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September 26, 2023 - Kentucky National Guard members will now have streamlined access to educational support through Northern Kentucky University’s Veterans Resource Station (VRS). The Kentucky National Guard and NKU will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a partnership allowing the university to work with citizen soldiers to fit their unique needs on the path to graduation. 

“The MOU signing between NKU and the KY National Guard is a historical event signifying our commitment to the uniqueness of them being a citizen soldier and college student,” says Rusty Mardis, coordinator of the VRS. “The MOU symbolizes NKU’s dedication to our KY National Guard students to aid them to be successful in college, career and life.” 

The partnership will be made official with a signing ceremony on Wednesday, September 27. 

According to the Kentucky National Guard, such collaborations serve the dual purpose of facilitating their members’ personal growth while also equipping them with skills and knowledge beneficial to their roles in the Guard. 

Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Hal Lamberton be joined by NKU Interim President Bonita Brown, both of whom will sign the MOU. Also in attendance will be Rusty Mardis, coordinator of the VRS, National Guard service members, military connected and veteran students. The community is also invited to witness this significant event.

  • What: MOU Signing Ceremony with Kentucky National Guard
  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: University Center Room 135
  • Parking: Lot N, next to Lucas Administrative Building

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit