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01-08-2003

Clarkson One Of Two Finalists For National Entrepreneurship Education Award Second Year In A Row

For the second year in a row, Clarkson University has been selected as one of two national finalists

for the prestigious National Award in Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education. The award is sponsored by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and recognizes innovative and effective undergraduate entrepreneurship education.

The 2003 award winner will be announced during USASBE’s annual conference held later this month, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. During the conference, Clarkson will make a presentation to the judges on its undergraduate business and entrepreneurship curriculum. The other finalist, the University of Illinois, will also make a presentation.

“Our undergraduate business curriculum reflects the dynamic and entrepreneurial climate of business today, and it is a measure of the success and effectiveness of our programs that we are award finalists again this year,“ said Clarkson School of Business Dean Timothy Sugrue. “We are pleased to have another opportunity to showcase the innovative programs we have designed that challenge students to utilize creative and integrative thinking and to develop broader, more flexible skills that are necessary for success in an integrated global marketplace.”

Clarkson was the first runner-up for the 2002 award and was praised by the judges for its strong emphasis on experiential learning, a hallmark of the Clarkson curriculum, and one that begins within days of first-time college students arriving on campus.

Freshmen must establish and run an entrepreneurial business of their own design. During their sophomore year, students may opt to join Venture@MooreHouse, an innovative residential learning experience in which students live together and operate a business in a corporate setting. During junior and senior years, students have additional opportunities to work with case studies and consulting groups.

Many students are also involved in extracurricular learning opportunities such as Students in Free Enterprise, the Collegiate Entrepreneurship’s Organization, and the Visiting Executive Program.

Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Executive Director Stub Estey and Entrepreneurship Programs Director Marc Compeau will assist Sugrue this year in making the final presentation to the judges.  Clarkson sophomore and Venture@Moore House representative Cristina Danial and entrepreneurship major Jessica Conklin, a junior and former CEO of Venture@Moore House, will also participate in the presentation.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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