Saint Mary’s College was, for the first time, included among a list of 1,220 Military Friendly schools gathered by the G.I. Jobs Magazine, according to a national press release. The list includes the top 15 percent of public and private colleges, universities, vocational and trade schools that “are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.” “This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher, said in the release. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.” The list is the culmination of research that began last April and included G.I. Jobs polling more than 7,000 schools across the nation. The criteria was developed in cooperation with an Academic Advisory Board whose members include educators from schools such as Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College and Embry Riddle. Members also include Keith Wilson, the director of education service for the Department of Veterans Affairs; Michele Spires, the American Council on Education’s assistant director of military programs; Janet Swandol, associate director for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP); and Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience,” Blumke said. One crucial criterion is financial aid programs offered by the school to veterans. For the second consecutive year, Saint Mary’s is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program that was created with the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Program provides students with up to $20,000 toward tuition and fees in addition to the benefits they receive as part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Unlike last year’s limit of five students, Saint Mary’s now accepts an unlimited number of eligible students. The G.I. Jobs profile of Saint Mary’s College also lists the schools offering of scholarships and tuition discounts for military dependents and the ability of military students called to active service to return without penalty under the financial benefits Saint Mary’s offers. In deciding on the top 15 percent of military friendly schools, the board took into account more than the financial aid programs offered to veterans. Other considerations were the schools’ accreditations; credit offered for military service; flexibility given in regards to evening, weekend, online and distance learning courses; and the areas of support for veterans such as full-time veteran counselors, on-campus childcare, advisors on staff to help with career placement and veterans’ clubs. Last year, Saint Mary’s received a $14,999 grant from Operation Diploma — a program designed by Purdue University’s Military Research Institution — in order to develop programs and services to upport student service members and veterans. The money has been used to train student affairs staff to address the unique issues veterans face and develop a peer support network. A spot on the top Military Friendly School list will help promote Saint Mary’s to veteran students and military dependents, which can benefit both women veterans and current Saint Mary’s students. “We believe that women veterans deserve a great educational experience and that Saint Mary’s, with its small classes and engaged faculty, offers that experience,” said Karen Johnson, vice president for student affairs. “In addition, as our other students are interacting with women vets on campus, they will benefit from the great life lessons veterans have and from the leadership skills vets bring to the table.” The list will be available in print in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools at the end of September.
Redshirt junior forward Ryan Evans put forth a solid offensive showing against the Buckeyes and Gophers. He hit 7 of 14 shots for a team-best 14 points against Ohio State and followed that up with 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block at Minnesota. Evans is shooting .433 on the year and is third on the team with 10.3 points per game.[/media-credit]As is routine, Herald Sports will offer a weekly report card on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s two most recent games.The No. 22 Badgers (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) have had plenty of time off recently, last playing on Feb. 9 in a 68-61 overtime win against Minnesota. Before that, UW lost, 58-52 at home against Ohio State – its fourth home loss of the season.Wisconsin now sits in fourth place of the Big Ten, just a half-game behind third-place Michigan. The Badgers will resume play Feb. 16 at Michigan State, which currently resides in second place.Offense – 3 out of 5There’s plenty of success interwoven with failure in terms of Wisconsin’s shooting over the past two games, which earns this team a middling grade.Against Ohio State, the Badgers shot miserably from behind the 3-point line (18.5 percent) but performed well enough inside to finish with a 40 percent field goal percentage nonetheless.Wisconsin then lit up Minnesota in the first half, hitting 7 of 11 3-pointers (63.6 percent) before nose-diving in the second, shooting 2-for-11 from behind the perimeter (18.2 percent) and 7-for-25 overall (28 percent) in that period.Even with the Gophers mounting a compelling comeback, the Badgers failed to score a basket of any kind in the final seven minutes and 43 seconds of the game.However, Wisconsin’s saving grace came from some rock solid and clutch-free throw shooting in overtime against Minnesota. Fifteen of the 17 points the Badgers scored in the extra period came from the charity line, with only two attempts going astray (88.2 percent).Defense – 3.5 out of 5Wisconsin did well to stifle the offenses of the Buckeyes and Gophers as they both failed to reach their season averages. Ohio State, No. 2 in the conference in scoring, fell about 18 points below its average while Minnesota, in 40 minutes of regulation, was kept at about the same distance from its own.Both opponents ran efficient offenses, however, and ran them consistently. Neither Ohio State nor Minnesota shot below 40 percent from the field in either the first or second halves.But the two teams didn’t shoot very well from downtown – hitting a combined 7 of 24 for 29.2 percent – although neither really had to since there were opportunities inside and UW’s offense was streaky in comparison.Although forward Jared Berggren failed to contain OSU forward Jared Sullinger in his 24-point performance, he’s quickly evolved into a hardened defender and consistent shot-blocker, swatting away five shots in the last two games. Fellow forward Mike Bruesewitz also denied three shots of his own as well.Bench – 2.5 out of 5Head coach Bo Ryan hasn’t dug deep into this year’s lineup very often, but the game against Minnesota marked a real lack of utilizing the bench.Despite coming off the bench all season, guard Ben Brust averages 24.4 minutes per game (and played 22 against the Buckeyes) but played just eight against the Gophers. Meanwhile, forwards Frank Kaminsky and Rob Wilson never played more than 10 minutes in either game.Still, the three managed to chip in somewhat. Brust hit a three-pointer late in the first half in Minnesota, and Kaminsky nailed a clutch trey against Ohio State.Wilson also grabbed two rebounds and Kaminsky had a pair of assists against UM as well.But there were some frowning points, too. Wilson failed to score at all and Brust, against OSU, turned the ball over twice.Player of the week – Ryan EvansThe junior forward might have just enjoyed his best two-game stretch of the season, posting double-digit scoring outputs in both games and earning his first double-double of his college career.Evans was both the top scorer and the most efficient scorer against OSU, hitting 7 of 14 shots for 14 points. He complemented that effort with five rebounds, an assist and one steal.Although Evans wasn’t satisfied with his defensive performance from that game, his steady hand kept Wisconsin in the game nevertheless.And at Minnesota, Evans did a bit of everything, totaling 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. He didn’t shoot all that well – hitting 5 of 14 – but was a solid 7-for-8 at the free throw line. Six of his points came in the five-minute overtime period as well.
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