Robust Vision to Expand Veteran Program

November 1, 2014

They answered the call to service. Now they are the recipients of a new veteran student services initiative aimed at enhancing their Baldwin Wallace experience.

The initiative is aimed at boosting enrollment, streamlining services and creating a welcoming community that fosters success.

"We have an impressive group of students in the armed services and veterans currently attending BW," said Provost Steve Stahl. "They bring diverse perspectives, insights and skills that enrich our campus. There is a strong sense of respect that comes from our students, faculty and staff who are appreciative of their call to duty."

Bolstering Enrollment, Streamlining Services

"Our goal is to boost our current enrollment of about 100 veterans to about 300 or m

ore," Stahl continued. "As part of the process, we are adding a new veteran student services coordinator position at BW that focuses on recruitment, academic and career advising, and other support.

"We believe the BW community offers exceptional opportunities that serve the educational and transitional needs of veterans returning from active duty as well as those fully immersed in civilian life," he noted.

Stahl went on to say that Randy Stevenson has been named to the veteran student services coordinator position. Stevenson is an OEF/OIF Army Veteran who spent 11 years on active duty and in the National Guard, leaving the military with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Since 2005, he has worked for the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission as an Accredited Veterans Service Coordinator.

He brings a wealth of knowledge about veteran resources in the area, as well as strong connections to the veterans community and a passion for helping other veterans to succeed.

Creating a Welcoming Community

Among ongoing initiatives, BW has a student veteran organization and a veteran's community hour that promote camaraderie. In addition, there is a vets office on campus, targeted orientation programs and a Veterans Support Team composed of experts from each of BW's key offices.

"We are committed to meeting the needs of our veterans as they move from military life to the classroom," said Nancy Jirousek, director of adult and continuing education/veteran services. "We value their contributions to this country and are devoted to helping them achieve academic success."

Earning Military, Veteran Accolades

BW is a Yellow Ribbon program participant, which enables qualifying Post-9/11 veterans to attend Baldwin Wallace tuition free.

In addition, BW has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for the sixth consecutive year for its excellence in serving the needs of military service members and veterans. This recognition ranks BW in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.