SoBA Student Success Center Director Attends Marine Corps Workshop


Two representatives from UM spent last week at the Marine Corps Recruiting Command Educators’ and Key Leaders’ Workshop in Quantico, Virginia.  Kathleen Tarkalson, Director of SoBA’s Gianchetta Student Success Center, attended along with Janay Whisman, Recruiting Coordinator in UM Career Services.  They were two of 37 educators nationally selected to attend the annual conference.

Participants got a glimpse of the training that marine officer candidates coming out of a four-year degree program receive through classroom activities and field exercises.  Activities during the week included a leadership reaction course, martial arts training and tactical decision-making, which they had the opportunity to put into practice in a simulated combat environment.

Educators also had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with commissioned officers and spent time in both Officer Candidate School and The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico.  The week wrapped up with participants flying in a MV-22 Osprey from Marine Helicopter Squadron One.

According to Tarkalson, “The week I spent at Quantico opened my eyes to the realities that military servicemen and women face. I feel much better prepared to assist this important group of constituents who have served, or are preparing to serve, our country.”

The School of Business Administration and the broader university are seeing an increase in the number of ROTC and veteran students. Those who work closely with students greatly benefit from having an understanding of the worldview various populations bring to campus and are better able to serve those student populations as a result.