Ask any Marine what they believe in and they’ll unanimously agree it’s semper fi—Latin for “always faithful.” For USI Masters of Public Administration (MPA) student and former Marine Chaze Patrick, semper fi is a way of life that he sees reflected in USI.
Chaze, who learned to lead in the Marines, now serves as a leader for fellow veterans and students attending USI. Coming to USI, he discovered the camaraderie he missed in the armed services and was intrigued by the challenges, academically and socially, that college offered. Joel Matherly, manager of Veteran’s Support Services, provided Chaze with the inspiration and incentive to embrace his leadership by involving him in the Student Veteran’s Association (SVA). “One of the major lessons learned in the service was to develop myself based on the mentors around me. Take a page from their book and add it to yours,” Chaze says. “This not only builds valuable information for you to use, but you can use it for a lifetime to enrich others.”
As president of SVA, Chaze twice organized a team to compete in the Student Veterans Association Business Plan Competition in San Antonio, Texas. Both teams won grants to support their chapter, enriching the veterans community at USI.