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Sam Surowitz

Director of Military and Veteran Programs and Services


Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives: Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center (LTC)


Email: Sam Surowitz
Phone: 229-5540
Website: Visit Site
Roesch Library, LTC Room 022


Sam is proud to have been selected as the inaugural Director of Military and Veteran Programs and Services (MVPS) at the University of Dayton! 

Previously, Sam worked for the UConn Veterans Affairs and Military Programs Office. As a Veterans’ Benefits Specialist, he advised students on the various state and federal veterans’ educational benefits and applied those benefits to students’ accounts in accordance with school policy and the law. In 2015 he became the Veterans Programs Coordinator, and in this position he had the pleasure of teaching the Veterans' First Year Experience course, advising the Veteran Student Organization, standing up the Hartford Campus veterans’ center, assisting military appreciation sports events, and coordinating annual events such as a homeless veterans’ care package drive. He has also worked on special projects, including organizing veterans' wall art and display case exhibits. Sam made significant contributions to numerous Board of Trustees resolutions which improved UConn’s military and veteran policies.

Sam served in the Army on active duty from 2007 to 2011, graduating from Airborne and Ranger School and deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Djibouti. From 2011 to 2017 he served as a Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and as a Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserve. In 2017 he transitioned to the National Guard, where he commissioned in 2018 after graduating from Officer Candidate School.



  • M.P.A, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., University of Connecticut
  • A.A., Brookdale Community College
  • A.A.S., Cochise College


Courses Taught

  • UNIV 1800 (UConn)– University Learning Skills; Military, Veteran, and affiliated section


Professional Activities

  • SOCHE Veteran and Military Service Committee
  • Council of College and Military Educators
  • Army National Guard Staff Officer

Email Sam:

Cell Phone: 937-229-5540