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UW-Eau Claire named 2014 Victory Media Military Friendly School

September 17, 2013

MilitaryFriendlySchoolSeal-webEAU CLAIRE — For the fifth straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Victory Media's 2014 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 Victory Media news release.

"To be named a military friendly school for the fifth consecutive year is not only a great honor, but is also evidence of the great work our campus is doing to continually provide service to our veterans and their dependents," said Miranda Cross-Schindler, UW-Eau Claire's military education benefits coordinator. "We surveyed our veteran student population to get their direct feedback on how we were doing and their suggestions for improvements. We placed a high value on their input when planning events, creating policies and pursuing new initiatives."

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

  • The Veterans Center (Schofield 20), which provides a place for veteran students to meet other veterans; and a place 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, who herself served in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a UW-Eau Claire alumnus.
  • The Veterans Advisory Committee, which reports to the provost and consists 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.
  • Keynote speakers, educational sessions for faculty and staff about veterans' issues, and other special events and programming.

New to the initiatives list are:

  • Yellow Ribbon Program: The university entered a voluntary agreement, which allows for the VA and the institution to help fund the out of state tuition expenses for ten UW-Eau Claire students.
  • Veteran's Family Scholarship Fund: Created in 2012, this fund will provide financial assistance to dependents of military veterans who would not otherwise qualify for federal and state education benefits.

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.
  • Bonnie Isaacson, nontraditional student adviser, 715-836-3259 or isaacsbj@uwec.edu.

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