VMSS Staff

The staff of the Veterans and Military Student Services is eager to meet and assist student veterans, military and their dependents.

Veterans and Military Services Coordinator

Marcallina S. James - “MJ”

Marcallina S. James - "MJ"
U.S. Navy Veteran
Contact: 901.678.4269 / msjames@memphis.edu

Marcallina James "MJ", joined the Veterans and Military Student Services team September 2017. Marcallina is a U.S. Navy combat veteran who served during Operation Desert Storm.

As the Veterans and Military Services Coordinator, James works collaboratively with campus staff, faculty and administrators in coordinating programs for students including: orientation, social programs, recognition events, advising and campus engagement. In addition, James functions as an advisor for the Student Veterans Organization (SVO).

Following her military service, James immediately set out to obtain a post-secondary degree. She enrolled in TRIO-Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), a free college readiness program designed to support veterans as they transitioned from military to college. With the support of the VUB program, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. Having a heart for military service members and higher education, James eventually secured a position as the advisor of the VUB program. In this role she found an opportunity to help other veterans gain the benefits of supportive transitional services in a college environment and achieve academic and professional success.

As a service-oriented individual, James has had over twenty years of professional experiences including work in education, mass media, human services and self-employment. Being a veteran and career changer has inspired her to engage in work that helps adult-learners "re-invent" themselves through education and the attainment of a new vocation.

Although "MJ" is a Minnesota native, she looks forward with great enthusiasm to partnering with on campus and off campus community members who support the success of veteran and military students, and their families at the University of Memphis.

VMSSC Support staff

Nathan Laub - Student Worker/Veteran
Sandra Rubin - Student Worker/Veteran
Bradley "Beau" Holland - Student Worker/Veteran
Christopher Tarantino - Student Worker/Veteran