Ashland University Team to Compete in Entrepreneurship Immersion Week Competition

Ashland University Team to Compete in Entrepreneurship Immersion Week Competition
The five Ashland University undergraduate students – (l-r) Christina A. Fox, Nell Cronin, Emily Bosley, Hosam Alkoshy and Christopher John Hassmann -- react to receiving the first place $2,500 check after winning last year's Business Concept Competition held as part of the Entrepreneurship Immersion Week. This year's team hopes to repeat this accomplishment.

July 28, 2014 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University team competing in the Entrepreneurship Immersion Week competition on Aug. 3-8 will try to follow in the footsteps of last year’s AU team that won the business concept competition.

Last year’s team of undergraduate students – Christina Fox of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; Nell Cronin of Loveland, Ohio; Emily Bosley of Wellington, Ohio; Hosam Alkoshy of Saudi Arabia; and Christopher John Hassmann of Mansfield -- won the event and received the first place $2,500 check after winning the competition for its improved public and commercial restroom product.

The Ashland University team competing in this year’s EIW competition at the University of Akron includes Hannah J. Betz of West Jefferson, Ohio; Morgan Hall of Seville, Ohio; Kristen Herrick of Mansfield, Ohio; Shelbie Prince of Groveport, Ohio; and Mac Kenzie Reece of Bellville, Ohio.

Ashland University alternates who will serve on other teams include:  Alex McHugh of Newark, Ohio, on the Cleveland State team; Alison Biro of New Franklin, Ohio, on the Lake Erie College team; and Zach Bernhard of Ashland, on the Lorain County Community College team.

Now in its eighth year, Entrepreneur Immersion Week is hosted by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC), of which Ashland University is a founding member. The 11 participating Ohio colleges and universities rotate as hosts of the one-week residential program. Through a grant from the Burton Morgan Foundation, students are provided with a scholarship that includes room, meals, course materials, and organized special events. All participating students receive a stipend for completing the program.

This year, participants, along with 17 faculty members from the 11 universities, will live in the Honors College Residence Hall. The packed schedule includes classes, brainstorming sessions, panel discussions and team meetings. The group also plans to attend an Akron RubberDucks baseball game in nearby Canal Park.

Betz, a senior, is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Business Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She serves as vice president of Eagle Entrepreneurs, founder and president of Co-ed Club Golf and a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Hall, a junior, is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and majoring in Finance and Business Management with a minor in Information Systems. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Herrick, a junior, is seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a minor in Psychology. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society and Ashland Commuter Eagles.

Prince, a junior, is seeking a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting. She is in the Honors Program, as well as a member of Varsity Softball team, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and IMA Accounting Club.

Reece, a senior, is seeking a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Biology and Biochemistry. She is president of the American Medical Student Association, executive officer of the Pre-Health Club, and scholarship chair of Phi Delta Theta.

Bernhard, a junior, is seeking a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biochemistry Major. He is in the Honors Program, a member of the Varsity Football team, vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a member of the Pre-Health Club, American Medical Student Association and Tri-Beta Biology Organization.

Biro, a senior, is seeking a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Toxicology and Chemistry. She serves as vice president of the American Chemical Society; treasurer of the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honorary; a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta; Choose Ohio First scholar and past co-chair of AUGIVS.

McHugh, a sophomore, is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with majors in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. He serves as treasurer of Eagle Entrepreneurs.

The Ashland team is coached by Read F. Wakefield, director of The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, at Ashland University and treasurer for the EEC. Wakefield will attend the event.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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