entry training receive two credits in healthy living which satisfies one of the ten general education goals.
  • A co-curricular learning experience (CLE) specifically for military members who have experience with other cultures (usually in the form of a deployment) — This CLE earns 2 out of the5 points needed for the cultures and diversity general education requirement- and it's FREE!

Office of Military and Veterans Resources
Student Services Center 204
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
570-389-3856

Military and Veterans Contacts

  Bob Heckrote | rheckrote@bloomu.edu
  Advisor for Military and Undeclared Students
  Student Services Center 204 | 570-389-4696
  Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  Dawn Orzolek | dorzolek@bloomu.edu
  Student Success Center | GI Bill®
  Student Services Center 204 | 570-389-4264

  Pat Stockalis | pstockal@bloomu.edu
  Office of Financial Aid | National Guard EAP
  Student Services Center 119 | 570-389-4498

  Beth Coladonado | bcoladon@bloomu.edu
  Office of Bursar | Tuition Assistance
  Waller Administration Building | 570-389-5261

  VA Vet Center – Berwick | 570-759-0351
  VA Vet Center – Williamsport | 570-327-5281
  VFW Post 804 – Bloomsburg | 570-784-4600
  American Legion Post 273 | 570-784-3015