College earns ‘Military Friendly’ five years straight


Carina Snow

News Editor

Victory Media, Inc. awarded RSC the 2014 “Military Friendly School” status; Victory Media’s site states only 20 percent of schools receive the status, and RSC has earned the standing for five consecutive years.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of ‘Military Friendly Schools’ shows Rose State College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” Sean Collin, vice president at Victory Media inc., said in a press release.

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U.S. Army veteran Lance J. Newbold, director of Veteran Services and Academic Advisement, said the status “is confirmation that we do have the programs and processes in place to take care of our military and veteran students, and to give back to them in appreciation of the sacrifices they make for us.”

Newbold said over 300 active duty Air Force members currently utilize federal tuition waivers, 75 National Guard members receive tuition assistance, and overall 500 students use G.I. Bill education benefits at RSC.

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U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas McGee and Spc. Christian Feldman hang out with Rowdy on the campus mall Oct. 22. Like Rowdy, RSC embraces military and veterans.

“This award reflects extremely well on the entire campus,” Newbold said. “It is our hope that when military personnel and veteran students are deciding where to pursue their academic goals, they will see our ‘Military Friendly School’ status and know that Rose State is a great choice.”

Donald Blankenship, environmental science major and U.S. Navy veteran, said the office of Veteran Student Services in the Student Services Building is the most “veteran friendly” place on campus. “We actually have a lounge here that allows them to come in and relax.”

The office acts as liaison between student veterans and Veterans Affairs. Student veterans and military personnel can visit the office to receive help in filing for their VA educational benefits or get assistance resolving complicated benefit and pay matters. They can also just talk with the staff, which is comprised solely of military veterans.

In his job, Blankenship assists active duty, reservist, and veteran students navigate many aspects of college life by guiding them to offices for admissions, financial assistance, parking passes, tutoring services, and more.

His wife Melody Blankenship is earning her Associate in Applied Science – Library Technical Assistant degree at RSC, and is a U.S. Air Force veteran. She said veteran services at RSC are “absolutely helpful,” and agreed that RSC deserves the “military friendly” title.

“The help I have received (at RSC) has all been through Veteran Student Services. They helped me with advisement and paperwork to set me up for the Veteran’s benefits,” she said. “I think it’s important for Veterans to know about Rose’s military friendly status.”

Donald Blankenship said “I know of a veteran who lives in California and is attending (RSC) online. There is obviously something here they want.” He said he hopes the “military friendly” status helps the college grow.

For help with VA benefits at RSC, visit the office of Veteran Student Services in the Student Services Building rooms 100S and 100T, or call (405) 733-7326.

Caption: U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas McGee and Spc. Christian Feldman hang out with Rowdy on the campus mall Oct. 22. Like Rowdy, RSC embraces military and veterans.

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