Members of the Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts Team at McPherson College are shown here with their work from two days of workshops spread on the wall behind them.
Members are: (Back row, left to right) Dr. Allan Ayella, assistant professor of biology; Adam Pracht, coordinator of development communications; Cy Rolfs, head women's basketball coach; Dr. Dustin Wilgers, assistant professor of biology; (front row, left to right) Dee Erway-Sherwood, associate professor and program director of graphic design; Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation; Dr. Tom Whalen, assistant professor of business; Matt Pfannenstiel, director of student recruitment; and David O'Dell, professor of accounting.
Lifting up traditional Liberal Arts education through the more recent concept of Entrepreneurship has been the focus for McPherson College now for more than two years.
Now a new Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts Team composed of faculty and staff has been named, and the members are working together to help find the next steps for entrepreneurship as the concept continues to be woven across the curriculum and student life. The goal is to engage the entire college community, clearly and simply express the mission of the entrepreneurship initiative, and help give direction to the innovative program.
“If you're always looking from the top down, you're going to end up getting one very limited perspective,” said Dr. Kori Gregg, director of entrepreneurship. “By bringing in people from across the organization of the college and welcoming feedback and input from everyone, we hope to end up with a stronger program that everyone involved has a stake in.”
The eight members of the team have committed to serving for two years. They met initially at a workshop lasting two full days Sept. 25 and 26 to build the team, formulate an extraordinary goal for the entrepreneurship initiative and develop their first projects to help the team reach that goal. Since then, the team has been meeting weekly while working individually on a variety of projects and research. The members of the team were selected from multiple departments and organizational units, both faculty and staff.
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