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Media Memo: UW-Eau Claire named G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette

DATE: Sept. 12, 2011

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

G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools logoFor the third straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs' 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 20 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.

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 Services 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 is under the supervision of Miranda Cross-Schindler, UW-Eau Claire's military education benefits coordinator. 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.

Miranda Cross-Schindler, UW-Eau Claire's military education benefits coordinator, is available to talk with reporters about the university's support for student veterans. She can be reached at 715-836-5212 or crossmk@uwec.edu.

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