Military-Connected Student of the Month: Stephanie Malm

When Stephanie Malm was a freshman at Minnesota State University-Mankato she was balancing two jobs and a full course load. Still, she wanted more. Malm joined the Minnesota National Gaurd in 2005. She spent nine years as an active duty member of the National Guard during which time she completed a bachelor’s in business administration from Capella University. After taking a break for her family, she wanted to continue her education and eventually found her way to the online MBA program at Syracuse University.

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Cry Havoc


In an inspirational one-man show, Stephan Wolfert recounts his own experience pre- and post-military service. Through the lines of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches and his own personal insights, Wolfert explores our societal neurosis of war. The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the “de-cruit” process look like? How do we re-learn to live together? Each performance is followed by an engaging discussion between actor, audience, and veterans that dares to explore these questions.

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Katy Quartaro is a Veteran, a Student, and a Perfect Example of Being Orange

Katy Quartaro ’18 joined the Marine Corps in 2008 with the goal of making the world a better place. Today she remains on her path with the help of Syracuse University’s student veteran resources.

Quartaro joined the Marine Corps in 2008 and took part in Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines, but never deployed to Afghanistan as she had hoped. “My goal was to make the world a better, safer place,” she says, and supporting counterterrorism efforts seemed like the best route to that. Along the way, she discovered a different path to understanding the psychology that leads to extremism and terrorism.

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Syracuse University Veterans Affinity Group to Host Social at Genesee Grande Hotel

In partnership with the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA), the Syracuse University Veterans Affinity Group (SUVA) is hosting a social for Syracuse University veterans, military-connected individuals, dependents and supporters, to include students, faculty and staff on March 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Genesee Grande Hotel (1060 E. Genesee St., Syracuse). Chancellor Kent Syverud will be in attendance.

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ROTC Hosts Junior ROTC Fitness Challenge in The Dome

Syracuse University’s Army and Airforce ROTC program hosted nearly 100 area high school Junior ROTC members at the Dome on March 7th for the second annual Junior ROTC Fitness Challenge. The challenge is organized exclusively by Syracuse cadets to support physical fitness and expose JROTC members to future educational and ROTC opportunities. It involved a number of physical fitness tests, including running, push-ups, sit-ups, running the Dome stairs and a dead-man carry across the turf using a 105-pound dummy.

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Military-Connected Student of the Month: Danielle Sheppard

Danielle Sheppard didn’t always envision a military career for herself. While finishing high school in Ithaca, New York, she wasn’t sold on her mother’s aspirations for her to serve in the armed forces.

When she was a junior, however, Sheppard, originally from Brooklyn, was shaken by the 9/11 attacks. Three years later, she was further inspired by the story of Pat Tillman, a pro football star who left the NFL to enlist in the U.S. Army and who later died while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan in April 2004. Syracuse University is a Tillman Scholar university.

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Hometown Hero: Beth Kubala

Beth joined the Army in 1993 after graduating from the United States Military Academy.  While at West Point, she played Army Women’s Lacrosse for four years, serving as the Army team captain her senior year.

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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 OVMA Student Veteran of the Year Award

Katy Quartaro 2018 student veteran of the year.
2018 Student Veteran of the Year winner Katy Quartaro with Executive Director of Veteran and Military Affairs Ron Novack.

Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) takes pride in student-veteran involvement on campus, in the community, and at various events. The value student veterans bring to campus through their many contributions are part of what makes Syracuse University ‘the best place for veterans™.’ The OVMA recognizes a single student veteran each year for their significant contributions to the veteran community both on and off campus. This year, the OVMA “Student Veteran of the Year Award” will be presented to the most deserving candidate during the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) Awards Banquet on March 30th, 2019.

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