St. Mary’s college honored for veterans services
The University of St. Mary has been honored as a 2011 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.
The designation puts USM among the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools for America's veteran students.
According to the Pittsburgh-based G.I. Jobs, a publication of Victory Media, schools on the list share a common priority of recruiting students with military experience. They also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans program, military spouse programs and more. USM, for its part, is a VA Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and has an on-campus office for veterans services and veterans services coordinator.
“St. Mary is proud, pleased and honored to be able to say that we value our veterans for what they bring to us and what they have done for this country through their service and sacrifices,” said Carlton Philpot, USM's veterans services coordinator and a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. “We also pride ourselves on being very friendly and open to the family and dependents of veterans.”
“We are honored to be considered among the colleges and universities in the nation that are doing the most for America's veterans as students,” added Bryan Le Beau, USM academic vice president. “Veterans bring maturity, seriousness of purpose and leadership to the classroom. As a member of the Leavenworth community, home to Fort Leavenworth, we willingly provide support for veterans. Most importantly, we do what we do for veterans because it is the right thing to do, to thank them for the service they have provided all of us, often at considerable personal sacrifice.”
Other area colleges receiving the designation include Johnson County Community College.