Veterans

Serving Those Who Serve

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine is proud to assist service members, veterans, and their families in accessing the education benefits they have earned through their years of service to our nation.

If you have served in the U.S. military, you may be eligible for participation in one or more of the GI Bill® education benefit programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Spouses and children of veterans and service members may also be eligible for education benefits.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Getting Started

  1. Apply for your educational benefits with the VA. Once the VA has processed your application, they will mail a Certificate of Eligibility directly to you.
  2. Request your service transcript. If you served in the Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy, you will need to request your Official Joint Services Transcript. If you served in the Air Force, you will need to request either your Air University or CCAF transcript.
  3. If you have used your VA educational benefits at another college prior to enrolling in ACOM, complete ONE of the following:
    • For Chapter 30, 31, 33, or 1606 benefits, update your benefits here.
    • For the Fry Scholarship or Chapter 35 benefits, update your benefits here.
  4. Submit a current VA Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Financial Aid.
  5. Submit a VA Certification Request Form to the Office of Financial Aid.
  6. If you are receiving benefits under Ch. 33 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill), you do not need to take any additional action to be certified. Tuition payments will be sent directly to ACOM on your behalf; all other stipends and payments (e.g. BAH, books stipend) will be sent to you.
  7. If you are receiving benefits under Ch.30 or Ch.1606, you must verify your enrollment each month with the VA via the Web Automated Veteran’s Enrollment (WAVE) system. Benefits will be sent directly to you, and you are responsible for transferring these payments to ACOM as needed.

Continuing Students

Each term in which you would like to use your VA education benefits at ACOM, you must submit a VA Certification Request Form to the Office of Financial Aid.

Student Responsibilities

In order to comply with regulations governing VA education benefits, it is your responsibility as a student to notify the Office of Financial Aid when you:

  • add or drop a class(es);
  • change your address;
  • withdraw from the college; and
  • retake a course.

Only courses that are required for your degree program are eligible for certification.

Post – 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Individuals who are eligible for the new Post 9/11 GI Bill may begin using it August 1, 2009. Only active duty service performed after September 10, 2001 may be considered for determining eligibility for this new benefit. To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty. However, individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001 may also establish eligibility.

The Post – 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-377) changes the amount of tuition and fee charges which should be reported to the VA by ACOM. For periods of enrollment beginning on or after August 1, 2011, the school will report the following charges:

“The actual net cost for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the institution for the program of education after the application of any waiver of, or reduction in, tuition and fee; and any scholarship, or other Federal, State, institutional, or employer-based aid or assistance (excluding loans and title IV funds)that is provided directly to the institution and specifically designated for the sole purpose of defraying tuition and fees.”

Example: Gross In-State Charges = $4,000
Veteran Discount -400
Tuition Scholarship -2,000
Title IV (2,500)
General Scholarship (1,000)
Net In-State Charges = $1,600

Aid or assistance that is not designated for the sole purpose of reducing a student’s tuition and fee cost should not be excluded from the net in-state charges reported to VA.

Example: The student above also has a $1,000 scholarship form a local Veterans Service Organization. The scholarship is general in nature and may be used to defray school costs such as food, housing, books, etc. Since it is not “specifically designated for the sole purpose of defraying tuition and fees,” it is not deducted from the charges submitted to VA.

Post-9/11 GI Bill: Transferability

The Post-9/11 GI Bill allows uniformed service members (officer or enlisted, active duty or Selected Reserve), on or after August 1, 2009, to transfer unused education benefits to immediate family members (spouse and children). The service member must have at least six years of service, and commit to an additional four years of service in order to transfer benefits to a spouse or child. Because of the potential impact of this benefit on recruiting and retention, transferability policy is determined by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the military services. For more information on the transfer application and process, please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp.

The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Reservists Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation is a program whose primary function is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living. The program offers a number of services to help each eligible disabled veteran reach his or her rehabilitation goal. These services include vocational and personal counseling, education and training, financial aid, job assistance, and, if needed, medical and dental treatment. Services generally last up to 48 months, but they can be extended in certain instances.

Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 36 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Additional Resources for Veterans and Families

This list includes resources that may be useful to veterans pursuing higher education. These resources are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Alumni Life Events

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Below is a list of required financial forms for ACOM’s SGA-sanctioned clubs, interest groups and organizations.

Pre-Approval Form

Travel Fund Application

Organization Checking Accounts Policy

Organization Budget Template

Media requests or questions? Contact an ACOM media representative.

ACOM’s Office of the Registrar provides forms related to student information that may be useful to current and prospective students. If you have a question about a form or do not see the form you need, please contact the Registrar at (334) 699-2266 or at registrar@acomedu.org.

Change of Name and Contact Information Request
Release for Letter of Recommendation
Request for Release of Information
Absence Notification and Approval Form
Club Officer Certification Form

Below is a list of other forms for ACOM’s SGA-sanctioned clubs, interest groups and organizations.

Student Service Activity or Event Form

Apparel and Item Approval Form

Club Information Form

ACOM Media Release Form

Guest Speaker Form

Accounts

Password Change/Reset
Email and OneDrive


Teaching and Learning

Event Request Form

Office of Information Systems Policies

Access Controls Security Policy
ACOM User ID Policy
Data Classification and Security Policy
Electronic Mail Policy
Information Security
Information Technology Usage Policy
Internet and WWW Page Policy
IT Security Incident Reporting and Response Policy
Media Sanitization and Disposal Policy
Operations and Management Security Policy
Physical and Environmental Security Policy
Security for Information, Computing, and Network Preferences
System Development and Maintenance Security Policy
Wireless Local Area Network Policy
Official Electronic Correspondence with Faculty, Staff, and Students
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Policy

Submit a Problem or Question

The OIS Service Desk is available to help you with technology-related questions or problems. You can call, email, or just drop by.

Contact Information

support@acomedu.org

Chat Online

Password Change/Reset

(334) 699-2266 ext. 4141

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Our Goal

The goal of the OIS Service Desk is to provide ACOM faculty, staff, and students with an effective primary point of contact for ACOM recommended software and computing resources. The OIS Service Desk will resolve the issue or distribute the call to the appropriate staff, technology group, or appropriate resource in order to best meet the needs of the client.
myACOM myACOM: for students, faculty and staff to collaborate.
SeaMed SeaMed: Learning management site. View course material.
PaperCut PaperCut: Virtual printing management site add money to account and web print.
Email Email: Web access to your email and OneDrive.
DNA Citrix Desktop DNA Citrix Desktop: Access all network resources from any device.
iTunes U iTunes University: Public website.
SimulationIQ Simulation IQ: Clinical simulation portal.
SeaMed ACOM Self Service: Student portal used to pay fees and tuition.

 

Self Help Links

Password Reset
Office 365 & Email
More help and instructions
Email on mobile devices
iTunes U
myACOM
Power Campus Self-Service
Printers
PaperCut Printing

Forms & Templates


Posters


Summer Research Opportunities

Policies

Principal Investigator (or Co-PI) and Project Director (or Co-PD)
Human Subjects Policy
Biosafety Policy
Limited Submission Policy
Lobbying Activity
Ethical Policies for Conducting Research


Forms & Applications

Faculty/Student Routing and Grant Acquisition Form
IBC Incident Report Form
IBC Modification Form
IBC Application


Templates

Budget Proposal Template
Consent Form Template
Project Biosafety Manual Template

Guides

Research Proposal/Research Protocol Guide
IRB for Human Subjects Use Submission Procedure
Decision Tree for IRB Submission
De-Identification Guide
Significant Sample Size Guide
Biosafety Manual


Applications & Checklists

Exempt Application Checklist
Expedited Application Checklist
Full Review Application


Key Personnel

Nicole Mitchell, MA, MLIS
Chair of ACOM Institutional Review Board
Associate Professor of Library and Information Sciences

Katelyn Flynn
Faculty Research Compliance & Grants/Projects Manager

Research Committee

The goal of ACOM’s Research Committee is to establish a premier research institute and maintain a comprehensive research program founded in bench, clinical, medical education, and translational research including community outreach programs that engage osteopathic students in research interests and opportunities.


