Shippensburg University ranked one of nation’s best in veteran support
By AMBER SOUTH
SHIPPENSBURG — Shippensburg University has been ranked as the 44th best college in the nation by Military Times EDGE for its support of veterans.
The publication reviewed more than 300 colleges on various criteria to produce the listing Best for Vets: Colleges 2013.
“We’re definitely excited that all the hard work paid off, and to be recognized is a great thing and shows that the university is really pushing forward to help the veterans,” said Bob Smith, director of veterans affairs at SU.
In a news release from the university, President Bill Ruud stated men and women who are serving or who have served in the military in the U.S. or abroad deserve gratitude support.
“At Shippensburg, we take seriously our responsibility to support our veterans and this is a nice acknowledgment of our efforts,” he added.
The university has seen an increase in veteran attendance as troops return from Iraq and other foreign countries. Right now, 240 veterans registered to get military benefits are enrolled at SU, Smith said. He added that the G.I. Bill has provided incentive for many veterans to get a higher education, since it provides them with tuition and living expenses if attending college, among other things.
The university has long supported veterans and current students in military service. Recognizing the need, the SU chapter of Student Veterans of America has undertaken many events and programs to recognize the role of veterans on campus. Just this week, an educational documentary presented by SVA had an attendance of 110 students.
The university in September opened the Veterans Resource Center inside the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building. There, veterans can find materials and information on programs and services affecting them.
Since its opening, the center has also been popular as a gathering place for student veterans, Smith said. With many student veterans at a different place in their lives from traditional students, the resource center acts as a haven that student veterans can call their own. On a typical afternoon, eight to nine students can be found their studying or hanging out, Smith said.
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