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.
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.
This spring, 24 new undergraduate student veterans are enrolled on-campus full time. This makes more than 1,000 other veteran and military-connected students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Syracuse University’s veteran and military-connected enrollment on campus has grown over 500% since Chancellor Kent Syverud took his post in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brady Hallahan, Syracuse University Student, Navy Veteran
“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.
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.