Members

Christina Kennedy, PhD
Chair of ACOM Research Committee
Assistant Professor of Physiology

James D. Foster, PhD
Associate Dean of Anatomical Sciences, Molecular Medicine, Research & Graduate Studies

Audrey Vasauskas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology

Kim Schoeffel, DO
Professor of Pediatrics

Ronda Carter, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Krissy Wood
Coordinator of Willed Body Program and Research Lab

Katelyn Flynn
Faculty Research Compliance & Grants/Program Manager

Resources

Grant Basics Presentation
Budget FAQs


Templates

Sample Timeline
Budget Proposal Template

Training

CITI Program
CITI Registration Instructions


Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest Policy
What are conflicts?

Register for an Admissions Tour!

Date and Time

Graduation is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and is expected to conclude by 12:00 noon. The Dothan Civic Center will open at 9:00 a.m. to begin seating families and guests. Students, faculty and guest hooders are expected to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for commencement line-up. All guest hooders are required to attend a rehearsal at the Dothan Civic Center at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Location

The Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Dothan Civic Center located at 126 North St. Andrews Street. There is ample parking throughout the downtown area within walking distance of the Dothan Civic Center.

Guest Speaker

The guest speaker for the commencement ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Tickets

The commencement ceremony is NOT a ticketed event. The Dothan Civic Center has ample space for any number of desired guests. Please be courteous and do not save seats prior to the ceremony in order to allow all guests the opportunity for seating.

Photography

GradImages® will be the photography vendor for the commencement ceremony. Families and guests are invited to take their own pictures during the ceremony in a designated area that does not interfere with the professional photographers and audience viewing. Individual pictures will be taken of each students hooding and bestowal of diploma. GradImages® will provide a web link to all students with information about purchasing ceremony photographs no later 72 hours following commencement.

Videography

Silver Digital Media will be the videography vendor for the commencement ceremony. Families and guests are invited to take their own video during the ceremony at their seats or in designated areas that does not interfere with the professional videographers and audience viewing. Students and families can pre-order copies of the ceremony DVD prior to commencement or the day of the event. Details about orders and other information to follow.

Hooder Eligibility

ACOM graduating students may select a guest hooder or faculty hooder to hood them during the ceremony. All guest hooders must hold a terminal degree in their field (i.e. DO, MD, PhD, etc.). All guest hooders will be reviewed by ACOM administration to determine eligibility for hooding. Guest Hooders are required to attend the Hooder rehearsal at the Dothan Civic Center on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. All hooders must wear regalia.

Rehearsal Schedule

ACOM will hold a Hooder Rehearsal on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. All guest hooders are required to attend this rehearsal in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. All hooders must bring their regalia to the rehearsal and ceremony. If you are a guest hooder and need to order regalia, please visit the following link: (Link Coming Soon!).

Hooder Event Logistics

All guest hooders will have a designated seating area on the main floor of the Dothan Civic Center near the graduating class. More details will be provided at the Hooder Rehearsal.

Order Regalia

ACOM has partnered with Oak Hall Cap & Gown to provide the finest regalia for commencement. ACOM negotiated the lowest rate possible for regalia rental. All guest hooders must rent or provide their own regalia in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. All regalia must be returned at the conclusion of commencement. The cost includes the rental of the gown, hood, tam and tassel. In order to avoid shipping costs, all regalia will be shipped directly to ACOM and made available for hooders to pick-up at the Hooder Rehearsal at the Dothan Civic Center on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. (the morning of graduation). Guest hooders can rent regalia through the webpage setup by Oak Hall Cap & Gown: link to follow.

General Information

Grad Gear

Signature Announcements is the vendor for ACOM Graduation Gear, including announcements/invitations, diploma frames and class rings. Students will order all graduation gear directly through Signature Announcements. Link coming soon!

