MBA Student Keynotes UC Davis Memorial Day Ceremony
U.S. Army Major Anthony Bulaclac: “Respect, reflect, remember and support.”
More than 100 flags lined the quad in front of the Memorial Union at UC Davis Thursday afternoon ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Each flag honored the sacrifice of a fallen UC Davis servicemember.
Veterans, students, faculty and community members gathered at the annual Memorial Day ceremony late in the afternoon. UC Davis MBA student Anthony Bulaclac Jr., a U.S. Army major, readied his keynote address.
“Presenting gave me an opportunity to stop and reflect on what it means to be a selfless servant to my nation, and, more importantly, the sacrifice others have made in the past and continue to make in the future.” — Anthony Bulaclac Jr.
Bulaclac, who grew up in Victorville, Calif. after emigrating from the Philippines when he was 8-years-old, went on to earn a mechanical engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
During his decade of military service, he commanded a company of unmanned aerial vehicles that provided support of combat operations in Afghanistan, where he served two deployments. He managed support for aviation operations around the world, including South America and Africa.
“GSM is a phenomenal program that provides an outstanding academic experience, as well as a very supportive community,” said Bulaclac, who will earn his MBA in June and plans to return to the Army. “I’m fortunate to be a part of an organization in the Army, and more specifically a program that’s very generous.”
Bulaclac’s MBA focus is in entrepreneurship and he says his degree will go a long ways towards helping him to start a business following retirement from the military. “I will be close to retirement in nine years, so I need something to keep me busy afterwards,” he said.
Bulaclac said two of his favorite courses have been New and Small Business Ventures and Product Management. He said Lecturer Marc Lowe has inspired him to think more like an entrepreneur.
After graduation next month, he will return to his unit with new skills and an entrepreneurial toolkit which he hopes to put into action right away in an effort to improve the technological capabilities of the Army.
“I’m always interested in actively pursuing opportunities to provide solutions that would help improve society, both (locally) and globally, and GSM has provided me with all of the skill sets I did and did not know I needed—finance, marketing, you name it, GSM has it,” Bulaclac said. “The professors are knowledgeable and very giving. They look for students who are passionate about the pursuit of education.”
Following Bulaclac’s keynote address, Army ROTC cadets read the names of the 136 students and alumni who have died while serving in the U.S. military service—our Gold Star Aggies.
Their stories are told in the pages of the Golden Memory Book, available online and under glass along the Gold Star Aggies Wall in the East Wing of the Memorial Union, which was named in honor of our military casualties.
Learn more about the Gold Star Aggies.