BHSU named Military Friendly School for fifth consecutive year

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, September 23, 2014/Categories: 2014


           Black Hills State University was named to the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victoria Media. This is BHSU&rsquos fifth consecutive year being named to the list. The Military Friendly Schools honor is awarded to the top 15 percent of higher educational institutions that do the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their academic success.

Black Hills State University was named to the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, a veteran-owned company and publisher of GI Jobs magazine.

This is the fifth consecutive year BHSU has been named to the list. The Military Friendly Schools is awarded to the top 15 percent of higher educational institutions that do the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their academic success.

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.

"I&rsquom proud of the opportunities that Black Hills State University provides for veterans," said BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., who is a veteran. "I know the importance of offering educational opportunities for veterans who do so much for our country."

"This is great recognition of the extra steps that the faculty and staff of Black Hills State consistently take in support of veterans," added David Dodson, veterans&rsquo resource coordinator at BHSU. "That BHSU has been among the best schools for veterans and service members for five years shows the dedication here to continue to provide the best environment for veteran success that we can."

BHSU is a VA approved school and a member of the Service Members Opportunity College association.

In addition to the Military Friendly Schools recognition, the University received several other honors for its dedication to student veterans over the past several years.

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

Four BHSU staff members have received the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Awards. Mostly recently awarded were Terry Hupp, director instructional technology at BHSU and Mike Isaacson, dean of students at BHSU. The Patriot Award recognizes individual supervisors for their support to an employee and his or her family. The recipient of the award makes great efforts to support citizen soldiers through maintaining flexible work schedules, providing time off prior to and after deployment, and caring for families and granting leaves of absences.

BHSU has the highest percentage of student veterans in the state. Dodson said, on average, 300 student veterans are enrolled at BHSU per semester. In addition to its many awards, the University offers guidance to student veterans in receiving state and federal education benefits, accessing disability services, finding tutors, childcare and other academic assistance. There are Student Veteran Centers at the University Center-Rapid City and on BHSU&rsquos main campus in the Student Union that offer space for student vets to socialize, study, or hold meetings. There is also a Yellow Jackets Vets Club.

"Black Hills State has always prided itself for maintaining a culture supportive of student success," Dodson said. "As the student veteran population grew, it was a natural extension of the support network on campus to identify and integrate support services tailored to veteran needs."

He added that it&rsquoll be just as important to continue to provide excellent services to student veterans.

"Veterans have always been there to help other veterans," Dodson said. "Most student veterans in college today are using VA and GI Bill benefits earned through military service. It&rsquos important to have a point of reference with similar experiences that can assist them with finding and using programs on or off the campus to be successful."
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