Entrepreneurship for the Public Good

2008–2009 EPG Fellows

 

Stephen Dweh-Chenneh, Jr Stephen Dweh-Chenneh, Jr. ’10
Technology & Industrial Arts
Monrovia, LiberiaAs an EPG Candidate completing his second summer internship, Stephen Dweh-Chenneh worked at PD3, a product design and development company located in Mount Vernon, Kentucky.  PD3 works with entrepreneurs to design, develop, and distribute their inventions.  Among the several different projects Stephen worked on in the Summer of 2009 was the Aspen. The Aspen is a wind turbine product that is been designed to cater to the energy needs of rural farmers in the Appalachian region. Stephen assisted the design and development team that worked on the Aspen this summer. While providing Stephen an opportunity to engage and understand the green energy market within the Appalachian region, Stephen also gained insight into how startup entrepreneurs operate in the region and the obstacles or problems they encounter.
Roman Gladney Roman Gladney ’11
Psychology
Birmingham, ALDuring the Summer of 2009, Donovan Harrison-Calicker, Roman Gladney, and Gilbert Washington – a team of three EPG Candidates – worked together in Birmingham, Alabama to launch a community-based, non-profit theater project.  The project was developed as part of Hidden Wounds Ministries, an organization founded by CeDarian Crawford, Berea College ’09.  This three-person EPG internship team focused on the production of “The Misfits,” a play written and directed by Crawford that addresses issues of racism, classism, and sexism in the contemporary United States.   In their combined portfolio presentation, Donovan, Roman, and Gilbert will describe the pre-production activities they pursued, the entrepreneurial leadership abilities they applied and continued to learn, and the successes and failures they faced in helping to launch this non-profit theatrical organization.
Nathan Hall Nathan Hall ’09
Sustainable Agriculture and Industrial Management
Allen, KYThrough the course of his summer 2009 Directed Field Experience, Nathan Hall became intimately familiar with the inner-workings of one of the nation’s best-known commercial biodiesel plants: Piedmont Biofuels of Pittsboro, NC. He and his teammates recognized localized biodiesel production and use as a strong potential opportunity for Eastern KY during the initial summer of the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good. Nathan resolved to increase his knowledge of this business model so as to be in a better position to bring this green, sustainable biofuel technology to the Appalachian coalfields, where viable alternatives are long overdue. Nathan served as both a laboratory technician and a design-build worker during this experience. He ran a multitude of ASTM tests on commercial fuel and feedstock samples, as well as assisted with cutting-edge R&D. He also assisted with the planning and construction of commercial biodiesel systems for clients throughout the southeast. For additional information see www.biofuels.coop .
Donovan Harrison-Calicker Donovan Harrison-Calicker ’10
Communication
Chattanooga, TNDuring the Summer of 2009, Donovan Harrison-Calicker, Roman Gladney, and Gilbert Washington – a team of three EPG Candidates – worked together in Birmingham, Alabama to launch a community-based, non-profit theater project.  The project was developed as part of Hidden Wounds Ministries, an organization founded by CeDarian Crawford, Berea College ’09.  This three-person EPG internship team focused on the production of “The Misfits,” a play written and directed by Crawford that addresses issues of racism, classism, and sexism in the contemporary United States.   In their combined portfolio presentation, Donovan, Roman, and Gilbert will describe the pre-production activities they pursued, the entrepreneurial leadership abilities they applied and continued to learn, and the successes and failures they faced in helping to launch this non-profit theatrical organization.
Jesus Jacobo Jesus Jacobo ’09
Industrial Technology Management
Chatsworth, GATwo EPG interns executed their EPG Direct Field Experience titled The 2009 Dalton and Michoacan Initiative: Mapping, Invigorating and Strengthening the League of Latino Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Their mission was to implement and strengthen all that was learned in the first summer of instruction at the EPG Institute including but not limited to the six EPG abilities: Engaging uncertainty and complexity, exploring values and ethical structures, mobilizing resources, advocating change, facilitating group decisions, recognizing opportunity. To learn how small businesses are started and how they operate we shadowed four enterprises: The Latino chamber of commerce (CLILA- Coalition of Latino Leaders) which was one of our community partner organization, Francisco Palacios’ private enterprise, Operation Confetti and AMPES. The six abilities will explained and demonstrated throughout presentation focusing on the two weeks teaching Leadership and Entrepreneurship to 49 High School students in collaboration with Dr. Monte Salyer, the community partner sponsor/supervisor and Director of the Steps to College summer program at the other community partner organization Dalton State College. The experience was a success overall and the stories are endless. And so we are excited to share this adventure with our fellow Bereans.
Yelena Kobaliya Yelena Kobaliya ’10
Political Science
Abadan, TurkmenistanThe Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) Summer Institute of 2008 provides Yelena Kobaliya with new knowledge and skills during her summer 2009 internship at the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Washington, DC (http://www.refugees.org/).  Building upon the EPG six abilities Yelena discusses the traits of enthusiasm, hard work, persistence, open-mindedness, and eagerness as she explored the status of refugees worldwide, the resettlement programs in the United States, and the assistance and support refugees receive once they arrive in the United States. Her responsibilities included: liaison with research contributors and other civil society agents in refugee hosting countries for information and advocacy on the campaign against refugee warehousing, liaison with strategic constituents in grassroots campaigns to advocate for refugee protection, attending and reporting on relevant Congressional, governmental, and non-governmental meetings and sessions.
Xiliang Lin Xiliang Lin ’11
Mathematics and Economics
