The College of Southern Maryland has been designated as a 2015 Military
Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting
the military and civilian worlds.

“It is an honor for the College of Southern Maryland to be recognized
with this designation for the services and support that we provide our
many active duty military personnel, veterans and their families to
assist them in reaching their academic and career goals,” said CSM
President Dr. Brad Gottfried. “As one of the largest veteran-serving
colleges or universities within Maryland, CSM is proud to serve more
than 830 military students and their dependents each year.”

According to Victory Media, the Military Friendly® Schools designation
is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade
schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military
students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the
classroom and after graduation.

Of the more than 830 students served by the college this year, more
than 50 are active duty military members. CSM supports its veteran
community in several ways, according to Chris Zimmermann, director of
the college’s financial assistance department which oversees its
veteran affairs office.

The college is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and
the Maryland Higher Education Commission, so that eligible veterans,
servicepersons and certain dependents of veterans can receive VA
educational benefits for credit certificate and associate degree
programs as well as some Workforce Development programs.

Additionally the college has designed first-year seminars and courses
specifically for veterans, taught by a veteran, to help newly separated
or transitioning veterans prepare for and adjust to the college
experience. Such courses actively engage students through group
discussions and presentations, and students learn skills such as time
management, research planning and critical thinking that will benefit
them in future college classes.

Upcoming in the spring semester at the La Plata and Leonardtown
campuses will be ENG-2970, a writing workshop that will be led by
veterans and published writers Ron Capps and CSM Professor Wayne Karlin
to provide veterans, active duty members and family members with the
support, encouragement and skills to tell and develop their stories
through fiction or non-fiction. For information on veterans-only
classes, visit
http://www.csmd.edu/Current/Veterans/veteranonlyclasses.htm.

CSM also offers a 15 percent discount of tuition for individual fitness
and pool memberships for veterans. Details are available at
http://www.csmd.edu/CommunityEducation/WFR/Fitness/memberships.html

CSM’s outreach includes an active student veterans’ organization,
which is a chapter of Student Veterans Association, a non-profit
coalition of more than 700 student veteran organizations on college
campuses globally with a mission to provide military veterans with the
resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education
and following graduation. The organization is an inclusive, non-partisan
group that supports all CSM student veterans and their dependents
associated with all branches of the uniformed military services.

The college is involved in and supports community partnerships and
events such as the Annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown or
sponsoring Annmarie Garden’s Military Night to provide free admission
for active duty military personnel and their immediate family during its
annual Garden in Lights.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive
research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for
Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The methodology used for making the Military
Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one
much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past
six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military
students across the country. The school survey, methodology, criteria
and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent
Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the
country. The survey is administered for free and open to all
post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Victory Media is a
service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community
since 2001. Criteria for consideration are at www.militaryfriendly.com.


For information on veteran benefits and programs at CSM, visit
http://www.csmd.edu/Current/Veterans/.

For a complete listing of VA approved programs within CSM’s
continuing education visit
http://www.csmd.edu/Current/Veterans/EligiblePrograms.html.

For information on the student veterans’ organization, visit
http://www.csmd.edu/pub/moroney/veteransclub/.