Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Our Veterans Day festivities will begin on Thursday at the Tallahassee Veterans Day Parade. This year’s parade promises to be one of the biggest ever with over 3,000 participants already registered! If you are in Tallahassee, please come out to show your support for our veterans! The parade begins at the intersection of Monroe and Call Streets at 10:30 a.m.
On Friday, we will be hosted by Westminster Oaks as they throw a benefit concert for the FSU EBV program. Our visiting veterans and the EBV staff will be attending the concert and the proceeds will be donated to our program!
Saturday night, our visiting veterans will take center field at the FSU vs. Clemson football game as they serve as honorary captains and flip the coin. The game will be broadcast on ABC at 8:00 p.m., please tune in and see if you can spot our veterans!!
The rest of November promises to be just as busy as we begin to prepare for our 2011 EBV class! Joining Dr. Blass this year is our new Managing Director, Ashley Edwards, and our work study student, Kelly Montoya. You’ll be hearing from them as we proceed with FSU EBV 2011.
As always, please continue to check our social sites and our website to see the latest updates and pictures from all of our events, and if you are interested in making a donation to the FSU EBV program, please click here: https://foundation.fsu.edu/community/sslpage.aspx?pid=808
We want to express a heartfelt thanks to our nation’s veterans and those currently serving. You all make the ultimate sacrifice for us, and there are no words to properly thank you. We are so proud to be able to work with so many of you through EBV and can’t wait to start our 4th year!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Last night marked the graduation for our veterans. The ceremony was a beautiful finish to such an amazing week for both veterans and volunteers alike. We made sure to catch almost every detail on video so that everyone can see and re-live the wonderful event time and again. We even got coverage from the local ABC station: http://www.wtxl.tv/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?clipId1=4873393&flvUri=&partnerclipid=&at1=News&vt1=v&h1=21%20veterans%20graduated%20from%20FSU%27s%20Entrepreneurship%20Bootcamp&d1=25667&redirUrl=&activePane=info&LaunchPageAdTag=homepage&clipFormat=flv&rnd=24558168
We began with a lovely serenade of "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes, seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnAXvCpHe6w To finish things off, Dr. Blass announced our two $500 winners, Jeff Smith and Will Shultz, our two $1000 prize winners, Marylyn Harris and Daryl Jackson, and our two $1500 prize winners, Milton Tookes and John Colley. Catch all the excitement here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97gN8Etxbeg and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stBXRnPCtU8 Finally, here's a letter from FSU Program Director, Randy Blass, talking about this year's class and our plans for the future. Keep posted for updates about EBV 2011!
Then, we had a special table honoring and remembering our POWs from the various branches. The symbolism and ceremony surrounding this occasion can be seen in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVDZuvXM2Kw
From there, speaker Will Gunn, General Counsel of the Department of Veterans addressed the FSU EBV Graduating Class of 2010, discussing changes in the GI Bills, and his hopes for their futures.
To finish things off, Dr. Blass announced our two $500 winners, Jeff Smith and Will Shultz, our two $1000 prize winners, Marylyn Harris and Daryl Jackson, and our two $1500 prize winners, Milton Tookes and John Colley. Catch all the excitement here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97gN8Etxbeg and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stBXRnPCtU8
Finally, here's a letter from FSU Program Director, Randy Blass, talking about this year's class and our plans for the future. Keep posted for updates about EBV 2011!
Dear Friends of FSU EBV,
We bid an often tearful farewell to 21 of our newest friends last night as the FSU EBV 2010 program came to a close. It was a joyful evening and everyone present was moved by the experience. As this newest class of fledgling entrepreneurs makes their way back home, they will face many challenges. Our program now shifts from the logistics intensive in-residence program to the mentoring phase. Over the next 12 months this class will have direct access to everything from legal counseling to corporate mentors.
We will also be encouraging our grads to enter into business plan competitions in their local areas. That being said, the EBV Foundation, a separate, non-school affiliated, non-profit, established to support the entire EBV effort, will begin offering up to $30,000 annually (exclusive to EBV graduates) business plan competition. I know quite a few of our folks from this year and years past that will compete well.Thank-you for your continued support,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Aside from presentations, the veterans will also be attending their graduation ceremony for the program tonight at the University Center Ballroom. The evening promises to be quite the event, hosting a very special guest speaker. Be sure to look at for all the official details on the blog tomorrow!
In the mean time, we spotlight our only female veteran, Marylyn, in this interview, as she talks about what it's like to be the only woman around, and also her thoughts on the program. Find it here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9J_BLVQPqE
In light of graduation, you can also hear Professor Jim Dever talk about his involvement in the program and the transformation he has witnessed in the veterans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuiLHN_1YmA
Monday, June 14, 2010
After a brief introduction by hotel General Manager Marc Bauer, the crowd eagerly anticipated the flags, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance (which can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_HHSJg-0wg) and a veteran led moment of silence for those Killed in Action.
To see official coverage of the event done by our local CBS station, visit here: http://ww2.wctv6.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?clipId1=4867118&flvUri=&partnerclipid=&at1=News&vt1=v&h1=Flag%20Day%20Ceremony&d1=48133&redirUrl=http://www.wctv6.com&activePane=info&LaunchPageAdTag=homepage&clipFormat=flv&rnd=3464852
In other news, we have a spotlight on the FSU EBV Assistant Director and Head Volunteer Jeff Browne. Jeff sat down with us to tell us about his involvement in the EBV program. Listen to what he had to say at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3f-qBk4S28
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Llano, the CEO and founder of Source One, flew into Tallahassee to do a presentation with our veterans, and we were even able to snag him for an interview.
