This fall, Syracuse University’s total military-connected enrollment increased 14% from 1,206 to 1,375, including 96 new veteran and military-connected students. This class marks the highest student veteran enrollment in the post-9/11 era and raises the total veteran and military-connected enrollment to its highest mark in five years.
Syracuse University student veterans recently participated in a two-day career exploration trip to New York City, arranged by the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) Veteran Career Services team. Designed to introduce student veterans to potential employers, the trip included a networking reception to connect with employers and alumni, a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and office tours of top employers, including CBS, Ernst & Young and First Data is now Fiserv.
In September, the Office of Transfer and Veteran Admissions hosted 32 early commissioning students from military junior colleges across the country. The students, who will go on to be U.S. Army officers, toured campus, explored academic programs and learned the history of the University’s commitment to veterans. Early commissioning program cadets attended the 6th Annual Stars and Stripes Tailgate, hosted by the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) followed by the Orange football game against Western Michigan.
Elton Fairbank was born in Jamestown, New York and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 as a Seaman First Class, Gunner’s Mate Striker. Elton’s father served in World War I, and his four brothers also served in the Armed Forces.
United States Army Captain Tim Monczynski was born in Watertown, New York, raised in Rochester, and graduated from Penfield High School in 2008. Tim attended Medaille College in Buffalo and was commissioned as a Transportation Corps Officer in 2012.
United States Army Veteran spouse Kim Keller continues to serve our nation by working for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University for over five years. Kim currently serves as the User Experience Manager in the IVMF, where she is responsible for ensuring that the externally-facing digital platforms used to promote a positive experience for IVMF’s Onward to Opportunity program participants. Kim leads the management and development of the IVMF CORE, a virtual community used by Onward to Opportunity participants and assisted in the development of the recently-released alumni component of the community.
United States Army Colonel (retired) Larry Myers was commissioned in 1942 as a field artillery officer after graduating from Purdue University’s ROTC program. One year later, Larry married the love his life, Betty Jane Mowry and together they had two daughters – Carol and Claire – and a son, Craig. Larry and Betty were married for 70 years until her passing in 2013.
We were saddened to hear of Don Waful’s passing on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Waful has been a season ticket holder for Syracuse University football since 1945 and has only missed three games. Not only was he a proud Syracuse University alumn, but also a veteran that served during War World II.
Syracuse University’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity to honor our history, reflect on our values and set a clear path forward. Some of the most important historical aspects of Syracuse University is the commitment to veterans. It goes back at least as far as World War I, when Syracuse University established a Students Army Training Corps (SATC). During WWII, Syracuse University hosted a number of defense training programs, including the Civilian Pilot Training program, the Cadet Nurse Corps, War Service College, and Army Specialized Training Program. Chancellor Tolly was instrumental in drafting the original G.I. Bill which is still imperative today in supporting veterans with benefits including achieving higher education.
United States Army veteran and Syracuse University Army Senior ROTC Cadet Nicklaus Brinka served as a Human Intelligence Collector for 42 months on active duty in the United States Army. Nicklaus served with Delta Company, 41st Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York.