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NMSU selected as a top military-friendly university

New Mexico State University has been named as a top military-friendly school for 2016 by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.


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New Mexico State University students and U.S. military veterans Heather Drake and Josh Dunne study in Corbett Center Student Union. NMSU was named a top-military friendly school for 2016 by Victory Media. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

This is the seventh consecutive year NMSU has been listed as a top institution in the country that supports military students, which will be featured in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazine.

“NMSU is proud to be recognized as a military-friendly school for military and veteran students,” said Jacobo Varela, Military and Veterans Programs director at NMSU. “Over the last few years we have worked hard to live up to that title and improve our services and programs for our military and veteran students. The office of Military and Veterans Programs values our veterans, service members and their families.”

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

For a complete list of the rankings visit https://militaryfriendly.com.

“Military and Veterans Programs looks to enhance and support our students throughout their academic career,” Varela said. “Military and Veterans Programs has developed new mission and vision statements, as well as a new strategic plan to help guide us for the next few years and will allow us to continue to improve how NMSU serves this important population.”

In October, Military and Veterans Programs received a resolution from the Board of Regents honoring the upcoming first-ever Military and Veterans Appreciation week along with the programs’ staff, students and new strategic plan.

NMSU’s Military and Veterans Appreciation week will be held Nov. 7-13 to honor students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces.

Many of the events are open to the public including the Armed Forces 5K End Zone Dash on Sunday, Nov. 8. The Air Force and Army ROTC will host the obstacle course run at 7:30 a.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Online registration is available at http://mvp.nmsu.edu/5k/.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Military and Veterans Programs will host its annual Veterans Day Picnic and Information Fair from 12-3 p.m. at the Garcia Annex Courtyard. NMSU has invited local service organizations to have tables and meet university students.

On Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, a free screening of “Fort Bliss” will be held at 5:45 p.m. at Domenici Hall. A reception and discussion along with a question and answer session with the director, Claudia Myers, will follow the screening.

The weeklong celebration includes many events and a detailed list can be found at http://mvp.nmsu.edu/military-and-veterans-appreciation-week/.