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Accessing Elite Undergraduate Programs 
Written by: Peter Kiernan, President of the Ivy League Veterans Council

The Ivy League Veterans Council is actually an effort inspired from the Student Veterans of America Leadership Summit I attended in New York City in 2015. At the Leadership Summit, SVA brought together the student veterans leaders from universities all over the region in one room to share best practices and teach the chapters how to further develop. The model was so successful we decided to emulate it for the Ivy League Veterans Council. Because of the selective nature of elite universities, most student veteran groups at these universities face unique challenges furthering veteran issues on their campuses, mainly getting more veterans to their schools. In 2015 we brought together student veterans leaders from the Ivy League universities to get a better understanding of the issues at selective universities, share best practices, and figure out how to help each other. We came away from that meeting with a mission statement, a charter for our new organization, and a better understanding of the problem.

Pete Kiernan at the 2015 SVA Leadership Summit in New York

Peter Kiernan at the 2015 SVA Leadership Summit in New York.

SVA on the Road: Sheridan College
Student Veterans of America | September 2, 2016
Written by: Eric Gage, Student Veterans of America's Director of Chapter Services

Sheridan College is a small two-year school in rural Wyoming. They have a motivated SVA Chapter on campus, known as SVA@SC.

SVA@SC has strong chapter leaders, active chapter members, engaged campus staff and administrators, a local foundation who they partner with for extra funding, as well as a quality relationship with the regional VA medical facility down the road.

 ERic Gage Sheridan College new student orientation and leadership development weekend horses

SVA's Director of Chapter Services, Eric Gage horseback  as he visits Sheridan College
for the New Student Orientation and Leadership Development Weekend.

On July 23rd and 24th I had the honor of attending and speaking at an event hosted by SVA@SC. The event was hosted at "Spear-O-Wigwam", a beautiful and remote mountain campus that is maintained by the Wyoming Community College system. The event was a new student orientation and leadership development weekend. We spent the day enjoying activities like canoeing, hiking, and horseback riding. I also spent time working with the chapter's leaders on developing their chapter. The topics we worked on to improve their chapter included the on campus veterans house used to help veterans transition to campus, their upcoming annual color fun run fundraiser (one of their largest events each fall), the "General's Wagon" - a chapter owned food truck used to raise funds for the chapter and increase organization visibility in the community, as well as many other programs the chapter provides.

ITT Tech and The Art Institute: Why Student Veterans Should Be Cautious

Student Veterans of America | September 2, 2016

Written by: Derek Fronabarger, Student Veterans of America's Director of Policy and Christina Giordano, Student Veterans of America's Policy Associate

  • What de-accreditation of ACICS means for the 200+ institutions with 800+ locations, including ITT Tech and Art Institute
  • Why the 35,000 Student Veterans attending these schools need a backup plan
  • What SVA is doing and what is going on in Congress 
    ITT Tech and The Art Institute Why Student Veterans should be Cautious

Chris Green on Accentures Commitment to Student VeteransChris Green on Accenture's Commitment to Student Veterans
Student Veterans of America: August 25, 2016
Written by: Chris Green, Military Veteran Recruiting Lead, Accenture

As veterans, the skills you’ve honed during your military experience – leadership, discipline and teamwork, to name a few – are an excellent fit with the work we do at Accenture. As a leading global professional services company, we provide a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. In other words, we offer our advice, expertise and skills to help our clients solve some of their most complex problems.

Takeaways From My Summer Internship at SVA HQ

Written by: Marty Hernandez, UCLA Student Veterans of America Chapter President.

I recently concluded a five-week summer internship with the Student Veterans of America (SVA). What started out as just an idea, transformed into an opportunity and an experience that I will never forget. Two months ago, Jared Lyon, CEO and President of SVA along with Walter Tillman, Vice-President of Programs were on a tour of southern California SVA chapters. As the president of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)- SVA, I looked forward to meeting with them in hopes of establishing a closer relationship between UCLA and the national SVA in Washington D.C. We discussed many issues that are impacting the student veteran community, both in Los Angeles and throughout the country. We discussed the transformative power of higher education and how it can be utilized at the local chapter level to make the biggest impact with the veterans on our campus.


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