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News Service:

Annette Hacker, manager,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

09-24-04

Contacts:

Judi Eyles, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship,
515-296-6532

Kevin Brown, News Service, 515-294-8986

Opening of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community Sept. 29

AMES, Iowa -- The formal opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Iowa State University's new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the learning community's home on the fifth floor of Buchanan Residence Hall, Ash Avenue and Lincoln Way. The event is free and open to the public.

Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy, Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas Hill, and Dean of the College of Business Labh Hira will speak at 6 p.m. Tours of the facility will follow the presentations.

Thirty Iowa State students, ranging from freshman to graduate students, make up the first class of the learning community. Students enrolled in the learning community span a wide range of majors, including architecture, philosophy, and management information systems and performing arts. The learning community is one of the first "residents" of the recently renovated Buchanan Hall.

Judi Eyles, programs and marketing director for the ISU's Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and an advisor to the learning community, said students in the program have unique resources available to them for business development.

"Residents in the learning community will be able to take entrepreneurship courses and participate in a variety of learning and mentoring experiences to help them understand entrepreneurship and launch their own businesses," Eyles said. "In fact, the students just met last week with a group of Ames business people excited about partnering with students in developing business plans and creating businesses."

Parking for the event is available in the Memorial Union parking ramp. Due to construction, please enter Buchanan Hall from the southwest side of the building.

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ABOUT LEARNING COMMUNITIES AT IOWA STATE

A learning community is a small group of students who take courses together and may live together (or near each other) in the same residence hall. Learning communities were started at Iowa State in 1995 by faculty and staff who wanted to improve undergraduate teaching and the learning experience for their students. Today, there are more than 50 learning communities at Iowa State, and 43 percent of entering first-year students participate. Iowa State's learning communities are ranked among the top five programs in the country by US News and World Report (2003).

One-year retention, on average, is 8 percent higher for students in a learning community. Two- and three-year retention rates, on average, are 12 percent higher for these students, and four-year graduation rates have been 14 percent higher, on average.

Quick look

The formal opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Iowa State University's new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the learning community's home on the fifth floor of Buchanan Residence Hall, Ash Avenue and Lincoln Way. The event is free and open to the public. Parking for the event is available in the Memorial Union parking ramp. Due to construction, please enter Buchanan Hall from the southwest side of the building.

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"The learning community students just met last week with a group of Ames business people excited about partnering with students in developing business plans and creating businesses."

Judi Eyles, learning community adviser