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Veteran Information: Student Veteran Alliance

Marywood University's Student Veteran Alliance

The Marywood University Student Veteran Alliance (SVA) has been named an official chapter of the Student Veterans of America.

Mission Statement: Marywood University's Student Veteran Alliance is the embodiment of Marywood University’s academic mission and core values. MWU SVA will promote leadership, development and good citizenship for students at Marywood University.  Through outreach and service the club will enhance the Marywood community and enrich the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families, both on campus and in the community.  MWU SVA will give veterans and their families a place to network with one another, share resources, as well as their experiences while serving in the US Military. Student Veteran Alliance will be a unique club on Marywood’s campus, since it will help foster community service, honor, and education; while empowering veterans to actively transition from military service to civilian life.

The SVA has six main goals.

  • To raise awareness and conduct outreach to the university and local community on issues and needs of military service members, veterans, and their families;
  • To provide a forum for interaction, discussion, and learning between veterans, students, faculty, and community;
  • To build relationships between veterans, their families, and the Marywood faculty, staff, administration, and student body;
  • To share resources that are available to veterans and families internally at Marywood and within the external community;
  • To provide service and support to organizations which benefit military service members, veterans, and their families; 
  • Plan, prepare, and organize Veterans Day events and activities on Marywood’s campus, and provide additional social events for the community.

For Information on how to join the Marywood University Student Veteran Alliance please email us at:

Marywood University's Military Student Standouts

Sarah H. Afriecq

3rd year Clinical Psychology doctoral student

Sarah has been selected for the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program. She was commissioned by 2LT Rodney Merkley, the president of the Student Veterans Alliance for Marywood University. It is her personal mission to provide services to those who need it. Sarah hopes to carry out this mission by working with military personnel, veterans, and their families who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.  


Cadet Edward Ferkel of Marywood University has earned the title of Distinguished Military Student for the 2012-2013 School Year.

Cadets are selected as Distinguished Military Students by their Professor of Military Science based on the following criteria:

-possess outstanding qualities of leadership and high moral character
-exhibit a definite aptitude for military service and officership
-rank in the upper third of their ROTC Class Order of Merit List
-rank in the upper half of their college or university academically - be in good standing with the academic institution
-active participation in civic and campus activities
-successfully completed the U.S. Army Cadet Command Leaders Development and Assessment Course
Congratulations to Marywood Cadet Edward Ferkel on this outstanding achievement!

Cadet Michael Stauffer Completes Combat Diver Qualification Course.

Regarded by many Soldiers as the toughest military school to endure, Combat Diver Qualification Course is a 7 week course run by C Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Only 1% of the US Army are awarded the Combat Diver title. The overall mission of the course is to train combat diver candidates multiple ways of infiltration by use of a waterborne environment.

Congratulations to Marywood Cadet Michael Stauffer! 


For more information, contact Lauren A. Williams at or (570) 961-4584.
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