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Marist student veterans Shawn George, Nicholas Castellane, and the College’s Former Dean of Graduate and Adult Enrollment Sean-Michael Green are some of the members of the Marist community featured in a Fox News video narrated by Lt. Col. Oliver North on a new website, HelpingHeroesWork.com (http://helpingheroeswork.foxnews.com/part-i-combat-classroom), which provides returning veterans with resources for furthering their education and careers.
Marist was chosen for the video project because of its success in welcoming student veterans, helping them adjust to college life, and giving them the support they need to reach their educational goals. Its Veteran’s Liaison Office and Student Veteran’s Organization are just two examples of that support, which has earned Marist the distinction of “Military Friendly School” from G.I. Jobs (GIJobs.com), a leading site for veterans and employers looking to hire them.
The video, “Going Back to School,” the first in the “From Combat to the Classroom” series, looks at the success of Marist’s student veterans and the programs that help them address what Green, himself a veteran, calls the “culture shock” of higher education for those fresh out of the military. He relates his own experience of enrolling in community college after leaving the Marines and “feeling totally out of place.”
The video highlights one example of how Green and his Veteran’s Liaison Office try to make veterans feel welcome on campus – the campaign coin. Instantly recognizable to those who have served, Marist’s coin carries the College seal on one side and the Fox Company shield of the Student Veteran Organization on the other. It serves as a symbol with which student veterans can identify.
Reflecting on his methods to adapt to college life, sophomore George says, “I treat it as if it’s any other military mission. I have an objective. The objective is to graduate with a 3.5, 3.6 (GPA) or better, to make the Dean’s List.”
Part two of the series, “The Mission: Staying in School,” featuring other members of the Marist community, will be released soon on the site.