Alumni Affairs

The Alumni Association will provide opportunities for you to stay engaged with the college after graduation and throughout your career. Students will learn more about the Alumni Association during the Exit Conference on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Click here for more information about ACOM’s Office of Alumni Affairs.

Accommodations

Dothan has a variety of hotel accommodations available for families and guests attending the graduation ceremony that are close to the event venue. Many hotels in the area honor an ACOM rate. To download a list of some of the available options, please click here.

Dining

Dothan has a variety of chain restaurants and local eateries to satisfy appetite. Many restaurants will take reservations for meals. For a complete list of Dining options, click here.

Event Tickets

ACOM provides a select number of tickets to student family members and guests for events during the week. Commencement is not a ticketed event, and all families and guests are welcome to attend! Please check with your student for specific details about ticketed events.

Special Accommodations

ACOM is happy to accommodate special needs of families and guests during the ceremony. Please contact Sarah Senn, Director of Communications & Marketing, Division of Student Services at (334) 944-4017 or by email at ssenn@acom.edu to request special accommodations during the graduation ceremony.

Event Photography

GradImages® will be the photography vendor for the commencement ceremony. Families and guests are invited to take their own pictures during the ceremony in a designated area that does not interfere with the professional photographers and audience viewing. Individual pictures will be taken of each students hooding and bestowal of diploma. GradImages® will provide a web link to all students with information about purchasing ceremony photographs no later 72 hours following commencement.

Event Videography

Silver Digital Media will be the videography vendor for the commencement ceremony. Families and guests are invited to take their own video during the ceremony at their seats or in designated areas that does not interfere with the professional videographers and audience viewing. Students and families can pre-order copies of the ceremony DVD prior to commencement or the day of the event. Details about orders and other information to follow.

Agenda

Graduation week activities for the Class of 2018 will begin Thursday, May 31, 2018. Students are expected to arrive in Dothan on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in preparation for the mandatory exit conference on Thursday. The agenda listed below outlines the events and activities for the week. More information to follow.

2018 Graduation Week Agenda Overview Coming Soon!


Awards Gala

Thursday, May 31, 2018
6 p.m.
Dothan Civic Center

ACOM invites all Class of 2017 students and up to guests two (2) guests per student to attend the Graduation Gala on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m at the Dothan Civic Center. Join us for this celebration of student accomplishments! Dinner and music will be provided. A limited number of additional tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis with a limit of two (2) additional tickets per student.

**Tickets Required**


Military Commissioning

Friday, June 1, 2018
12 noon
ACOM Campus, Team-Based Learning Center

ACOM will recognize and commission Class of 2018 military students in a special ceremony to be held on campus in the Team-Based Learning Center. This event is for military students only. Each military student may bring up to 10 guests. Lunch will be provided. The guest speaker for the event will be announced soon.

**Tickets Required**


Class Reception

Friday, June 1, 2018
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
ACOM Campus

Students, families and guests are invited to attend a celebratory class reception on the ACOM campus on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Guests can tour the campus and stop by the Gift Shop to purchase ACOM merchandise.

**Tickets Required**


Rehearsals

Student Rehearsal: Friday, June 1, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.
Hooder Rehearsal: Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 7:30 a.m.
Dothan Civic Center

ACOM will hold two graduation rehearsals at the Dothan Civic Center. Students are required to attend the rehearsal on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Guest Hooders are required to attend the Hooder Rehearsal on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

**Rehearsals are mandatory**


Commencement

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10 a.m.
Dothan Civic Center

ACOM will hold the Class of 2018 Graduation at the Dothan Civic Center, scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday, June 2, 2018, and is expected to conclude by 12:00 noon. The venue will open at 9:00 a.m. to begin seating families and guests. Students, faculty and guest hooders are expected to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for commencement line-up.

**NO Tickets Required**

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2018 Wiregrass District Science Fair Project Registration

  • Individual Project #1 Information

  • Individual Project #2 Information

  • Individual Project #3 Information

  • Group Project #1 Information

  • Group Project #2 Information

  • Group Project #3 Information

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    **T-shirts are provided for student project participants and the sponsoring teacher(s) only.

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