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Texas Woman’s earns eighth consecutive ‘Military Friendly’ recognition

Photo of flags on TWU's Denton campus.

The TWU Student Veterans Association placed flags all around campus in honor of Veterans Day. Photo credit: Michael Modecki.

Texas Woman’s University is receiving national recognition for its support of student veterans, as this week the nation’s largest university primarily for women honors its students, faculty, staff and alumni who have served in the military.

TWU has been named a Military Friendly® School for the eighth consecutive year. The 2017 Military Friendly Schools list recognizes higher education institutions for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.

According to Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001, criteria for Military Friendly Schools include military support on campus, academic credibility, percent of military students, academic credit for military service, flexibility for military students and more.

“Texas Woman’s is committed to those who have served our country by providing a dedicated office and staff to guide veterans as they transition from boots to books,” said Amy O’Keefe, executive director of the TWU Office of Campus Alliance for Research Education.

Special services for veterans include: academic credit for military experience (when applicable), early course registration, personalized help with Hazelwood and GI benefits, small classes, study workshops, a Student Veterans Association and veteran cords at commencement. The TWU Veteran Student Center provides space to heat meals, socialize with peers or study quietly. TWU also offers all of the most popular programs for veterans, many with national rankings — nursing, nutrition, kinesiology, business, criminal justice and computer science.

Military- and veteran-focused offerings at TWU include:

  • The Veteran Students’ Center, a study and gathering space providing TWU student veterans a place to connect with others who have served and those who want to support them;
  • Active recruitment of veteran students and the website, www.twu.edu/veterans, which has admissions information specifically for veterans;
  • An active TWU Student Veterans Association.

“My experience at TWU as a veteran has been nothing short of incredible,” said Cameron McGuffin, president of the TWU Student Veterans Association and a sophomore general studies major from Wichita Falls. “The support from the staff, faculty, and other students has made my transition back into civilian life easier and more successful.”

Veterans-focused initiatives also are an area of distinction of TWU’s new strategic plan. In addition to supporting student veterans, the university has a number of projects focusing on veterans, including:

  • A $3.5 million partnership with the Dallas VA to ensure veterans continue to receive the best care possible and that TWU student nurses are well positioned for careers in veteran care;
  • TWU’s Project INVEST (Injured Veterans Entering Sports Training) program, which offers opportunities for injured veterans to play Paralympic sports such as wheelchair basketball and volleyball during events held at the university throughout the year;
  • Psychology faculty member Ronald Palomares being recognized by the White House for his work with military children; and
  • Being home of the national archive of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WW II. 

This national recognition comes as TWU celebrates Veterans Week with a variety of activities honoring those who have served, including:

  • U.S. flags all around campus in recognition of TWU Veterans and their service; 
  • Free breakfast and lunch for student, faculty and staff veterans;
  • A leadership workshop on transitioning to civilian careers, led by Robert Placido, Ph.D., a veteran and TWU’s associate provost for technology and chief information officer;
  • Hosting Veterans Day on the Square with Denton County Veterans Services, in partnership with TWU and the University of North Texas, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 on the historic square in downtown Denton. The event features a welcome by TWU Distinguished Alumna Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders, retired, and a keynote address by the TWU College of Nursing Dean Anita Hufft, Ph.D., a veteran of the U.S. Army;
  • TWU Vet Zone training for faculty and staff to understand the needs and support the success of student veterans; and
  • Project INVEST Veteran & Family Activity Day, featuring games and activities for all ages and abilities, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in the Pioneer Hall gym.

The university is serving almost 300 student veterans and more than 400 dependents of veterans. In addition, TWU employs about 70 faculty and staff members who are veterans.

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