Army officers, civilians strengthen skills at seminar

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 in Campus News and News

Adams Alumni Center

The Adams Alumni Center recently welcomed more than 30 U.S. Army officers and civilians for a three-week “strategic broadening seminar,” hosted by the Office of Graduate Military Programs and the School of Business’ Center for Business, Industry and National Security.

The University of Kansas was one of only four civilian universities in the nation to host the event, which prepares individuals to confront the national security challenges of the 21st century through a series of individual, organizational and global leadership courses taught by KU researchers and business leaders.

“The experience and the growth in their leadership ability is a direct outcome,” says Steve Leonard, director of National Security Programs at the School of Business. “That’s something that goes on their official file. They have a skillset that’s assigned to it for the rest of their careers.”

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KU alumnus and former U.S. marine receives Heinz Award for extraordinary achievement

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 in Campus News and News

William McNulty and Jacob Wood |

Former U.S. Marine William McNulty, c’01, has received the 20th Heinz Award for Human Condition, one of five awards given by the Heinz Family Foundation for extraordinary achievement in specific areas of endeavor, including arts and humanities, environment, public policy, and technology, the economy and employment. McNulty shares the honor with Jacob Wood, co-founder of the nonprofit veteran-led disaster relief organization Team Rubicon. The two will split an unrestricted cash award of $250,000.

“William McNulty and Jacob Wood invite us to treat their fellow veterans as the powerful assets that they really are,” said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation, in a press release. “By creating opportunities for veterans to continue serving others, they are not only reconnecting many of our former military men and women with a deep sense of purpose, but they are also helping our society fundamentally change the way we talk and think about veterans.”

McNulty and Wood assembled the rapid-response, disaster emergency team of military veterans following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010. The organization’s volunteers are trained to provide swift and effective disaster relief between the onset of a disaster and the arrival of conventional relief agencies.

“The volunteers of Team Rubicon are veterans who have found a new purpose after completing their military service, by stepping up to the plate and serving in their civilian life,” McNulty said in a press release.

Since 2010, Team Rubicon has deployed rapid-response teams in four continents and 11 countries, including Pakistan, the Philippines, Sudan and across the United States. Now that the effort has expanded to 25,000 volunteers in the United States, McNulty and Wood are launching Team Rubicon Global, a new organization that will extend the model to Norway, Australia and the United Kingdom.

For more information on the 20th Heinz Award recipients, visit

Photo by Dave Lauridsen for USAA

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