The ROTC and College of Business partner to enhance leadership
By Abbie Bowen, Barbara Cupp, Jennesa Davidson, Alex Larson, and James Morowczynski
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, better known as the ROTC, is a relatively new program on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus. Most students’ familiarity with the ROTC is limited to seeing cadets in their uniforms on Tuesdays, which is their lab day. Lab day requires the cadets to dress in full uniform, while participating in hands-on activities such as marching, learning first aid, and conducting mission simulations, all at the local armory. While this program is housed in the College of Business (COB), the ROTC program is open to non-COB students. Many students in the ROTC program come from majors as diverse as kinesiology, mathematics, psychology, German, history, to name a few.
The program not only pushes students physically, but it also encourages their development as potential leaders. Because of the strong leadership curriculum promoted by the College of Business it was seen as the “best fit” place for the ROTC program on campus.
The cadets’ camaraderie is an important aspect of this program and the students’ experiences. Through this close group, the students often build strong friendships. Together, the students participate in activities outside the program, such as sharing meals together on campus, attending social events, and participating in intramurals.
The cadets learn about themselves as well. Major Eric Beuerman, assistant professor of military science, said that the cadets “learn about themselves, their own character, and their own values.” This is one of the possible reasons students join the ROTC. Others join because they have a love for the military, some want to become officers, and many have personal reasons and connections for joining.
The ROTC program moved to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s campus last fall, with on average size of 12-15 students. Prior to 2009, the program was housed on the University of Wisconsin Stout campus, which required the students to make a 30-minute commute to Menomonie, WI to participate. Now that the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has its own program, held on-campus, it is growing at a faster rate than ever seen before, and currently has 26 students enrolled. Because of this seperate distinction this program was recently given its own course designation of Military Science and Leadership.
To learn how you can gain more leadership skills, develop both physically and emotionally, and make a difference locally and nationally while still going to school, contact Major Eric Beuerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Staff Sergeant Michel Geiger at email@example.com.
From left to right: Abbie Bowen is a senior management major from Green Bay, WI; Barbara Cupp is a sophomore accounting major from Baraboo, WI; Alex Larson is a senior accounting major from Minnetonka, MN; and James Morowczynski is a senior management major from Plymouth, MN.
They wrote this article for their BCOM Advanced Writing class.