Institute for Global Enterprise at UE Plans Social Enterprise Week

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Institute for Global Enterprise at the University of Evansville is planning Social Enterprise Week from April 6-11. The Institute will host a variety of events on UE’s campus focused on raising awareness of social enterprise and social innovation as a career path for students. Activities include speakers and a student competition.

“Ignite Your Passion”
Sunday, April 6, 4-6 p.m.
Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center

Moderated by Institute for Global Enterprise Executive Director Katie Ciccarelli, speakers share how their success and impact came from pursing their passion. These short, information rich, TED-style talks will be followed by a reception and opportunity for discussions. The goal is to inspire individuals to take action and make a positive impact on local and global communities. This is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP:

Guest speakers for “Ignite Your Passion” are:
Bryce Weiler
UE student, Sports Management

Weiler will discuss “A Chance to Live My Dreams.” College basketball has always been an important part of Wheeler’s life. “Throughout my journey,” he says, “I have learned how to overcome challenges and conquer obstacles. I hope to be able to show others how to live their dreams and let nothing stand in their way.”

Paul Medcalf
Director, Sustainable Business Ventures

Medcalf’s topic is “Liberia & Lessons Learned that Lead to Lyrical Literacy and a Longer Life.” He will illustrate “how an entrepreneur is using naval maneuvers in the Midwest through noteworthy networks to lift up an African country - decimated by civil war for decades – into sustainability.”

Joel Nash
UE Student, Business Management

Nash will discuss “Relinquishing Fears to Enhance Change.” He will explain how “through the pursuit of soccer dreams, fears were conquered and true purposes realized by a deeper core passion for benefiting every environment. Without the sometimes agonizing journey, I never would have achieved such personal fulfillment.”

Thomas A. Kazee, PhD
President, University of Evansville

“It’s a Good Work” will be the title of President Kazee’s talk. A useful test of whether a person has made the right vocational choice is if he or she would describe it as “good work.” President Kazee will explore what good work means and discuss how such a standard has shaped his own career choices.

“Define Your Own Road in Life – Roadtrip Nation”
Thursday, April 10, 4-5:30 p.m.
Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center

Southern California based Roadtrip Nation (RTN) co-founder Brian McAllister and team member Jason Manion discuss their story as social innovators following their passion to encourage students to define their own roads in life through education. Their curriculum provides students with the tools needed to "get out into their communities and around the globe and connect what they learn to the real world.” This is free and open to the public.  A reception follows the presentation. To attend, please RSVP:

“Changemaker Challenge”
Friday, April 11, 4-5:30 p.m.
Eykamp 251, Ridgway University Center

Changemaker Challenge gives students the opportunity to compete with their world changing ideas for a prize of $1,000. Students (individuals or teams) will compete for a cash prize by giving a 5-minute conceptual pitch on the social enterprise start-up of their design. Diverse perspectives such as cross-disciplinary or cross-cultural will be rewarded.

This event is also free and open to the public. To RSVP, go to:

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