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UW-Eau Claire named 2013 G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School

September 17, 2012

MFS_150x150_2013EAU CLAIRE — For the fourth straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs' 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's service members and veterans as students, according to a G.I. Jobs news release.

"UW-Eau Claire is proud to be among the nation's elite universities in terms of service to our veteran students," said Miranda Cross-Schindler, UW-Eau Claire's military education benefits coordinator. "With the Post-9/11 GI Bill helping to pay the educational expenses of more than 606,000 U.S. service members, veterans, family members and survivors during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, we play a key role in ensuring these deserving individuals receive the support they need while pursuing their education."

The criteria for selection as a G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School became even more stringent this year, said Beth Hellwig, UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor for student affairs.

"To again be included in this group is a credit to our faculty, staff and student veteran leaders working together to ensure that we are doing all we can as a university to help our student veterans succeed," Hellwig said.

The following are examples of initiatives on behalf of veterans at UW-Eau Claire:

  • The Veterans Center, which provides a place for veteran students to meet other veterans, as well as for veteran students, faculty and staff to learn about resources available to them, attend programs on veteran needs, participate in support groups and access a telehealth network through a partnership with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis.

     
  • The Veterans and Military Education Benefits Office (Schofield 128), which assists veterans in applying for their G.I. Bill benefits and advises them about other benefits available from the state and federal governments. The office operates under Cross-Schindler's supervision. Support for Cross-Schindler's position came from UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Commitment, which is a differential tuition increase of $1,200 phased in over four years to preserve and enhance the distinctive UW-Eau Claire educational experience.

  • The Veterans Advisory Committee, which reports to the provost, consisting of staff from the university's offices providing veterans services and three veteran students. The committee meets several times a semester to talk about veteran students' needs and concerns, and makes recommendations to the provost.

  • The Veterans Club, a student organization that serves as a network of support for military veterans and their families at the university, educates the university community regarding the experiences of military veterans and provides service to the community.

  • Veteran support groups through the university's Counseling Services.

  • Veteran support through the university's Services for Students with Disabilities office.

  • Keynote speakers, educational sessions for faculty and staff about veterans' issues, and other special events and programming.
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The following UW-Eau Claire academic staff members are available to talk with reporters about the university's support for student veterans:

  • Jacqueline Bonneville, assistant dean of students, 715-836-2003 or bonnevjk@uwec.edu;
  • Miranda Cross-Schindler, military education benefits coordinator, 715-836-5212 or crossmk@uwec.edu; and
  • Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student adviser, 715-836-3259 or isaacsbj@uwec.edu.

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