Welcoming Veterans

Why Assumption College for Veterans and Service Members?

Assumption College, a Veterans Administration-designated “Yellow Ribbon School” strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service, principles congruent with the brave women and men who have selflessly served our country with honor and bravery as a member of the United States Armed Forces.

Knowing that many Veterans have taken classes at other institutions of higher education, representatives in the Admissions Office work with applicants to transfer earned credits that can count towards a degree at Assumption.

To assist Veterans in beginning the application process, Assumption College waives all application fees for Veterans, one of many efforts to share our gratitude. To begin the application process, please click here.

Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Qualified Dependents

Dedicated Faculty Advisors
Select Assumption faculty, including those who have served, have been trained on how to best advise Service Members, Veterans, and their families (SMVF). Individuals actively serving may face challenges related to training or deployment. Faculty and administration work with SMVF to facilitate degree completion regardless of challenges presented by their military responsibilities.

Wellness Center
The Assumption College mission calls for the transformation of the complete person, which includes a commitment to students’ academic success as well as to their physical and mental wellness. To better serve our students the College offers a "Wellness Center” – a facility that conveniently offers both health and counseling services to undergraduates. The Wellness Model was adopted to advance best practices for health care and prevention efforts reflective of a holistic approach to caring for students with physical or mental health needs.

Dedicated Staff
Thanks to a Veterans Administration grant, the College funds a work study position that is filled by a student-Veteran. This individual serves as a resource to Veterans connecting them to various services available on campus.  For more information please contact Mary Malone, (508)767-7408, mmalone@assumption.edu.

Veterans Lounge (Information Technology Center 125 & 126)
Veterans, like most people, flourish in environments with those who understand their background and training. Assumption College worked with student-Veterans and faculty-Veterans on the design and outfitting of a Veterans lounge.  The ribbon cutting for the lounge will follow the Veterans’ Day Observance Ceremony on November 8, 2018.  The lounge was designed to provide a central space on campus where Veterans can study, meet with other Veterans, and feel comfortable in an environment that is supportive of their needs.

In-Demand Academic Programs
Assumption College offers more than 35 majors and 35 minors in the undergraduate program (e.g., Business StudiesHuman Services and Rehabilitation Studies and Psychology) and 11 in the graduate studies  (e.g., Rehabilitation CounselingSchool Counseling, Clinical CounselingMasters of Business Administration, and MBA in Healthcare Management) to name a few.  Additionally, the leadership from the rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and health advocacy programs developed a specialized certificate program (Special Ops: SMVF) designed to prepare individuals to work with Service Members, Veterans, and their families in human resource and healthcare industries.

WISE Program Collaboration
Assumption College is pleased to host the Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE), a lifelong learning institute for older adults in Central Massachusetts who share a love of learning and community engagement. Many WISE members are Veterans who are always willing to lend an ear, or hand, to a fellow service member. The Assumption College WISE program is a member-run organization that values peer learning, participation and leadership. Members develop a full schedule of educational and cultural programs, running from September into June.

Veterans Financial Aid and Benefits Assistance

Assumption College recognizes the barriers related to timely allocation of funds from government programs providing tuition assistance to Services Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.  While issues almost inevitably arise, key personnel within the administrative hierarchy of the college are working to minimize and eliminate these barriers. Assumption College does not penalize with late fees or unnecessary registration challenges individuals receiving military affiliated funding when its allocation does not align with the college’s schedule.

Below are ways to access additional information about benefits available for SMVF:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill:  Servicemembers may be eligible to transfer all or an unused portion of benefits to their spouse or dependent children.  To learn more, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp.
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship):  This scholarship provides payments to eligible spouses and dependents of servicemembers who have died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.  To learn more, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/Fry_Scholarship.asp.
  • MyCAA is a workforce development program for eligible military spouses who plan to pursue a certificate, license, or associate degree in an occupation or portable career field.  To learn more, visit https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/.

On Campus Recognition of Veterans

The College hosts community-wide events to recognize students who are Veterans and to educate the campus community regarding the contributions of service members to our nation.

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the College community gathered for two special events in honor of Veterans. The first event was a wreath laying at the main flagpole on campus. Members of the campus community were also invited to a service during which attendees were asked to pray for the fallen, active duty personnel, and those currently serving as well as their families. Later that day, Aaron Ayers (United States Navy), a 1998 graduate of Assumption College, presented a free public lecture titled “Please Don’t Just Thank Me for My Service.”

On November 8, 2018, the College community will gather in front of the Tsotsis Family Academic Center building at 11:30am for a Veteran’s Day Observance Ceremony. A ribbon cutting at the new Veteran’s Lounge (IT 125 & 126) with coffee and refreshments will follow. Click here to download a flyer

On Tuesday November 13, 2018 the College will host Keynote Speaker Steven Xiarhos. Steve is the Deputy Chief of Police in Yarmouth, M.A.and gold star father  http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20100507/news/5070314.  The event will begin at 6:30pm in the La Maison Salon and will be followed by refreshments. Click here to download a flyer.

Serving Those Who Serve(ed)

The College recognizes that Veterans’ pursuing a degree may have unique needs beyond their education; needs that the Assumption College community is prepared to meet.

Veterans Success Committees and Campus Contacts
Assumption’s Veterans services and programing are guided by the expertise of two committees, the Veterans Success Committee and the Administration Veterans Work Group.

Veterans Liaison Contact Information

Michael H. Rubino, J.D. and Ed.D., general counsel, 508.767.7156

Mike joined the Marines shortly after graduating from high school.  He served 16 months in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969 and is a Veteran of the Tet Offensive. As a Combat Engineer and Civil Affairs non-commissioned officer, he worked villages and hamlets throughout the greater Danang area and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning from active duty, Mike took advantage of the GI Bill to attend college.

School Certification Official

Mary Malone, assistant to the registrar, 508.767.7408, mmalone@assumption.edu

Veterans Work Group

The Veterans Support Group meets regularly to develop or enhance programs for veterans. These individuals include Nicholas J. Cioe, Ph.D.Lea Christo, LICSWSusan Scully-Hill, Ph.D., Karen Stoyanoff, M.A, Kristen Carella, Ph.D., and Michael H. Rubino, J.D. and Ed.D. The Administration Veterans Work Group is comprised of Louise Carroll Keeley, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and provostDan DiTullio, executive assistant for government and community relations and Mike Rubino, general counsel.

Commitment to Ongoing Enhancements for Veterans at Assumption

Assumption College is committed to attaining and maintaining recognition as a Military Friendly institution.  We strive to eliminate barriers to success for our Service Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.  Our commitment is rooted in the belief that the combination of military experience and a liberal arts degree aligned with Assumption’s Mission well prepares individuals to achieve.