At their June graduation dinner, students from the 2014 EMBA class took pride in more than their successful exit from the demanding 18-month program. They celebrated a $2,500 donation from the class to the Wounded Warrior Project.
"We are grateful for the many sacrifices that our military service personnel and their families have made—and continue to make—in defending America's values and national interests, and hope that this small token of our appreciation reflects our commitment to honor their legacy," said Pat Philbin, EMBA '14, as he presented the check to Mary Tallouzi, a spokesperson with the Wounded Warrior Project, visiting from New Mexico for the event.
In accepting the donation, Tallouzi described how the Wounded Warrior Project had provided invaluable support to her family when her son Daniel was severely injured in Iraq in 2006. Tallouzi who gave up a job in the insurance industry to provide full-time care for her son until his death in 2009 further described her son's journey from the VA to the private Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey and then to a private rehabilitation hospital in New Mexico.
This is the first EMBA class to adopt a service project but surely not the last.
"After this experience, we will be encouraging future cohorts to do the same," said J.P. Auffret, director of Executive Degree Programs. "The class became closer in their united efforts to do something for others. And such projects help our school build a culture that emphasizes not only business success, but also the importance of contributing to society."
The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of 9/11/2001.