07.06.18 Baylor Baugh Center Entrepreneurship UpdatesJuly 6, 2018
Dear Friends and Partners,
I am writing this letter to update you on recent developments from the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and alert you to upcoming events and opportunities.
The mission of the Baugh Center is to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship among varied constituents outside the walls of Baylor Business classrooms. God has blessed our team with generous friends and partners like you with a common heart to help foster and equip likeminded business leaders for worldwide service from within and outside the Baylor community according to the Christian tenets outlined in the Baylor University mission.
The Baugh Center's Living and Learning Center continues to flourish as a popular entrepreneurship-themed community of students living on Baylor campus; student enrollment in the Business & Innovation Living and Learning Center (B&I-LLC) for fall 2018 exceeded expectations. The B&I-LLC was the first LLC on campus to reach capacity, indicating high demand for limited supply. This spring, we rolled out our new "BIZ-point" competition. B&I-LLC students were able to earn BIZ-points for attending up to 27 events geared towards Entrepreneurship, Professional Development, and Community/Outreach. Events included a new "Girl Business" program for aspiring females in Entrepreneurship, monthly lunches with business people and faculty, as well as a variety of volunteer opportunities at Baylor and in the Waco community. We awarded BIZ-point prizes (scholarship, backpacks, fleeces, etc) at our final banquet in April.
The Confessions of an Entrepreneur lunch-time speaker series will return this fall for a third semester. This speaker series is designed to build community by promoting local entrepreneurs and to also show the audience that there is more than one path to successful new venture creation. The fall lineup includes three speakers with very unique paths – from food truck to brick and mortar, the purchase of an existing business, and the fusion of faith with business. For more information on Confessions of an Entrepreneur, visit our website. To view videos of past Confessions speakers, please visit the Baylor Baugh Center YouTube page.
In June, the Baugh Center successfully concluded its first Train the Teachers (T3) instruction to serve high school entrepreneurship educators. The two-day "Visioneering" course offered a unique values-based, experiential business and innovation learning model specifically contextualized for high school teachers and their students. The T3 Visioneering course teaches the business start-up and planning process and provides entertaining instruction on varied topics such as social responsibility and financial reports. To develop the engaging curriculum, Baylor Entrepreneurship faculty members Bradley Norris and Gib Reynolds collaborated with education and entrepreneurship groups such as Education Service Center Region 12 and the Free Enterprise Institute at the Dr. Pepper Museum. For more information regarding T3, please contact Linda Ramirez.
Each year during the spring semester, the Baugh Center facilitates practical connections between alumni and current entrepreneurship students, primarily through two programs: 1) student scholarships and 2) summer internships. This spring, dozens of scholarships were awarded to our excellent students through the generosity of Baylor alumni with a common burden for providing leadership and entrepreneurship education. In particular, we would like to congratulate Flower Mound senior, Andrew Kuykendall, who was awarded full tuition through the prominent Drayton McLane Jr. Hankamer School of Business Scholarship and John Graham Jones Scholarship. Andrew is an entrepreneurship / management information systems double major. Andrew described the honor of receiving the scholarship funds:
"Since High School, my parents told me I would have to find a way to fund my education. My father passed away in February 2017, so to be taken care of financially allows me to focus on my studies without having to worry about where the money will come from. I’ve been nothing but blessed at Baylor by the faculty and staff and I’m honored they selected me to receive these prestigious scholarships."
Andrew currently plans to work in the IT department at Phillips 66 in Oklahoma after graduation. His ultimate dream job, however, is to own and operate multiple franchises and to start his own dessert food truck business, S’mores D’oeuvres.
Andrew says, "I am honored to receive these prestigious scholarships, and I am blessed to call myself a Baylor bear!"
In June, Baylor campus was busy with incoming freshmen attending orientation to learn about their year ahead. Someone passed along A VIDEO from two incoming freshmen entrepreneurs who made their choice to attend Baylor in part due to the Baylor Entrepreneurship program. Please let us know if you are aware of any other Baylor students you would like to recommend for the Entrepreneurship program!
I appreciate you and would love to hear from you!
Dr. Kendall Artz
Director, Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise
Curtis Hankamer Chair in Entrepreneurship
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