Rio named Veteran Friendly Institution
September 21, 2012
Left to Right: Tony Burnette, Student Veterans Organization Vice President and Todd Foley, Student Veterans Organization President while gathering boxes of personal items to be sent to military personnel deployed overseas.
The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College has been designated as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a nationally known media organization dedicated to assisting military personnel as they transition into civilian life.
The organization recently named Rio Grande to its 2013 Military Friendly School list, which honors the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students. The institutions named to the list are being recognized for their work in helping these students succeed while they are on campus.
“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Rio Grande’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
Rio Grande is proud to be named to this list, and has a long history of assisting service members, veterans and their family members. The institution even has a student veterans organization and center dedicated to veterans on campus.
The Rio Grande Veterans Organization is very active on campus, and is involved in numerous events throughout the academic year.
The organization is based in the Rio Grande Veterans Center, which is located on the bottom floor of Boyd Hall and has room for meetings and special events, as well as space for students to work on homework and other projects. The center is decorated to honor the veterans from different wars, and a wide variety of medals and other materials donated by local veterans have been placed on display in the center.
The Rio Grande Veterans Organization has also been recognized as a leader in Ohio, and the Rio Grande students that are part of the group have been helping veterans’ organizations at other colleges and universities to get organized and plan activities.
Rio Grande supports the student veterans organization by providing space for the center and assisting with different projects, and is proud to have the veterans on campus each year. Local veterans who are not students are also invited into the center, and the Rio Grande Veterans Organization also takes part in community events.
Victory Media compiles its list of top colleges, universities and trade schools each year through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools across the country. The list is created in order to help military students find the schools that best meet their unique needs and preferences.
A detailed list of the 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be published in the annual “G.I Jobs Guide to Military Friendly School,” later this fall. More information on the list can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
For additional information the Rio Grande Veterans Organization, as well as information on the wide range of academic programs offered on Rio Grande’s scenic campus, call 1-800-282-7201 or log onto www.rio.edu.