The official naming of the Entrepreneurial Academic Minor Program was held last week on Tuesday, April 16 in recognition of Paul H. (Pete) Slaugh, Jr. This program is Millersville University’s first named academic minor in entrepreneurship, and the first program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The ceremony was held in Biemesderfer Center where students will now have the opportunity to work directly with business leaders in the area. The Council of Trustees (COT) approved the new program in March and recognized Slaugh as a corporate leader in the Lancaster region, and for his financial contribution to the University. Slaugh is the managing director of Homesale Services Group for Prudential Real Estate in Lancaster, Pa., and is committed to supporting the program that will connect the business world with the University.
“Pete is endowing the minor with a large sum of money that will let us to grow the program from faculty to speakers, events, and a lot of flexibility,” said Dr. Stephanie Schwartz, Director of the Entrepreneurship Minor and for the Slaugh Entrepreneurial Program.
The program is a part of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC), which is located in the Washington House across from the Student Memorial Center (SMC). ELC works to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts and facilitate support of the entrepreneurial endeavors both on campus and in the community.
The new entrepreneurship minor is cross-disciplinary, meaning that it can be combined with a multitude of other majors or minors. Schwartz explained how students from all across campus are taking the classes and combining it with a variety of other majors like journalism, art, business, social work, anthropology and computer science.
“I see that the minor has a lot of potential here at Millersville University,” said Wesley Toth, Graduate Assistant for ELC, “I feel that a lot of interest will be increasing in the years ahead as people become more aware of it.”
The new Entrepreneurship minor began last semester, Fall 2012, according to Schwartz. She explained how she has been involved in the process of developing the curriculum for the past three years and was co-chair of the curriculum minor committee.
The minor encourages students of all majors to identify opportunities and value and to develop the art of creative problem solving. The goal is for students to learn to think entrepreneurially and to recognize opportunities, prioritize and manage problems, and demonstrate the initiative to pursue ideas. From small business, corporate, social or educational aspects of the core divisions of entrepreneurship, students will also be able to translate opportunities into sustainable solutions, formulate a business plan as a valued assessment tool, write a venture plan that guides a sustainable solution and outlines the competencies needed to execute the plan, devise a clear and compelling value proposition to win support for their ideas and translate that support into effective action, and develop ethical orientations to make informed decisions, create strategies, practice leadership, and build relationships.
“We’re dedicated to anything that’s related to entrepreneurship,” said Toth.
The mission of ELC is derived from three core values, which are: to lead the advancement of the science and practice of entrepreneurship; to educate aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs in the art and science of value creation; and to serve the entrepreneurship community.
“I think that what we want to do is create a really active core of entrepreneurship students and then we’ll be able to grow from that basis,” said Schwartz.
For more information regarding the new Entrepreneurship Minor, ask your advisor or contact:
Dr. Stephanie Schwartz, Director of the Entrepreneurship Minor:
Dr. Jennifer Jester, Director for the Department of Entrepreneurial Leadership Center:
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