Alumni

Welcome to the Family!


As a graduate or participant of one of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ programs, you are a part of an ever-growing network of IVMF alumni across the globe! As IVMF was founded at Syracuse University and is headquartered on their campus, completing an IVMF program also makes you a Syracuse University alum! This extensive network is here for you to stay connected and leverage for your professional/entrepreneurial journey.

Take advantage of resources, webinars, and a community of veterans and military spouses that share the IVMF bond through their post-service lives. Long after you complete your course or residency, you are connected to the IVMF team for follow-up resources and opportunities as your professional goals evolve. No matter if you graduated from Onward to Opportunity or one of the eight ARESENAL entrepreneurship programs, the Alumni Services team supports all IVMF graduates in realizing and accomplishing their professional and personal goals.

Events

Learn more and register for IVMF’s upcoming webinars and events.

DateTypeName 
2020Virtual CeremonyVeterans DayView Ceremony
2020RecordingPatriot Award View Patriot Award Recording
June 17thWebinarIVMF: Moving Forward TogetherRegister Here
June 24thWebinarWhat You Need to Know about Six SigmaRegister Here
July 15thWebinarAce the Application Process and Land the InterviewRegister Here
September 17th - 19th, 2021ConferenceV-WISE Conference - Phase IIApply Here
September 30th – October 3rd, 2021ConferenceVeteran EDGERegister Here

Other Opportunities

Learn about outside opportunities happening in your area such as career events, business plan competitions, and more!

DateTypeName 
Open Now 2021GrantThe Power Forward Small Business Grant programApply Here
June 11thApprenticeshipApprenticeship: Building the Next Generation of WorkersRegister Here
June 14thWebinarBacardi Backing the Bar Grant WorkshopRegister Here
June 16thWebinarHeroes Connect: Johnson & JohnsonRegister Here
June 25th WebinarStarting a career in Information SecurityRegister Here
June 25thGrantPepsiCo Foundation Hispanic Business ProgramApply Here
June 30thWebinarHeroes Connect: NestléRegister Here
July 7th GrantThe Passion FundApply Here
May 20th - August 5th WebinarsGetting Back on Track: Help is Here Educational Webinar SeriesRegister Here
2021FundingRestaurant Revitalization FundApply Here
2021California Rebuilding FundLoan program to support California’s small businessesApply Here

Meet the Team


The IVMF Alumni Services team is here to support you throughout your post-service journey. Have a question on what benefits you receive as an alum or simply want to connect? Reach out to the team today.

Ashley Squairs

Ashley Cavender

Manager | Alumni Services amcavend@syr.edu
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Elvis Avdic

Advisor, IVMF Post-Program Support eavdic@syr.edu
LauraCooper

Laura Cooper

Director | Advising & Enrollment Services lcoope01@syr.edu
Onward to opportunity graduate Dan Walker.

“Leave your rank at the door, be prepared to start at the bottom. Your experience in the Military is invaluable, but with a new profession you are going to have learn new things, and there is no better place to do that in the trenches. Right now, that’s what I’m doing in the classroom. I’m using my vast leadership experience to help make me successful yet learning everyday about a new profession. O2O helped me get in the right mindset do that.”

Military Installation: Fort Carson
CISSP Graduate
Corpus Christi Catholic School Spanish Teacher, Since August 5, 2018

Dan Walker Jr.

Major, US Army

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