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University of Mobile Named ‘Military Friendly,’ Campus to Honor Student Veterans Nov. 11

The University of Mobile has been recognized as a “Military Friendly School” for 2014 and will honor its student-veterans during a campus-wide celebration on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The university will honor and thank its students, faculty and staff who have served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. The UMobile Veterans Appreciation Day will be held Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the patio in front of J.L. Bedsole Library.

The celebration will include a flag raising ceremony, color guard performance by the Murphy High School ROTC department, singing of the National Anthem by students in the UMobile Center for Performing Arts, a patriotic selection performed by RamCorps brass and percussion ensemble, prayer, and a message of appreciation for serving our nation.

The University of Mobile participates in several programs that provide financial support for students who have served or are preparing to serve in the military. The university has earned special designations for providing veterans and their dependents an exceptional opportunity for higher education.

As a “Military Friendly School,” UMobile is ranked in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide in a survey of over 12,000 schools by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of “G.I. Jobs” and the “Guide to Military Friendly Schools.”

The university participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides education benefits for veterans and their dependents. As a result, veterans and their dependents have the possibility of earning a college degree at no cost to them. Benefits may also include a monthly housing allowance.

Veterans may be eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits if they have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following Sept. 10, 2001. For more details about the program and eligibility, visit www.gibill.va.gov.

In addition, UMobile is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium and is recognized as having flexible policies that allow servicemembers and their families to complete degrees rather than simply accumulate course credit when college is interrupted due to deployment or new assignments.

Also, UMobile students may enroll in Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, to become officers in the U.S. military. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, ROTC cadets commit to serve in the U.S. military after graduation.

Currently, 64 UMobile students receive some form of military-related education benefits.

“These families have given so much for our country. It is really rewarding to know that we are playing a small role in helping them make their college dreams a reality,” said Rebecca Robinson, assistant director of enrollment services at the Christian university.

Financial aid counselor Shelisskia Douggans said helping military families access their education benefits and enroll is rewarding.

“Military families have made a great sacrifice for our country, and military service can be hard on a family. I find the most rewarding thing about helping our military families is, once I have assisted the family with processing their VA benefits, how the family becomes so comfortable with me and how appreciative they are that I go the extra mile to assist them. I feel this is the least I can do to give back for what they have done for our country,” Douggans said.

Criteria evaluated to be recognized as a Military Friendly School includes military support on campus, academic credibility, percent of military students, academic credit and flexibility for military students, veteran graduation rates, student tuition assistance, student survey, employment rates, military spouse policies and government approvals.

“Your school is among the elite competing for military students,” said Rich McCormick, president of Victory Media Inc. “You have demonstrated a strong interest in recruiting military students, and I urge you to augment your already stellar efforts by continuing to improve your military friendliness each year.”

For information about the Yellow Ribbon Program and veterans’ services at the University of Mobile, or the Veterans Appreciation Day, call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2485 or visit www.umobile.edu.

About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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