Artemio “Art” Bayna is currently a senior at the Syracuse University College of Professional Studies and is working toward his degree in professional studies with a major in creative leadership. Now an aspiring author, Bayna first enlisted in the US Army in 1997. Four years later, the events on 9/11 changed the course of his life forever.
The class of 2021 received a glimpse at the long-standing commitment Syracuse University has for the military-connected by touring the National Veterans Resource Center. The engaged with Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mike Haynie who spoke of Syracuse University’s historic commitment to veterans and how the NVRC will support the military-connected moving forward.
In May, 21 U.S. Army and eight U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets officially became the next generation of military leaders at the University’s annual commissioning ceremony held at the National Veterans Resource Center’s K.G. Tan Auditorium.
Vincent Miczek ’21 recently earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) and is commissioning into the United States Air Force and will be headed to Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. At the end of 2021, he’ll start pilot training.
Given those experiences, Syracuse University has created a brand new pipeline program called Operation Veteran Promise. It’s specifically for high school seniors heading into the military right after school. When they get into this program, they will have a guaranteed spot at SU when they come home from that first deployment.
The Syracuse University student veteran commencement is unable to be held in person due to the current pandemic, but that does not stop us from celebrating our student veterans and their academic achievements on the day they would be walking the stage at their student veteran commencement! Watch this video to hear special messages from Vice Chancellor Dr. Mike Haynie and guest speaker retired Lt. Col. Elizabeth Kubala, Director of the Wohl Family Legal Clinic at the Syracuse University College of Law.
For Joshua Reid, an active duty soldier now stationed in Japan, his training gave him the tools he needed to “continue the climb” while finishing his degree through University College at Syracuse University. “As a 10th Mountain Division soldier, the climb to glory for me is being a role model for my nieces and nephews, and also to my friends and in my community,” he says. Reid says that the time management and discipline he’s learned serving in the military helped him accomplish his goal. “I accept my duties as a soldier and a scholar with a deep reverence.”
An esteemed higher education leader and a change agent for the arts; a highly respected U.S. Army commander and pioneer for women in the military; and an exemplary public servant in fiscal management and steadfast philanthropist will receive honorary degrees during Syracuse University’s 2021 Commencement.
The 2021 Dottle Family ROTC Cadet Scholarship was awarded to Army cadets Madeline Messare, Robert Fraser, Michael McDonough and Jason Yu, and Air Force cadets Gerrit VanVranken, Mingeun Song, Quinn Pelichoff and Nikolaus Sarisky. This scholarship is awarded each year to future leaders who participate in the University’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs, in recognition of their hard work, dedication and commitment to service.
In a recent awards ceremony at the National Veterans Resource Center, the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs awarded several annual recognitions, including the Best for Vets Award, the Community Support Award, the Danny Facto Student Veteran Work-Study Award and the Student Veteran of the Year. The SVO also introduced its new slate of officers to lead the Syracuse University chapter beginning this month.