Military veterans benefiting from the free tuition program offered by Robert Morris University will soon enjoy a groundbreaking new perk – the first iPad® application designed specifically for veterans attending college, and a free iPad on which to launch it.
RMU will distribute more than 150 Wi-Fi enabled 3G iPad devices to its student veteran population on November 11 during the university’s annual Veteran’s Day breakfast. The event begins at 8:30 am on RMU’s Moon Township campus.
The university- designed Vets App will provide easy, fingertip access to student information such as a campus directory and maps, event listings, emergency phone contacts, videos, news and even an RMU veterans blog. The university is now developing more features for the Vets App, including course catalog and registration.
"This initiative shows that RMU cares about its veterans," said Jared McKee, a sophomore majoring in Nuclear Medicine Technology and president of the university's Student Veterans Organization. McKee served two tours with the Marines in Iraq, as a grenadier in 2004, and as a fire team leader in 2005-06, before his honorable discharge in 2007. He worked two years at a Pittsburgh electric company before enrolling at RMU.
Apple® has sold nearly four million iPad devices since the product's introduction last April.
In 2009, RMU become the first Pittsburgh-area university and one of the first private universities nationwide to announce that service members who qualify for educational benefits under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill would be able to earn their degree free of charge at the university. This past summer, RMU opened the Veterans Education and Training Service Center, which provides enrollment and academic advising as well as other transition services to students who are military veterans. The VETS Center was funded through a state grant that also is covering the cost of the iPad.
RMU recently was named to the 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs, an education and career guide for veterans and members of the armed services.
"Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to these students, who have bravely and tirelessly served their country,” said RMU President Gregory Dell'Omo. “As a university we have an obligation to provide them with the tools they need to succeed in the next phase of their careers.”
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