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Source: Jeff Hornsby, 785-532-1301,
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News release prepared by: Tresa Landis, 785-532-3917,

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship is sponsoring two presentations by Donald F. Kuratko, a prominent scholar and leader in the field of entrepreneurship.

Kuratko is the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship, professor of entrepreneurship and the executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Under his leadership, Indiana's entrepreneurship program has been ranked the No. 1 graduate business school and the No. 1 undergraduate business school for entrepreneurship among public institutions by U.S. News and World Report.

K-State students, faculty, staff and community members contemplating entrepreneurial action are invited to attend Kuratko's presentations, which are both free.

The first presentation will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. Kuratko will discuss "Creating the Entrepreneurial Campus for the 21st Century," sharing his experiences and insights about what it takes for creating an entrepreneurial university. He will illustrate paths for integrating entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking across the university.

His second presentation, at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9, in the K-State Student Union's Big 12 Room, will be "The Entrepreneurial Imperative." Kuratko will discuss why today's rough economic times necessitate entrepreneurial thinking and action.

Before coming to Indiana University, Kuratko was the Stoops Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and founding director of the entrepreneurship program at Ball State University. The program continually earns national rankings from Business Week, Success magazine, the Journal of Management and others.

Kuratko has published more than 160 articles and 24 books on aspects of entrepreneurship, new venture development and corporate innovation. In addition, he has been a consultant on corporate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial strategies to a number of major corporations.

K-State's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship works to bring faculty and students from across disciplines together to foster entrepreneurship on campus and in communities across Kansas.