Military Community

May 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.


  • Congratulations Graduates

  • Military Appreciation Month

  • 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Online Classes

  • SVO Vote for Your New Board Members May 15

  • Grammarly: The Best Writing Tool for Students
  • Essential Networking Tips for A Military-to-Civilian Career Transition
  • Social Security Disability Benefit
  • Sesame Street for Military Families
  • CHAMPS Peer Mentoring
  • Previous Editions

Congratulations to all those who graduated May 1, 2016

The Ashford University Commencement Ceremony is an opportunity for Ashford students and their supporters to celebrate their accomplishments. Relive these moments with friends and family by viewing the ceremonies in our archive.

Military Appreciation Month

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Ashford University is hosting a Military Culture in Higher Education Webinar on Tuesday May 24.

Ashford understands how important it is for service connected students to have a welcoming learning environment. Understanding and gaining competency in military culture is one important step toward ensuring our students feel welcome and supported.

In an effort to elevate that student experience, Dr. Richard Pattenaude, US Army Ret. and former Ashford President, will talk about Military Culture and the vision of Ashford University as it progresses and proudly wears the title of Top Military Friendly School.

To gain a better understanding of Military Culture and the Student Experience, we will welcome a panel of current and former students across diverse higher education institutions to teach our faculty and staff of the unique challenges this student population faces.

To learn more email

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Online Classes

Ashford's Forward Thinking Blog did a segment on 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Online Classes covering topics such as:

  • Procrastinating

  • Avoiding Your Advisor

  • Not Having Your Materials for Class

  • Not Participating in Classroom Discussions

  • Ignoring Your Resources

Read to full blog posting for resources and the full scoop.
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SVO: Vote for Your New Board Members May 15

Student Veterans Organization, your candidates have spoken. Please participate in voting for the new board members. Join the SVO on LinkedIn.

Get to know the current candidates before you vote!

A survey will be posted in the SVO LinkedIn group so you can cast your vote. Polls open on Monday May 9 and close Friday May 13. Winners will be announced Monday May 16.

The Best Writing Tool for Students
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Essential Networking Tips for A Military-to-Civilian Career Transition

What is networking and why is it so important? How will networking better prepare you for the transition or get you into your next career? When should you start? Get answers to these questions and find out from those who have already experienced the transitions and what tips they have to share with you. This article answers:

1. What is the Importance of Networking to an Effective Career Transition

2. Examples of Networking Best Practices

3. Example of Networking Mistakes To Avoid

4. When Should You Start Networking?

Essential Networking Tips for A Military-to-Civilian Career Transition

Chad Storlie Director, Customer Solutions at Union Pacific Railroad

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Social Security disability benefits are not easy to understand or obtain, but they're incredibly important for some people. After all, about one in four Americans will become disabled before they retire. The team at has create a disability benefit guide that hope to help those in need navigate the required processes.

You can find it here,

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Sesame Street for Military Families: Transitions, was developed for veteran families or those who are currently transitioning out of the military—because when a parent or caregiver transitions, the whole family transitions, too.

The new resources are FREE and will be available anytime, anywhere at!

Resources Available:

  • Website: is where all project resources live.
  • My Story, My Big Adventure Activity Book is a kids’ keepsake book. A digital version will be available at
  • 10 New Videos: Videos include an “It’s an Adventure!” music video, Elmo’s interviews with kids, videos for parents, and more.
  • The Adventure Campaign: a series of e-newsletters that provide helpful tips and relevant content on a bi-weekly basis in fun and interactive ways. Families can sign up here!
  • Click here for an overview of the project
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CHAMPS Peer Mentoring Program

C.H.A.M.P.S. stands for Collaborative, Holistic, Academic Mentoring for Peer Success. The CHAMPS Program matches high achieving, upper-division students (Mentors) with new students (Mentees) to Ashford University.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CHAMPS Peer Mentoring Program is to promote success by providing support and guidance and being positive role models for new students. The program will also provide leadership development opportunities and transferable skills to high-achieving, upper-division students serving as student mentors.

Let us know if you’re interested in being a mentor or a mentee. The Ashford staff will then pair you with a mentor/mentee. Each mentor and mentee will meet at least once per week through the method they choose to discuss the transition into Ashford University. The program will last 7 weeks, but it is our hope that our mentors and mentees build relationships that last well beyond the end of the program!

* 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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Stephanie Kinman: Military Development and Engagement Specialist

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