Southeast Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 12-18


2013_stu_events_Entreprenuership WeekCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 29, 2012 — Students at Southeast Missouri State University and members of the Southeast community will join millions of people around the world to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 12-18.

“Entrepreneurs are job creators and innovators that are the foundation for our nation’s economic success. They see new ideas for better ways to do things to improve the quality of our lives,” said Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of Southeast’s Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor of entrepreneurship.

Global Entrepreneurship Week, now in its fifth year at Southeast, will connect young people everywhere through local, national and global activities to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators and to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and culture.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week is an initiative that inspires people to think big, to turn their ideas into reality, to make their mark,” Stapleton said. “The events we have prepared at Southeast Missouri State University will engage participants in various dimensions of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and will provide inspiration and resources to the next generation of entrepreneurs in our region, state and nation. We are proud to be the most active partner in Missouri for this program that brings millions of people together across the globe.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Southeast is directed by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Sponsors include the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, Departments of Mass Media, Theatre and Dance, and Industrial and Engineering Technology, Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the President. The Win! Women’s Night Out is also co-sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Women.

Keynote Presentation and Kickoff Ceremony

Second City Communications, the corporate services division of the world-renowned improvisational theatre company, The Second City, will kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week with an engaging and fun-packed keynote presentation, “Creativity and Innovation through Improvisation,” at noon Nov. 12 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public and is a part of Southeast’s 2012-2013 University Speaker Series.

“Creativity and Innovation through Improvisation” will demonstrate how to use the fundamentals of improvisation to change how people think, collaborate, present ideas and engage target audiences in business and organizational settings.

With the debut of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” populated by The Second City alums John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner, the theatre became internationally known for its ever-increasing roster of comedy superstars. Today, The Second City continues to produce the premiere comic talent in the industry. From Mike Myers to Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium.

‘Yoga for Entrepreneurs’

Entrepreneurs juggle many different relationships, challenges and responsibilities, with the end goal of harnessing these entities to work together in synch. The practice of yoga aims to bring the mind and body together to work as one, which leads to a clear mind and a full transition in order to approach each new task with the full attention it deserves.

Margaret Wells will present on Qigong from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at The Source – Yoga ‘n More, located at 2502 Tanner Drive #102 in Cape Girardeau. Zhineng Qigong is a new Qigong (Chi Gong, Chi Kung, Qi Gong) of the open type. This particular Qigong method is practiced by more than 10 million people worldwide, bringing benefits of improved health, greater creativity and increased mind/body awareness. Zhineng Qigong is known to be one of the safest forms of Qigong. No prior experience is necessary.

JoAnn Miller will present on yoga with Southeast’s Squirrel Squirrel Yoga Club from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in the University Center Program Lounge. Improved respiration, greater flexibility, weight loss and decreased stress are only a few of the benefits yoga has to one’s body, mind and spirit. This club is a great place to start for those who have no experience with yoga.

Instructor Lauren Jones will present on yoga from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 13 at The SourceᾰYoga ‘n More, 2502 Tanner Drive #102 in Cape Girardeau.

“My philosophy of yoga incorporates one of the definitions of yoga, which is ‘to yoke,’” Jones said. “The facilitation of your practice will concentrate on the physical alignment aspects of the poses (aka asanas) with the underlying principle that once the physical alignment is second nature, your mind can integrate the physical aspect of your practice with the mental aspect to truly create your own mind/body experience – your own yoga.”

David Johnson of Coolfire Media

David Johnson, partner, president, producer and director of Coolfire Media in the Greater St. Louis area, will deliver a keynote address at noon Nov. 14 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

A producer versed in the art of physical production, Johnson has the skill to realize a creative vision and an uncanny knack for bringing projects in on time and within budget. After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1994, he began his career at the top commercial production company in Houston, Texas. While there, Johnson produced national, regional and local commercials for clients such as Wal-Mart, Nations Bank, Texaco and Goya Foods.

In July of 2005, Johnson joined Coolfire Media as an in-house producer. During the past seven years, Johnson has become a partner in the three Coolfire companies and currently oversees the development and production of all television shows, commercials, online films, and audio and digital efforts for the company.

