List honors top 15 percent of schools that embrace American veterans as students

September 17, 2012

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DEARBORN/ September 17, 2012---The effort that the University of Michigan-Dearborn community commits to embracing America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensuring their success on campus helped distinguish the university as a “Military Friendly School.”

G.I. Jobs magazine included UM-Dearborn in its 2013 list of military-friendly schools, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that embrace American veterans as students. G.I. Jobs compiled the list after polling thousands of schools nationwide to determine which institutions best led recruitment efforts of military and veteran students.

“The fact that University of Michigan-Dearborn was distinguished as a ‘Military-Friendly School’ shows our commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students here,” said Stanley Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life. “The University plans to continue on with those efforts in the years ahead to ensure a great college experience for not just veterans, but all students.”

UM-Dearborn’s Veteran Success Team, which comprises staff from a variety of campus units, provides services to a diverse community of students. Whether students were recently released from active duty, currently on active duty, in the National Guard or Reserves or a spouse or dependent of a disabled veteran, the Veterans Success Team helps them transition and ultimately reach their academic goals.

“The focus of the Veterans Success Team is to be a visible resource and support network for our veteran students,” said UM-Dearborn veteran liaison Sharon Lobdell. “It can be difficult transitioning from military service to being a student, adjusting to college life at the same time. So the Veterans Success Team utilizes the diversity of its members and the connections they have across campus to make UM-Dearborn a truly ‘veteran friendly’ campus. We want all of our veteran students to know that we are proud of what they have done and we are honored to call them Wolves.”

Student veterans also work together to establish organizations that can help ensure success. When Suzette McGraw Price (’11 B.A.) arrived at UM-Dearborn she recognized fellow veterans by their camouflage backpacks, but there was hardly any interaction between them.

That all changed after she helped establish the Student Veterans Association at University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Student Veterans Association serves as a network for student veterans, where they can receive assistance with securing veteran’s benefits and resources about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) treatment. “From that point on, that’s when we really started to rally the troops,” said McGraw-Price, who served two tours in the U.S. Army.

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has 9,100 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education. A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.



Beth Marmarelli