April 21, 2006
Morningside College’s department of Business Administration and Economics will hold an open house for its newly renovated Center for Entrepreneurship Education on Wednesday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
The expansion of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education was made possible using a grant of $43,500 from The Coleman Foundation, a private, charitable organization. Dr. Pam Mickelson, professor of business administration at Morningside, and Dr. William Deeds, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the college, collaborated to attract consideration from The Coleman Foundation. Morningside students in the Creative Edge Advertising Club, the Collegian Entrepreneurs Organization, and Students in Free Enterprise helped design the new workspaces. John Kolbo, instructor of art at Morningside, and Steve Leida, Morningside’s executive director of information services, provided recommendations on equipment.
“There was a need for a dedicated space for entrepreneurship,” said Mickelson, who directs the Center for Entrepreneurship Education at Morningside. “We need to continue to feed the interdisciplinary relationship between different groups on campus. This space has state of the art equipment and will allow students to be more creative and innovative.”
The facility is equipped with three new Apple iMac G5s, one Apple PowerBook, a 30-inch cinema screen, one Gateway Profile 5.5 desktop computer, and new office equipment and furniture.
The center includes the “Hatchery,” a designated space where students will be able to conceive and launch personal business operations. Students will apply for use of the space on a “per semester” basis. Once proposals are accepted, the students will have use of all of the center’s facilities and equipment.
The Coleman Foundation grant will also provide funding to support Morningside’s Entrepreneurship in the Arts Speakers Series. This program supports opportunities for students and faculty to host and attend conferences, meetings, and workshops that promote entrepreneurship. Funds will also be used to aid faculty in the development of five new academic course modules designed to foster entrepreneurship in the disciplines of dance, music, film, English, and graphic design.