SVO President

 

Kierston L. Whaley | Student Veterans Organization – President (Email: president@svosu.org / LinkedIn)

Kierston Whaley, a Whitman student, served in the US Army for 8 years.  Out of the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion at Fort Drum NY, she was the Signal Company’s Operations and Training Room NCO, and deployed to the Khost Provence of Afghanistan in February 2006.

Kierston is currently a student at the Whitman school perusing a Bachelors in Professional Accounting, and plans to enroll in the Graduate program upon her graduation in May of 2017.  She is the treasurer of the Student Veteran Organization (SVO), the secretary of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and a peer advisor to incoming veterans.  Kierston is also active in the Woman’s Leadership Initiative on campus and recently completed the Veteran Woman Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) conference in Charlotte, NC.  This past semester Kierston was inducted in the S.A.L.U.T.E. national honor society, and named student veteran of the month for April 2016.

Off campus Kierston is very involved with her gym and competes in Crossfit competitions, and enjoys signing in a community choir.

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John Miccio - '17
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John Miccio is currently attending the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (SU) with an expected graduated date of December 2017 and a GPA of 3.2. He has been selected to be a part of the S.A.L.U.T.E. Honor Society and the Dean’s Honor List for both 2015 and 2016.

After graduating from Syracuse University in December of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Management and Technology, John plans on working in the field as a network engineer.

Veteran

John served for six years in the United States Army as a Computer Information Specialist (25B) and achieved the rank of Sergeant. He did his basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and then moved on to Fort Gordon, Georgia to conduct more specialized training for his MOS (Military Occupational Specialty / Job). After almost a year of training joined the 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Two weeks after arriving to Fort Lewis, Washington, John was on a plane again, this time it was headed to Balad, Iraq. He was deployed to Iraq for nine months and executed missions all across the country and Saudi Arabia. Exactly one year and a day after returning from his deployment to Iraq he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan for a yearlong tour as a team chief in support of the 4th Infantry Division’s communications.

He was later medically retired from the United States Army with full honors for injures acquired from his multiple deployments and missions.

Organization

Since the first day he arrived at Syracuse University, John wanted to improve and increase the opportunities that the veterans here at Syracuse University have. During his first academic year at Syracuse University, John be-came an active member for the SVO and designed the current SVO logo. He knew he wanted to participate even more within the SVO and became the Treasurer for SVO in the ’15 – ’16 academic year. Now he’s the President for the Student Veterans Organization for the academic year of ’16 – ’17.

During his terms as the SVO President and Treasurer he made the members of the SVO his top priority and helped in multiple endeavors. He also created and ran several events, including the joint venture with Le Moyne College the Super Bowl 50 Party. Later in the year he formed a Syracuse University credited internship for the SVO tasked with creating and maintaining the SVO’s website and recently added the OVMA’s website to the internship. He was responsible for the successful launch on the date of April 1st, 2016 and he is still improving the websites everyday with his team of 10 interns
President 2016-7

Anthony Pegues - '17
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I was born in Montclair California where I was raised until my Dad joined the Navy as a Pilot. Around 6 we moved to Corpus Christy Texas, Jacksonville Florida, Oak Harbor Washington, El Centro California and Dallas Texas. Once I graduated from high school in 2008, I joined the Army where I served 4 years at Ft Drum, NY during that I did a tour to Iraq. I’m currently a junior in Whitman studying Accounting with the graduation date projected to be May 2017. From the time spent in the army to now I have found how rewarding it is to see others grow and succeed. I’m looking to take what I’ve learned in the Army and college to a level of professionalism that will reach more people and grow the organization so that more underrepresented groups have the same opportunity that I’ve been able to thrive with. Currently, I am serving as the president of NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) and the secretary of the SVO. Upon graduation, I will be working for GE in the Financial Management Program.
Vice President 2016-7
Secretary 2016-7

Kierston L. Whaley - '17
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Kierston Whaley, a Whitman student, served in the US Army for 8 years. Out of the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion at Fort Drum NY, she was the Signal Company’s Operations and Training Room NCO, and deployed to the Khost Provence of Afghanistan in February 2006.

Kierston is currently a student at the Whitman school perusing a Bachelors in Professional Accounting, and plans to enroll in the Graduate program upon her graduation in May of 2017. She is the treasurer of the Student Veteran Organization (SVO), the secretary of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and a peer advisor to incoming veterans. Kierston is also active in the Woman’s Leadership Initiative on campus and recently completed the Veteran Woman Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) conference in Charlotte, NC. This past semester Kierston was inducted in the S.A.L.U.T.E. national honor society, and named student veteran of the month for April 2016.

Off campus Kierston is very involved with her gym and competes in Crossfit competitions, and enjoys signing in a community choir.
President 2017-8
Treasurer 2016-7

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