Military Affairs receives ‘military friendly’ award

(Left to right) Harley Davidson, Kelli Wenzel, Bethany Alford, and Jake Kokowicz receive a ‘military friendly’ school designation. Vanguard Photo | Ryan Pelletier

The Military Student Affairs Office (MSAO) recently received an award for being Military-Friendly.

Designed to work with SVSU students with military-affiliated backgrounds, the MSAO was recognized for its dedication to its cause.

“SVSU truly values the experiences and leadership that this population brings to campus and is demonstrated by the resources and support provided to the Military Student Affairs Office from the campus and community,” said Bethany Alford, the director of MSAO.

This award demonstrates that SVSU continues to find new ways to support its military students.

“SVSU earned this award by providing military-connected students with targeted programming, exceptional support and introducing resources both on and off campus,” Alford said.

SVSU’s designation of the award is based on responses from a survey. Alford said over 1,200 schools participated in the survey, with about 750 receiving the designation of Military-Friendly.

All students want to feel connected, Alford said, and she is confident that SVSU’s military students can receive what they need from the MSAO.

The MSAO recognizes the differences that each student brings to the table, she said.

“We realize that every military-connected student entering SVSU has a unique story, unique experience and unique educational benefits,” she said. “Navigating Veteran Affairs (VA) or Department of Defense (DoD) benefits can be a daunting task, so we work very hard to ease that burden by holding information sessions and providing one-on-one meetings with our military students.”

Harley Davidson, an elementary education junior, works in the MSAO and said she enjoys the opportunity to connect with other students.

“(I enjoy) my ability to connect with other veterans and help them to ensure they get the most out of their time at SVSU,” she said.

Davidson said she also truly supports the causes of the MSAO.

“I believe the best thing our office has to offer is the connections that are available for veterans and other students at the university,” Davidson said. “Each month (pre- COVID) we would host ‘lunch and learns’ where we would bring in people or programs from the community for veterans to connect to.” Visit militarystudentaffairs/ for more information about Military Student Affairs.

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