April 20, 2023

Empire State University Hosts SALUTE Honor Society Induction Ceremony

SALUTE awards

Empire State University hosted the SALUTE National Honor Society Induction Ceremony that was held on April 15 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. The induction ceremony coincided with the SUNY Empire State Spring Student Conference that took place April 13 to 15.


SALUTE National Honor Society Induction Ceremony recognizes and honors the academic achievements of our student veterans who represent the best of what veterans bring to academics. SALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence, which are the foundation blocks of the honor society and the pillars of success at Empire State University. New SALUTE members will be recognized at SUNY Empire's upcoming spring commencement ceremonies with a SALUTE honor stole, along with a red, white, and blue cord over their academic regalia.


Director of Veteran and Military Education Desiree Drindak, Military Outreach and Enrollment Supervisor and Keynote Speaker Brian Sherman, Veteran, Marine Corp, and Army, Military Advisor Matt Quinn, and Director of Alumni Engagement Kimberly Neher were in attendance.



SUNY Empire inducted 11 SALUTE members:


Lucas Bosch | Navy

Christina Finch | Air Force

Gerard Ford | Marine Corps

Ronald Freeman | Army

Heather Gaebel | Navy

Adam Grinvalsky | Navy

Lance Gundersen Navy

Rodney Malloy | Air Force

Lynette Rossello | Navy

Madelyn Ruiz Army | National Guard

Roy Wilms | Army

Timothy Zeszutek | Marine Corps