Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community Announced for Fall 2019

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Southeast Missouri State University has announced a new Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community to open in fall 2019 to foster the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of students.

The learning community is a collaborative partnership between the Office of Residence Life and the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to provide students unique experiential learning opportunities.

The community — open to sophomores, juniors and seniors – will allow students to connect their living experience in Donald G. and Gloria King LaFerla Hall with Catapult Creative House, said Dr. Alberto Dávila, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and Computing at Southeast.

“The entrepreneurship living and learning community will give some of our students an invaluable opportunity to develop and implement entrepreneurial ideas in collaboration with other students from different classifications and disciplines as well as with community entrepreneurs and faculty,” said Dávila. “This unique academic experience is consistent with Southeast’s quest to promote entrepreneurship education throughout our campus and to build on the experiential learning objective in our University’s mission.”

Learning Communities are groups of students with a shared academic interest or experience who live together, either on the same floor or within the same residence hall. These communities give residents an opportunity to challenge and shape their personal and professional identities. The new Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community will join several other Southeast living-learning communities, including visual and performing arts; Tomorrow’s Teachers; agriculture and environmental sciences; business students; cybersecurity, computer science and engineering; honors students; future medical professionals; and a pet friendly community.

Within the learning community, students will be divided into teams of three with a student from each class level and a variety of disciplines. Each team will have one faculty and one local entrepreneur mentor to help the team develop new and innovative ideas culminating in a competition at the end of the year in which students can earn monetary, scholarship and other prizes.

“One aspect we’re especially excited about is the opportunity to develop partnerships with faculty members from across the University interested in engaging students in this one-of-a-kind learning experience,” said Dr. Kendra Skinner, director of Residence Life at Southeast. “Learning communities have been identified as a high-impact educational practice and we believe the faculty and students who choose to participate will develop a strong connection to each other and a deeper understanding of what it takes to turn ideas into reality.”

Participating students will have opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial skills working with Junior Achievement, a global non-profit youth organization, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, along with industry visits and participation in other annual competitions at Southeast.

Students participating in the community also will have 24-hour access to the learning community studios on the second floor of Catapult Creative House, located at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. The studios will allow students to use any software and equipment in their development process.

Also as a part of the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community, students will take two courses — ER361 “Principles of Entrepreneurship” in Fall 2019 and UI498 “Senior Seminar” in Spring 2020.

Students interested in participating in the learning community for the 2019-2020 academic year should attend an informational session Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in LaFerla Hall Room 103.

Applications are available for students entering their sophomore year or higher and are due by 9 a.m. Dec. 3 to Allie Wisker, area coordinator with the Office of Residence Life, at awisker@semo.edu.

To apply, students must complete the application, submit an updated resume and provide two letters of reference from a faculty member and resident assistant or hall director. Application status will be shared with students the week of Dec. 10.

For more information regarding the community, the application process and how to submit an application, contact Wisker at awisker@semo.edu.