Military Community

September 2016-Ashford University Newsletter

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Military Development and Engagement

The Military Community Newsletter at Ashford University was designed as a way for you to learn and share community events, resources, and key topics relevant to service members, veterans, and their families nationwide. Please contact Ashford's Military Development and Engagement Specialist if you have questions or additional resources you would like to share with your fellow military community.


  • Career Services Events for Students and Alumni
  • Military Education Outreach Team and Events
  • VA 101 Resource Guide
  • USA Cares

  • Military Faculty Spotlight: Jerry Spight

  • Operation American Dream

  • Must-Read Books That Will Make You Ridiculously Productive

  • Centurion Military Alliance (CMA)

  • CHAMPS Peer Mentoring Program

  • Previous Editions
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Upcoming 2016 Events: Webinars, Workshops, Teleconfrences, and Career Hiring Events

Military Education Outreach Team and Events

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Military Education Outreach Team and Events

Meet the Ashford Military Outreach Team and find out when they will be on a base near you!

VA 101 Resource Guide

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VA Resource Guide 101

Click here to see the online version with clickable links

USA Cares: " We respond within 48 hours"

USA Cares takes a “holistic” approach to helping our military service members, veterans and their families. Services are free; and applications for assistance are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The goal is to make contact within two business days with an eligibility determination. Needs are verified through required documentation.

Financial assistance is not given directly to service members or their families; instead, payments are made to mortgage lenders, utility companies, and other vendors. Each family approved for assistance is assigned an advocate from our Family Resource Center who assures that assistance is timely and effective. These advocates often mobilize additional support for families from other military assistance groups, and the service member’s community of local organizations.

Learn more or apply for assistance

Defense Mobile: miliSOURCE


Less than 40% of US veterans use any of the veterans benefits they've earned– benefits that can be worth thousands of dollars per year. Even more alarming, 59% of veterans say they know little to nothing about their eligible benefits.

MILISOURCE provides veterans benefits information and resources, including personalized, profile-driven benefits recommendations.

MILISOURCE also includes deals, discounts and coupons for veterans and military service members. You can search or browse for deals and even map the store locations near you!

After using MILISOURCE, 53% of veterans say they found new benefits and 92% consider it helpful for learning about their benefits.


Military Faculty Spotlight: Jerry Spight

Jerry Spight has been with Ashford since November 2012 an associate faculty in the Forbes School of Business. He has taught undergraduate courses in leadership, management, and organizational development. Jerry is an eight-year veteran of the Air Force, having served in Japan and Korea during the Vietnam War as a microwave radio systems engineer and maintenance chief for C-5A flight simulators.

Consistent with his teaching philosophy of a “learning team” environment, Jerry’s recognition of the challenges military students face in adapting to the dynamics of the online learning environment greatly facilitates his outstanding success as an associate faculty.

One such challenge often encountered by military students is the difficulty in expressing the knowledge they have gained from their military training and experiences using a vocabulary that corresponds with expectations of online course design and rubric requirements. The purpose of this article is to offer a recommended approach to assist military students in translating their military knowledge experience in a way that strengthens their online identity and ability to engage effectively in collaborative learning.

  • The challenge of online education for military students
  • Differing military and civilian workplace environments
  • Personal identity and learning motivation of military students
  • Contributing characteristics of online course design and outcomes
  • Situational analysis as a recommended approach

Translating” the Military Knowledge Experience: Very Respectfully

Jerry Spight, August 13, 2016

As students, instructors, researchers, and lifelong learners, we often find ourselves challenged by the apparent lack of universally accepted definitions of the very concepts we seek to understand. This lack of common understanding can present a barrier to effective participation in online course work. Online education is not as easy it looks, especially if one is a military student. Having served in the Air Force and having been an online student for six years at both the undergraduate and graduate level, I can attest to the unique challenges that military students face in completing their online degree programs. This is especially true for students who depend on their military-based knowledge and skills (read more) . . .

Operation American Dream

Operation American Dream funds intermediate and secondary education scholarships for the children of U.S. military, law enforcement, and fire rescue personnel who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Operation American Dream will galvanize support by working with the affected families' local communities and on a national level.

Learn More

Must-Read Books That Will Make You Ridiculously Productive

Fun fact: Productivity is one of the most popular topics on Product Hunt, probably because time is our most valuable asset. Here’s a collection of books recommended by the Product Hunt community, compiled by their team.

The revered topic in both the business and personal world. It seems we’re all looking for a magic bullet to help us get more done in less time. In the end, there’s no substitute for rolling up your sleeves and actually sitting down to do the work that will, one step at a time, help you accomplish all of your goals. But, a little inspiration never hurt. The books below will give you frameworks, strategies, and action items to help you make the most of the time you have each day.

While there isn’t a perfect productivity formula for everyone, the 11 reads in this article will inspire you to create your very own process that works for getting more stuff done—and enjoying every day more in the process.

Read the full article here

Centurion Military Alliance (CMA)

Providing vetted resources and military-to-civilian cross-trained expertise. Serving the transitioning military service members, veterans, wounded warriors, primary caregivers to wounded warriors, and military spouses.

CMA offers monthly one-of-a-kind transitional-skills and education training with a goal of ensuring each individual attending the Transitioning Warrior Program is equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to establish a professional career path upon exiting the military.

Fun fact about CMA: the founder and CEO is one of Ashford's own Jarod Myers, who works full time at Ashford as the Strategic Partnerships Development Manager.

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CHAMPS Peer Mentoring for Online Students

Ashford understands the challenges of being a military affiliated student while pursuing higher education. We have developed a syllabus dedicated to addressing those unique needs. It is our goal to pair up Military Mentees with Military Mentors so there is common ground and cultural understanding where the pair speaks the same language.

Deployments, frequent moves, and field exercises can all be distracting when you are attending classes. Connect with a Mentor who can help navigate those overwhelming waters, provide resources, tips, and personal experience to help you be as successful as possible while also building a relationship with another peer.

Top Reasons Mentees Join CHAMPS:

  • To get to know another student on a personal level
  • For support and guidance on managing time and other commitments
  • For advice and encouragement as you begin your academic journey
  • Tips to navigate Ashford Writing Center, Library and student Portal.

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Stephanie Kinman: Military Development and Engagement Specialist

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