2008
Iraq, Afghanistan veterans invited to take advantage of free education

Iraq, Afghanistan veterans invited to take advantage of free education
August 12, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

In 2001, Benedictine University began offering a free education to police and fire personnel throughout Illinois. Today, more than 80 public service organizations are represented by the more than 400 police and fire personnel enrolled in Benedictine’s First Responder Program (http://www.ben.edu/programs/first_responder/). On May 9, 2008, President William J. Carroll, Ph.D., announced that beginning in Fall 2008 the University would extend its First Responder Program to Illinois Armed Forces veterans – active and reserve – returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Benedictine is now accepting applications from veterans who want to take advantage of this unparalleled program. “Like the U.S. Marines say, we’re looking for a few good men and women,” Carroll said. Illinois veterans who participate in this program will be able to pursue an Associate of Arts in Business Administration (A.A.B.A.) or a Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.M.) degree at no tuition cost. Participants will also be able to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), or Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior (M.S.M.O.B.) degree at 50 percent tuition cost. For more information about the First Responder Program or to enroll, contact Autumn Lynumn, Assistant to Associate Dean, First Responder and Professional Development programs, at (630) 829-6126 or by e-mail at alynumn@ben.edu; or Heena I. Jeelani, University Representative, First Responder and Professional Development programs, at (630) 829-1385 by e-mail at hjeelani@ben.edu. Also visit the web site at www.ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.