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Saluting Our Veterans and Service Members

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Student Spotlight: Brandy Parry, JD '20

A call to service

Brandy Parry, JD ’20, dreamed about serving her country since she was a little girl. At just 17, the Colorado native had the opportunity when she joined the U.S. Navy as a gunners mate following her high school graduation. Through her four years of service in Japan, she ultimately rose through the ranks to petty officer second class.

After her service, she wanted to serve her community in a different way.

“Quinnipiac Law offers numerous experiential courses and the opportunity to practice what you learn in the classroom as part of a tight-knit community,” said Parry, who also serves as the vice president of the Quinnipiac Military Law Society and co-director of the Society for Dispute Resolution. “Through my clinical experiences, I have been able to apply some of the client-counseling skills I have obtained through courses, such as Introduction to Representing Clients, as well student organizations, including the Society for Dispute Resolution.”

Brandy Parry wears a white uniform and shakes hands with an officer as she receives a diploma

A record of excellence

Brandy Parry, JD '20, received the Academic Excellence Award in Basic Training when she attended basic training and Navy Class A school in Great Lakes, Illinois.

“The meaning of Veterans Day for me is almost undefinable. It is impossible to completely describe with words alone,” said Parry. “Veterans Day is about honoring all veterans who have served across this nation to preserve and protect our country.”

Veterans Day Celebration

Recognizing our veterans

While members of our armed services are always in our thoughts, early November is the time students, alumni, faculty and staff come together to express their appreciation. We host events and activities across our campuses in recognition of our veterans designed to connect them with the greater university community.

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Send a note to #QUVeterans

November 1-12
Online

Graduate Student Affairs invites students, faculty and staff to submit messages to our student veterans through an online form or by using the hashtag #QUVeterans on social media. Your messages of support will be shared with our student veterans.

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Men’s basketball honors veterans

November 15, 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac vs. Hartford
Lender Court, People's United Center
York Hill Campus, 305 Sherman Avenue, Hamden

The men's basketball team will honor veterans at this exciting home game, featuring a color guard and camoflauge hats for the first 500 fans to arrive. 

Past events

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Mount Carmel Campus flag-raising ceremony

The university hosted a flag-raising ceremony outside of the Carl Hansen Student Center on November 6. The Notables singing group performed the national anthem while members of the Student Veterans Organization raised the flag.

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Cup of ‘GI Joe’ and card-signing

Following the flag-raising ceremony, attendees and members of the university community enjoyed conversation, coffee and donuts, and signed cards to send to deployed troops. The event was hosted by the Student Veterans Organization.

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North Haven Campus flag-raising ceremony

The Military Law Society hosted a flag-raising ceremony on November 7 outside of the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences main entrance on the North Haven Campus.

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Veterans dinner

The university hosted a dinner in honor of veterans and service members on November 7. Professor and Vietnam veteran Alden Mead provided the keynote.

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Women’s rugby honors veterans

The women's rugby team gave away camoflauge hats in the NIRA Tournament quarterfinals on November 10 in honor of those who have served in America's armed forces.

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Men’s ice hockey honors veterans

The men's ice hockey team saluted the veterans in our community by wearing camoflauge jerseys on November 10 during their game against Union. Camoflauge hats were also distributed to fans.

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Student Veterans Organization’s charity event

The Student Veterans Organization and the Office of Residential Life hosted a charity event to support veterans in need. Volunteers helped create care packages to send to deployed troops. The SVO also raffled off a signed camoflauge hockey jersey.

Photo Gallery: 2018 Veterans Day Celebrations

Alumnus Spotlight: Anthony Boguslawski, MHS ’18

Fulfilling a dream to help people

A strong sense of duty coupled with the desire to help others are what drive physician assistant Anthony Boguslawski, MHS ’18. These are both traits the veteran developed while serving in the Iraq War.

Inspired by stories of his grandfather, a Polish WWII veteran who survived internment at Auschwitz, Boguslawski enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq in 2009. An infantry platoon leader, he led 40 soldiers at a small outpost in the remote town of Mahmoudiyah, from which he planned and coordinated all of his team’s missions.

“I realized then how the seemingly simple medical treatments that are often taken for granted can be incredibly significant, especially for the underprivileged,” Boguslawski said.

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Anthony Boguslawski, MHS ’18,  and professor wearing white coats interact with a tablet computer.

Tools to help

Anthony Boguslawski, MHS ’18, right, works with Dennis Brown, clinical associate professor of physician assistant studies.

Distinctions

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Military Friendly©

Quinnipiac is recognized by both Military Times© and Victory Media as being at the very top of the Best for Vets Schools and Military Friendly Schools, respectively, in the United States. These rankings are based on our investments in serving our warrior-scholars with a holistic approach. We consistently exceed their standards in academic policies, admissions and orientation processes, campus culture, financial aid assistance, and graduation and retention rates.

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Yellow Ribbon Program Participant

We’ve invested more than $3 million into our Yellow Ribbon program, making your education more affordable. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. We’ll help you navigate all the assistance opportunities available to you.

“The Military Times© does a very comprehensive survey to ensure their list of best schools for veterans reflects universities that offer the best chance for success of these non-traditional students. Quinnipiac ranks very well because of the team effort that supports our veterans not only on campus but also within the Connecticut VA system. We also have a very active Student Veterans Organization that gets additional outside campus support via the Student Veterans of America.”
Jason Burke
Director, Veteran and Military Affairs

Staff Spotlight: Brian Kelly

Veteran offers university front-line protection with cybersecurity

As cybersecurity becomes an increasing threat to our society, the university is uniquely positioned to protect the security of our students, faculty, staff and university infrastructure.

Brian Kelly, our chief information security officer and a retired cyber operations officer for the Rhode Island Air National Guard, ascended the ranks from communication security up to cybersecurity during his 20-year career in the Air National Guard (U.S. Air Force) from 1993-2013. His experience gave him a sense of community and purpose, which later transferred well into his role in cybersecurity at Quinnipiac. He was able to bring his skills and experience from his military service to build a comprehensive information security program.

“Quinnipiac was very supportive of my overseas deployments from 2006 to 2013,” said Kelly, who has been at Quinnipiac since 2006. “The nice thing about being in IT is I was still able to stay ‘connected’ to Quinnipiac while deployed.”

The university’s military population adds diversity and perspective, he said.

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Culture of collaboration

Brian Kelly, chief information security officer, works alongside other U.S. Air Force members.

“Quinnipiac’s support of our veteran population has immense benefit to our university community,” Kelly said. “While many of our students may have a relative who is a veteran, they may not know someone their own age who has served. Having veterans in our classes and our community is a great reflection of society as a whole.”