Junzi Village, ChinaEPG candidates learn to expand their social network. This presentation summarizes the directed field experience as a research assistant for Professor James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate in 2000. The research focused on discovering the insights of how early childhood intervention program for disadvantaged children operates. In order to discover the insights, the EPG intern examined the world’s most cited early childhood invention program, the Perry Preschool program, as an analytical model. While known to have significant effects on its participants, the Perry program operates in ways not well understood since it did not significantly impact participants’ IQ. In the presentation, The EPG intern will explain how he dealt with complexity and figured out the channels through which the Perry operates. The research also went beyond the scope of producing papers and focused on how to push for policy changes so that the research results could benefit the society.
Lorena Luna Lorena Luna ’10
International Studies, Communication
La Paz, MexicoTwo EPG interns executed their EPG Direct Field Experience titled The 2009 Dalton and Michoacan Initiative: Mapping, Invigorating and Strengthening the League of Latino Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Their mission was to implement and strengthen all that was learned in the first summer of instruction at the EPG Institute including but not limited to the six EPG abilities: Engaging uncertainty and complexity, exploring values and ethical structures, mobilizing resources, advocating change, facilitating group decisions, recognizing opportunity. To learn how small businesses are started and how they operate we shadowed four enterprises: The Latino chamber of commerce (CLILA- Coalition of Latino Leaders) which was one of our community partner organization, Francisco Palacios’ private enterprise, Operation Confetti and AMPES. The six abilities will explained and demonstrated throughout presentation focusing on the two weeks teaching Leadership and Entrepreneurship to 49 High School students in collaboration with Dr. Monte Salyer, the community partner sponsor/supervisor and Director of the Steps to College summer program at the other community partner organization Dalton State College. The experience was a success overall and the stories are endless. And so we are excited to share this adventure with our fellow Bereans.
Brittany Chanel Meadows Brittany Chanel Meadows ’12
Business (accounting)
Chattanooga, TNDuring the summer of 2009, the EPG intern partnered with the Hyden City of Commerce, to help expand their tourist programs. Brittany worked hand-in-hand with Fred and Rhonda Brashear to increase Hyden’s popularity. The work can be seen in several areas of Hyden. For those who cannot venture to Hyden, but would like to observe this candidate’s work, you may do so by visiting Hyden’s website http://lesliecoky.com.
Christine Morris Christine Morris ’10
Psychology
Fort Thomas, KYOver the course of six weeks, The EPG intern participated in the APA Summer Science Fellowship, sponsored by the American Psychological Association (http://www.apa.org), and hosted by George Mason University (http://www.gmu.edu) in Fairfax, Virginia. During the Direct Field Experience, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Eden King, associate professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, interviewing several members of the community and conducting research on prejudice reduction and the psychological principles, methods, and techniques of diversity training. Upon return to Berea, she spent time with Ms. Tashia Bradley, director of the Black Cultural Center (http://www.berea.edu/blackculturalcenter/), employing the knowledge gained at George Mason and putting together various materials on diversity.
Gilbert Washington Gilbert Washington ’10
Marketing
Kansas City, MODuring the Summer of 2009, Donovan Harrison-Calicker, Roman Gladney, and Gilbert Washington – a team of three EPG Candidates – worked together in Birmingham, Alabama to launch a community-based, non-profit theater project.  The project was developed as part of Hidden Wounds Ministries, an organization founded by CeDarian Crawford, Berea College ’09.  This three-person EPG internship team focused on the production of “The Misfits,” a play written and directed by Crawford that addresses issues of racism, classism, and sexism in the contemporary United States.   In their combined portfolio presentation, Donovan, Roman, and Gilbert will describe the pre-production activities they pursued, the entrepreneurial leadership abilities they applied and continued to learn, and the successes and failures they faced in helping to launch this non-profit theatrical organization.
Anda Weaver Anda Weaver ’10
Peace and Social Justice with concentration in Political Science
Bethany, WVThis story describes the summer Directed Field Experience working at a business as the enterprise transitions from primarily catering and selling food items at the Harrisonburg, VA  farmer’s market to moving into a permanent restaurant location. The restaurant “A Bowl of Good” specializes in healthy, organic food that is “Globally Inspired, Local Goodness”. The primary focus was to transform a tagline into an ongoing enterprise with standard business practices. By working with local food producers the EPG intern assisted in increasing the number of local food items used in the menu and establishing a composting system for the restaurant. Several other projects include assessing the feasibility of online soup sales, marketing research, and collaborating with other local food organizations in the area and Katrina Didot, owner A Bowl of Good Inc. Website: http://abowlofgood.com/
Amelia Wilson Amelia Wilson ’11
English Education
Greenup, KYAmelia Wilson was able to bring her passion for helping the homeless into her second summer internship as an EPG Candidate.  During the summer of 2009, Amelia joined the team at the Christian Shelter for the Homeless (CSH) in Laurel County, Kentucky.  Amelia’s portfolio presentation will review Learn how she was able to take the entrepreneurial leadership abilities she learned as part of EPG and create opportunities for CSH to reach an even larger number of people affected by homelessness in and around London, Kentucky.  In particular, Amelia will discuss her facilitation of greater involvement by homeless clients in developing the shelter’s ethos and services, and her efforts to find a sustainable funding model for the operation.  Finally, