Ventures at 25: a 'better experience for all'
program gives significant others a place to call home while
their partners earn the Kellogg MBA
a reputation for academic excellence, the Kellogg School is
known for the familial culture it fosters for students, faculty
and staff. One way the school establishes this is through
the Joint Ventures program (JV).
began in 1982 to support the immediate families and partners
of enrolled Kellogg students. And 25 years later it is still
going strong. Associate Dean Emeritus Edmund Wilson,
who oversaw student affairs from 1980-2002, said Joint Ventures
was a "marvelous addition" to Kellogg.
a school, we wanted those who accompanied students to be included
in Kellogg life," he said. The McManus Living/Learning
Student Center was a common meeting place back then, he added,
and it still is today.
Seymour '87 recalled the experience he had when his wife,
Katie Glockner Seymour '84, was enrolled in the full-time
program. "I felt very welcomed at Kellogg when Katie
was working on her degree," he said. "In fact, I
liked the school and her colleagues so much that I enrolled
after her and graduated in 1987."
35-40 percent of Kellogg students have a significant other,
many of whom relocate to Evanston when the student does. The
current JV membership is about 250 couples, making it one
of the largest and most active Kellogg clubs. The members
represent more than 20 countries, bringing a cultural richness
to this group and the school.
the JV program, "Kellogg Kids" connects MBA families
and helps partners find schools and day care. The JV network
connects members with jobs and social outlets.
Miller, a current JV, appreciated the program's value
during her transition from Cleveland to Evanston. "Usually
when you move you have to try to break into a group of friends
that has known each other for a while, and here we were all
new to the area and to each other," she said.
JV group makes its members feel like a part of the Kellogg
community, Miller noted. In turn, this makes domestic life
easier. She said she has enjoyed her experience at Kellogg
as much as her husband, Ryan Miller '08.
to Evanston from the Philippines, Margarita Castro-Zarraga
also found comfort in the JV network. "This MBA sabbatical
is a unique stage of excitement and uncertainty," she
said. "Having people in the same situation eased my concerns
and made the journey all the more enjoyable."
Metter, associate director of student affairs, said the
JV community is an important part of Kellogg. "The partners
bring a wealth of interests, experiences and energy that add
greatly because they are active participants in the school."
network is one of the factors that draws students and their
families to Kellogg. "When deciding on which school to
attend, Joint Ventures played a considerable role in that
decision," said Amy Badler, a current JV.
Ventures extends the Kellogg community beyond students to
include their loved ones, thus making it a better experience