ISU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community doubles size

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community will be able to accommodate twice as many students in Fall 2005. The community opened on the fifth floor of Buchanan Hall Sept. 29 with 30 students.

Completed renovations of Buchanan allow the entrepreneurship learning community to fill both wings of the third floor.

Information sessions on joining the entrepreneurship learning community will be in the fifth floor den of Buchanan Hall the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 18, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m.

"We want to bring in more students with an interest in entrepreneurship, and are excited to have the additional space in Buchanan that allows us to offer 70 students a part of this experience," Judi Eyles, assistant director for ISU's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, said. "The learning community is off to a great start and we hope several of the current students will stay involved next fall."

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community is open to all students, from freshmen to graduate, and from all colleges and programs. Students now in the program have a wide range of majors including architecture, philosophy, performing arts and management information systems.

One current resident, Megan Todd, a freshman pre-business student from West Des Moines, said "community" is the reason she joined the program.

"Living in the entrepreneurship learning community has given me a chance to listen to other students' ideas about business," Todd said. "Those discussions help me generate my own ideas. We all work together for a common goal and encourage each other to pursue individual goals. "

Entrepreneurship learning community members have opportunities for specialized business education, help develop student-run business ideas and participate in a professional mentoring network.

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