UC Riverside Named a Military Friendly School for Third Consecutive Year

University lauded for efforts to assist America’s military service members and veterans as students

Door of veterans lounge

The Veterans Student Lounge in Costo Hall is one of the features that helps make UCR a military-friendly school. Photo by Chryssa Jones

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — For the third year in a row, the University of California, Riverside has been recognized as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media. The honor recognizes the university for its efforts to assist America’s military service members and veterans as students.

UCR is included among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the list, which will be published in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools.”

“UCR is well known for its long history of service and support to veterans, active duty military and military families,” said Chryssa Jones, veterans services coordinator in Student Special Services. “These men and women have given so much of themselves to support this country and it is important that we give something back.”

One example of that is the opening of the Veteran Student Lounge during the 2012-13 school year. Several students cited the facility as an example of how UCR makes a difference for veterans.

The Military Friendly School logo.

The Military Friendly School logo.

“It means a lot that the department fought for and created the Veteran’s Lounge, giving us a special hideaway to study and get to know our fellow veterans,” said Joshua Bunce, a former member of the U.S. Army who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and who graduated with a BA in philosophy and a BS in mathematics in the summer of 2013. “It can really be tough around campus, with students who differ from us so much – the lounge was a great place to learn without all that ‘noise.”‘

Balreet Khaira, a senior business economics major and member of the Army Reserve, agreed.

“The veterans lounge was a great surprise. It has become our personal get away from the busy college life,” he said. “I am so glad I transferred into a school that takes great care of its veterans.”

Other achievements from the 2012-13 school year that help make UCR a military-friendly destination include:

  • Collaborating with the California Department of Veterans Affairs and local colleges, universities and service organizations to create the “Inland Empire Veterans Education Collaborative,” a task force that address issues related to veteran education in the region.
  • Collaborated with Cal State University San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, Riverside City College, and local VA offices to host the first-ever “Inland Empire College Boot Camp,” a one-day conference for local veterans who are not currently enrolled in college to learn about educational options here in the region, as well as information about veterans benefits, financial aid, career/vocational training, etc.
  • UCR’s Career Center created Operation VETS (Veterans Employment Transition Success), a biweekly seminar series during fall quarter customized specifically for student veterans.  Topics include translating military skills into a civilian resume, interview skills, job-hunting skills, etc. Participants are matched with a mentor from the campus’ staff/faculty/alumni veteran network.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows UC Riverside’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran in a press release announcing the honor. “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.”

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Chryssa Jones, veteran services coordinator
Tel: (951) 827-5391
E-mail: chryssa.jones@uc.redu

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