The 2013 EBV program included a Military Appreciation Day at the Nov. 9 football game against Iowa prior to that evening’s commencement. The event also was featured on the Big Ten Network's "LiveBIG" series. (Photo by Mark Simons)

Serving Those Who Serve

EBV at the front line of Military & Veterans Affairs initiative

Although formally established less than two years ago, the Krannert School’s Military and Veterans Affairs initiative draws on a long history with the nation’s armed forces.

It began in 1957 with the school’s founding and inaugural class of master’s students, which was composed largely of veterans. Among them was the late Arnie Cooper, who had served in Purdue’s ROTC program as an undergraduate and later as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He joined the Krannert faculty in 1963, serving as a professor for more than 40 years.

Krannert also has a decades-long relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard, which for 35 consecutive years has selected at least one officer for the school’s Master of Science in Industrial Administration (MSIA) program. And since 2009, Krannert has proudly served as one of only eight business schools nationwide to offer the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

Founded at Syracuse University in 2007, the EBV provides world-class training in entrepreneurship and small–business management to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities. It includes an online self-study curriculum, intensive, nine-day on-campus residency session where participants develop their own business plans, and a 12-month technical assistance program that provides graduates with ongoing support and mentorship.

The program at Krannert is supported by student assistantships and some 200 volunteers, as well as a task force made up of students who are veterans, active-duty military, reservists or ROTC undergraduates. With support from the greater Purdue community, the 2013 EBV program included a public symposium on Friday, Nov. 8, and a Military Appreciation Day at Saturday’s football game against Iowa prior to that evening’s EBV commencement.

The EBV and related initiatives are led by Melissa Evens, director of military and veterans affairs at Krannert, and strategic management professor Elaine Mosakowski, who directs academic programming. Another key contributor has been faculty member Hank Feeser, who has taught in the EBV program for four years at Purdue and will retire at the end of the current academic year. Purdue faculty, staff, alumni and business leaders also donate their time to the program and many have become mentors for the veterans.

On the following pages, we highlight four recent EBV graduates who have brought their business plans to market, as well as a trio of current Krannert students serving on the school’s military and veterans task force.

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