WWU reinforces long history as a Military Friendly campus

Whenever classes started for 2020 Spring Semester at William Woods earlier this thirty days, the Show-Me GOLD system saw its biggest registration currently. Founded at WWU in 2018 as a level program that prepares young men and ladies to serve as commissioned officials within the Missouri nationwide Guard, this program began the semester with eleven brand new pupils, lots similar to the quantity of pupils enrolled during the first 12 months associated with the GOLD system at various other Missouri universities. 

“We are pleased at growth our company is experiencing inside GOLD system, which benefits both the university in terms of enrollment therefore the State of Missouri by giving commissioned officials into Missouri nationwide Guard,” said Scott Zimmerman, Instructor of Leadership and Military Studies at WWU. “As among just five Missouri universities to supply Show-Me GOLD and also the just one in mid-Missouri, we have been confident about our future leads in the Woods.”

But even before establishing Show-Me GOLD on campus, William Woods had currently built a pleased history of promoting people in the army seeking to further their particular knowledge. People in numerous limbs regarding the military have attended courses at WWU and already been welcomed by professors and staff through many years, earning the university the official designation like a armed forces Friendly college. 

The price, help and profession services, and flexibility – all hallmarks of this WWU experience – are one of the most key elements in university decision-making for veterans. William Woods’ on the internet and part-time study choices, along with the freedom to begin preventing as needed, supply the flexibility pupils want to finish their levels as his or her routine permits. These functions had been attractive to two current army students in the Woods, Brian Winkelmann and Shannon Bamvakais.

Brian Winkelmann on trip

Winkelmann just returned from a year-long trip at the center East using the Army Reserve and Bamvakais only completed her AIT (Advanced Infrantry Training) last semester using Missouri National Guard. 

“I found William Woods being a freshman in 2016 and had not been yes the things I wanted to do,” said Winkelmann.  “I joined a fraternity in the exact middle of the season that has a military background, as does my loved ones. I then decided to carry on into the family members custom and joined the Army Reserve in October 2016,” he stated.  

Shannon Bamvakais at AIT graduation

“if the Show-Me GOLD program came to university, I became already taking a look at changing my major at William Woods, and so I began conversing with CPT Kirk and SSG Davis. I kept checking out the means of joining, and then was officially sworn in April of 2019,” said Bamvakais. She took a semester off at William Woods to visit standard education and AIT, and was welcomed back for spring 2020 semester as president of the woman sorority. 

Several of William Woods’ professors may also be resigned armed forces users, therefore Bamvakais and Winkelman have found support once they must keep for instruction or other army obligations. 

“As soon as we tend to be needed, you just have to pull regarding classes and go. I became gone for 2 semesters. It can become hard to know when you are going to graduate because i possibly could need to go around tour again at any moment,” stated Winkelmann. “Luckily for me I left for fundamental training and my deployment at the end of semesters. Between those though, I would personally have trainings that would be fourteen days very long. My professors here in the Woods would adapt my classes to help keep me up-to-date with the other students who were physically in course.” 

Shannon holding the "Gamma" in "Delta Gamma" through a sorority sis

“Being a sorority member and president, it can be more hard to balance using National Guard than real classes, because a countless our education is on the week-end, that will be also once we have actually sorority activities,” said Bamvakais.  “So we now have must do some routine rearranging in my sorority to balance everything.” 

Among the aspects that students have to consider when contemplating solution as an active duty member of the military while also being a college student is the length of time it will take all of them to graduate. At William Woods, all pupils are accommodated, not only those around four-year plan. 

“I happened to be only a little stressed about making because I knew i’d graduate late, but we understood it had been anything i must say i wanted to do,” said Bamvakais. 

Support will come from numerous locations, both inside and outside of William Woods for the military people. 

Brian Winkelmann with a person in his fraternity from another part on tour

“My fraternity brothers were really supportive of myself joining the armed forces and going on a deployment,” said Winkelmann. “They examined in on me usually and I also in addition had fraternity brothers from other chapters have been additionally on trip through the same time I became. The fraternity and William Woods are actually great about working with students and finding approaches to make classes work for us.”

Winkelmann has also been showcased in his fraternity’s mag for his army solution. 

Even though many pupils have various other obligations beyond classes, being a army member takes an extra dedication amount. William Woods works closely with our students to allow all of them total college while seeking outdoors interests, especially those students being offering their country in the military. To get more in the university’s military-friendly guidelines, kindly see: