Twenty-three U.S. Army and six U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were recognized virtually this week as they became the next generation of military leaders.
This semester, a total of 208 students with military ties representing all branches of the U.S. military earned their Syracuse University diplomas. The graduates include 99 veterans, 35 currently serving military members, and 59 family members and dependents. Forty-six students earned dual degrees.
Syracuse University alumnus and small business owner Logan Bonney uses his entrepreneurship expertise and hospitality training to guide sound business decisions at a challenging time.
Anything But Beer, a craft brewery in downtown Syracuse, was incorporated in June 2017, one month after Logan Bonney completed his master’s degree in entrepreneurship. “We make grain-free, gluten-free, craft alcoholic beverages that are essentially beer alternatives,” says Bonney.
At first, the business operated with a wholesale model, manufacturing in Syracuse and distributing to other bars and breweries, which helped those retailers better serve niche consumer segments. “Then, after having people show up in our parking lot multiple times a week asking where they can try the beer, we realized that there was a demand for us to have a taproom,” Bonney says.
As a veteran, Bonney is also drawing on the resilience he learned in the New York Air National Guard. “It’s that classic military mindset,” he says. “You have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and try your hardest.”
For two years, 1st Lt. Savanna Clendining G’22 has risen early in the morning to attend her online classes for the Newhouse School of Public Communication’s master’s program while stationed in Vincenza, Italy, serving the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). She has attended class on a mountainside in Slovenia and from a cliff in the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy. Doing coursework by flashlight inside of a darkened tent hasn’t stopped Clendining from working toward her graduate degree, and neither has the coronavirus.
Syracuse University’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) are presenting five awards to student veterans in honor of their significant and notable achievements. The awards are normally announced at SVO’s Annual Ball and Awards Banquet, but the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the winners were instead announced in a Zoom “virtual lunch.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we could not be in person to hold the flag ceremony but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the significance of the moment. As Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie has said, “For me, what’s most important about the NVRC is what the building represents. It’s about Syracuse University and our community, communicating a long-term commitment to those women and men who have shouldered the cause of the nation’s defense. It’s about planting that flag.”
On April 10, cadets from the University’s U.S. Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) were honored with various distinctions from the University and community organizations as part of the yearly Chancellor’s Review Awards. Normally celebrated as a public event on-campus, this year’s in-person review was canceled due to the CoVID-19 health crisis.
For many, joining the military is as much a matter of family tradition as it is a commitment to serve. For Syracuse graduate student and third-generation Naval officer Chris Giglio, it was also a matter of building on a personal history.
Bethany Murphy, a senior environmental engineering major in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, U.S. Army ROTC Cadet and 2020 Marshall Scholar, has been named a 2020 Syracuse University Scholar. The honor is the highest undergraduate distinction Syracuse University bestows. Murphy is one of just 12 Syracuse University Scholars.
This month, the spotlight on military-connected students is on United States Air Force ROTC JAG Cadets Sharon Otasowie L’21 and Alyssa Kozma L’21.