UC Riverside Once Again Named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine

University recognized for second consecutive year for efforts in assisting veterans

Standing in front of UCR sign

UC Riverside was honored as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine for the second consecutive year. Posing with the plaque presented to the university are: (front row, from left) Laurie Hall, Administrative Services manager, Chris Matthews (Marines), Timothy Suwandhaputra (Army National Guard), Michael Davidev (Navy), Al Dupont (Air National Guard). Back row, Chryssa Jones, Veterans Services coordinator and Lawrence Abee (Marines). Photo by Ross French

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California, Riverside has once again been recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2013 award marks the second consecutive year that UCR has received recognition of its efforts to assist America’s military service members and veterans as students.

The award is noteworthy in that G.I. Jobs raised the selection criteria benchmark, honoring the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools. G.I. Jobs surveys over 12,000 schools for their award.

“You have demonstrated a strong interest in recruiting military students, and I urge you to augment your already stellar efforts by continuing to improve your military friendliness each year,” wrote G.I. Jobs publisher Rich McCormick in an e-mail announcing the award.

Chryssa Jones, the veterans services coordinator in Student Special Services, said it has been a busy year for the veterans community at UC Riverside.

“Over the past year we have developed a comprehensive, three-pronged support model made up of peer support, academic support and transitional support which we are deploying campus-wide,” Jones said. “Our student veteran organization is newly rechartered and revitalized and has been recognized as a chapter of Student Veterans of America, providing scholarship and conference opportunities, internships, and legislative advocacy for our students.  Peer mentors and peer educators also provide key support.”

“As the saying goes, ‘no one can help a vet like a vet,'” she added.

Among the veteran support services and programs in place at UC Riverside are:

  • The Veteran Support Team, which is made up of key contacts from across the campus who are familiar with the unique needs of military and veteran students.
  • The Veteran Peer Mentors who are made up of military and veteran students who advise others during the transition to campus life.
  • Operation Education, a scholarship program started by Karen White and her husband, Chancellor Timothy P. White, for United States military veterans who have sustained a severe and permanent injury during their service since September 11, 2001.

In addition, veterans’ issues were included as a component of the Chancellor’s Diversity Education Program, helping to raise awareness and create conversations among students, staff and faculty.

“We created an opportunity for staff and faculty to attend workshops and seminars that discuss the ‘culture gap’ between military experience and campus life, and explore ways that we, as an academic institution, can bridge that gap,” Jones said, adding that the program will be expanded in 2012-13.

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Additional Contacts

Chryssa Jones, Veterans Services Coordinator
Tel: (951) 827-5391
E-mail: chryssa.jones@ucr.edu

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