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11-24-2003

Clarkson Chapter Of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Recognized With National Awards

The Clarkson University chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), an entrepreneurship network serving more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide, received three awards at the organization’s national convention held earlier this month in Chicago.

The Clarkson team received the Best Teaching Award, along with two runner-up awards for Best Chapter Fundraiser and Best Chapter Exhibit. This is only the second time the Clarkson team has competed. Last year the team won Best Chapter Web Page and Best Chapter Business Plan.

“The Clarkson team has earned five national awards in its two years of existence,” said Marc Compeau, director of entrepreneurial programs at the Clarkson School of Business and adviser to the group. “That is a remarkable record and one that speaks volumes about the talent, organizational skills and leadership abilities of these particular students and the effectiveness of Clarkson’s hands-on, project-based approach to education in general.”

The Best Teaching Award is given to the club that best demonstrates a desire to teach entrepreneurship to the local community. Earlier this year, Clarkson’s CEO teamed up with the University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) to teach elementary children how to become entrepreneurs. The clubs visited local schools and taught 50 students, ranging from age five to age 12, how to start their own businesses. The elementary school students then created, advertised and marketed a business that sold baked goods in Cheel Arena on the Clarkson campus. The young entrepreneurs faired extremely well, turning out a profit of over $150 that was donated to the Walker Cancer Treatment Center in Watertown, N.Y.

Clarkson’s CEO was also named runner up for Best Chapter Fundraiser for their “Kids’ Knight,” a Halloween-themed party for children in the Potsdam area. The fundraiser offered games that included a pumpkin hunt, monster mash limbo, a mummy wrap, and a revenge of the slime race.

The chapter’s other runner up award for Best Chapter Exhibit was in recognition of Clarkson’s exhibit created and displayed at the national convention that showcased the chapter’s projects and accomplishments.

In addition to the awards received, Clarkson CEO was invited to present two of their businesses at a workshop that highlighted outstanding ideas of chapters from around the world. The students presented the University Bookstore/CEO Kiosk and CUOutfitters.com, two businesses operated and managed by the club. The kiosk in Cheel Arena provides a convenient location for students and hockey fans to buy Clarkson merchandise while the Web site, CUOutfitters.com, sells emblematic merchandise and apparel such as fleece blankets, polo shirts, and golf gear.

Twelve of the 30 members of the Clarkson CEO team attended the convention this year: Scott Ellsworth ’04, Spencerport, N.Y.; Patrick Henson ’05, Southboro, Mass.; Adam Seeley ’05, Vestal, N.Y.; Ryan Joy ’06, Fort Ann, N.Y.; Nicholas Semeraro ’05, Waterbury, Conn.; Dustin Logan ’05, Gloversville, N.Y.; Kimberly Gillette ‘05, Clay, N.Y.; Kenneth Naughton ’06, Kennebunk, Maine; Karla LaPoint ’06, Herman, N.Y.; Maggie Lander ’06, Shrub Oak, N.Y.; Christina Schober ’05, North Hillsdale, N.Y.; and Sarah Jozefiak ’05, Adams, Mass.

CEO’s mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.  The organization offers excellent networking opportunities and serves as an informational resource for prospective entrepreneurs. With chapters on campuses throughout the U.S. and the world, CEO is one of the fastest growing student organizations.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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