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08-09-2014

Clarkson University to Further Support Those Who Have Served in the Armed Forces

Clarkson University has taken an additional step to support the postsecondary success of those who have served in our nation’s armed forces and service members.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins; Col. William R. Murphy, USA (Ret.); Rev. Msgr. Robert A. Aucoin, pastor, St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Churches; Brigadier Gen. Miyako Schanely, Deputy Cmdr. 412th Theater Engineer Command; Jonathan Stinson, Assistant Professor of Voice, SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music; and Master Sgt. Robert Henninger, USAF (Ret.).Clarkson President Tony Collins announced today that the University is signing on to the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success,” a voluntary initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. Collins made the announcement as the University hosted its third annual Veterans Appreciation Day.

The "8 Keys" guidelines provide concrete steps that postsecondary institutions can take to assist service members and those who have served in the armed forces in transitioning to higher education, completing their college programs, obtaining career-ready skills, and achieving success.

“Clarkson University is fully committed to enabling our veterans and service members to reach their education and career goals," said President Collins. "Many of our Clarkson alumni have served our country with honor and distinction in the armed forces. Through our commitment to the '8 Keys to Veterans’ Success', as well as other programs, it is our honor and opportunity to show our gratitude to the men and women who ensure our freedoms and liberties every day. Clarkson offers a great educational experience for individuals who have demonstrated the values of diligence toward work and service to others.”  

The result of collaboration at an interagency gathering of more than 100 education experts, the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success”  include creating a culture of connectedness on campus, coordinating and centralizing campus efforts for all veterans, collaborating with local communities and organizations to align services and supports for veterans, implementing an early alert system, utilizing a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information relating to veteran students (i.e., retention and degree completion), and developing systems to ensure sustainability of effective practices

With a long history of military preparation on its campus, Clarkson University’s Army and Air Force ROTC units have been recognized in Washington Monthly Magazine among the top five universities in its annual college guide for the percentage of students serving in ROTC. These programs also allow students from SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University to serve as cadets, alongside students from Clarkson, which supports the program.

Saturday's Veterans Appreciation Day event at Clarkson paid special tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War, but all veterans and the general public also joined in the activities, including a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony with a color guard and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action presentation. Entertainment, refreshments and services for veterans and were also provided.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: As Clarkson University hosted its third annual Veterans Appreciation Day, President Tony Collins announced that the University is signing on to the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success,” a voluntary initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. Above, Collins (left) at the event's opening ceremony with (left to right) Col. William R. Murphy, USA (Ret.); Rev. Msgr. Robert A. Aucoin, pastor, St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Churches; Brigadier Gen. Miyako Schanely, Deputy Cmdr. 412th Theater Engineer Command; Jonathan Stinson, Assistant Professor of Voice, SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music; and Master Sgt. Robert Henninger, USAF (Ret.).

[A photograph for media use is available http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/veterans-appreciation-2014.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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