Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank you, veterans!

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, I’d like to remember and thank the Moraine Park students and staff, and community members who serve our country and community. Our military students and staff provide a dynamic and diverse background in the classroom and throughout the College and we are proud to work with such exceptional individuals.
This fall, G.I. Jobs released their 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools, which recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Moraine Park Technical College made the list for the third consecutive year for its excellence in serving veterans as students. 
Pictured (from left to right): Julie Waldvogel-Leitner, Financial Aid Associate; Scott Lieburn, Dean of Students; Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park President; with the Military Friendly Award plaque. 

One of the new ways Moraine Park has been serving student veterans is by establishing a Student Veterans Association (SVA). The organization’s first meeting was held in September. Moraine Park’s new SVA will provide a support system for military students and veterans with making a smooth transition from military life to college and careers.
Our Moraine Park Dean of Students, Scott Lieburn, is a veteran who is still serving in the Air National Guard. He understands the specific needs of our Veterans as they start reintegrating into civilian life. The strong network of other student veterans in SVA and the supportive staff at Moraine Park will help these students a great deal in achieving their educational goals.
Thank you again to our student, staff and community veterans. We remember you on Veteran’s Day and every day, as you work hard for your many commitments, all while serving our country. If you would like to join me in thanking our veterans, please leave a comment.

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