Remembering Pearl Harbor 74 Years Later

Posted by Charles Stiles

Dec 7, 2015 1:00:00 PM


I wasn’t around when the Imperial forces of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in a sneak attack on December 7, 1941. I didn’t witness the event, and odds are, unless you’re celebrating your eighth decade of life, neither did you.

But we’ve heard President Roosevelt’s “Infamy” speech. We’ve learned about Battleship Row. We understand how the attack propelled the United States into World War II. And we know that, until September 11, 2001, it marked the greatest foreign-initiated loss of American life on U.S. soil – 2,403 citizens.

At Grantham University, we remember Pearl Harbor. Be transported back to the day that changed the landscape of the Second World War with our commemorative video.


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Adopt a Service Member this Holiday with these Great Organizations!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Dec 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM

adopt_a_soldierThe holiday season has a way of getting into your heart in unexpected ways.

A brightly lit and decorated storefront might prompt you to throw some extra cash into the Salvation Army bucket, or it may be the one time of year you gather with extended family.

As you work toward your online degree to improve your personal future, take some time to think about how you could impact another's future by adopting a service member.


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Teaching the teacher: Reflections on learning lessons from veterans

Posted by Michelle Sodaro

Nov 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

veterans day, college after military, military friendly collegeWhen I interviewed for a full-time teaching position at Grantham University, the first thing I did (as all career-type articles tell us to do) was research the University to see if its educational philosophy was compatible with my own.


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Happy 240th Birthday, United States Marines!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Nov 10, 2015 8:45:00 AM

marines_birthdayToday is the U.S. Marine Corps’ 240th birthday. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Parris Island and the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

I’ve been lucky enough to learn over the years - especially in my time working at a military friendly college - there is no such thing as a “former or ex-Marine.”

As General Robert Neller said in his recent celebratory remarks, the legacy of being a Marine isn’t given, it’s earned.

The Corps has seen many changes over the century, Green said, “but one thing that hasn’t changed is each Marine’s commitment to contributing to our great legacy.”

We salute and honor that legacy in our celebratory birthday video! Take a look:


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How Grantham Makes Military Family Month a Timeless Commitment

Posted by Ryan Kane

Nov 5, 2015 3:30:00 PM

mark.Wilson.and.JorgeWith the Grantham University Blog, we strive for variety, but we also realize the need to revisit certain topics.

Sometimes it’s because things evolve or change, and those once familiar topics are new again.

Other times, revisiting a topic simply helps our newer readers understand what we’re about.

Today’s post fits pretty well in that second category.

Historically, much of our identity is tied to our reputation as a military-friendly college

So topics such as November’s Military Family Month tend to show up in the blog every year.


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Happy 240th Birthday, U.S. Navy!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Oct 13, 2015 9:30:00 AM

 military friendly college, college after military, navy 240 birthdayToday is the Navy’s 240th birthday!

From inception, their mission has been the same: to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

That’s why this year’s theme is particularly fitting: “Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always.”

While their commitment has never wavered, their challenges have changed over the decades.

Consider their “battlefield.” When you really think about it, it’s huge! Two-thirds (70%) of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, most of the world’s population lives near a coast (80%) and almost all (90%) global trade travels by sea.

We take a moment to put that in perspective and honor the men and women of the Navy in our celebratory video:


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Military Movies – The Facts from Fantasy

Posted by Charles Stiles

Sep 25, 2015 4:30:00 PM

military movies, military friendly collegeSpoiler Alert!

The movies I’m about to discuss are … hmmm, that is to say they, well, they’re not in theaters now.

But chances are good you can get them on DVD, and if you haven’t seen them yet, I’d hate to “spoil” anything for you.

On the other hand, if something I bring up causes you to want to see it, then that could hardly be called a “spoiler,” right?

Anyway, the obligatory warning has been given, and on to our reviews of some military movies.

Wait, that’s not right. These aren’t “military” movies, necessarily. Rather, there’s an element to them – that I will discuss later – that causes me to think about the hard-working men and women of our military forces.

Okay, now that both the warning and the nature of this review has been given, we press on!


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More than Just a Motto: Happy 68th Birthday, Air Force!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 18, 2015 9:30:00 AM

68th Air Force Birthday, College after militaryHere at Grantham, we love birthdays!

We have a monthly celebration for birthdays and work anniversaries, on our team, lovingly named “birthaversaries.”

Today, we’re having a different kind of birthday celebration for members of our team.

We honor the branch of our military charged with flying, fighting and winning ... in air, space and cyberspace: The United States Air Force.

It’s their 68th birthday (along with the CIA – Happy Birthday to you, too). As a military-friendly college, we know that we have many Life Changers, both students and staff, who have given years of their lives to serve.

So, we say thank you with this celebratory message:


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Happy Labor Day from Grantham University!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 7, 2015 7:30:00 AM


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Should you say “Thank You for Your Service” to a service member or veteran?

Posted by Ashaunta Dorch

Aug 7, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Military friendly college, online degree, thank a veteranWhen you thank individuals in the military for their service, are you thanking them for the actual service that they are providing, or because it is a preconditioned response that you have been trained to provide anyone in uniform?

In my opinion, probably the latter.

Thanks to media portrayals, societal stereotypes and images we concocted in our heads,  when you think of someone in the military, Full Metal Jacket or American Sniper typecast any interpretations that you have had of a “soldier.”  

Keep this aide-mémoire in mind the next time that you come across those who have invested months, or even years, into fighting for their country.


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