(Sept. 24, 2012) -- For the third consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio was named a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.
The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served.
"Once UTSA realized that its rapidly growing veteran population had different needs than veterans from prior eras, it responded by transitioning its already-established Veterans Task Force consisting of staff and faculty from every university entity to a smaller university standing committee called the Veterans Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) with six focus area sub-committees," said William Dawson, veteran and president of the UTSA Student Veterans Association.
"This transition gave the university administration the ability to more rapidly and dynamically address issues associated with the growing veteran population and their unique needs," he added. "Because of the composition of the VSAC and its much more focused mission, a lot of bureaucracy was eliminated when trying to solve most student veteran's problems."
Student veterans like Dawson have numerous resources available at UTSA such as counseling services, tutoring, life-skills assistance, first-class ROTC programs, a career center that actively assists student veterans, federal job fairs, student veterans networking opportunities (VETNET), veterans/military recognition events, financial assistance, a large population of faculty and staff that readily identify themselves as veterans (or supporters), who are willing to assist student veterans.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools were compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. View student veteran survey feedback at the Military Friendly Schools website.
"The Military Friendly Schools list is a great resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience," Dawson said.
For the complete list of military-friendly schools, visit the G.I. Jobs website.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus
Biomedical engineering alum and professor is working to regenerate tissue
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