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11-07-2014

Clarkson University Invites High School Students to Global Entrepreneurship Week Activities Nov. 18

The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University invites local high school groups and other prospective students to visit campus for Global Entrepreneurship Week at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Dean of School of Business Dayle Smith leads an Idea Jam with students. High school students are invited to join in an Idea Jam on Tuesday, Nov. 18.Clarkson is hosting a series of events on campus throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17 to 21, celebrating the lifecycle of a start-up business, from scholarly research to funding and market entry. Reh Center for Entrepreneurship Director of Operations Erin Draper said inviting high school students to Clarkson is an opportunity to show them that they can achieve their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

"I hope to take the myth out of entrepreneurship for high school students. I want them to realize that entrepreneurs aren’t only business students, but also students in engineering, health science, and arts and science programs," she said. "Being entrepreneurial is a valuable skill in any of the disciplines."

High schools can register with Associate Director of Admissions and Conference Marketing Jessica Carista at 315-268-3873 or jcarista@clarkson.edu .The deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 12.

High school students that visit will have opportunities to participate in a design challenge and tour the campus. The visiting students will get to work with current Clarkson students on an interactive, hands-on activity that demonstrates what it's like to be an entrepreneur.

"It's important for young people to consider business ownership as a viable and attractive occupation. As they seek out colleges, the coursework, real life business experience and development assistance offered should be on their list of high priorities," said St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brooke E. Rouse. "There is nothing better than seeing the academic and practical opportunities first hand to understand the impact it might have on your future."

In the evening, the students are invited to stay for an Idea Jam from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Rooms and Student Center. Clarkson School of Business Dean Dayle Smith will lead the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship's monthly Idea Jam session using the design thinking methodology. This event is open to students, staff and faculty, and pizza will be served.

"I really want the students to get a feel for what our culture is like at Clarkson," Draper said. "We're encouraging students to pursue ideas and to defy convention by taking the leap into entrepreneurship and innovation."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Dean of School of Business Dayle Smith leads an Idea Jam with students. High school students are invited to join in an Idea Jam on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/dsmith-idea-jam.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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