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Syracuse Student Veterans Kick Off Spring Semester at National Conference and Career Immersion Trip

Group of Syracuse University student veterans at NatCon 2020Nearly two dozen Syracuse University students, including 13 student veterans, five active-duty military service members, one National Guardsman, an ROTC cadet and a military family dependent, recently returned from the annual Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference in Los Angeles. Joining the students were Syracuse leaders and conference presenters including Ray Toenniessen, associate vice president for University initiatives; Ron Novack, executive director of the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA), Jennifer Pluta G’15, assistant director of veteran career services for OVMA and Rosalinda Maury, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) director of applied research. This important student experience was capped off with multiple meetings with well-known employers as part of OVMA’s career service efforts for student veterans.

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Military-Connected Student of the Month: Hanna McNabb ’21

Hanna McNabb.“When I was talking to the recruiter, I found that they had paralegals in the Army,” says Hanna McNabb. “I had decided I wanted to one day become a lawyer, a prosecutor to be specific, and I thought being a paralegal might be a good first step on that path.”

After a year at Boise State, McNabb shipped off to basic training in May 2017 and would ultimately wind up stationed at Ft. Drum, New York, where her now-husband was stationed on active duty.

“I’m one of the few people I think that love it at Ft. Drum,” McNabb says. “It’s a small base so I’ve had a lot of great opportunities to do advance my career like Air Assault School and other courses. I also worked with a really great team so my experiences there have been pretty good so far.”

With the aspiration to one day become a lawyer, McNabb knew she couldn’t let too much time pass before she got serious about her education.

“I applied for the Army’s Green to Gold Active Duty Option,” says McNabb. The program allows active-duty soldiers to complete their baccalaureate degree or two-year graduate degree as well as earn a commission as an Army officer, owing three years of obligated service time after graduation. After a yearlong application period, McNabb was selected.

“It was a pretty competitive application process,” says McNabb. “I think nationwide they only select about 200 of us.”

With Ft. Drum being right up Interstate 81, Syracuse University landed in McNabb’s crosshairs as she needed to go to school nearby.  It wasn’t until she had been accepted however that she started doing significant research on the University.

“I like the school, I had some bad experiences before at Boise but this school is a lot better,” said McNabb. “They care a lot more about their veterans here; they make a big point to take care of their veterans here.”

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Bethany Murphy ’20 Named as Marshall Scholar

Bethany Murphy, a senior environmental engineering major in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a 2020 Marshall Scholar. Founded in 1953, the Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree at an institution in the United Kingdom in any field of study. Murphy was one of 46 students selected from around the country, and is Syracuse University’s third Marshall Scholar. Over the next two years, she will pursue master’s degrees at the University of Bristol and the University of Sheffield.

Below, Murphy talks about the scholarship and her experiences.

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Stories of Service: Adrian Weekly ‘20 and Joe Alfieri

Marine Corps Veteran Combat Photographer Adrian Weekly ‘20

It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words. For military service members who go forward into combat with a rifle and a camera, it’s more than just an adage.  Syracuse University student veteran Adrian Weekly ‘20 knows this all too well.

“I had enlisted in the Marine Corps to be an aviation mechanic,” said Weekly, a senior at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, studying Communications and Rhetorical Studies. “Then some people found out I could draw pretty well, and I was made into a combat photographer instead.”

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Stories of Service: Amanda Sullivan ’21 and Ken Marfilius ’11

In celebration of Veterans Week 2019, the University is recognizing stories of student veterans and faculty/staff who are veterans or have especially strong connections to the military. These stories are just some of the many from the veteran and military-connected community on campus whom the University is dedicated to supporting. From welcoming veterans to campus as far back as World War I, and having the longest consecutively running ROTC program in the country, the University is committed to being the “best place for veterans.”

Today, read the stories of Whitman School student Amanda Sullivan ’21 and Ken Marfilius ’11, visiting teaching professor in the Falk College’s School of Social Work.

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Stories of Service: Dan Cordial ’18 and LaVonda Reed

In celebration of Veterans Week 2019, the University is recognizing stories of student veterans and faculty/staff who are veterans or have especially strong connections to the military. These stories are just some of the many from the veteran and military-connected community on campus whom the University is dedicated to supporting. From welcoming veterans to campus as far back as World War I, and having the longest consecutively running ROTC program in the country, the University is committed to being the “best place for veterans.”

Today, read the stories of alumnus and current graduate student Dan Cordial and LaVonda Reed, professor of law and associate provost for faculty affairs.

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Inside Higher Ed calls Syracuse University ‘A Shining Exception’

Every year Wick Sloane compiles a survey of the most selective U.S. Colleges totaling the number of undergraduate veterans and the initiatives those colleges are undertaking to support their veteran students. Generally, Sloane is not impressed. This year, he visited Syracuse University to discuss all the initiatives the University has to support veterans. Sloane spent two days on campus interviewing many, including Chancellor Kent Syverud, Vice-Chancellor and IVMF Executive Director Michael Haynie, and OVMA Executive Director Ron Novack.

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Hometown Hero: Amanda Sullivan

United States Army Veteran Amanda Sullivan was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, IL. In 2014, she enlisted in the Army and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and received military occupation training as a supply specialist at Fort Lee, Virginia.

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Kwang G. Tan G’73 Donates $5 Million in Support of National Veteran Resource Center

When Kwang G. Tan G’73, Ph.D. learned about the National Veterans Resource Center at the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building (NVRC), he knew he wanted to support this new innovative center of research and hub of veteran life on campus. Tan is providing a $5 million gift toward this first-of-its-kind facility dedicated to academic research, programming and thought leadership that will address the social, economic and wellness concerns of the nation’s veterans and families.

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