Military-Connected Student of the Month: George Canino

Like many, George Canino’s path to service began with his family. His father, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force, sparked his interest in the military at a young age.

Canino’s father was stationed in Madrid, Spain, while in the Air Force. After he retired, when George was 3 years old, the family remained there. Even after completing an associate’s degree in international business from Schiller International University in Spain, Canino held on to his desire to serve. Canino enlisted in the U.S. Army and moved on his own to the U.S. in an English-speaking environment after living 21 years in Spain

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Student Veterans Organization Annual Ball and Awards Banquet Highlights Achievements and University’s Commitment to Veterans

The Syracuse University Student Veterans Organization (SVO) held its Annual Ball and Awards Banquet recently. The event recognizes the contributions of the SVO to the University, celebrates Syracuse’s tradition of service to veterans, and honors notable student veterans for their achievements at the University. U.S. Army veteran Mark Erwin G’12, who is now employed as the special assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, delivered the evening’s keynote speech.

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Chancellor Syverud Hosts Annual Chancellor’s Review for ROTC Cadets

Last week, members of the campus community and Chancellor Kent Syverud gathered in the Dome for the 102nd Annual Chancellor’s Review of the Syracuse University Army and Air Force ROTC cadets. Syracuse boasts the longest consecutively running ROTC program in the country—a legacy in keeping with the University tradition of support for veterans and military families as the “best place for veterans.”

During the event, Chancellor Syverud announced an impressive milestone related to the University’s commitment: “I’m proud to say that veteran and military-connected enrollment has passed five percent of our total enrollment here at Syracuse University.”

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University’s Veterans Affinity Group Hosts Social with Chancellor Syverud in Attendance

Over 50 members of the campus community gathered Thursday at the Genesee Grande Hotel in support of the University’s Veterans Affinity Group (SUVA.) Hosted in partnership with the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA), Chancellor Kent Syverud attended the SUVA event with Syracuse University veterans, military-connected individuals, dependents and supporters in an effort to bring military-connected and traditional populations together to create a more diverse and inclusive campus experience. Continue Reading

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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