Representatives from Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Tuesday afternoon to highlight the University’s continuing commitment to the veteran and military communities.
Joining the group was School of Information Studies (iSchool) undergraduate student veteran Charles Preuss '17. Preuss is enrolled in the iSchool's Information Management and Technology program. He served as a paratrooper in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Earlier this year, Intercontinental Exchange, the leading network of regulated exchanges and clearinghouses for financial and commodity markets, which includes the NYSE, formally announced their support of the work the IVMF and Syracuse University are doing for veterans.
Along with Preuss on the floor of the exchange were Mike Haynie, Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and executive director of the IVMF; Michael Bianchi, national program director, Onward to Opportunity, IVMF; Ross Brown, retired U.S. Army Colonel, director of military and veterans affairs, JPMorgan Chase (JPMC), founding partner of the IVMF; Jesse Cannella, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) graduate and president and Co-Founder of HonorVet Services; Kristina Donzella, G’15, academic advisor, Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP), IVMF; Paul Dottle, executive vice president, American Express; Margaret Lambrecht, executive assistant to the Vice Chancellor, IVMF; and Ray Toenniessen ’06, managing director, development and external affairs, IVMF.
“Syracuse University is dedicated to being the best place for veterans,” said Chancellor Kent Syverud. “We are proud to have the Intercontinental Exchange as a partner in our work to serve transitioning service members, veterans and their families.”
The IVMF's Haynie added that, in addition to the positive exposure the NYSE closing bell brings the University, “the ongoing partnership with Intercontinental Exchange will help us strengthen the education and resource initiatives already in place, and help Syracuse University and the IVMF develop new ways to help our veterans be successful in their post-service lives.”