18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Medaille College introduced the Medaille Student Veterans
Alliance (MSVA) at a reception on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.
With Erie County Executive Chris Collins, NYS Senator Mark
Grisanti and Erie County Veterans Services Director Marlene Roll
in attendance, a welcoming event for the organization in the
Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center included faculty, students,
alumni and their families, and introduced the group to the
Sergio R. Rodriguez, a Medaille graduate and Marine Corps
veteran, was instrumental in launching the MSVA, which is the
first chapter of its kind in Erie County and the second in
Western New York. Rodriguez, along with Robert Banas,
MSVA’s president, spoke to attendees about how the
organization will support veterans and service members as they
pursue their education. The group also hopes to extend that
support network beyond graduation and into the workforce as a
way to ease double-digit unemployment rates among the veteran
As part of the national organization Student Veterans of
America, and as the first chapter officially chartered in Erie
County, the MSVA will provide military veterans with resources,
support and advocacy to succeed in higher education and after
graduation. With this student group’s launch, Medaille
continues its work to develop and to strengthen its student
services, which also include dedicated staff and financial aid
opportunities at its Buffalo, Amherst and Rochester Campuses.
The 100,000 veterans in Erie County represent the third largest
countywide population of veterans in New York State.
The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.