As Veterans Day approaches, The City University of New York – which saw veteran enrollment double between Fall 2004 and Fall 2014 to nearly 3,000 – over 100 percent, is honoring 233 outstanding CUNY students who are U.S. military veterans at an event aboard the USS Intrepid on Thursday, Nov. 5. All have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA while earning the requisite number of credits toward timely graduation. The list of honorees is below.
At the baccalaureate level, the most common programs of study are liberal arts, criminal justice and accounting. The top three programs of study for associate degree student veterans are liberal arts, criminal justice and business. Approximately 70 percent of CUNY’s student veterans attend full time, often with GI Bill educational benefits.
This event is the highlight of numerous events taking place across CUNY’s 24 campuses during CUNY Month to recognize and support military veterans in the period surrounding Veterans Day. The schedule ranges from a Queens College Veteran’s Club event to a “community conversation” on current and pending legislation by the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, both on Nov. 10.
“Veterans are extraordinary students who bring exceptional talents, maturity and experiences to the classroom,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken. “Just as they served their country, they are now seeking higher education at CUNY so they can better serve their families, their communities, their city and their country in significant, ways.”
CUNY’s longstanding commitment to veterans intensified during and after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To assist veterans in making the transition from military service and college, the University in 2007 created the Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education (PROVE), under the aegis of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. It offers veterans a wide range of supports and opportunities to engage at the college and beyond. CUNY also has joined with many military-friendly employers to increase opportunities for internships and post-graduate employment for CUNY veterans.
CUNY recently partnered with Edge4Vets, a job preparation program that helps veterans translate their military strengths into tools for civilian success and then connects veterans to job and career opportunities. Now in its fourth year, Edge4Vets has prepared nearly 1,000 veterans for rewarding jobs with sponsor companies in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. It offers a two-part workshop; the first part prepares participants in ways to translate their military values and skills into tools for success in the civilian workplace, while the second connects them with human resources representatives, with whom they can network for internships and jobs that lead to careers. The initial CUNY participants, who attended the first session in late October, will attend the second session on Dec. 2 at the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum. Other interested CUNY veterans can observe that event, as well, and can sign up for the next two-part workshop in 2016. The program is supported by Deutsche Bank, a member of Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS). For more information see www.edge4vets.org.
Among upcoming veterans-related events at CUNY are:
Second Annual Women Veterans Panel features student veterans at Borough of Manhattan Community College offering their perspectives on transitioning from military to student life. Nov. 9, BMCC Richard Harris Terrace, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
A “community conversation” on current and pending legislation is part of outreach by the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs to discuss new and pending legislation and to gather information on issues affecting veterans and to advise on recent and pending legislation; issues have varied across the state depending on the discussion that emerges from the audience. The event is Nov. 10, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New Building, 524 West 59th Street (Between 10th and 11th Avenues), Manhattan, in the Moot Court Room—6th Floor. Contact 518-474-6114 to RSVP.
Veterans Day Parade. In New York City’s big Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, CUNY veterans will march with a float that will carry some of the University’s disabled veterans.
Queens College’s Veterans Club, Veterans Support Services of Queens College and VFW Post 3427 Hillcrest will honor student veterans at a lunch on Nov. 10 that will be hosted by Council Member Rory I. Lancman in the student union.
New York City College of Technology hosts a fair for veterans on Nov. 12 at which community organizations will present information and services. At 300 Jay Street, Atrium Building (ground floor), Brooklyn, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information phone 718-260-4980 .
Dress for Success provides CUNY’s female veterans with professional attire for interviews and the workplace cost-free.
Following is a list of students whom CUNY is honoring for academic excellence at the event on the Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Ave., Manhattan, on Nov. 5, starting at 9:30 a.m.: