UCPriorities Syracuse University University College Fall 2009 In this issue: Veterans Get a at UC Syracuse University Veterans’ Resource Center Help for Veterans with PTSD Dean’s Message, Page 2 Danny’s Legacy S ixty-five years after thousands of veterans returning from World War II reaped the benefits of the For more information about Veteran Education at Syracuse University: A UC student veteran’s story, Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of Phone: 315-443-3261 Page 2 1944—the original G.I. Bill—Syracuse Fax: 315-443-6689 University is stepping up again. SU E-mail: email@example.com Leadership Institute was a key player in this historic Web: veterans.syr.edu Alissa Italiano is selected, landmark in higher education, as SU Chancellor Page 3 William P. Tolley served on the Presidential com- environment. The lounge will be located on the mittee whose proposal formed the basis of the third floor of University College’s home at 700 Taking Notes legislation. Tolley announced that SU would be University Avenue. “We want to welcome vet- News from classmates, a “uniform admissions program,” promising vet- erans to Syracuse University, where we believe Page 3 erans a place at Syracuse University upon their they will find a quality education that will be return from the war. Tolley made good on his beneficial to them as they transition to the next TMR Scholarship promise and SU became the top-ranking school phase of their lives,” said Peg Stearns, who is Levi Smith Awardees, in veteran enrollment in New York State. coordinating the Veterans’ Resource Center Back Cover In response to the new GI Bill, SU has efforts. “They bring character and integrity to reaffirmed its commitment to veterans. A new our campus, and we look forward to working Syracuse University Veterans’ Resource Center with them.” Social Scene has been established at UC starts networking, University College to The Yellow Ribbon Program Back Cover meet the unique needs of Beginning with the current academic year student veterans. The new (2009-10), Syracuse University is taking part GI Bill, known as the Post- in the Yellow Ribbon Education Enhancement 9/11 Veterans Educational Program, which is a provision of the new GI Any inquiry regarding this Assistance Act of 2008, Bill. The University is partnering with the U.S. publication: 315-443-5294 provides educational sup- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover or 700 University Avenue, port for veterans of the tuition and fees that exceed the maximum allow- Syracuse, New York U.S. armed forces, based ance available to veterans. In order to be eligible 13244-2530 Syracuse University on the length of active duty for Yellow Ribbon benefits, the veteran must has been designated service. Eligible veterans continued on page 3 Fax: 315-443-4174 a “Military Friendly can receive between 40 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org School” by GI Jobs and 100 percent of tuition www.uc.syr.edu/giving Magazine. and fees, a stipend for books and supplies, and, in some cases, a hous- ing allowance. During the current academic year, the University estimates it can accommodate up to 132 qualifying veterans or their dependents studying full or part time. At University College, veterans will find academic advisors and a variety of support services, including child care information and resources, deployment/redeployment policies and SyracuSe procedures, and veteran-friendly payment poli- univerSity cies. UC is in the process of creating a Veterans’ University College Lounge, staffed by veterans, where student Continuing education since 1918 veterans can gather to share their stories, offer support, and help each other adjust to the college In Memory of Danny Danny Facto: A Veteran’s Legacy at UC D anny Facto, the UC student veteran profiled in this issue of UC Priorities, U was among the finest young men we’ve C student veteran Danny Facto learned been privileged to work with at University a lot about the horrors of war during College. An eager student with a strong his two tours of duty in Afghanistan. The character, compassionate heart, and engag- 29-year-old army sergeant returned home ing personality, Danny was poised to make a to Bridgeport with a Purple Heart, a trau- real difference as a mentor for incoming stu- Danny Facto in Afgh matic brain injury, and a diagnosis of Post- anistan dent veterans at UC when he was chosen to Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As he be the Student Liaison for the new Veterans worked through the healing process, Danny left to work their way through the grief. His Lounge. Danny’s tragic death leaves a cloud enrolled at Syracuse University as a full-time colleagues at University College reeled at the of sadness over UC, but his legacy remains student, and later transitioned to part-time passing of a student who had shown limitless with us, reflected in our determination to status at University College so that he could potential for achievement and leadership. provide the highest quality academic and balance all the challenges in his life. He “It’s a terrible loss to the University, support services for the student veterans wanted to earn a degree in because he would have done who seek education and enlightenment at social work so that he could some really great things,” said Syracuse University. help other veterans like him- Butler. “He had a lot of dif- One of the things Danny was most pas- self—soldiers who were still ficulties due to his injuries, but sionate about was working with returning fighting war demons long after he wasn’t going to let that stop soldiers who suffer from Post-Traumatic returning from the battlefield. him. He was passionate about Stress Disorder (PTSD). During his two tours everything he did. ” of duty in Afghanistan, Danny realized that “It’s a terrible loss to the Danny was often a spokes- he was exhibiting symptoms of the illness University, because he person for his fellow soldiers. himself, and in phone calls to his father, In 2004, during his second he expressed fear that his extreme anxiety would have done some tour in Afghanistan, Danny would adversely affect his family when he really great things...” was interviewed by reporter returned to civilian life. Danny’s exemplary academic The Facto family tree: Martha Raddatz on ABC John Henry Parker, Danny’s father, record and exceptional leader- ife Kristen, News with Peter Jennings. resolved to help his son deal with the resid- Danny with w ia and Sid He described the harrowing ship qualities made him a natural and children, T ual effects of combat. He was frustrated to choice to help UC usher in a new attack by mortar rounds that find limited access to mental health resourc- program of veteran support ser- he and his troops endured es and readjustment assistance for veterans, vices at the University. In early for twelve consecutive hours. so he created a resource of his own. In 2003, July, his academic advisor let Danny received a traumatic Parker launched the Veterans and Families him know that our Veterans’ brain injury during the fight, Foundation (www.veteransandfamilies.org), Resource Center Coordinator but was responsible for saving a comprehensive web site for returning vet- planned to ask Danny to the lives of all but one of the erans and their families. The site features a accept a work study posi- soldiers under his command— free Preparedness Guide, career transition tion as the liaison in the new an act of bravery for which he tools, comments from veterans and parents, Daughter Tia Facto was awarded the Purple Heart. veterans lounge at UC. His job information about help for children of PTSD would be to help other student In 2006, when he’d veterans, and much more. Each month, veterans like himself transition returned home and was the site gets thousands of visitors who are to the educational arena after working with other PTSD- referred to it through organizations like The serving in active duty. “Danny stricken veterans, Danny National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress couldn’t wait for the fall semes- was interviewed in Syracuse Disorder (www.ncptsd.org) and the National ter to begin so he could serve on Channel 9 News about Military Families Association (www.nmfa. the University and his fellow his efforts. “Support from org). vets by helping remove road- the community and a little UC is honored to assist in this process by blocks that may discourage them understanding and patience offering services and support for the veterans from undertaking their goals,” Son Sid Facto will go a long way,” Danny who enroll at SU through the new GI Bill. said Emileen Butler, his UC said, reflecting on how ordi- For more information about the Veterans’ academic advisor. nary citizens can respond to veterans like Resource Center at SU, visit veterans.syr.edu. Danny was honored to have the oppor- himself, who often carry the weight of the tunity to, once again, be a leader among war with them when they return home. To Your Success, Most student veterans at Syracuse soldiers. But on July 15, in an unspeakably tragic and ironic twist of fate, Danny was University never had the opportunity to killed when his motorcycle skidded out of know Danny Facto, but his spirit will imbue control on a dark stretch of road in Cicero. SU’s Veterans’ Resource Center every day. His wife, Kristen, his 7-year old daughter, Bea González, Dean Tia, and his 6-year-old son, Sidney, were continued on page 3 2 Veterans’ Resource Center at UC UC Student Selected for Continued from page 1 Leadership Institute have served in active duty for a total of at least 36 months after September 10, 2001. Yellow Ribbon veterans can choose from graduate and undergraduate programs in any of SU’s schools and A lissa Italiano, a UC student studying part-time for a bachelor’s colleges. “Through programs like Yellow Ribbon, we will support 21st degree in policy studies century GIs by providing the educational benefits, access and through the Maxwell assistance needed to repay the debt of gratitude that our commu- School, has been selected nity and nation owes them,” said SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor. to participate in the 2009- Other campus initiatives for veterans include an 10 Leadership Institute. Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) The selective program, offered by the Whitman School of Management. The series of which is coordinated by training modules focuses on how to grow a successful business, the Office of Student Life, and is open to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who were was created to cultivate disabled as a result of their service. The WorkKeys Center, in and support those students partnership with the Syracuse Veterans Center, provides skills interested and motivated assessment, instructional support, and training for veterans to lead others while at returning to the workplace. Alissa Italiano Syracuse University and beyond. The program features an annual retreat, program- ming, community service, one-on-one mentoring, and the opportunity to enhance academic accomplishments. Class Notes “I suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2004, and struggle SU graduates who complete their studies through UC are a dynamic and with the effects of Chronic Post-Concussive Syndrome every accomplished group. We enthusiastically invite you to share your recent day,” Alissa said. “I’d like to be an advocate for people with news and accomplishments, both personal and professional. When submit- invisible disabilities like mine, and there are a lot of flaws ting information, please include your full name (including maiden name), in the way the system is set up. I want to fix them, and class year(s) and program(s) of study, postal and e-mail addresses, and phone I’m hoping the Student Leadership Institute will help me numbers. Submit information online to http://alumni.syr.edu/olc or via e-mail see different ways to solve these many problems. I hope it at email@example.com. will open my eyes and mind to ways I never would have thought of.” 1980s Catherine L. Hnatiuk Gow ’92 Alissa received her associate degree in liberal arts in Jessica Rice ’87 (A&S), G’91 (ARC) award-winning architect May, and is now on track for her bachelor’s. “I see it as (IST), G’08 (MAX) joined Hezel and health facilities planner, was my biggest, proudest and best accomplishment thus far. Associates as a research analyst with promoted as principal of Francis My UC experience has been just what I needed!” responsibilities in data collection Cauffman Architects, specializing in and evaluation for PK-12 education. demand and capacity management Rice supports engagements for two to improve the efficiency of various key clients—PBS and the Minnesota hospitals, healthcare-related institu- Danny Facto Department of Education. tions, and corporations throughout Continued from page 2 the United States and abroad. Karen Ferguson Tauber G’87 (EDU), an eighth grade language arts 2000s After Danny’s tragic death, his father added a link to Veterans and teacher at Emily Gray Junior High Families, a web site he established to help returning veterans cope Robert Marino ’01 (VPA) in Tanque Verde Unified Schools was ordained to the priesthood at with the stresses of returning to civilian life. (www.veteransandfami- in Tucson, Ariz., wrote her second St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. lies.org. See related article on page 2.) The Danny Facto Memorial book, Reaching for a New Leaf Fund features a slide show of Danny’s life and information about (Blueberry Press). The collection David Angelo Levinthal ’02 a fund established in his memory. Donations in Danny’s memory of short stories focuses on teacher (MAX) was recently appointed can be sent to the Danny Glenn Facto Memorial Fund, 7850 protagonists who take personal and communications director at the professional risks in the hope of Areopagitica, Bridgeport, NY 13030. For more information, Center for Responsive Politics in making their lives better. Washington, D.C. He will serve call Danny’s father, John Henry Parker, at 916-320-4395. as the independent, nonpartisan 1990s organization’s editor and spokesman. Michael V. Digiovacchino ’91 From 2003 to 2009, Dave worked (MAN) recently accepted a position as a political reporter for The Dallas UC Stories on the web: To read about another as Sales Director for the Eastern Morning News in Dallas, Tex. student veteran who is a recent UC graduate, go to the Region at Ariba, Inc. in Ambler, Pa. web site and read Louis Episcopo’s UC Story: Michael recently was employed at BMC Software, Inc. as Sales Director http://www.uc.syr.edu/Students/Prospective/Testimonials/ for the Mid Atlantic. index.html#louis 3 Levi Smith Scholarships Awarded Add UC to your Social Network U C students Frank Alagna Jr. and Albert Turner were recently awarded Levi Smith Scholarships, named in honor of the founder of Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR). The scholarships provide funds worth six credits to B logging and Twitter and Facebook, oh my! University College has joined the social net- students who demonstrate financial need, aca- working scene. Now you can add demic excellence, and a commitment to public UC as a friend on your Facebook or social service, reflecting TMR’s mission. page, keep up with the news of Alagna, a legal studies major, is a veteran Frank Alagna Jr., is pictured the moment via Twitter and make of the U.S. Army. He coaches for N.A.A.E.C./ with his wife, Signia Marie, contact with students, alumni, Syracuse Golden Gloves, an organization that and son, Francesco David. staff, and faculty on the profes- runs after-school programs in Syracuse for sional network LinkedIn. at-risk youth aged 8-18. “I am very proud to be a part of this organization,” UC student Roxanne Bocyck Alagna says. “I am a ‘positive outcome’ of this program, because before kicked off our new blog this I was a coach, I was one of the kids coming every day after school.” summer and posts regularly about her Turner, a professional communications major, retired from Verizon and experiences as a part-time student (http:// is president of the Syracuse Inner City Rotary, which runs programs that UCconnections.blogspot.com). She welcomes bring together youths from diverse neighborhoods. feedback from readers as she shares anec- As a member of 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Turner dotes, dispenses advice, and reflects on the mentors middle school students at Blodgett School and rewards and challenges of being an adult works as a college visit counselor with On Point for student. To access the various networks, College. “I help inner city kids who don’t have anyone go to UC’s home page and click on Social to guide them through the college application and Networking: www.parttime.syr.edu. admission process,” he explains. He accompanies at-risk students on college visits, drives them to college Albert Turner when they enroll, and picks them up for school breaks.
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