About Us


The Student Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to promoting the educational, career, and personal advancement of service members, veterans, and their families at Michigan State University.


The Student Veterans Resource Center vision is to welcome service members and veterans as individuals, while recognizing their shared experience of service in the United States military, by providing a space to share and plan for their successes and concerns.

Focal Areas

Transition, Persistence, Academic Achievement, Career Development, Employment


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Patrick Forystek

SVRC Director


Patrick is a Marine Corps veteran, serving from 2008 to 2012 as an artillery cannoneer and section chief with 1st Battalion 11th Marines. While in the Marine Corps, Patrick deployed with the 13th MEU in 2009 and to Sangin and Marjah in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He received his BA in English from the UM-Flint in 2015 and his MS in management from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business in 2016.


Patrick has worked in higher education veterans services since 2013. Starting out as a VA Work Study while pursuing his bachelor's degree, Patrick gained experience walking military-connected students through their transition from the military to college life. Patrick then moved on to become a coordinator of a veterans resource center and then a certifying official at a private, non-profit college. Patrick joined MSU in November of 2018.


Patrick enjoys playing hockey for the Saginaw Spirit Warriors, a disabled veteran team affiliated with the Saginaw Spirit. He also enjoys traveling and hiking in Canada with his wife, Jane, and their three dogs.