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Lenoir-Rhyne named one of America’s top military friendly universities

Mon Oct 7 2013

September 17, 2013

Lenoir-Rhyne University is dedicated to serving the men and women of our armed forces. Now a national organization has taken notice.

Victory Media, the publisher of the “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” named LR a 2014 “Military Friendly School.” The award recognizes that LR is among the top 15 percent of American colleges and universities when it comes to the looking out for our veterans—especially when it comes to the school’s efforts to recruit and retain students with military backgrounds.

This semester about 50 of LR’s roughly 2,000 students have a military background.

When M.Sgt. Larry Jump, 35, retired following 16 years in the U.S. Air Force he decided to change careers. He’s going to be a professor and LR has been with him every step of the way.

“I didn’t have to do a thing—they knew every step,” he said. “In less than one week everything was approved and I was ready to go.”

The military’s GI Bill can be used by the veterans themselves or the benefits can be transferred to their children.

Alex Paige and her twin sister Alexus, 22, of Randleman, are attending LR on their mother’s GI bill. Their mother, Kim, is a retired Chief Warrant Officer II who spent a lot of her military career outside the country in places like Turkey and Korea. Now she is on 100-percent disability.

Alex will graduate in December. She’s studying political science, psychology, sociology and African Studies. She wants to set the standard in her family and be the first to attend graduate school. The plan is to get her master’s in counseling from LR. Her plan is to study counseling and work with soldiers who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Our military veterans are more than just potential students—they’re leaders who bring a lot to the table in terms of leadership, experience and knowledge of the world,” said LR’s Vice President for Enrollment Management Rachel Nichols. “Our veteran students set the pace on this campus and their example inspires us all.”

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