Giacomo "Jack" Mordente has been the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Affairs at Southern CT State University (SCSU) since 1975. He provides veterans with a place to talk, academic advisement, assistance with the GI Bill and CT War Veterans and National Guard Tuition Waiver certifications and a liaison to local, state and federal agenci
He served on active duty in the Army as a Social Worker from 1970-1974 and continued in the Reserves until his 1982 discharged as a Captain
In 1976 he established the SCSU Veterans Drop in Center with comfortable furniture, microwave, and refrigerator. (When computers came around he added them to the Center). It's a place for veterans to meet each other, network, socialize, provide tutoring, relax between classes and joke about each other's service branches. Our campus Veterans Association meets here.
In 2005 Governor Jodi Rell inducted Jack into the CT Veterans Hall of Fame. In 2007 he received the CT Governors Service Award.
In 2006 Jack discovered that the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Administration (VA) were telling war deployed National Guard and Reservists that their GI Bill ended when their six year contract ended. It did not end. After a press conference with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and then Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the VA and DoD acknowledged their error and notified Guard and Reservists nationwide.
Jack has a presentation "From the Battlefield to the Classroom" that he has given at the National Symposium for the Needs of Young Veterans, the Department of Defense Worldwide Education Symposium and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
He also gives the presentation to faculty and staff at colleges and universities and in SCSU classrooms. He has given numerous radio, television and newspaper commentary.
Jack is the past president of the National Association of Concerned Veterans (NACY) founded in 1968 and the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA) founded in 1975. He chaired the CT Vietnam Agent Orange Commission from 1983 to 1987.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the new organization, "School Advocates for Veteran's Education and Success" (SAVES).
He also serves on Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro' s Veterans Advisory Committee and the Veterans Administrations Mental Health Community Advisory Board (1\11-ICAB).
Jack received his BA in Social Studies from Providence College in 1970. He also was commissioned as a 21T and was a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) as a Reserve Officers Training Candidate (ROTC). He received his Master’s in Counseling in 1997 and 6th year in Counselor Education - Student Personal in 1979 and a Certificate in Gestalt Training in 1981 at SCSU.