Dear Student Veterans,

The AU Veterans Resource Center is honored to be chosen to participate in the student veteran mentor program called Peer Advisors for Veteran Education "PAVE" starting Fall 2013.

PAVE is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus to help them navigate college life and ease the transition from the military to academia.

All incoming student veterans will be contacted by a Peer Advisor to assist with the transition to Auburn University.

Student Veterans that have been attending AU for at least one year are needed as volunteers to become Peer Advisors (PAs) to incoming student veterans. All majors are needed!

PAs will:
  • Help identify any challenges that student veterans are facing and help locate appropriate resources on or off campus
  • Provide ongoing support to help student veterans meet academic and personal goals
  • Reach out to their students at least once a month, and will be asked to record their contacts and log the types of issues identified and referrals made.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Advisor, please contact the AU Veterans Resource Center at pave@auburn.edu or call  334-844-8167.

Peer Advisor Leaders

Barry Kimbro

Barry Kimbro came to Auburn as a transfer student in the fall of 2012. She is a Junior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with the goal of working in land conservation. She enlisted in the Air Force in 2007 and worked as an Air Transportation Information Operator while stationed in Yokota, Japan. Barry currently holds the position of Treasurer for the Auburn Student Veterans Association. She is also one of the Peer Advisor Leaders for the new program P.A.V.E. Peer Advisors for Veteran Education. Barry likes to spend her free time riding her horse Zip, playing with her two dogs, kayaking, or any other outdoor activities.

John Friedenreich

John Friedenreich is enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Auburn.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Auburn in 1988.  He then spent 20 years in the US Navy as an intelligence officer, serving in various leadership, program management, and analytical positions.  Duty stations included Norfolk, VA, Washington, DC, Jacksonville, FL, Atlanta, GA, and Stuttgart, Germany. Upon retirement, he returned Auburn with his wife and four children to begin his second career.  He is one of four Peer Advisor Leaders for Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program.  The program is designed to match incoming student veterans with current Auburn student veterans to help them make the transition to college life.

John Gunn

John Gunn holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Auburn University. A decade ago, he did Graduate Teaching work with the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology. After working in law, education and political fieldwork, John had some sort of mid-life crisis in 2007 and decided to become an Army Infantryman. He survived a hot summer on Sand Hill at Fort Benning, leaving there at the age of 42 years after earning the Battalion Commander’s Honor Coin for his Company. Despite his best efforts, his leadership at JBLM in Washington State found out he could type and handle paperwork. Chairborne duty soon followed, along with a promotion to E-5. He earned the usual awards while deployed to Diyala Province, Iraq and in garrison. He is working toward a Masters in Rural Sociology and an Education Specialist in Adult Education. His bride Lee is winding up her career with Alabama’s Pardons and Parole. Although he tried to bring him up right, his son Ryan attends that other school over in Tuscaloosa. John still doesn’t know what he wants to do for a living when he grows up, but currently enjoys digging in the dirt and being outside. He is also a news junkie and is bad to buy history and similar books, some of which he actually gets around to reading.

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