Miami Regionals designated a Purple Heart University

purple-heartby Ruth Orth, Miami Uniersity Regionals

Miami University’s regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown have been designated a Purple Heart University by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

A signing ceremony will take place 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in 142 Johnston Hall on the Middletown campus.

“This is welcome news for our faculty and staff who’ve been through the military-friendly training, and for our student veteran population, both current and future,” said J.P. Smith, veterans outreach coordinator for Miami Regionals.

Several faculty and staff members in every academic department, as well as staff members in admission, financial aid, records and registration, and One-Stop Centers for Student Success on each campus have completed the military-friendly training that includes a pledge to be veteran- and veteran-family friendly.

Each academic department also has a chief military adviser (CMA) who serves as the primary point of contact for veterans enrolling in each academic program. They will sign their pledge forms during the ceremony.

Representatives from the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 31 will also be on hand to sign the official Purple Heart University designation with G. Michael Pratt, associate provost and dean of the regional campuses, Smith said.

The training results in a thorough understanding of military terminology, the military mindset, academic and financial issues specific to veterans, benefits available to veterans, the transfer of military training to college credit, and military training that aligns with specific academic programs.

“When a veteran arrives on the Hamilton or Middletown campus and asks questions, they get answers on the spot. That’s the level of service they expect, and that’s the level of service they deserve. We are immensely proud of our student veterans,” Smith said.

Miami Hamilton and Miami Middletown have a combined 130 veterans currently enrolled.

For more information, contact Smith by email at or by phone at (513) 785-7733.