Southeastern named 'Military Friendly School' by G.I. Jobs Magazine
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University has earned designation as a 2012 Military Friendly School by “G.I Jobs,” the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.
According to the publication, the 2012 listing honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the nation’s military service members and veterans as students.
“This is truly an honor,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “The university recognizes the sacrifices that members of the military and veterans have made in defense of our nation. “We’re proud to be recognized as an institution that is making an effort to embrace and accommodate them.”
Southeastern was one of only three University of Louisiana institutions to receive the designation. Also recognized were Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State University. In all, 10 Louisiana community colleges, trade and technical schools and universities were included in the list.
“G.I. Jobs” incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time in this year’s evaluation of higher education institutions. The 2012 list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 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.
The university this year formed an organization, the Southeastern Student Veterans Association, intended to assist fellow student veterans adjust to civilian life, advocate for veterans’ causes, and enhance the on-campus recognition of military service. Additional information on the organization can be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern currently has more than 400 veterans enrolled. The university also maintains a cross-enrollment program with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program with LSU that allows eligible students to participate in the ROTC pre-professional training program. Courses are conducted at LSU and credited at Southeastern. Upon successful completion of course work, students are awarded a second lieutenant commission at graduation.
“We congratulate Southeastern on their designation as a military friendly school,” said Lt. Col. Mary L. “Marston” McKeon, commander of AFROTC Detachment 310 at LSU. “We are fortunate to have Southeastern students in our cadet wing, including our current cadet corps commander Cadet Jason Brewer. He and other Southeastern students consistently display the bearing, professionalism and academic prowess which will serve them well in the active duty Air Force. Southeastern plays a central role in the shaping of these students, so we say again, congratulations, well-earned and well-deserved.”