PSUMA Student Veterans Present Business Plan at National Conference
The Penn State Mont Alto Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter was one of six among 950 institutions invited to compete in the 2nd Annual Business Plan Competition of the 2014 SVA National Conference in January, held in Scottsdale, Ariz.
SVA and the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University provide training and consultation to help student veteran leaders create business plans to operate their on-campus chapters, which they are then encouraged to submit as part of SVA’s chapter grants program.
The Mont Alto SVA chapter submitted its business plan on how to enhance veteran services at the campus in fall 2013 and was awarded $1,500 along with an invitation to present the plan at the national conference. The University of Colorado-Denver won the competition. Other participants were Arizona State University, Salem State University and Southern Illinois University.
The competition included a 10-minute presentation, a 10-minute question and answer session with expert judges, and a 10-minute question and answer session with the student veteran audience. The plans were evaluated on innovation, sustainability, and delivery.
“Mont Alto’s student representative displayed tremendous initiative, dedication and leadership,” said SVA President and Chief Executive Officer D. Wayne Robinson in a recent commendation letter. “We could not be more proud of the good work they have done,” he said.
Former Penn State Mont Alto Student Veteran Association President Brian Hall ’14 attended the conference and presented the business plan. He said the most significant experience he had was seeing the positive impact leadership has on student veterans across the country and the opportunity to provide mentorship in developing their own student chapters. “Ultimately, the best part about it and the reason for it all is to be able to help the up and coming chapters build their own business plans,” he said.
“The accomplishments of the chapters that participated in this year’s Business Plan Competition did not go unnoticed," according to Robinson. "They are working to make the transition from soldier to student easier for themselves, their peers, and the thousands that will come after them. Each chapter illustrated the impact a few people can make on the lives of many,” he said.
“At Penn State Mont Alto, we are working hard to ensure that the transition from the military to college life is a smooth one,” said Kathy Swope, Penn State Mont Alto veteran’s coordinator. “We want to see our veterans succeed, and we are anxious to implement the Student Veteran Club business plan in the coming year,” Swope added.
Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis Achampong recently signed a pledge to join the Education Pillar of Got Your 6 and support student veterans by implementing and enhancing resources, programs, and policies to support veterans.
Got Your 6 is a movement led by a consortium of major film and television institutions and media to change the conversation in America with regards to veterans and military families. Penn State Mont Alto joins dozens of colleges and universities nationwide committed to heighten their support for current and future students who are also military veterans.
To find out more about services available to veterans at Penn State Mont Alto, contact Kathy Swope at 717-749-6094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.