By Denise Richardson
The Daily Star
---- — SUNY schools in Oneonta, Delhi and Cobleskill have been recognized as “Military Friendly Schools.”
Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named the State University of New York schools at Oneonta, Delhi and Cobleskill to its 2014 Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 20 percent of 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 and ensure their success on campus,’’ a media release said.
“The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran, said in prepared statement.
The State University College at Oneonta has about 70 students who receive veterans’ benefits, either because they have been or are in service, or they are receiving benefits as the child or spouse of an active or discharged service member, college officials said.
Special services for veterans provided by the college include veteran-specific scholarships, acceptance of credit for courses and occupations offered by the military, in-state tuition charged for certain students, and locking in degree requirements and extending leaves beyond the usual time frame for any personnel called to active duty, the SUNY Oneonta release said.
The State University College of Technology at Delhi has been included as a Military Friendly School for a third consecutive year.
SUNY Delhi will be among the 1,868 schools listed in the annual guide, which is distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October, according to a SUNY Delhi release.
For the second consecutive year, the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill has been included on the list.
At SUNY Cobleskill, the Student Veteran Association is a student-run organization with a mission to increase access for veterans into the college while providing them with guidance, mentoring and student services.
SVA has also implemented programs over the past year, including raising more than $500 and offering community service toward flood relief and aid for local veterans, Wreaths Across America, Hearts of Hope and Veteran’s Day celebrations, a college release said. During the academic year, the SVA will host fitness events that will invite campus and Schoharie County veterans to attend and develop camaraderie.
A Veteran Memorial Plaza at SUNY Cobleskill, dedicated April 26, honors veterans who have served and is the first symbolic representation of those who have served in the military and have been a part of the local community.
The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding, releases said. The website, at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list and tools to help military students find the best school to suit them.
Victory Media, based in Pittsburgh, is a veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001.
The Upper Unadilla Valley Association is accepting nominations for its annual conservation and historic preservation awards, which will be presented at its fall banquet, which is open to the public, at The Horned Dorset Inn in Leonardsville on Oct. 15.
Nominations may include an individual, group, organization or business that meets the association’s mission to preserve or promote the natural and historic resources in and around Bridgewater, West Winfield, Leonardsville, Unadilla Forks and West Edmeston — the Upper Unadilla Valley region, a media release said.
Nominations are due by Sept. 25 to Wendy Barrett, an association director, at email@example.com or by calling (315) 855-4403.
Denise Richardson, staff writer, can be reached at 432-1000, ext. 213, or firstname.lastname@example.org.