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Stony Brook University Student and Veteran Ryan O’Keeffe Selected to Participate in Student Veterans of America Leadership Institute

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Ryan O’Keeffe

STONY BROOK, NY— November 9, 2022— Stony Brook University Veterans Administration work-study student Ryan OKeeffe was recently selected to be a Student Veterans of America (SVA) Leadership Fellow. OKeeffe, a senior in the College of Business, who served in the United States Marine Corps, was selected to earn an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a weekend of networking and leadership training.

OKeeffe is a member of Stony Brook’s Military and Veteran Student Services team. He works as a student employee and business student intern, serves as a Vets-4-Vets mentor, is treasurer of the Veteran Student Organization and worked on having Stony Brook named as a Military Friendly School in 2022-2023. OKeeffe will also serve as this year’s emcee at the university’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Wednesday, November 9 at 1pm at the Sidney Gelber Auditorium in the Students Activity Center at Stony Brook University.

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Ryan O’Keeffe

The SVA Leadership Institute brought together America’s top SVA chapter leaders through an immersive experience designed to further equip tomorrow’s leaders to serve and also create a lasting and impactful community of service. Fellows were coached directly by SVA alumni mentors in groups of 10 on leadership behavior, personal branding, fostering relationships and creating meaningful impact within their communities. SVA’s National Headquarters staff coached attendees on the latest developments in national policy and advocacy for student veterans, supporters and allies. Fellows also attended virtual discussions and team-building activities with mentors and leaders from the worlds of business, nonprofit and advocacy organizations.

In addition, while in Washington, OKeeffe toured the White House and the National Mall, and met with officials from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

OKeeffe served in the Marine Corps from 2015-2019 in the United States and Japan and will be graduating from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations this December.

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