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Friday, May 24, 2013

UNCP gives out entrepreneurship awards, certificates

Founded in 2008, UNC Pembroke’s entrepreneurship programs have 170 students enrolled currently, 30 graduates and five business start-ups to its credit, Dr. Mike Menefee told the 2013 graduating class during an April 25 luncheon.

Earned Entrepreneurship Certificates - Front row from left: Matthew Siegel, Travon Joyner and Anthoni Clegg. Back row from left: Curtis Brooks, Ryan Friddle, and Dr. Mike Menefee.

Earned Entrepreneurship Certificates - Front row from left: Matthew Siegel, Travon Joyner and Anthoni Clegg. Back row from left: Curtis Brooks, Ryan Friddle, and Dr. Mike Menefee.

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Dr. Menefee is the Thomas Family Distinguished Professor of Entrepre- neurship and director of UNCP’s entrepre- neurship programs that include a certificate and minor course of study for undergrad- uates and a “track” for MBA candidates.

“We’re the UNCP program that includes the entire campus,” said Dr. Menefee, whose program originates from the School of Business. “There are more arts and science majors in our certificate program than any other major.”

Business opportunities cut across all disciplines, and the certificate and minor courses of study are open to students of any major. The certificate program consists of five courses (15 hours) and includes a capstone course where students develop a business plan for a start-up company.

The program also sponsors an elevator competition. Students get three minutes to pitch their new business. Winners this spring were:

  • 1st place ($500) – Kaitlyn Kelly, a public relations major (Mass Communications) from Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • 2nd place ($300) – Curtis Brooks, a journalism major (Mass Communications) from Jacksonville, N.C.
  • 3rd place ($200) – Marquese White, a business major from Rockingham, N.C.
  • 4th place ($100) – Nicole Yax, a music major from Fayetteville, N.C.
  • 5th place ($50) – Ashley Williams, a social work major from Charlotte, N.C.

Thermal Metals Company of Aberdeen, N.C., provided the cash prizes.

In his remarks, School of Business Dean Rami Masami described the entrepreneurship program as “rigorous.”

“This is a strong program that has already won several national awards and grants,” Dr. Maysami said. “We have given you the theory, not go out and practice.”

Six graduating seniors were awarded entrepreneurship certificates:

  • Curtis Brooks, a journalism major from Jacksonville, N.C.
  • Anthoni Clegg, a criminal justice major from Dunn, N.C.
  • Ryan Norman Friddle, a music business major from Kernersville, N.C.
  • Travon T. Joyner, a music major from Greenville, N.C.
  • Justin D. Rodgers of Louisburg, N.C.
  • Matthew Siegel, a music major from Cary, N.C.

For more information about entrepreneurship programs at UNCP, please contact Dr. Menefee at the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship at 910.775.4208 or email thomasfamilycenter@uncp.edu.

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