Cross Campus Entrepreneurship - ERJ Special Issue

Written by Joseph Roberts Sunday, 17 August 2014 08:35

Hello Coleman Fellows and Directors:

During the 2014 Fellows Summit that just ended several members of the community were interested in obtaining copies of articles published by Entrepreneurship Research Journal (ERJ) on Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Education (January 2014 Volume 4, Issue1). 

Below is the link that will take you to the ERJ site where you will find  information on how to access these articles.

As recognized at the summit we are creating a new approach to spreading entrepreneurship across campuses in the United States and hope these articles will help you with that process.

Joe Roberts


#FellowsSummit14 Handouts

Written by Joseph Roberts Thursday, 14 August 2014 20:57

Attached are handouts used by presenters at the 2014 Fellows Summit.


Coffee Hour Dates

Written by Joseph Roberts Thursday, 14 August 2014 20:41

Monthly Coffee Hours' Dates for 2014 -2015 Fellows Academic Year:

All Coffee Hours are conducted using WebEx online meeting platform. They are usually one hour long from 10 am to 11 am Chicago Time, (Central Time Zone). Topics subject to change.


Date                                      Attends          Topic

September 26, 2014                All                  Summit Follow Up & Fellows Website

October 24, 2014                   All                  Teaching Opportunity Recognition Update

November 21, 2014                All                  Fellows Leader Board

December 19, 2014                Directors        Interim Report Requirements          

January 16, 2015                     All                  Teaching Feasibility Plan Update

February 27, 2015                  All                   Marshmallow Challenge Update

March 27, 2015                      All                  Teaching E in The Arts Update

April 24, 2015                        All                  Community Update

May 22, 2015                         Directors        Program Wrap-Up, Final Report



Written by Program Director Thursday, 14 August 2014 20:32

114 Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows are gathering tomorrow at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois to continue the building of a community of practice, COFFEE COP.

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The Coleman Fellowship: Experiences and takeaways

Written by Anirban Adhya Monday, 11 August 2014 09:02

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The Coleman Fellowship: Experiences and takeaways

Anirban Adhya

Coleman Fellow 2013-2014

Lawrence Technological University


The 2013-2014 Coleman Fellowship allowed me to modify the Advanced Design Studio 1, a graduate architecture design studio I teach at the Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design. For this class, the Coleman experience adds critical value in five distinct ways:


First, the Coleman Fellowship helps integrate framework and knowledge of entrepreneurship into architecture design. The studio is on urban wilderness, focusing on human-nature relationship in the city. The entrepreneurial framework will help students understand nature in the city as an asset and attribute possible economic values to human-nature relationship. The question of economic value is particularly critical in a discipline that emphasizes aesthetics and social equity.


Second, the Coleman Fellowship encourages alternate strategies for data collection as a tool for documentation and research. In a research-driven pedagogy, this is important for students to have different tactics to understand their environments. Data collection is considered as a vehicle to have students get out in the field and interact and engage with the environment on ground, a vital step in the embedded research process.


Third, the Coleman Fellowship assists to connect specific on-ground hands-on approach to systematic thinking across multiple scales. This is important for students to develop a grounded understanding based on theory and practice resulting in a “situated knowledge” for placemaking. The students will learn the value of small-scale and specific steps in the context of larger questions of sustainability in cities.

Read more: The Coleman Fellowship: Experiences and takeaways


Betsy Hays Named Associate Director

Written by Tim Stearns Thursday, 17 July 2014 12:16

Congratulations to Associate Professor Besty Hays who was named Associate Director of Fellows Program at Cal State Fresno.

Follow this link for the full story.

Tim Stearns

Rutherford - ISU Activity Report

Written by George Rutherford Friday, 20 June 2014 12:51

George Rutherford, First Year Coleman Fellow, Department of Physics, Illinois State University

My first year as a Coleman Fellow at Illinois State University was an exciting and challenging ride that was certainly outside my prior education and training.  The fun started in the “courtship period”, those months before I was formally invited to become a Fellow.  Mark Hoelscher, the director of the George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Education as well as the co-director of the Coleman Fellows program at ISU, invited me to attend the Experiential Classroom workshop at Oklahoma State University.  I highly recommend this valuable and intense workshop (but I suspect most Coleman Fellows are familiar with it and have already attended).  I was especially impressed with Jeff Stamp and others who showed us how to teach creativity (our team’s contribution to the “Create a New Breakfast Cereal Sensation” contest was chosen by Jeff as one of the top three ideas, so I guess we caught the creativity bug).  The teaching was energetic and inspired, the information conveyed was timely and valuable, and the enthusiasm was impossible to miss!  I was also able to convince other entrepreneurially-minded folks at ISU to have our institution join NCIIA after attending that organization’s Open conference (another trip that is well worth the time and expense, in my opinion).

Read more: Rutherford - ISU Activity Report


Donegan end of year report

Written by Lorraine Donegan Friday, 20 June 2014 11:06

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Coleman Faculty Fellows Program

Final Report

Lorraine Donegan

June 16, 2014

The Cal Poly Design & Development Hackathon is an excellent example of interdisciplinary work integrating students, faculty and staff. Most importantly it solidifies the concept of entrepreneurship for our students. The event kicked off Feb. 7, with 81 participants forming 23 groups and developing project ideas. At the end of the 12-hour Hackathon groups presented to a panel of judges. A few of the projects from the 2014 Hackathon are being further developed for future consideration for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s SLO Hothouse. Other student groups have formed to be a part of Innovation Quest (IQ) and Startup Weekend SLO. 

