Vice Chancellor Michael Haynie Named University Professor

J. Michael Haynie, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship, has been named a University Professor by Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly. The distinction—a four-year, renewable appointment—is granted to faculty who excel in their fields and have made extraordinary scholarly contributions nationally and internationally. The Board of Trustees Executive Committee approved this appointment at its recent meeting.

“I join the Provost and our community in congratulating Mike on this appointment. His entrepreneurial expertise is routinely leveraged by stakeholders at the highest levels of government, private enterprise and nonprofit organizations, and his scholarship is widely published in the leading academic journals in his field,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “His passion for innovation and service has positively impacted the lives of the more than 100,000 veterans and military-connected families served by IVMF programs around the world, and his leadership continues to enrich and enhance our campus community.”

“This is an incredibly well-deserved honor,” says Wheatly. “Mike’s passion for bringing an innovation lens to addressing the issues and concerns facing the nation’s veterans has had a profound impact on both public policy and on countless veterans and military-connected families. I am pleased he will play another distinguished role in support of our academic community and advancing scholarly understanding and research in his field.”

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Peggy Combs Joins Office of Veteran and Military Affairs Advisory Board

The OVMA announced the addition of Retired U.S. Army Major General (MG) Peggy Combs ’85, the highest-ranking female military officer to graduate from Syracuse University, to its advisory board.

“MG (Ret.) Peggy Combs brings an incredible perspective as a strategic leader, veteran and alumna to our advisory board,” says Ron Novack, OVMA executive director. “We are absolutely honored to welcome her to our board as we work to support those members of the Syracuse University community of military-connected students, veterans, service members and military spouses and children.”

To learn more about Peggy Combs you can visit our Featured Alumni page to see her story and many more famous SU Military Alumni.

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SU Sends Two Veterans to the Camping World Bowl

As part of the University’s enduring commitment to veterans and the military community, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) partnered with athletic donors Ted Lachowicz ’72 and Cliff Ensley ’69, ’70, G’71 to provide more than 400 veterans and military families with free tickets to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Dec. 28.

In addition to the donated tickets, Syracuse Athletics, the OVMA and IVMF also hosted a special “Cuse for Troops” contest encouraging veterans to share their Orange pride on Twitter for a chance to win free tickets and travel to the Camping World Bowl. Brady Hallahan, a Syracuse University student and U.S. Navy veteran, and Nick Prietti, a Syracuse-area U.S. Army veteran were selected as the contest winners.

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Hometown Hero: Vanessa Marquette

Vanessa is a proud 2011 & 2012 St. Bonaventure graduate, completing both her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degrees. She bleeds both brown and Orange, having been a Syracuse fan her entire life and a current season ticket holder. She returned to Syracuse in 2016 and currently works at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University and is working towards her second Master’s degree at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications.

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Announcing The ‘Cuse for Troops Camping Bowl Giveaway Winners

Brady Hallahan, Syracuse University Student, Navy Veteran

Brady Hallahan

As a Syracuse native and Central Square High School graduate, Brady grew up a bleeding orange. Inspired by his grandfather’s service as a Marine and excited at the prospect of traveling the world while defending his country, Brady joined the Navy after high school.  He served five years and was deployed twice to the Middle East.

After getting out, Brady completed a transition program in Connecticut during which he heard about the programs offered through Syracuse’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. After doing more research, he decided to pursue his degree at the University.

“As I was making my decision I saw how much Syracuse does for veterans and how focused they are on helping us,” says Hallahan. “The application process was amazingly easy and being designed to assist veterans made me feel really wanted here. I still can’t believe I am lucky enough to go to SU.”

Nick Prietti, Syracuse Area Veteran

Nick Prietti with Otto

Nick Prietti grew up in Syracuse and enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from Corcoran High School. The first in his family to serve, Nick went through basic training at Fort Polk before deploying to Iraq. After four years of active duty, he returned to Syracuse to pursue a civilian career and he joined the National Guard to continue serving. He received his Associates before being activated and deployed to Afghanistan as a guardsman. He retired from the Guard after 15 years and now works as a U.S. Postal carrier.

