Veterans in Business Association

Thanks for visiting the Rice Jones Graduate School of Business Veterans in Business Association (VIBA) website. Learn more about the club below. Connect on LinkedIn to reach out to members and VIBA alumni directly. To stay updated on VIBA news, events and happenings via email, enter your name and email on our signup form.

For general information regarding veterans at the Rice Jones Graduate School of Business, please visit business.rice.edu/military.

Mission


The mission of the Rice Veterans in Business Association (VIBA) is two-fold. First, we will provide assistance to veterans transitioning from military service to student life at Rice University. Second, we will uphold our commitment to service by partnering with other student organizations, Rice Alumni, and the Houston business community to participate and sponsor in philanthropic events that benefit charitable veteran and military organizations.

Goals:
  1. Provide transition support, leadership guidance, resume advice, and networking opportunities to all veterans attending Rice University.
  2. Raise money for charitable veteran and military service organizations.
  3. Provide an opportunity for all Rice students to network with veterans in business and to participate in fund raising efforts that support charitable veteran organizations.
  4. Build a strong academic, professional, and personal support network amongst Rice alumni and the veteran community at Rice University.
Donate

If you would like to make a donation to the Veterans In Business Association student club, click hereand be sure to designate your gift to “Other” as well as indicating “VIBA” in the space allotted. For information about donating to the Military Scholars Program or the Rice Veterans in Business Association please contact Rachel Render, Assistant Dean of JGSB External Relations, at Rachel.Render@rice.edu.

Members


 

Class of 2015 - Full Time

 
 
Corban Bates
President

Concentration: Entrepreneurship
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy at West Point
Hometown: Spring, TX
Summer Internship: Goldman Sachs
 
Ivor Kristiansen
Vice President of Operations

Concentration: Energy Finance
Branch: Navy
Undergraduate School: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Huntington, NY
Summer Internship: Investment Banking, Barclays
 
Andrew Vernon
Vice President of External Relations

Concentration: Finance
Branch: Marine Corp
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX
Summer Internship: Energy Investment Banking Associate, Wells Fargo Securities
 
Rob Mark
Vice President of Admissions

Concentration: Energy
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: Davidson College
Hometown: Houston, TX
Summer Internship: BP
 
Bill Bowman
Vice President of Marketing

Concentration: Marketing
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: University of Texas
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Summer Internship: Marketing Planning, Hewlett Packard
 
Kyle Rojas
Concentration: Finance
Branch: Air Force
Undergraduate School: University of Maryland University College
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Summer Internship: Global Operations Analyst (Internal Consultant), FMC Technologies
 
Evan Altemus
Concentration: Real Estate
Branch: Navy
Undergraduate School: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Summer Internship: Lovett Commercial Real Estate
 
Cory Thigpen
Branch: Navy
Undergraduate School: University of Oklahoma
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Summer Internship: Subsea Services Analyst, FMC Technologies
 
Jeffrey Rosser
Branch: Navy
Undergraduate School: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Pasadena, TX
Summer Internship: Project Manager Summer Intern, Emerson-Daniel Measurement & Control

Class of 2016 - Full Time

 
 
Steven Panagiotou
1st Year Officer

Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: University of New Hampshire
Hometown: Worcester, MA
 
Philip Gunn
1st Year Officer

Concentration: Finance
Branch: Air Force
Undergraduate School: Virginia Tech
Hometown: Valdosta, GA
 
Matthew Guyton
Concentration: Finance, Energy
Branch: Navy
Undergraduate School: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Houston, TX
 
Ross Neuhart
Concentration: Finance, Energy
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: Georgia Tech
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
 
Will Shumate
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: Texas Christian University
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
 
Juan Castellanos
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy
Hometown: Cartagena, Colombia
 
Tim Stephenson
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: University of Mississippi
Hometown: Coker Creek, TN

Class of 2015 - Part Time or Executive

 
 
Tony Wright
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
Branch: Navy
Undergraduate School: Purdue University
Hometown: Andrews, IN

Class of 2016 - Part Time or Executive

 
 
Lillian Besozzi
Concentration: Health Care
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
 
Christopher Coda
Concentration: Health Care
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy
Hometown: Pinetops, NC
 
Steven LeFors
Branch: Army
Undergraduate School: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
 
Chris Mallory
Branch: Air Force
Undergraduate School: University of Louisiana Lafayette
Hometown: Lafayette, LA

Military Scholars Program


The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is proud to announce the launch of the Military Scholars Program. This program is the result of a group of generous community members who wanted to acknowledge, honor, and support those who proudly serve our country.

The Military Scholars Program will provide scholarships to cover tuition, fees, and expected living expenses for selected applicants who wish to pursue their educational dream of obtaining the Rice MBA degree. For more information on applying to the program, visit business.rice.edu/msp

We are grateful for those of you who serve in the military and encourage you to consider this opportunity. For more information about Rice MBA students with a background in the military, please visit mbadna.com/military.

If you have questions about the Military Scholars Program, please contact Annie Hunnel, Associate Director of Admissions, at annie.hunnel@rice.edu or 713-348-2917.

All veterans and active duty military applying to the Full Time Rice MBA Program by January 6, 2014 will be considered.

Events



The Veteran Experience Speaker Series featured six acclaimed literary authors who discussed the veteran experience's influence on their writing

Ridge
VIBA with Governor Tom Ridge at the 2013 Rice Veterans Leadership Series
Twice a year, VIBA presents the Rice Veteran Leadership Series. This event features veterans who have excelled in business, the arts and public service. Past speakers have included former Governor and first Secretary of Homeland Defense Tom Ridge, former Heisman Trophy Winner and CEO Pete Dawkins, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter William Broyles, acclaimed author Karl Marlantes and other distinguished veterans. Stay up to date on this year’s event at business.rice.edu/rvls.

Baker
VIBA Night at the Ballpark
During the school year, VIBA hosts a tailgate ahead of a Rice baseball or football game. In 2014, VIBA grilled out and enjoyed the Rice Owl’s top-ranked baseball.

Baker
VIBA with Secretary James A. Baker III
courtesy of the Baker Institute

Salter
VIBA with author and Korean War Veteran James Salter

Veteran Resources


Scholarships

Does the Jones School offer scholarships?
  • Yes. Merit based scholarships are potentially available to all applicants to the Full-time MBA program only and eligibility is determined through the admissions process regardless of citizenship or visa status – there is no separate scholarship application form.
What is the percentage of scholarship recipients and the amount?
  • In the current academic year, a substantial number of Full-time MBA students received some level of merit based scholarship.
  • Amounts range from 10% to full tuition.
  • The average scholarship award was approximately 50% of tuition.
Financial Aid

Does the Jones School participate in Federal Financial Aid?
  • Yes. Federal financial aid is available in the form of Federal Student Loans.
  • Students may borrow up to the full Cost of Attendance (tuition and fees + living expenses, etc.) less other funding (ie: scholarships).
How do I begin the Financial Aid process?
  • The first step in the Federal Financial Aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Loans (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Rice University’s FAFSA school code is 003604 – this code tells the Department of Education which school to send it to.
When will I know how much Financial Aid I will receive?
  • Your FAFSA will begin to be processed following your admission and submittal of your enrollment deposit, which is your confirmation that you will attend the program. FAFSAs are not processed prior to the enrollment deposit.
Are Grants available?
  • Unfortunately, as a general rule, institutional, State, or Federal grants are not available to graduate students in the MBA program.
Veteran’s Benefits

Does the Jones School participate in VA Benefit programs?
  • Yes. Students eligible for VA Benefits are certified through Rice University’s Office of the Registrar. Students who indicate military affiliation on their admissions application will receive information regarding the necessary forms, etc., following admission.
How much do VA students receive?
  • All current VA students are participating in the Post 911 GI Bill. For students at 100% eligibility, Post 911 is at $18,077.50 per academic year (academic year 2012-2013).
How is the remaining cost covered and do you participate in the Yellow Ribbon program?
  • The Yellow Ribbon program is a “cost sharing” program where the institution covers up to a certain portion of the remaining cost (tuition and fees) not covered by Post 911 and the Department of Veterans Affairs matches dollar-for-dollar. Students who are 100% eligible for Post 911, and who are not Active Duty, are also eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.
  • The Jones School will contribute up to $17,250 in Yellow Ribbon program funding to cover the costs not covered by the Post 911. The Jones School Yellow Ribbon program contribution is then matched dollar-for-dollar by the VA.
  • Example (general numbers and each student’s situation may differ):
    • Post 911 (100% eligibility): $18,077.50
    • Yellow Ribbon – Jones School contribution: $17,250.00
    • Yellow Ribbon – VA contribution: $17,250.00
      • Please note that the Jones School and the VA will contribute Yellow Ribbon up to 50% of the remaining tuition and fees after Post 911 is applied. In most cases, students will require less than the maximum $17,250 from each contributor.
       
     
May I use my Texas Hazlewood Act benefits at the Jones School?
  • Unfortunately, Hazlewood benefits may only be used at public institutions.
For more information, visit business.rice.edu/military_benefits/.

Pre-MBA Preparation


There are many veteran-friendly corporations that have sponsored great programs for veterans to participate in before they enter business school. These programs range from two-day boot camps designed to introduce veterans to the company, to accelerated processes that involve thousands of dollars in scholarship money and summer internship positions.

Investment Banking Consulting Technology Marketing / Brand Management General

Is there someone at the Jones School I may contact for further information?
  • Yes, the Jones School has a dedicated Financial Aid Specialist:
    Salomon Medina
    jgsbfina@rice.edu
If you are a veteran interested in the Rice MBA program and have questions regarding admissions, living in Houston or transitioning from the military, please contact either Rob Mark at robert.w.mark@rice.edu, Jeff Rosser at jeffrey.c.rosser@rice.edu or Kyle Rojas at kyle.a.rojas@rice.edu.