College Retains Listing Among Top Schools for its Commitment to Serving Veterans and Military Personnel

PHOTO: Military Friendly logoMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- For the second consecutive year, SUNY Orange has been recognized for its efforts to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students, earning a “Military Friendly Schools” certification from Victory Media Inc., publisher of the magazine “G.I. Jobs.”

The certification indicates the College remains ranked among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and technical schools for its overall commitment to active and retired military personnel, and their success as students. The schools on the list also exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

“G.I. Jobs” is the premier publication for military personnel transitioning into civilian life and its 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools includes 1,868 institutions from across the country. The list was compiled following extensive research and a survey of more than 10,000 Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide. The analysis of the survey criteria was developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board comprised of educators from across the country.

“We at SUNY Orange are dedicated to serving our veteran students to the best of our ability. It is the least we can do to honor their commitment and service to our country,” said Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “Veterans bring a unique perspective to our student body and are tremendous contributors to our entire College community.”

“SUNY Orange’s inclusion on this list would not be possible without the work of many people at the College,” says Talia Llosa, director of academic advising at SUNY Orange. “But, Maureen Flaherty must be singled out for her leadership of our veterans programming. Maureen has built a strong rapport with many of our veterans and they regularly seek her support as a counselor and academic advisor. She has put in a lot of effort in supporting our veteran students in many areas so that they are able to maximize their time at the College.”

SUNY Orange offers services to assist veterans, including specialized academic advising, study skills workshops, transfer counseling and personal counseling. Flaherty, a licensed mental health counselor, with training from the Center for Deployment Psychology, provides counseling for student veterans to assist in their re-adjustment to civilian life. She also serves as the designated academic advisor for student veterans and helps develop and implement their academic plans as well as support their transition to college by conducting workshops designed specifically for

Collaborations with veterans services agencies and organizations within the county bring an added array of resources to the campus. An active Veteran’s Club plays an important role in welcoming new veterans to the College and supporting them in their transition to student life.

“SUNY is a leader in assisting military personnel in the transition to civilian life after their service to our country, and we take great pride in providing New York’s returning service men and women with higher education,” says SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The entire list of Military Friendly Schools can be found at

For more information on SUNY Orange’s veterans services, visit

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