B-School Bulletin: Life After The Military

This molecule-holding toy soldier was sculpted by artist Murun Thornton. It represents the diverse areas of study that members of the military might pursue at NYU after their service to the country

Beyond The Call Of Duty: A Look At NYU’s Efforts To Smooth Re-Entry Into Civilian And Academic Life

News from NYU Stern School of Business

“What do you do after you’ve served your country, saved the lives of fellow soldiers, and performed humanitarian work abroad? For Mary Nadolny (CGPH ’18), it was time to plan her civilian life, which meant ‘going through a graduate program for the pure joy of education,’ she says. Having spent 29 years as a naval officer and nurse anesthetist in Afghanistan and Iraq, among other places, Nadolny is now pursuing a double master’s in public administration and public health at the College of Global Public Health.

“Mitchell Day (LAW ’18), a law student and former field artillery officer, was inspired to continue his education during his tour of duty overseas. ‘While in Afghanistan, I began to understand some of the implications of the law and its implementation through the use of force,’ he says. ‘I realized how important the rule of law is. Law school was a natural progression after that.’

“For others, completing their time in the military is an opportunity to undertake the undergraduate study they postponed. But they may face obstacles. ‘A veteran is older than your typical freshman, so it sets them apart,’ says Nadolny, who is also president of the NYU Military Alliance, which connects and supports students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are former or current military personnel, as well as their dependents. Their otherness isn’t measured merely in years. ‘They have had life challenges,’ Nadolny says. ‘Some have been deployed in combat or out to sea on a submarine or on an aircraft in a no-fly zone. They’re different human beings than [most] freshmen.’”

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In Focus: Over A Year After University Commons Reveal, Administrators Struggle To Find Funding

News from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management 

“Northwestern attracts some of the wealthiest donors in the country. In the last six years alone, the University raised $3.57 billion in a fundraising campaign that helped launch the construction of world-class facilities like the Kellogg School of Management Global Hub and the Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center.

“Since the ‘We Will’ fundraising campaign began in 2011, Norris University Center has remained untouched on a hill by the lake. But in August 2016, NU administrators unveiled plans to replace the roughly 45-year-old student center by 2019. The new University Commons, initially estimated to cost $150 million, would include a black box theater, an auditorium with a large stage and a more open layout to ease access to University Library and the Arts Circle.”

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Leadership Is A Journey, Not A Destination

News from INSEAD

“Whether you are a leader of today or tomorrow — and no matter your field — thinking consciously about leadership is essential, as this will affect your choices, decisions, and performance.

“In my research and teaching, I spend most of my time with very senior global C-suite executives taking courses like INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. Yet, when we begin a deep conversation about leadership, I like to show these highly experienced executives a simple picture of pathways in the forest.”

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How Impatience Guides Financial Behavior

News from MIT Sloan School of Management 

“Imagine you are receiving a refund payment from the federal government. Are you going to spend it right away or save the money? Is that decision based on your short-term finances? Or does it hinge on whether you identify yourself as a ‘spender’ or a ‘saver’ more generally?

“A new study by an MIT economist sheds more light on the quirks of people’s actions in such cases and suggests that, in addition to immediate financial needs, persistent behavioral characteristics play a key role in even short-term pocketbook decisions.

“The study examines the 2008 economic stimulus payments the U.S. federal government sent to households across the nation. The study’s rather nuanced findings indicate that while people do ‘smooth’ their consumption by spending or saving money based on their own liquidity — as canonical economic theory holds — some longer-term factors are at play as well.”

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Center For Sports Business Closes, Director Let Go

Chi Nwogu gives Deborah Stroman a hug following the Impact Symposium at Kenan Flagler Business School on November 3

News from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

“With over three decades of experience in sports business and a passion for teaching, professor Deborah Stroman has made it a priority to empower marginalized students.

“Stroman has served as the Director of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Center of Sport Business since its opening in 2016. Kenan-Flagler announced this past summer that the Center of Sports Business will close by December, also terminating her position at the business school.

“To many of Stroman’s students at Kenan-Flagler, this was a huge loss. Not only had they lost a resource at UNC, but said they had also lost a beloved professor.”

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