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Hometown Hero: J-R Williams

United States Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Jennifer-Rebeccah “J-R” Williams hails from Pulaski, New York and enlisted in the Army in 1996 as a Broadcast Journalist and Public Affairs Specialist. J-R served 22 and a half years in the Army before retiring from active duty in 2018.

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The New Head of the University’s Army ROTC Program: Jennifer Gotie

Jennifer GotieU.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Gotie didn’t grow up envisioning a career in military service. Born and raised in Truxton, New York, she imagined a life for herself as a diplomat and as a result became involved with the Rotary International Exchange Program. The program took her to Belgium, then France and Sicily. Soon, she had fallen in love with language and travel.

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Nominations Now Open for the 2020 Student Veteran of the Year Award

Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) takes pride in student-veteran involvement on campus, in the community, and at various events. The value student veterans bring to campus through their many contributions are part of what makes Syracuse University ‘the best place for veterans™.’ The OVMA recognizes a single student veteran each year for their significant contributions to the veteran community both on and off campus. This year, the OVMA “Student Veteran of the Year Award” will be presented to the most deserving candidate during the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) Awards Banquet on March 28th, 2020.

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Hometown Hero: Jackie Snow

United States Navy Veteran and Syracuse University employee Jackie Snow hails from Syracuse, New York. Jackie entered the Navy in 1983 out of high school, and she served on active duty for four years. Jackie was stationed for two years at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and two years at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach.

Jackie Snow as Team RWB veterans director for Syracuse, New York chapterAfter entering the Navy as a Seaman Apprentice, Jackie trained under two skilled female engineers and rose to the rank of Engineman 2nd Class. She was awarded Sailor of the Quarter and was qualified as Tug Boat Chief Engineer.

Jackie is in her 12th year working at Syracuse University’s Parking Services. Jackie is proud of her current role as the Veteran Engagement Director with Team Red White and Blue’s Syracuse, NY Chapter, and she is also a member of Syracuse University’s Veterans Affinity Group.


Forever Orange Gift from Patricia H. ’64, G’66 and Louis A. ’61, G’62 Mautino Will Support Scholarships for Veteran Undergraduate Students

2020 Tillman Scholar Applications Open

pat tillmanThe Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) unites and empowers remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self.

PTF has opened the application process for the Tillman Scholar program, which supports eligible military service members, veterans and spouses with academic scholarships, leadership development opportunities and a national network so they are empowered to make an impact in the fields of health care, public service, business, STEM, law, the humanities and education. The application to join the 2020 class of Tillman Scholars will remain open until Feb. 29.

The fellowship program honors Pat Tillman, a starting safety for the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals, who in 2002 put his football career on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan.

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Military-Connected Student of the Month: Oliver Posewitz ’20

Every student at Syracuse University has their own unique story, whether they enroll straight out of high school or as a non-traditional student returning to begin a second career. Some students overcome serious challenges; some attend as part of a Syracuse family legacy.  For Oliver Posewitz ’20, a senior in the School of Information Studies, it was a bit of both.

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Why Every Student Veteran Should Attend SVA’s Nat Con

By: Captain Ryan Marquette, Syracuse University College of Law student and National Guardsman

This year’s Student Veterans of America’s (SVA) National Conference (NatCon 2020) was a blend of self-growth, networking, and social responsibility.

During the conference, employers from across the country assembled at downtown LA’s  J.W. Marriot to talk about one thing and one thing only — hiring student veterans. This wasn’t just an ordinary recruiting event with quick sales pitches and brochures. Instead, employers led breakout sessions on resume writing, cover letters, interviews, and using LinkedIn as a networking tool. These interactions between employers and students ensure student veterans are putting their best foot forward in the job market.

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