A Word from the Military Program Director
Welcome to the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement Resource Guide, and thanks for choosing Duquesne University. You are about to embark on a different type of mission, one that will challenge you but, upon completion, will provide a sense of pride similar to the feeling you’ve gained serving our great nation.
My name is Don Accamando, and I am the Military Programs Director for the School of Leadership. Having served the nation myself, I am committed to helping you by eliminating the barriers that stand in your path. Our staff will provide a variety of battle tested services, fine-tuned through years of experience in the service of veteran students. I encourage you to employ our talents to ensure the successful completion of your new assignment.
The Military Programs staff in the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement takes great pride in the fact that we offer a wide variety of services to our veteran students. Our goal is simple; ensure that all veterans experience a smooth transition to the academic environment.
Be it academic or financial aid assistance, career counseling services or a subtle networking system, the staff in the School of Leadership offers a range of services and programs specifically designed to provide guidance to student veterans or active military personnel. Our tradition of working with the military community ensures that you receive the tools necessary to easily apply and then integrate into rewarding courses that lead to a successful academic experience.
Experience will tell you that mission success begins with a solid plan. The same holds true in the academic environment. Ann Martin is the Academic Advisor in the School of Leadership. Ann brings six years of veteran advising experience. Her mission is your academic success. Ann will work with you to develop your academic game plan, or agreement. Once your academic agreement is completed you will have a roadmap that clearly identifies a pathway to success. Do not hesitate to contact Ann at any point regarding your academic plan.
A note about communication: It is important to maintain clear lines of communication with your professors and academic advisor. We live hectic lives, filled with unpredictable deployments with little or no warning. It is important you include us when unexpected events pop up.
VA Certifying Official
Ensuring your veteran benefits are properly certified and your financial obligations are met, are directly tied to your academic success, Duquesne University provides personalized attention to both. Kathy Scheer is the University certifying official. Kathy will verify your status and act as your direct conduit to financial payment through the Veterans Administration. Your first stop upon successful application will be her office.
CAUTION: You must meet with or call Kathy each semester to revalidate your VA status.
Financial Tuition Assistance
Many veteran students utilize Tuition Assistance (TA) to fund their education. You will be delighted to learn we have a dedicated TA representative in Financial Aid to provide personalized service to all veterans choosing TA as their funding option. Mark Moore, a School of Leadership graduate himself, is here to lend his assistance with questions or to make payments. Feel free to contact Mark anytime.
Director, Military Programs