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UW-Superior again named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine

Posted on Sep 17, 2012
Ranking places UW-Superior among top 15 percent of schools for service to veterans
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Christina Cassano, an assistant at UW-Superiors Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center talks with student T.J. Smith, whos back at school after a stint of active duty. Ted Trolson, another veteran whos enrolled at UW-Superior, sits nearby reading.

Christina Cassano, an assistant at UW-Superior's Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center talks with student T.J. Smith, who's back at school after a stint of active duty. Ted Trolson, another veteran who's enrolled at UW-Superior, sits nearby reading.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior once again has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I.Jobs magazine in recognition of the university's efforts to assist military veterans and their family members in completing a college education.

The ranking places UW-Superior in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide in services offered to veterans, according to G.I. Jobs.

"This is the third consecutive year that G.I.Jobs Magazine has named us a Military Friendly School. We're pleased but we're still working to make our student experience for veterans even better," said UW-Superior Admissions Director Tonya Roth. "This fall we opened a new center to serve students who are veterans and we're making our veterans benefits coordinator a full-time position to provide even more assistance to veterans and their families."

G.I. Jobs is a private organization that surveys 7,000 schools nationwide about the services they provide to veterans and makes that information available through its magazine and website. Methodology for compiling the research was developed with assistance of an advisory board made up of educators from across the country.

To be named a Military Friendly School, a university is evaluated on such areas as flexibility in class scheduling and requirements, transferring academic credits, providing support for veterans, and academic accreditation.

UW-Superior recently opened its Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center to provide additional services to students who are veterans, active military personnel, or age 25 and older. A coordinator oversees the center to assist students, create programming and supervise peer mentors. The center provides a location for group meetings for students' families, and workshops to develop skills such as stress management.

"Our new Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center enables us to provide expanded and enhanced services to veterans. It also helps us to continue our cooperation with community agencies that serve our military personnel," said Associate Dean of Students Tammy Fanning.

UW-Superior currently has enrolled about 156 military veterans and current students  in the military. Roth said she believes veterans feel comfortable on campus because the university has many students of non-traditional age attending classes.

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