Military and Veterans' Affairs Symposium by Krannert to connect with EBV

November 4, 2013  


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Members of the Military and Veterans' Affairs Student Task Force in the Krannert School of Management gather near the flags in the Great Hall of Purdue Memorial Union. (Photo provided)
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A symposium to educate and engage people in support of military veterans will take place Friday (Nov. 8) in conjunction with the fifth Purdue Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. All at Purdue are invited to participate in any or all of the day's six symposium events, which are presented by the Krannert School of Management.

This Purdue Military and Veterans' Affairs Symposium will begin at 9 a.m. and close with a reception at 5:30 p.m. that is to include all 29 veterans from 15 states who are participating in the Nov. 1-9 boot camp, plus live patriotic music. All symposium events will be in Rawls Hall or the Krannert Building.

The Krannert School and its Military and Veterans' Affairs Student Task Force have organized the symposium to "educate and strengthen Krannert and the broader Purdue community in supporting the military and veteran community."

Registration at www.krannert.purdue.edu/military/Whats happening/Symposium.asp is encouraged. The schedule and other details are at the same website. The only cost is $10 for lunch. Lunch tickets are on sale in Krannert Drawing Room in the Krannert Building from Christy Butcher. For questions about the symposium, contact Butcher at butcherc@purdue.edu.

The Purdue EBV is part of a national program based at Syracuse University that helps veterans start businesses. For more about the boot camp, go to www.krannert.purdue.edu/military/ebv/home.asp.

Symposium schedule, Nov. 8 (attend any or all)

9 a.m. -- Understanding the unique needs of military and veteran students. Jamie Richards, senior assistant director in Student Success at Purdue with responsibility for military veterans and nontraditional students. Rawls Hall, Room 2082.

10-11 a.m. -- Interview with Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, U.S. Coast Guard and alumnus. Interviewed by Marine veteran Chris Molina, a Purdue student. Remarks and introduction by President Mitch Daniels. Also speaking will be Lt. Cmdr. Craig Murray, U.S. Coast Guard and current Purdue student. Rawls Hall, Room 2082.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- Krannert Executive Forum. Speaker: Rear Adm. Ostebo. Rawls Hall, Room 1086.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. -- Lunch plus. Lunch tickets $10; catering by community veteran-owned business (food service will start at noon). Krannert Building, Krannert Drawing Room. Tickets are available for purchase 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Krannert receptionist desk. A limited supply of tickets will be sold the day of the event.

* Military Family Research Institute information table and remarks by Stacie Hitt, project director, Operation Diploma, MFRI.

* Soap & Towel Campaign to help homeless veterans. Remarks by Jazna Stannard, Purdue student and social entrepreneur. Items needed: new or used blankets and towels; toiletries including soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, deodorant, cough drops; new twin-size bed sheets, especially ones with character prints for children. More information is linked from the symposium page. The Soap & Towel Campaign at Purdue is sponsored by the Purdue student chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity. 

1:30 p.m. -- Cheer a veteran on to entrepreneurship. Watch veterans in the boot camp present their business plans. Rawls Hall, Room 3011.

5:30 p.m. -- Symposium reception. Guests to include Rear Adm. Ostebo and the veterans enrolled in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. Music by Lisa Pratt, winner of the U.S. Army's 2009 Operation Rising Star contest and wife of a veteran who is a Krannert MBA student.

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