November 25, 2013
Volume 8 | Issue 14 | November 25, 2013
Global Entrepreneurship Week competition
The Student Engagement Center would like to congratulate seniors Fernando Medina Corey and John Lee and sophomore Cody Burchfield for their first place finish in the community “Pain in the Glass” competition.
This Global Entrepreneurship Week event gave students from Whitman, Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla University the opportunity to submit business proposals to solve the issue of local glass recycling. The team who submitted the best proposal won a $500 cash prize from the City of Walla Walla and an additional $1000 gift from Silicon Valley Bank via Rob Freelen ’00.
Over 100 community members were in attendance at the Global Entrepreneurship Week closing ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 19, including leadership from the colleges, the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center and the Walla Walla City Council.
Additionally, a panel of Whitman alumni gave a panel discussion about their experiences founding their own start-up organizations. Alex Nugent ’03, Lisa Curtis ’03 and Ashley Trout ’03 presented their work in the fields of neurobiology, sustainable food products and wine-making.
The SEC would love to thank all those who helped to make Global Entrepreneurship Week a success. If you have any feedback about the program, please contact them.
Faculty news brief
Greg Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design, will premiere his latest work, comprising nearly 130 costume designs for the National Theatre of Albania production of Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser.
A team of international artists collaborated on the production to transpose Wagner’s work to the twentieth century and to take some modern liberties with the opera’s original intentions. This production of Tannhäuser will mark the first occasion Wagner has ever been performed in Albania.
The production has been funded and supported by numerous international agencies, including the Wagner Society, the International Music and Arts Foundation (IMAF), the American and German Embassies to Albania and the Ministry of Culture of Albania. The premiere performance will occur on Saturday, Nov. 23 and will be produced by the Teatri Komebtar e Baletit dhe Opera at the National Opera House in Tirana.