DWU named Military Friendly School
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Dakota Wesleyan has once again been named a “Military Friendly School.”
DWU is listed in the September 2014 issue of the “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” which Victory Media released today, Sept. 17, and which can also be accessed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/. The “2014 Guide to Military Friendly Schools” will publish later this month.
“Dakota Wesleyan has a long tradition of supporting American troops and welcoming them back to campus,” said DWU President Amy Novak. “Their service to our country is appreciated and deserves to be rewarded with flexibility and understanding.”
The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. Being named a “Military Friendly School” places DWU in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.
Jenna Schmaltz, a nursing major at DWU, has served in the Army Reserves since 2007 and was deployed from 2010 to 2011 to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Schmaltz, originally from Charlottesville, Va., has been living in Mitchell for several years and has a family of her own.
“One of the reasons I chose DWU is because it is a military friendly school and the professors help to work with our continued military service schedule,” she said. “Sometimes I am notified on a short notice by the military for training, and the professors are all very cooperative and understanding, especially in the nursing department.
“For the nontraditional students that might already have prior college and are coming back to finish it up, I feel like DWU opens their doors and makes us feel like we never left,” Schmaltz added. “They treat us just like any other students and help us to make the transition back into the student state-of-mind; especially with the military, seeing things that are tough to process over in the Middle East, the instructors are great at opening their doors and discussing any topics or pointing you in the right direction.”
Beau Byrd, an accounting major from White Lake, is retired Army, serving from 1991 to 2011. Originally from Houston, Texas, he said he chose Dakota Wesleyan primarily because of its faith-based education and location.
He said that he agrees that DWU is military friendly.
“The professors and staff have all been really helpful and patient. Transitioning out of the military can be trying and stressful even when we think things and situations are fine. I could have enrolled in a number of universities but would have had to do them exclusively online,” Byrd added. “I believe and feel that being in a class environment helps with the learning process. This is another reason I choose DWU, it offers both. During the regular year I can get classroom time in and then during the summer I can get my gen eds done online.”