Ursinus College’s second strategic interdisciplinary Center: U-Imagine! The Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies, will build on the Ursinus culture of creativity and collaboration by connecting the capacity for integrative thinking with an entrepreneurial mindset. The Center embodies the College’s commitment to providing a rigorous liberal education that cultivates sound judgment essential for a satisfying career and a useful life.
The Center will be directed by an interdisciplinary faculty team: Carol Cirka from Business and Economics, Rebecca Jaroff from English, and April Kontostathis from Mathematics and Computer Science. The U-Imagine! Center will develop an entrepreneurial spirit that permeates the Ursinus campus culture and fosters entrepreneurial competencies in students regardless of major or post-graduate goals.
Several existing entrepreneurial initiatives, including the U-Innovate! competition and the U-Inspire! lecture series, will come under the umbrella of the U-Imagine! Center, and there will be additional creative programming as the Center evolves. All students, faculty and staff should see themselves as potential users of the Center. Look for announcements in early 2014 regarding faculty development opportunities and a student consulting program.
Throughout our curriculum, students master the communications skills and achieve the scientific, cultural, and historical literacy that are fundamentals of a liberal education. The mission of the U-Imagine! Center is to extend these competencies and give students the confidence and the ability to recognize and take full advantage of opportunities to apply their learning. We aspire to enable our students to become creative and compassionate leaders.
The U-Imagine! Center thus joins the Center for Science and the Common Good as a second pillar for interdisciplinary study in and beyond the classroom.
Said Dr. Fong in his campus-wide announcement Dec. 13, “We are hopeful that U-Imagine! The Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies will make Ursinus even more distinctive in the liberal arts marketplace.”