Ashland University Sets Entrepreneurial Brainstorming Session

4/18/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland High School and Ashland University have come together to create a program to get Ashland High School students thinking outside of the box in this year's Scholarship of Entrepreneurial Engagement (SEE) Program.

The program is a three-day event from April 19 to 21 that will culminate with an Entrepreneurial Brainstorming Program to be held at Ashland University's John C. Myers Convocation Center on April 21.

Ashland University's Entrepreneurial Brainstorming Session is a re-creation of its SEE Program's Fall 2010 Science and Technology Forum that took place at Hudson High School on Oct. 30. While the SEE Program held live science lectures, the Entrepreneurial Brainstorming Session will be a live brainstorming session following two days of discussion and lectures at Ashland High School.

The Scholarship of Entrepreneurial Engagement is an innovative education program designed to develop the economic and entrepreneurial intellect of high school students and open their minds to how they can use what they are learning to create economic opportunities for themselves and their community later in their lives. The SEE has a two-pronged focus of economics/science and science/technology and works to engage students to create a "culture of entrepreneurship" that can be a catalyst for future economic growth and development.

John Klipfell and Read Wakefield will start the program with a kick-off session in Ashland High School classrooms on Tuesday, April 19. Klipfell, former president and CEO of American Greetings, is the program director of the Scholarship of Entrepreneurial Engagement at Ashland University. Wakefield is the director of The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University.

The Center, located in the Dauch College of Business and Economics, offers state of the art curriculum, facilities, programs and services dedicated to student entrepreneurship across the Ashland University campus as well as support to the community at large.

Ashland High School educators Mariely C.Q. Dawson, a chemistry teacher, and science teachers Katherine Frey, Kristen Chapman and Erin Petruzzi will help facilitate and lead discussion for the 250 students attending this program.

The event culminates with the Entrepreneurial Brainstorming Session, which will encourage students to work in teams to brainstorm ways that science and technology developments could be entrepreneurially applied to society. The session will take place in the upper level of the Convocation Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 21.

Klipfell said the program is designed to give students the idea that the future will be full of change that will impact their lives. Through this program, students are encouraged to be lifelong learners capable of applying themselves and thinking entrepreneurially to address future problems and opportunities, he said.

Ashland University (<>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University 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.