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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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Military-Connected Student of the Month: Chloe Milliken

Chloe Milliken knew she wanted to be on the front lines in the U.S. Army. It was 2013 and she was given two options like all women who wanted to serve in combat: become an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD) or join the military police (MP). To her, the choice to be an EOD technician was clear.

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Tillman Scholars Applications Open February 1st

The application process for the Tillman Scholars program, which funds education for student veterans and spouses of veterans, will open Feb. 1.

The scholarship honors Pat Tillman, starting safety for the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals, who put his football career on hold in 2002 to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) following Tillman’s death in April 2004 while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. The foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through scholarship and programmatic support, and is dedicated to building a diverse community of leaders committed to serve others.

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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.

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