A chance for Jacksonville University student veterans to attend a prestigious national conference is the subject of two city-produced videos recently released on YouTube.
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown presented the group of 10 Jacksonville University student veterans with a $3,500 check in November to finance a trip to the annual Student Veterans of America national conference in Orlando in January.
JU President Kerry Romesburg and JU student Danielle D’Amato, a Navy veteran and president of JU’s Student Veterans of America Club chapter, are featured in the formal presentation video.
Romesburg mentions that veterans now make up about 10 percent of JU’s student body.
“This is a big part of who we are,” he said, “and we can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for our country.”
D’Amato discusses how the SVA Conference helps bridge the gap “between practical leadership experience and the advanced education that’s necessary to lead businesses and our community and the next generation down the path of success.”
The full formal presentation video is below:
In a “behind-the-scenes” video produced about the presentation, D’Amato offers more insight into how the conference helps bring student veterans together to network and discuss what they are accomplishing in their communities, as well as their unique situations as veterans.
JU Davis College of Business Dean Don Capener notes in the video that the Mayor’s Office has provided JU students with a “backstage pass” opportunity for networking and advancing their careers with the donation.
That video is below:
The 10 student veterans recognized in November were Darrell Smith, U.S. Navy; Carey Alton, U.S. Navy; Eric Daniels, U.S. Army; Ted Chancellor, U.S Navy; D’Amato; Lissette Matos-Minehart, U.S. Army; Joel Schell, U.S. Navy; Elton Snowden, U.S. Marine Corps; Nevardo Cayemitte, U.S. Army; and Marshall Cusick, U.S. Army.