BHSU continues commitment to supporting student veterans

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, December 1, 2014/Categories: 2014

In an effort to continue its support of student veterans, Black Hills State University will have veteran friendly posters hung around campus and in the offices of faculty and staff welcoming student veterans and their dependents on campus.

In an effort to continue its support of student veterans, Black Hills State University will display veteran friendly signs in areas on campus that have committed to maintaining a friendly environment for student veterans and their dependents.

For the past five years, BHSU has been named to the list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media.

"This recognition is due to the efforts of BHSU's faculty and staff to welcome and support our student veterans and their dependents in achieving academic success," said David Dodson, veterans' resource coordinator at BHSU.

Faculty and staff at BHSU have been invited to display the sign in their offices or workspaces as a statement of support for student veterans and dependents of veterans, as well as be recognized as a point of contact for assistance and open conversation. The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center, The Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center, the Student Veterans Center in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, and the Student Success Center currently have signs displayed.

"The Young Center is proud to be designated a veteran friendly facility at Black Hills State University," said Josh Roadifer, Young Center facilities manager. "The veterans and current military personnel of our nation mean so much more than words can say.  The Young Center offers a year round facility that is safe, efficient, and esthetically pleasing to meet recreational needs for veterans on campus, in the city, and in the region."

Dodson said coordination with the Veterans Administration, University departments and community organizations has allowed BHSU to offer services for assisting veterans and dependents transitioning into student life.

"BHSU appreciates the sacrifices that veterans of every generation have made in service to the country and their communities and is proud to welcome them and support their academic success," Dodson said.

Off campus partners and community organizations are welcome to participate as well and can find more information at www.bhsu.edu/VeteransAffairs.

This past year BHSU saw a 22 percent increase in veteran or veteran dependent students. Over a five-year time period there has been a 76 percent increase in veteran students.

BHSU has also been named to the Military Times "Best for Vets: Business Schools" in 2013 and 2014. It has also made the Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges" for two years in a row.
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