Press Release for Immediate Release 
Military Friendly Schools® status awarded to Evangel University and AGTS


By Paul Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  --  Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary were honored today (Nov. 10, 2016) when it was announced they have earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation, a national recognition for their efforts on behalf of veterans, military service personnel and their families.
 
Jasmin Luck, a U.S. Air Force chaplain candidate and AGTS student explores information displayed at a picnic hosted by Evangel University last summer for veterans at EU, AGTS, Drury, MSU and OTC. PHOTO BY: Timothy Meacham

There are 60 students and dependents who are using their veteran benefits on the North Glenstone campus this fall. Evangel and AGTS have been recognized as  Military Friendly® Schools since 2011.
 
"It is an honor to again be recognized as a Military Friendly School," said Dr. Carol A. Taylor, president of Evangel. "We are committed to serving the men and women who have served our nation by providing a quality education  and  strong support services. "
 
Chaplain Stormy Davis is the coordinator of veterans services at Evangel.
 
"I've had veterans and families ask about this Military Friendly status each year," she said.   "They feel more comfortable coming to the school themselves, or sending family members, if they know we'll be able to understand their needs."
 
Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 17 master's and doctoral degrees.
 
AGTS has a long history of training military chaplains. Currently, more than 180 AGTS alumni are serving as chaplains in the Armed Forces and Veterans Administration, and 22 students are preparing for chaplaincy.
 
Making the list
 
The Military Friendly® Schools recognition is given by Victory Media, publisher of  G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM,  and  Military Spouse.  The list was first published in 2009.
 
Final ratings are determined by combining the institution's survey scores with the assessment of the institution's ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
 
Up to 400,000 service members, including Reservists and members of the Guard, leave military service each year; more than a third attend college after separation.
 
The list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
 
According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, "Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits, while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields."
 
The  Military Friendly ®   list  was released  on  Nov. 10, 2016---r atings, lists and program information are available for free at  militaryfriendly.com .
 
The Adm. Clark Veteran's Center at Evangel
 
When Dr. Taylor talks about the strong support services offered at Evangel, she points with pride to the Admiral Vern Clark Veterans Center, located in the AGTS complex on the corner of Glenstone and Division.
 
"Our veterans and those currently in military service are valued members of our community, and they have a special home on campus in our Veterans Center," said President Taylor.
 
Admiral Vern Clark (USN Ret) at the 2015 dedication service for the Evangel University Veterans Center, located on the main floor of AGTS. // PHOTO BY: Meg White

The  Clark Veterans Center  provides focused service to military families, including helping them keep track of required federal paperwork, connecting them with upperclassmen who can familiarize them with the university and offering a comfortable place in which they can relax.
 
"Sometimes these men and women need to get away from the crowds," said Chaplain Davis. "This is designed to be a safe, warm and welcoming place, where they can meet with fellow vets, or just study in peace."
 
Admiral Clark is a 1967 business graduate of Evangel. He is also the retired Chief of Naval Operations for the U.S. Navy, having served in that position and on the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2000-2005. He is the second-longest serving CNO in U.S. history.
 
The Veterans Center opened  in the summer of 2014, and the dedication ceremony was held on March 24, 2015.  The  dedication video  can be seen online.
 
For further information, contact: Chaplain Stormy Davis at AGTS, (417) 865-2811 ext. 8841, or  daviss@evangel.edu
 
About Victory Media
 
Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Friendly® brands.
 
For more information about Victory Media, visit  victorymedia.com  or contact Suzanne Treviño at  strevino@gcjpr.com  or 602-618-7857.



AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions with 21st-century leadership for the Church and its mission. AGTS is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada. As an embedded seminary, AGTS with Evangel University serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master's and doctoral degrees. For more information about AGTS go to  www.agts.edu or call 1-800-467-AGTS.

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CONTACT:  Paul Logsdon , director of public relations and publications
PHONE: 417-865-2811 ext. 7292 or cellular 417-838-0425

 
Evangel University
1111 N Glenstone
Springfield Mo 65802
(417) 865-2815 

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University
1435 N Glenstone
Springfield Mo 65802
1-800-467-AGTS
(417) 268-1000