December 1, 2023

CSU Knight Talks Accounting, Football With President and Vice President at the Pentagon

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Sannis of Alexandria, Virginia, began studying at CSU in fall 2017. He is an accounting manager for the U.S. Army and is looking ahead to potential promotions within the military, as well as employment in the civilian world after retirement.

While President Trump and Vice President Pence were visiting the Pentagon in January, they asked for the opportunity to meet with servicemen and servicewomen. Among those selected was Sgt. 1st Class Sannis.

Originally reported in an article by Cadillac News, the news outlet in Sannis’s hometown of Mesick, Michigan, Sannis says he was “honored” to have the opportunity to exchange words with the president and vice president. They briefly discussed things like accounting and football. The president thanked each individual for their service and asked them about their role.

“I’m elated. Even looking back on it now, it’s kind of surreal,” he said of the meeting.

Sannis anticipates completing his master’s in public health in 2019. He chose CSU for the convenience and flexibility.

“CSU is a school that is very flexible. Transitioning in the Army happens frequently and not very many schools are as flexible as CSU,” he said. “I believe it’s important to be a lifelong learner. [My degree] has given me the knowledge and ability to advance in rank and to better achieve my tasks and goals.”