University again recognized as military friendly school

August 16, 2010

A national publication aimed at helping transitioning military personnel and veterans find civilian jobs has again recognized Indiana State University as a military friendly school.

This marks the second year for the designation by GI Jobs magazine and places Indiana State in the top 15 percent of more than 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools surveyed about their commitment and services to veterans looking to start or continue their higher education.

"On behalf of the 8 million military members and veterans seeking a school, I thank you for your commitment to educating our nation's most deserving heroes. You should take great pride in this honor," said Rich McCormack, publisher of GI Jobs.

Institutions on the Military Friendly Schools list offer additional benefits and services to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

"We're pleased to receive the Military Friend Schools designation again for 2010. Indiana State University is committed to the success of all students. We recognize that student veterans face unique challenges. We are proud of our record of service to the more than 200 veterans who are part of the ISU student body and are committed to doing even more to help them succeed," said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

Since first receiving the military friend school designation in August 2009, Indiana State has expanded its commitment to student veterans, thanks in part to grants from the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

ISU and Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley received funding to work more closely with one another and with other colleges to ensure student veterans complete their degrees and the ISU Student Veterans Organization received funds to promote the organization and fund activities that encourage veterans' involvement at the university.

In addition, ISU will dedicate a Veterans Resource Office on Sept. 22. The office will provide a central location for student veterans to come together, talk about their experiences and get connected to services. It will be housed in the John T. Myers Technology Center.

Contact: John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications, 812-237-3560 or john.beacon@indstate.edu; Mike Caress, veterans' services coordinator, Office of Admissions, Indiana State University, 812-237-2540 or michael.caress@indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu