Greensburg campus makes the grade for veterans
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has been designated a “military friendly school” by G.I. Jobs magazine.
That comes as no surprise to Jonathan Quickquaro, 25, who attends the school as part of the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which provides tuition remission, housing and a book allowance.
“Most military veterans are from nontraditional families,” said Quickquaro, who served in the Navy for five years as an aviation electronic technician. “They are working part time or have young families. The staff at Pitt at Greensburg seems to dedicate themselves fully to military veterans.”
Susan Isola, director of media relations at Pitt-Greensburg, said the campus competed for the designation with 12,000 institutions nationwide and ranked in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools that are embracing veterans as students.
G.I. Jobs Selection is based on a survey of student veterans who provide peer reviews of an institution. The G.I. Jobs survey was verified by Ernst & Young. The magazine caters to those making the transition from life in the military.
“We feel honored to be a part of that select group of colleges and universities in the United States,” Isola said.
During the 2011-12 academic year, 67 veterans, their spouses or children were attending Pitt-Greensburg with the assistance of veterans' benefits, according to the university.
Forty of those students received G.I. Education benefits, which provide all eligible veterans with an amount equal to the cost of attending a public four-year college. Of those, 25 were eligible to receive post-9/11 Veterans Educational Benefits, along with two dependents of veterans.
In addition, the university waives its $45 application fee for veterans.
Isola said currently there are 50 students collecting benefits. Of the 50, 34 receive post-9/11 benefits. Among them are two Yellow Ribbon participants and two dependents.
Donna Dineley is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. It allows institutions to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed in-state tuition and fees of public institutions.
Dineley, 45, retired from the Marine Corps in 2010, when she was stationed in Quantico, Va.
“I'm not your traditional student, I'm one of the oldest students,” said Dineley, who is studying political science with a minor in philosophy. “Many of the students are in their 20s. It's nice to have a common background with so many folks with military experience.”
But there's more drawing military students to this part of Western Pennsylvania.
Thomas Crowley didn't hesitate when he got out of the Army and decided to go to school. Pitt-Greensburg was a perfect fit for him, he said.
“They had a reputation for a military friendly school in a conservative area and it turned out to be exactly right,” said Crowley, who served as an intelligence analyst and is studying political science to return to the service. “From a staff and location standpoint, I couldn't think of a better choice.”
Quickquaro agreed that Pitt-Greensburg staff members make a world of difference because many strive to ensure veterans get the help they need.
“You can walk up to any professor and get the answers you are looking for. All you have to do is say, ‘Hey, do you have a second? I need help,' ” he said. “I've never had the experience where they didn't have the time.”
In addition to being a full-time student, Quickquaro works at Highmark in Pittsburgh. He is the father of a 2-year-old daughter with another baby on the way. He said the school has worked with him when he is late for class to take his daughter to the babysitter or if needs to make up a test.
“Pitt at Greensburg has done a tremendous job,” he said. “Not just for me, but for my other veteran friends. We've been extremely happy.”
Michele Stewardson is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Flashback Friday for Pitt
- Body found in Allegheny River in Harrison
- Run game needed for balance vs. Seahawks
- Pitt falls flat in finale loss to Miami
- Police: 4 officers injured in Colorado Springs shooting
- Man dies in ATV crash in Beaver County
- In Uganda, Pope Francis pays tribute to nation’s martyrs
- Pitt notebook: Boyd undecided about leaving early for NFL
- Suicide bomber targets crowd of Shiites in Nigeria
- Absenteeism high on first day back after Peters Township teacher strike
- Steelers notebook: Linebacker Timmons hoping for contract extension