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Navy Vet Turned Social Work Student Is All Heart

 
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Helping neighbors as he was growing up and experiencing heartbreak while visiting a Romanian orphanage contributed to George Meara’s desire to become a social worker at 56.

George Meara’s interest in helping people and social work was instilled in him early. Growing up in Queens, N.Y., George remembers his mother giving him the task at age 11 to run to the grocery store each week to help a recently widowed neighbor.

“At the time I never thought much about it, but looking back it reinforces my belief that social work at the community level is effective. Neighbors know neighbors. If a neighbor’s husband passes away or has mobility issues, you can help your neighbors and take care of them.”

Fund Offers Veteran Students Emergency Financial Assistance

 
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Veteran students studying on-ground or online who face financial hardship due to an unexpected or emergency situation can find temporary assistance.

Saint Leo University alumnus Jamal Lowe had served for seven years in the U.S. Navy, an experience he says prepared him “for just about any obstacle that a man could face.”

That was until his senior year at Saint Leo when he encountered a financial emergency – an unexpected delay in his veterans’ benefits – and faced possible eviction from his home.

“My semester began with a desperate feeling of neglect and betrayal and thoughts of living on the streets,” he says, until the morning he received a call from Dr. Jose Coll, director of the university’s Office of Veteran Student Services, with an offer of temporary financial assistance.

Administered through the Office of Veteran Student Services, the Veteran Student Emergency Fund provides limited financial assistance to currently enrolled students facing an unforeseen hardship that could have a direct negative impact on their educational status.

Serving Veterans In Transition

 
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Saint Leo will host the only social work conference in the nation dedicated solely to military social work.

As the approximately 2.6 million troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 continue to withdraw from war in the Middle East and return home, social work practitioners anticipate a burgeoning need for services to assist veterans with transitioning back to community life.

To provide an opportunity to explore the myriad issues related to the challenges these veterans will face, Saint Leo University’s Office of Veteran Student Services will host a Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, June 6-7, 2014 at the school’s University Campus in St. Leo, Fla. The theme of the conference is “Veterans in Transition.”

Dr. Jose Coll, director of Veteran Student Services and associate professor of social work at Saint Leo, is chair of the event. He says the conference is the only one of its kind in the United States – a conference dedicated solely to military social work – and this is only the second time it has been held.

Saint Leo Ranked Among Best Colleges for Veterans

 
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Saint Leo University is included in U.S. News & World Report's first "Best Colleges for Veterans" Ranking.

U.S. News & World Report has launched its first rankings of the “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and Saint Leo placed 11 in the South region among the 234 schools included in the new list.

To qualify for the new rankings, schools first had to be ranked in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranked Saint Leo 55 among the top universities in the southern regional category in the 2014 Best Colleges edition.

In addition, schools included on the new ranking had to participate in federal initiatives that help veterans and active servicemembers apply, pay for, and complete their degrees. Saint Leo University:

Veterans Day Tribute

 
Saint Leo University. 40th Military Anniversary

To all those who have ever worn a uniform and served to make America the greatest nation on Earth, thank you.

For four decades, Saint Leo University has had the privilege of serving those who have served through its proud educational partnership with the military.

Today the university commemorates Veterans Day 2013 and concludes its yearlong 40th anniversary celebration with events that honor all who have served, or who are currently serving, our country in the United States Armed Forces. (Click morning or evening to watch the ceremonies via live stream.)

From poets to politicians, famous people over the years have paid tribute to these brave men and women. Here, accompanied by images and music, are some of their inspirational words.

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Saint Leo Receives 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

 
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2014 Military Friendly Schools®list honors top 20 percent of schools with world-class programs and policies to support those who have served.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Saint Leo University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

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Discussing Higher Education Opportunities For Men & Women In Uniform

 
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Testifying before a congressional hearing, Saint Leo President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., shared how the university assists veterans and active-duty military in achieving success in college.

On the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and during Saint Leo University’s 40th anniversary year of educating those who have served our nation, Saint Leo President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., affirmed the university’s proud commitment to military and veteran education – and shared some of Saint Leo’s best practices for meeting the needs of this growing student population – before a congressional subcommittee.

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Campaign To Support Military Students Raises $10,247

 
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Success of “40 Dollars/40 Years Campaign” exceeds expectations.

A special campaign to support Saint Leo University’s Military Student Services Fund has raised more than $10,247.

The “40 Dollars/40 Years Campaign” was conducted as part of Saint Leo University’s 40th anniversary celebration of educating service men and women.

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Center For Online Learning Volunteers Lend A Hand – And Some Muscle

 
National Wheelchair GamesStudent support specialists volunteer during National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Sometimes the opportunity to help
out can be right before your eyes.

Or just down the block.

The student advisors and enrollment counselors who work at Saint Leo’s Center for Online Learning Student Support Center in downtown Tampa consider themselves “helpers.”

Every day, they assist prospective and current students enrolled in the university’s online degree programs by providing information, answering questions, offering advice, and sometimes by just lending a caring ear.

Given Saint Leo University’s 40-year history of providing educational benefits to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, very often those students are active military or veteran students.

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Fundraising Campaign To Support Military Students

 
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The "40 Dollars/40 Years Campaign" will benefit the Military Student Services Fund.

As part of Saint Leo University's 40th anniversary celebration of educating service men and women, a special 40-hour fundraising campaign to support the university’s Military Student Services Fund will kick off on July 30 at 8 a.m.

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