In 2003, Nick was stationed in Kuwait but still witnessed Syracuse make the Final 4. He had to depart on a convoy mission through Iraq and he didn’t find out until a month later that SU won the National Championship! But that’s not where his love of Syracuse began.

“I have always been a Syracuse fan,” says Nick. “As a kid, my mom was a dog breeder and ironically a lot of Syracuse basketball players were interested in her dogs. I remember big name players like John Wallace visiting and playing with the dogs so I always felt an even stronger connection to the University. I even went to the Boeheim basketball camp as a kid. Now all these years later, I love sharing my Syracuse pride with my seven-year-old son.”

Nick received his associate’s degree from Onondaga Community College and completed his bachelor’s degree at SUNY Delhi. His brother and sister have both graduated from Syracuse University.

ROTC Twins, Robert and Michael Thomas, Discuss Their Syracuse Experience

“Literally one day before the ROTC scholarship deadline to select a school, Robert asked me if I wanted to go to ’Cuse together,” says Michael Thomas. “It was an easy yes.” Originally, the twins planned to enlist immediately after high school but decided to pursue an ROTC scholarship instead. The scholarship was only awarded to 4,000 students nationally, and both the Thomas twins succeeded in earning it. They are now juniors at Syracuse University and while they are considering graduate degrees, they want to serve in the Army first.

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Operation Orange Drop

It’s the season of giving and support! The Student Veteran Organization is collecting care packages for deployed troops and you can help! Small items can make a huge difference over seas and even donating something that may seem inconsequential could be a luxury for a soldier. Below are a list of items that you can donate and several locations collecting the donations.

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Hometown Hero: Maria Delgado

Syracuse University Army ROTC Cadet and U.S. Army veteran Maria Delgado is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maria is a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2010, and today she calls Syracuse, New York home.

Cadet Maria Delgado has served in the United States Army Reserves for 10 yrs. She enlisted in 2008 as a Health Care Specialist completing basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX in 2009. Her first assignment was with the 1984th United States Army Hospital in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. In 2012, she returned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas where she attended and completed the Army’s Licensed Practical Nurse program.

Maria’s has trained and mobilized throughout the United States and the world highlighted by her 9-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with 744thMilitary Police Battalion, where she served as the battalion’s senior medic.

Cadet Delgado’s military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the German Marksmanship Badge, to name a few.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s of Health Science degree from the George Washington University, and today she is currently a post-graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Health at Syracuse University. Cadet Delgado will graduate in the Spring of 2019, and she will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Ben Brickman: SU Football Walk-on and Marine Veteran

“In Afghanistan, I went to towns where kids have zero opportunity,” says Ben Brickman a Marine veteran. “They grow up to turn a field with a shovel 12 hours a day until the day they die. That gave me so much perspective to recognize the opportunities in our country and made me want to seize every chance I have.”

Ben enlisted after high school and completed two tours in Afghanistan before attending Syracuse University in his mid-twenties. He is the first walk-on football player at SU since the 1930s. Now a senior, he looks back at his time attending SU positively and thankful for how support the University has been. Recently, SU has been ranked the #1 private institution for military veterans and #4 overall.

“I found out at Syracuse they cover 100% for veterans which was a massive weight off my shoulders,” says Brickman. “Coming out of the Marines, you think a school like Syracuse is out of reach but this University really went above and beyond for me as they do all veterans. They even found me some extra money to cover housing.”

He goes on to say how helpful the separate veteran organizations on campus are for supporting veterans, “I grew up two hours away but I still didn’t know anybody here,” says Brickman. “Within an hour of getting here though, the Student Veterans Organization and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs introduced me to three or four people that quickly became my good friends.”

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Syracuse University is the #1 Private Institute for Veterans

Military Times has named Syracuse University the number one private school and fourth institution overall for Best for Vets rankings. SU is the only private institution to be placed in the top 10 and it currently has the highest military graduation rate of the top five schools.

“It is a proud day for the Orange family,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “We remain steadfast in our efforts to be the ‘best place for veterans’ and military-connected students and are grateful that Military Times recognizes this commitment. I am also thankful to the thousands of veterans, service members and family members who have selected Syracuse as their higher education community. Their great service to our country is most appreciated and there will always be a place for them at Syracuse University.”

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