Service to his country brought Seth Bae to the east coast. He’s pleased to have found Onondaga Community College and is enjoying his time on campus. “The facilities here are great and I’m really impressed with the quality of the faculty.”
Bae was born in Korea and attended high school in Los Angeles. After graduating in 2013 he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Drum. During his four years there he worshiped at the Korean Church of Syracuse. He liked the people he met there, enjoyed the area and decided to move closer to Syracuse after he was discharged.
Bae started taking classes at OCC in the summer of 2017. This academic year he’s serving the campus community as the Student Association’s Vice-President of Media, a VA Work Study student in the Student Veterans’ office, a Peer Connector in the Advising Center and a First Year Experience Mentor. He has also worked as a Social Media Reporter on campus and last year presented a TED Talk on healthy communication, sharing wisdom on how people can better understand each other and manage disagreements or conflicts. In the classroom he owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average which has earned him membership in the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa.
Bae’s career goal is to become a linguist. He speaks both English and Korean fluently. He plans to transfer to a four-year college, major in East Asian Languages and learn Chinese. Bae would like to use his language skills while working for the United States government.
In the meantime, here are a few random things which Seth would like people to know about him:
He completed a triathlon this summer.
His favorite TV show is “The Office” and he says he has a similar personality to Michael Scott, the character played by actor Steve Carell.
He enjoys eating Philly Cheese Steak in the cafeteria.
His favorite football team is the Green Bay Packers.
Zack Ingram believes in giving back and helping others whether he’s on campus working with fellow Student-Veterans or volunteering at Syracuse’s V-A Hospital.
The San Diego native spent more than 18 years in the Army before being medically retired in 2015. Ingram started and ended his service as a member of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division. He served through deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan before an injury ended his military career. Doctors repaired broken bones in his back with four screws, two rods, and a cadaver spacer placed between two vertebrae in his spine.
During his second tour of duty at Fort Drum, Ingram attended Jefferson Community College in Watertown and earned a degree in individual studies. In the fall of 2015 Ingram enrolled at OCC. “The first place I went on campus was the Office of Veterans’ Affairs,” he said. The office serves nearly 300 students and their dependents each year, informing them about the benefits they are eligible for and helping access them. It’s the reason OCC has once again been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine.
Ingram not only took advantage of the assistance offered there, he began helping fellow Veterans as part of the work-study program. “We are the first point of contact for Veterans who come to OCC. It’s good to have the ability to answer their questions and help relieve them of any stress they may have.”
Ingram is majoring in Adolescent Education and plans to become a high school English or History teacher. He’s enjoyed being an older student on campus and bringing a different perspective to classroom discussions. “The faculty’s attitude toward non-traditional students is really good. They are very interested in what you have to say. They value your experience.”
Ingram is also a regular presence at the V-A Hospital where he volunteers weekly. “I interact with patients and read them the news. It’s important for them to know they paved the way for me and now I’m paving the way for my children. The worst thing is to be forgotten.”
Military service has become a family tradition for the Ingram’s. Zack’s father was an Air Force Veteran, his mother was in the Navy and his uncle served in Vietnam as a member of the Marines. Zack’s son, Christopher, is in the Army and is stationed at Leonard Wood in Missouri.
Ingram and his wife also have three daughters. They reside in Baldwinsville.
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