Syracuse Veteran Advisor Program Celebrates First-Year Student Veterans

Syracuse University’s Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program recently brought student veterans, PAVE advisors, family members and campus staff together to support and celebrate first-year student veterans and the start of their Syracuse career.

The evening’s program included welcoming remarks by PAVE president and student veteran Katherine Quartaro ’18, G ’19, dinner, awards and speeches from first-year student veterans as well as veteran-dedicated Syracuse staff. “The event really recognizes the community of support at Syracuse,” says Quartaro. “Transitioning to higher education after a military career is no easy feat. Our first-year students triumphed, and that is something to celebrate.”

During the event, PAVE advisors were honored for their efforts with the award for “superior engagement and participation as a peer advisor” being presented to Amanda Rylee ’19. Rylee, a senior entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises major in the Whitman School, completed the most interactions and outreach logs with first-year students during the past academic year of any PAVE advisor. In addition to her studies and participation in PAVE, Rylee is active in the National Guard, serving with the 2-108th infantry battalion out of Utica, New York.

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