(Sept. 10, 2013) -- For the fourth consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio was named one of the most military friendly schools in the United States by G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's military service members and student veterans.
The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on the 2014 list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are recognized for offering scholarships, discounts, veterans clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services dedicated to their military veterans populations.
UTSA student veterans 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), veteran/military recognition events, financial assistance, and a large population of faculty and staff who readily identify themselves as veterans or supporters willing to assist student veterans. The UTSA Veteran Services Advisory Committee, comprised of veterans from across the university, oversees service enrichment for student veterans.
"UTSA takes its role as a military friendly school very seriously," said Lisa Firmin, associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment and a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force. "The university values the experiences that each veteran brings to its classrooms. They truly enrich UTSA's overall diversity and bring a unique and important perspective."
"We are dedicated to leading the way in providing a quality educational environment for our student veterans and active military," Firmin added. "Through our many services and active advocacy organizations, we hope to continue to have a welcoming and supportive environment for all our students be they active-duty, veterans or their dependents so they can be successful in higher education."
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through extensive research that included a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 Veterans Administration-approved schools nationwide. G.I. Jobs developed the list's methodology; criteria and scoring for the list were established with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
In the effort to help student veterans find the right school for them, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans. 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.
"Being recognized for the fourth consecutive year by G.I. Jobs magazine as a military friendly school confirms what we already know," said Firmin. "UTSA is a great choice for our military. Whether they're active duty, veterans or military family members, we are dedicated to welcoming and supporting them."
>> 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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