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Smeal MBA Military and Veterans' Association

The Smeal Military Veterans Association provides MBA Admissions, the MBA Student Body, and veterans at the Smeal College of Business with support for recruiting, professional development, and leadership service throughout the academic year in order to create and sustain a mutually beneficial relationship between the College and its veterans.

                               Picture of Smeal MVA for 2015-2016


  • Service: Smeal Military Veterans are known for their record of national service.  This enduring commitment is evident in their continued effort.
  • Honor: Smeal Military Veterans live up to the highest ethical standards of their respective branch, and those of the Smeal College of Business.
  • Leadership: Smeal Military Veterans will be sought for their leadership training and experience, and will be a practical knowledge base for the College on the matter.

Veteran's Early Registration

Military members who are current Penn State students may be eligible for early course registration each semester.  For more information and to determine eligibility, please visit the Office of Veterans Program's webpage at http://equity.psu.edu/veterans/priorreghonorcord.

Officer Bios

Portrait of Luke PlantsLuke Plants, President

Luke graduated from Cornell University in 2011 with a degree in Near Eastern Studies and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army Ordnance Corps through the Cornell Army ROTC program.  He was selected to the commandant’s list for graduating second in his basic officer leadership class and was assigned to 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.  Luke served as a platoon leader and battalion maintenance officer in the 1st Battalion 66th Armor Regiment, the oldest tank battalion in the US Army.  As a captain, Luke served in the 64th Brigade Support Battalion as both a support operations ammunition officer and a brigade logistics planner.  He deployed in 2015 in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve on rotating missions through Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan.  Luke left active duty in March of 2016 and remains in the Army’s Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).  In addition to being a full-time Smeal MBA candidate, he serves as COO of his family’s Pennsylvania-based oil and gas service company.

Alumni Military MBA Students
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1st Year Military MBAs 2015
2nd Year Military MBAs 2014
2013-2014 Military MBAs 2013-2014