Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on November 11, 2009
This Veteran’s Day will be more important than usual for B-schools, as a steadily increasing number of military veterans sign up for MBA programs across the country. Similarly, helping host today’s events are a growing number of student veteran groups and clubs, mostly dedicated to easing the transition to civilian life, helping to boost military recruiting, and providing support and camaraderie.
One newcomer to the scene is the veterans’ club at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The group, formed a few months ago, will host its first formal speaking event on Monday. The Haas newsroom has the event details.
For the group at Haas, which has roughly 40 U.S. military veterans as students, the Veterans Day celebration was a quiet one. Last night, members marked the occasion by dressing down in blue collared shirts, and meeting with Haas staff and students at a nearby hotel restaurant to swap stories about their experiences. The idea, says James Bender, who used to land large planes on aircraft carriers and is a member of the Haas MBA class of 2010, was to communicate that veterans are the same as everyone else. Even if, despite the heavy course load, the stress levels of the B-school aren’t quite comparable. Says the Humanitarian Service Medalist: “I know that at the end of the day, [at Haas] I’m never going to crash my plane.”
Readers, what’s your campus doing to mark Veterans Day? Tell us in the comment section.
- Anne VanderMey