University’s ROTC Cadets Bring the Fight to COVID-19

“We needed a lot of help and support,” says Pruthvi Kilaru, program manager in the Department of Public Health in the Falk College. Volunteers were needed to swab and log samples at the stadium on a mass scale. The Public Health Team also needed assistance in the lab to pool samples before they were sent to the lab.

The University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) answered the call.

Hometown Hero: Felicia Showers

Syracuse University Army ROTC Cadet and New York Army National Guard Sergeant, Felicia Showers, hails from Waterloo, New York. She enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in 2014 as Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst and served in the 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion.

Veteran’s Writing Award Reading and Book Talk Announced

Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse University Press and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) will host a virtual Veteran’s Writing Award Reading and Book Talk on Nov. 12, 2020 from 4 to 5 p.m. ET, featuring  2019 award winner Dewaine Farria, author of “Revolutions of All Colors.”  Those interested should register in advance.

The event lineup will include:

  • Tobias Wolff, award-winning novelist, short story writer, Vietnam veteran and former Syracuse University faculty member who will share his impressions of “Revolutions of All Colors” and why he selected it to win the inaugural award.
  • Dewaine Farria, winner of the Veterans Writing Award, who holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.
  • Kicia Sears, IVMF program evaluation manager, and Kyle Bass, Syracuse Stage associate artistic director and assistant professor of theater at Colgate University both members of the Veteran’s Writing Award Advisory Board.

Register in advance to attend this event.  For more information, visit the Veteran’s Writing Award.

Hometown Hero: Kirsten Brandes

Staff Sergeant Kirsten Brandes enlisted in the Air Force in January of 2015. During her nearly six years of service as a Broadcast Journalist, she has served at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; and Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Dan Rubio: A Student Veteran’s Life Dedicated to Serving Others

Dan Rubio is one of the many student veterans here at the University using his Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to pursue his academic goals. In his case, this means a dual major in biology and environment, sustainability and policy in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Ten People on Campus Helping Student Veterans Succeed

For new and returning student veterans alike, learning about all the resources available as a student veteran here at Syracuse University (and online) can seem overwhelming. But all across campus, there are people here to help, available any time to answer your top questions and connect you to the resources you need. From Veterans Administration (VA) education paperwork questions to resume review to getting involved in volunteering or a peer advisory group, the team below has you covered and will help you navigate university life as a Syracuse University student.