Communications alumni, faculty, students contribute to entrepreneurship week

A strong, talented mix of College of Communications alumni, faculty and students will play a role during the fifth-annual Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State.

The week of activities, scheduled Nov. 17-22 on the University Park campus, includes a series of more than 30 panels and presentations that are part of the global event designed to foster an international interest in entrepreneurship.

Millions of attendees in 120 countries participated in Global Entrepreneurship Week last year and Penn State -- with 20 events and 500 students attending -- ranked fourth in the nation among all listed partners. This year, Penn State organizers hope to rank even higher.

“Our efforts placed us squarely in the national spotlight. Naturally, being fourth spurred us on to strive to be No. 1,” said Linda Feltman, a senior business consultant for the Penn State Small Business Development Center who has worked closely with the communications contingent, and everyone associated with the entrepreneurship effort. “We have numerous exciting events planned and the cooperation across campus and between town and gown has been rewarding to watch unfold. It’s going to be a great week.”

Anne Hoag, an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications, has been a strong proponent of entrepreneurship efforts. She will serve on one panel during the week.

In addition, alumnus Jason Brewer, who founded Brolik Productions Inc. in 2004 and earned his film-video degree in 2006, will participate in two separate events and visit classes.

Several students also played an important role. Advertising/public relations student Mac Frederick, on track to graduate in December, will coordinate one event through Nittany Entrepreneurs, and will participate on two separate panels about student entrepreneurship.

A five-member team of communications students has helped coordinate publicity for the events at Penn State, too.

In addition to the College of Communications, six Penn State colleges have helped make the week of activities on campus a reality. They are: the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Arts and Architecture, the College of Engineering, the College of Health and Human Development, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and the Smeal College of Business. Student organizations that have partnered with the on-campus programs are: Happy Valley Communications, Innoblue, Nittany Consulting Group, Nittany Entrepreneurs and the Professional Management Association.

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Last Updated November 04, 2013