Eighteen student veterans, including eight Army veterans, six Marine veterans and four Navy veterans, recently returned from the 14th annual Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Joining the students were Syracuse University conference presenters Ron Novack G’20, executive director of the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA); Jennifer Pluta G’15, assistant director of veteran career services for OVMA; Rosalinda Maury, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) director of applied research; Misty Stutsman Fox, director of the entrepreneurship and small business portfolio at the IVMF; Mirza Tihic, postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises in the Whitman School of Management and the IVMF; and Linda Euto ’86, G’91, G’02, associate director for research and evaluation at the IVMF.
Every year, SVA’s national conference brings more than 2,000 student veterans, advocates, thought-leaders, stakeholders and supporters in higher education together for the field’s largest convening. The three-day conference consisted of breakout sessions geared toward student veteran success and post-graduation opportunities. One of those advocates was former Navy SEAL Remi Adeleke who has been a longtime supporter of the IVMF.