Military Community

February 2017-Ashford University Newsletter

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Military Development and Engagement

The Military Community Newsletter at Ashford University was created for you to learn about 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.

IN THIS ISSUE

  • February is Black History Month
  • Black History Month Trivia Challenge
  • Introducing the NEW Ashford My Career Management Platform
  • Military Education Outreach Team and Events
  • State Veteran's Benefits
  • Law Enforcement Jobs Post-Military
  • Student Veterans of America National Conference 2017

  • The Telling Project

  • Get Connected with Military CHAMPS
  • Nationwide Conference Calendar by Month: US Veterans Magazine

  • Previous Editions

February is Black History Month

Black History Month Trivia Challenge

Are you good at trivia? See where you rank among your peers. In honor of Black History Month, Military.com presents the Trivia Challenge. This Daily Trivia Contest will feature questions pertaining to black military history. Test your knowledge, and earn chances to win a free prize.


To answer your questions of How to Play, How to Win, and see the Rules to Play visit: http://www.military.com/trivia

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Ashford University's Career and Alumni Services is excited to announce that the new My Career platform is now live! The new platform has an exciting new look, powerful tools, and more ways for Ashford students to connect with employers, alumni, and staff.


New features also make the portal more mobile friendly for students to navigate their career while on the go!


To visit this new resource, current students and alumni should log into the Student Portal and click the My Career link located under Career and Alumni Services. From there, they can immediately begin navigating the new system. Student and alumni accounts have already been created and are ready for students to start utilizing and exploring.


If you have questions regarding the new platform, please contact careerservices@ashford.edu.

Military Education Outreach Team and Events

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

State Veteran's Benefits

Every state and territory offers benefits for veterans and their families. State benefits range from free college and employment resources to free hunting and fishing licenses. Most states also offer tax breaks for their veterans and specialized license plates, some states even provide their veterans with cash bonuses just for serving in the military.


Visit Military.com to access the compiled and handy summary of the benefits each state and territory offers, each summary page also has a link directly to the specific State Department of Veterans Affairs. Be sure to check it out, there may be a benefit available to you or your family that you didn't know about!

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Law Enforcement Jobs Post-Military

Many organizations are looking to increase their support by implementing military and veteran hiring initiatives. Large and small organizations alike are seeing the value in hiring military affiliated candidates. Spouse employment is also included in these hiring initiatives.


Job Types:

  • Contract
  • Full Time
  • Internship
  • Part Time
  • Temp


Did you know you can use the filter "Veterans Wanted" on Military.com Job search? Organizations range from Comcast, Verizon, Ace Hardware, local universities and community colleges, along with many others. Currently there are over 2,500 jobs nationwide that are looking for military experience in the field of law enforcement.


Roles such as:

· Senior Fraud Investigator

· Security Officer

· Case Analyst- Background Investigations

· College Police Officer

· Corrections Officer/Dispatcher


No matter what the position may be, employers are looking for the self reliant, resilient, hard working skills that come from being prior enlisted. Find out what other companies are looking for your skills.

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Student Veterans of America National Conference 2017

Ashford's Student Veterans Organization (SVO) President Jennifer Morgan accompanied Ashford’s Military Development and Engagement Specialist Stephanie Kinman and Strategy Manager Military And Veteran Services Heather Albin to the National Conference for Student Veterans of America.


There were over 1,500 attendees that came together to discuss topics important to student veterans and their families. Statistics show that student veterans are represented as:

· 27% women

· 46% have children

· 80% over the age of 25


Additional research that was presented at NatCon2017 discussed:

1. Student Veteran Demographics

2. Student Veteran Majors

3. Grades, Credits, and Transfers


The SVO at Ashford represents our student veterans. The mission of Ashford University’s Student Veteran’s Organization is for military and veteran students and alumni to assist active duty and veteran students with their educational goals through mentoring, tutoring, professional networking, and support with their job search.


The SVO supports the unique needs of service members and their families, encourages persistence by celebrating accomplishments, and motivates military students and their dependents to achieve personal, professional, and educational goals.


Get connected to others like you, join the community of student veterans now.

Veterans: The Telling Project Preview

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The Telling project

The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world.

Find out how you can get involved, attend an upcoming performance, or learn more about the Telling Project Institute.



Telling Project Reviews:


“I cannot begin to put into words how important this experience has been for me. I could not recommend it enough for any veteran in America. We all have our own stories to tell, and the nation needs to hear them.” – John K., Veteran


Telling was a life changing experience. It gave me strength and courage to share my story and a platform to heal.” – Salina L., Veteran & Military Spouse


“My unspoken truth kept me in dark places in my head, and the Telling Project shed light into that, which set me free. I could not heal aloneDee B., Veteran & Military Spouse


No words can describe the brilliance of this performance. My heartfelt gratitude to the tellers. All your stories are so intellectually and emotionally honest and compelling. I salute you. You have given the public such important perspective.” Janis J., Audience Member


The Telling did what theater at its best does: Start a conversation. The performances were very true and compelling, and the impact on the audience was extraordinary.” Martha S., Audience Member


“We need these in every neighborhood, for every veteran…I know the needs vets have from the inside, and I know that your project meets one of our deep needs. Harlan W., Veteran

Get Connected with Military CHAMPS

Ashford understands the challenges of being a military affiliated student while pursuing higher education. We have developed a program 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 speak 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.


Sign up to get a Mentor

Sign up to become a Mentor

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Nationwide Conference Calendar by Month

Stay up to date on nationwide events that could impact you. Career expos, transition workshops, and everything in between. Presented by US Veterans Magazine.

* The newsletter may contain now or in the future links to other websites, such as links to military charities, discounts or offers, or other third parties that may provide services or products to you. These links and this information is being provided to you for your convenience and as a resource. We are not responsible for the privacy practices, the content of, or any other actions of such other websites or their owners or operators, information they may collect or information they may share. Further, the inclusion of an organization on this newsletter does not indicate an endorsement of such organization (or of any religious or political point of view promoted by such organization) by Ashford University or its affiliates.

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Editor: Stephanie Kinman: Military Development and Engagement Specialist

Stephanie Kinman is a six year Navy Veteran. She spent two of those years attached to a Marine unit. Her personal and professional experience provides understanding to unique challenges military students face. She achieved her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix and her MSW with a focus on Military and Veteran Populations from University of Southern California.


Stephanie is dedicated to the military student population and brings her education, social work background and personal experience, both in the military and in the classroom, to provide resources, community events, and hot topic webinars to the military students at Ashford University.


She is the creator of the Ashford Military Community Newsletter, oversees the CHAMPS Peer Mentor Program for military affiliated students, and recently kicked off the Military Speaker Series as a means to elevate military cultural competency university wide.


Please connect with her if you are interested in being featured in the newsletter, making a contribution, or looking to mentor other military students.