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School Makes Military-Friendly List

By Adam Emery
October 2013

SUNY Plattsburgh has been named to this year’s “2014 Military Friendly Schools” list.

Compiled by Victory Media, the list honors the 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to support America’s military service members and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows SUNY Plattsburgh’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing, and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

A Concerted Effort

According to SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling, the campus has made a concerted effort to assist veterans and students who are in the military.

“We understand the difficulties that men and women in uniform can face when it comes to earning their degrees, and we want to do what we can to help,” Ettling said.

Helping Students Navigate

The school’s efforts have included the hiring of Tracy Guynup as coordinator of veteran student support. In that role, he helps students navigate through unusual situations that may arise, like being called to active duty.

“Some folks are called up at a moment’s notice, and they may not even have time to call their family or professors. I can alleviate some stress by tying up some loose ends for them,” Guynup said.

Guynup doesn’t just help service personnel; he assists their family members as well.

“These individuals often move right along with the veteran or active duty personnel,” he said.  “Some of them also get the G.I. Bill and have plenty of questions about financial processes and acclimating to become a college student and live the civilian life as well.”

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Photo of Adam EmeryAdam Emery is a junior, double majoring in English literature and writing arts and minoring in music. He is the student coordinator for the English department’s internship program and a public relations intern for the Office of Marketing and Communications in Institutional Advancement.



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