The Cal Poly Design & Development Hackathon will be an annual event and our students are already planning their ideas and forming their teams for 2015. I have integrated the Hackathon as part of my Web Design and Production course (GrC 339). In addition I have added 4-5 guest speaker slots in my 339 lecture schedule to include Skype sessions with our alumni who are currently working for startup firms such as iCracked, Lyft, Uber and Pandora. 

Most recently I was asked to be a part of the Instructional Innovation Showcase for Cal Poly’s Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology as an opportunity for community building among faculty interested in intriguing ideas for innovative teaching. The focus of this Showcase was to share teaching techniques that leverage technology and entrepreneurship for student learning to serve as models, inspiration and motivation for Cal Poly faculty. I have attached my slides to this report. 

I am happy to say there has been a shift in our department’s mindset and curriculum which has prompted our department to begin the strategic planning process for our next curriculum cycle. Our department has a long history (and legacy) in the printing and publishing industry. Entrepreneurship was a subject rarely discussed much less integrated into our curriculum but I am happy to say it is constant theme in our strategic planning process. 

I can attribute the success of the Hackathon to my engagement with the Coleman Fellows and Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneuship, specifically Dr. Jon York, Chelsea Brown and Jake Disraeli.


Orlowski Final Activity Report - June 2014

Written by Edward Orlowski Monday, 16 June 2014 10:04

Attached is my final activity report for my Activist Architecture and Design Studio.  This has been a tremendous opportunity, and hopefully the start of a new direction for my class and my students.  Perhaps the results are best summed up by student Julia Jovanovic:

“Rather than narrowing my future prospects to strictly my professional training as an architect, it (the studio) revealed a broad spectrum of opportunities, which I was qualified and eager to undertake. The experience was enhanced further by the prospects of community involvement, which added a deeper level of satisfaction to my efforts and produced a higher quality product. With new confidence and understanding of the limitless possibilities granted by a holistic education, hard work, and activism I feel more prepared to determine my own destiny and improve not only my life, but the lives of those around me.”

In addition, working with the Coleman Faculty Fellows program has also helped inspire me to investigate forming my own design / research lab to help further the projects initiated by my students.

Please visit our studio blog and Facebook page for more updates:

Edward Orlowski


Break-Even Point

Written by Klaus Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:00

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The break-even point

A business achieves a break-even position when its accumulated contribution margin -- sales revenues less all costs directly associated with those sales -- equals the fixed costs of running the business. This situation is known as the break-even point, when a business is covering its costs but making neither a profit nor a loss. Once this point is reached, each additional unit sale produces a profit for the business. To establish at what point it will break even, a business must accurately determine the nature and extent of its costs.

This presentation will explain how the break-even point is calculated.

Klaus Tenbergen

Carriage House Press Final Report

Written by Lyle Salmi Monday, 09 June 2014 09:21

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A few thoughts/observations on the activities of Carriage House Press for the academic year 13-14.

In October of 2013, Carriage House Press hosted visiting artist Benjamin Rinehart.


Ben teaches printmaking and drawing at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. students had the opportunity to work alongside Ben as he created a multicolor woodcut print using his "pressure printing" techniques, which afforded the students to learn some new techniques to use in their own work. Ben also critiqued student artwork during his visit, and presented a public lecture on his work. 

Read more: Carriage House Press Final Report


What I learned...Bill Johnson Final Report

Written by William Johnson Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:49

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This past Spring Semester, I taught ENT/HHS250: Spirituality and Entrepreneurship to 12 students, some interested in creating their own business, some just wanting exposure to the world of entrepreneurship.  My favorite "activity" for the semester was the bartering exercise, where I had the students trade a 2" binder clip for some ultimate item.  Although many of the students did not achieve their ultimate item, most enjoyed the process of being able to acquire "stuff" without having to spend money (including myself).  Several students created blogs to either document their experience in class or to help promote their "work," including:

  • creating a 5 course vegan dinner menu that lead to starting a catering business and vegan food truck.
  • creating a fashion blog that lead to a side business of selling thrift items on Etsy.
  • taking pictures of feet in a variety of settings that lead to the creating of a book.
  • attending a Toastmasters event that lead to an internship in a speaking center and starting a Toastmasters group on campus.
Not only did each student create a final project that illustrated their creation, but they inspired and challenged me to grow my own speaking and training business.

This course was THE MOST engaging course I've taught in 25 years in higher education!  I had an opportunity to inspire students to create projects based on their purpose and passion; I watched them come alive as they continued to grow their creation from an idea to something tangible!  It makes me wonder why we don't provide more opportunities for students to engage in more meaningful activities EVERY semester, instead of just once or twice in their academic career.  And I also realize that I need to change the name of the course to "Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship," since a good portion of the course was spent on developing their purpose and identifying their "work" to impact others.  Very rewarding!

Spirituality and Entrepreneurship - Final Syllabus

Written by William Johnson Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:18

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Attached is the final syllabus for HHS250: Spirituality and Entrepreneurship


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