The BI 10th Anniversary Gala was a huge success. Mr. Shatner giving a hope-inspiring wide-ranging talk about hope and innovation and challenging the audience of 400 to go out and make an impact and make the world better. Such a great guy, he stopped by a classroom to meet with the students and then choose to eat dinner at a table with the guests, not just be a celebrity in/out of the green room type. He helped us raise money for our innovation program and gave in an interesting/ inspiring talk. Maybe the best quote from his speech was “If you students take your diploma and scroll it up and look through it, as if it were a telescope, and fixate on points of light, you might see something different. You might see hope.” You can read about the event at http://communique.uccs.edu/?p=31589
The first BI Bold award was given to Mr. Shatner. Terry Boult, the founder of the BI and Nina Polok, the BI executive director, received acknowledgment. All three received custom innovation art pieces from renowned artist Rodger Stevens.
Thanks to Colleen Stiles and Ben Kwitek for their leadership, William Shatner as the keynote speaker, Hilary Billings as our MC, and the many many special guests, and the other faculty and student teams that help tirelessly behinds the scenes to make it successful.
My self, Preston Hare and Sam Elliot were so fortunate to get the chance to assist Dr. Colleen Stiles with teaching innovation and Entrepreneurship in Innsbruck Austria at MCI. What a great place to innovate and “transform ideas into impact” (UCCS BI).
Here is a picture of the students and teachers at Management Central Innsbruck (MCI). This picture was taken on the last day after the teams gave there investor pitches/presentations. They all did a stellar job!
Aside from the beautiful views from the classroom of the Austrian Alps, being a part of the 4 day class taught by Dr. Colleen Stiles in Innsbruck was a brilliant experience. 27 students from all over Europe and Asia were impressively open to learning how to be an entrepreneur and innovator.
We are very excited to talk about an exciting development from late last semester. We, down here at the BI House, received a Hydration Station through The Green Action Fund! BI student Regina Bohn and BI Faculty Nina Polok created a proposal to The Green Action Fund in Fall of 2014 for the Hydration Station and it is fully functional and set up.
The main difference between a Bachelor of Innovation degree and a Bachelor of Science degree is in the electives. The Major part of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Innovation degrees in any particular field have nearly identical coursework. In a Bachelor of Science the degree is an almost even split between General education (including structured electives) and Major Courses, while in a Bachelor of Innovation the innovation core covers most of the General education requirements, a few college level requirements, all while providing practical knowledge of the innovation process, entrepreneurship, how to work in teams, technical and proposal writing, business and intellectual property. The BI also structures many of the electives into one of four cross discipline core, each of which is a structure set of elective courses.
Join us at the Fourth Annual Mountain Lion Research Day! Friday, April 13, 2012 Gallogly Events Center at UCCS
Presentations 8:30-11:30 A.M. followed by Luncheon 11:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M
The purpose of Mountain Lion Research Day is to encourage and promote communication and collaboration between investigators at UCCS. This day has been set aside to recognize undergraduate and graduate student research efforts, highlight aspects of faculty research activities, and showcase the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus.
Open to all UCCS students, faculty, and staff Highlights research activities in ALL disciplines
This unprecedented program is motivated by a national need for innovation, and builds on our national reputation such as U.S. News and World Report rankings, that recognize UCCS as a leading university focused on undergraduate education. Being such a recognized leader in the region provides UCCS with a naturally innovative advantage.
It is not necessary just to take our word that an education in innovation is important. Please view a short news clip presenting Colorado’s own US Senator Michael Bennet. He recently visited UCCS specifically to discuss its unparalleled BI degree programs.
(Aired on Fox21 News 3/30/2010. Posted with their permission.)
Special thanks to those innovation students able to meet with our Senator: Alex, Derick, Josh, Teryn, and Steve. Senator Bennet sent a personal thank-you to the BI program, stating that he left that meeting excited and energized. His daughters also had a great time. It is never too early to start recruiting new innovation students!