Entrepreneurship center now found at Manhattan College


When there is an entrepreneurship center — there is a way.

Manhattan College on March 2 announced the opening of a new center that will serve as a hub for entrepreneurship initiatives. Young entrepreneurs at Manhattan, or E@MC, are where students are provided a head start while turning their business ideas into a possible reality.

The center will also focus on initiatives such as Startup Bootcamp, the Notable Entrepreneur speaker series and a weekly startup roundtable discussion with the entrepreneur club.

Mike Kelly, managing director of Yellow Thread Ventures and Manhattan alumni majoring in marketing, made the center possible. He has also been a part of the college’s growth throughout the years by providing advice to develop the O’Malley School of Business while giving numerous donations. He has given more than half a million dollars, to be exact.

The center will be a “location for students to practice and plan for the annual Innovation Challenge business plan competition,” wrote David Koeppel, the director of media relations and strategic communications in a news release.

Hosted by the O’Malley School of Business, the competition awards more than $10,000 to develop student startups. The amount is divided among the winning teams judged annually by accomplished business professionals.

Last year, there were six judges, including Kelly and Manhattan professors, alumni and business leaders, including chief executive and operating officers.

It encourages students to bring to the table practical ideas or products. Each student who is teamed up can be in a different discipline. For example, Manhattan said engineers might team up with business students.


SUB: Bucknell University achievements

Stelle Michel, an undeclared management major, and Maya Freeman, neuroscience major who will graduate this spring, both earned dean’s list at Bucknell University during the fall semester of 2022.

The greater Riverdale students earned a grade point average of 3.5.

Bucknell, founded in 1846, is a private liberal arts college in the heart of Pennsylvania. As Bucknell students, they can choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors, allowing students to combine education fields of different interests.

Notable alumni include Bill Westenhofer, an engineering major who won two Academy Awards for best visual effects for his work on “Life of Pi” and “The Golden Compass.”

SUB: University of Vermont dean’s list

Paola Mena Henry of greater Riverdale, health and society and Spanish majors at the University of Vermont, was named to the fall 2022 dean’s list.

In Vermont University, to receive the academic honor of dean’s list, one must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class within their academic college or school within the university.

The school is located in Burlington, home to the arts scenes, museums and the state’s largest airport — Burlington International Airport. It also holds three colleges and Vermont University.

The institution is one of the top 100 national research universities educating over 14,000 undergraduate, graduate, certificate and non-degree students, including students from the Larner College of Medicine.

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