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. 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 and has experience as a school certifying official and coordinator at two institutions prior to joining MSU in November of 2018. Patrick is also the vice chairperson of the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators, a non-profit organization that shares best practices and promotes education opportunities for veterans and military-connected students across Michigan public and private institutions.


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.

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Ken Tribley

RCPD Student Liaison for SVRC


Ken Tribley is a student in the Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s program here at Michigan State University. He earned his bachelor's degree in general psychology at Central Michigan University in 2020. He will currently be acting as a student liaison between the Student Veteran Resource Center and Resource Center for People with Disabilities for the Fall 2022 semester. After graduation, Ken hopes to work with Veterans in the future as a licensed professional counselor.


Ken has multiple family members who are Veterans from different branches of military service. He also has experience working in a University environment from his time as a ticket sales representative, meaning he has experience working with multiple offices and how to communicate between them in a professional environment. 


Ken is also a Michigan Native and is an avid video game fan. He also enjoys classic movies and campfires during his favorite season, Autumn. 

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Matthew Ritt

Office Assistant


Matthew is a Navy Veteran, serving from 2013-2018 as an Electricians Mate. He is finishing up his degree in Construction Management and Minors in both Buisness and Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2022.


Matthew has worked with the SVRC since 2020 and has worked with the USO in different states since 2014.


Being new to the midwest Matthew enjoys exploring Michigan as well as traveling. He also enjoys 49ers football, Celtics basketball and all things MSU.