Coolfire Media is a full-service production and post studio offering directorial, editorial, motion graphics, animation, audio and original music composition. Coolfire Media collaborates on projects of all shapes and sizes – from working with advertising agencies that represent the world’s biggest brands to charity organizations.

Fault-Line Film Festival Awards and Screenings

The Fault-Line Film Festival showcases the creativity and innovation of students through filmmaking during various featured events at Southeast. During the festival, Southeast student script writers, actors, and video production and editing specialists are given the chance to spotlight their creative talents by competing for prizes and recognition.

Winning films from the competition will be screened, and $4,000 in prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

A red carpet reception will take place, winning films will be screened, and a People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Fault-Line Film Festival Gala, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre. Refreshments will be available, and door prizes will be awarded.

Winning films will be shown again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre. ‘Pathways to Entrepreneurship’

Two local entrepreneurs will share their stories of triumphs and challenges on the path to success at noon Nov. 15 in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. Presenters include Derek Cornelius, founder and president of Syntrax Innovations, and Daniel Mohorc, founder, president and chief executive officer of Galactic.

Cornelius is one of the leading minds in the fields of nutrition and dietary supplementation. He is credited with bringing to the market the most exciting and effective dietary supplement innovations of this age.

Galactic was founded by Mohorc in 1993 and specializes in motivational meetings and events, incentive programs, destination management services, website design and hosting, group and individual travel programs, airline concierge services, and communications services that create strong relationships between a company and the people driving its success.

Mohorc has an extensive background and broad range of experience in sales, marketing, management and the incentive industry. He has assumed responsibilities for planning and implementing sales strategies for the generation of new business, monitored competition to outline opportunities, pinpointed voids and opportunities on a per-chain basis, developed new sales and marketing programs, and coordinated efforts that generated sales results beyond planned goals.

He is a Copper Dome member, Alumni Monday speaker and Alumni Merit Award recipient. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeast in 1977 and has served as a guest speaker for the Donald L. Harrison College of Business.

The BIG Idea Awards Ceremony

The BIG Idea Competition is sponsored by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Southeast students who have great for-profit or nonprofit ideas and are looking to capitalize on them.

The winners of the Big Idea Competition will be announced at the Big Idea Awards Ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 15 in Robert A. Dempster Hall. Earlier in the semester, students were encouraged to submit their “BIG Ideas” by answering five strategic questions. Based on the answers to those questions, up to two student finalists from each college or school were selected to video a three-minute elevator pitch. A panel of judges from across the country selected the best BIG Idea.

WIN! Women’s Night Out

A Women Inspiring eNtrepreneurship (WIN!) reception will be held with special guest Tracy DeGraaf at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the River Campus Atrium.

DeGraaf is an author, speaker, humorist, stand-up comedian, entrepreneur and mother of five who inspires people to “laugh anyway” and make the best of every situation, no matter what. Her dynamic and entertaining presentations bring a positive and inspirational message to each audience. She encourages people everywhere to embrace life’s rewards and challenges with a hope-filled perspective. And, she does it all with a sense of humor.

DeGraaf has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Illinois State University. She trained at The Second City in Chicago and has been called “The Queen of Mom Comedy” when performing stand-up. She is a small-business owner and has years of experience as a top manager in the direct selling industry.

The goal of WIN! is to provide women the opportunity to network, share ideas and learn from inspiring women who are making their mark as entrepreneurs. To register to attend the Win! Women’s Night out, please visit

Coffee with the Entrepreneurs

Ginny Foster of Redline Electronics in St. Louis will be the guest speaker at Coffee with the Entrepreneurs, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16 in the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Start-Up Studio.

Redline Electronics is dedicated to making transportation safer by removing the temptation of cell phones for drivers and operators. The flagship product of RedLine Electronics is Phone Blox, a simple device that prevents distracted driving.

Coffee with the Entrepreneurs provides an opportunity for students to meet and have a conversation with experienced entrepreneurs and other enterprising Southeast students. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the United States and the Make Your Mark campaign in the United Kingdom in 2008. Students in 120 countries will participate in the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Week events.

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit or contact the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at (573) 651-2929 or email