To see part of his encouraging presentation, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkakRF6r1PQ
And to see the one on one interview we got with Mr. Llano talking about his inspiration to contribute to the program, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydJYEuwZWys
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Digital banners scrolled "Military Appreciation Day" as the players signed footballs, chatted with veterans, and everyone took pictures underneath the goal posts.
After leaving the heat of the field, everyone headed up to the 5th floor banquet room of the University Center C. As they stepped off the elevator they were greeted by the Charles Atkins band, open bar, and a seemingly endless buffet of pulled pork, hotdogs, wings, potato salad, chicken salad, deviled eggs, peach cobbler, and cookies
Once eating settled down, everyone was ready to dance. The Charles Atkins band cranked things up and everyone crowded around to dance and enjoy themselves. When things finally wound down, veterans walked away with gift bags from FSU's athletic department containing FSU polos and FSU hats. Everyone left the night feeling like a true Seminole!
Watch our videos from the tailgate here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELqsNFTeRCA
and watch footage of everyone gettin' down here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlm4G0KkzEI
As always, there are more photos from the event on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=13875024379&ref=ts
Friday, June 11, 2010
In this interview with veteran Alan Jones, you can hear him talk about his anticipation for tonight, as well as his career and future business plans. Find the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr5Qx327nxA
In other news, EBV was highlighted early Friday morning on NPR in this 4 minute audio clip: http://www.cob.fsu.edu/ebv/bootcamp0611d.mp3
And finally, we continue to top Tallahassee news with more coverage of our program found here: http://www.cob.fsu.edu/ebv/Democratarticle6-11-10.pdf
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We also had a chance to catch up with Ray Toenniessen of Syracuse's EBV program. Here Ray talks about the future of the EBV program and other sister programs that are in the works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqJ0GlR_-5c
In other news, EBV has hit the headlines with a bang!
Check out veteran Josh Cruce in this WTXL feature (local ABC station): http://www.wtxl.tv/global/story.asp?s=12616482
CBS news also showed up to our first day of class, check it out here: http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/95994704.html
Make sure you're keeping up with Facebook to catch all of the news as well: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=13875024379&ref=ts
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday June 8th kicked off our 2010 EBV program (www.cob.fsu.edu/ebv) and boy did things start with a bang. All 21 of our veterans have arrived safe and sound, many to an Army/Air Force greeting along with cameras from our local ABC station and volunteers at the Tallahassee airport. The veterans’ day began immediately as they were shuttled over to the hotel where they filled out information packets, took headshots, got their room keys, and headed to orientation before the opening ceremony.
As 5:30 rolled around, the veterans, volunteers, and EBV guests made their way up to Level 8 at the Hotel Duval (www.hotelduval.com) for the opening ceremony to kick off the week. After a brief cocktail hour sprinkled with chicken salad on toasted plantains, coconut shrimp, and fried gator tail, guests settled down for house salads and a buffet including barbeque chicken, tropical mahi mahi, steak, mashed potatoes and rice. Dinner was followed by a selection of orange cheesecake, key-lime pie, and a scrumptious chocolate cake.
Even better than the food; however, was the special guest performance by country star Michael Peterson. Peterson performed a variety of songs that brought on both laughter and tears as he talked about his own entrepreneurial dreams of being a singer/songwriter and his appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans made. You can check out some footage from the event here: www.youtube.com/user/COBFSU.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
In late February we had our premier event for our new documentary, “The Meaning of Service: The EBV Program at FSU.” It was an exciting night with over 100 attendees. Guests included EBV coordinator for FSU – Dr. Randy Blass, Dean of the College of Business for FSU – Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley, former EBV participant and actor on the show “All My Children” – JR Martinez, other veteran participants of the program here at FSU, and the EBV volunteer team.
After a few words by head EBV volunteer Jeff Brown, Dr. Blass, and Dean Beck-Dudley, documentary director Adam LaBrie was introduced. It was moving to hear Adam’s account of getting involved with the program and how, in getting over 17 hours of film, he came to really believe in what EBV seeks to accomplish. His passion was easy to see on the larger-than-life IMAX screen at the Challenger Learning Center. Amongst a variety of candid and touching interviews was footage from both the classes in the Boot camp and the tailgate, where participants met the first string of FSU’s football team. The veterans’ spirits were inspiring in both their past service as soldiers and in their bright hopes for futures as entrepreneurs. There were even a few times when audience members found themselves wiping a tear or two as they watched the graduation ceremony flash across the screen, which featured a special presentation and table for missing POW soldiers. As the lights slowly brightened in the theatre, attendees shuffled out to a reception where they could discuss the film and program, and talk to some of the people they had just seen on screen.
If you were unable to attend the event, you can still watch the documentary online at: http://vimeo.com/groups/videoj/videos/9680461. Also, keep your eyes peeled as the documentary may soon be featured on your very own small screen. In the next few weeks, an EBV participant from Syracuse University will be interviewed on the “Oprah” show talking about PTSD. There is a chance the show will feature parts of the documentary. This is thrilling for both the EBV program and for director Adam LaBrie. His work could be shown on a hugely successful, nationally aired program, before he even graduates from the film school here at FSU. So be on the lookout! EBV is gaining momentum and is proving to be quite the adventure to be a part of!
Thank you to those who attended and to those who provide continued support to our program!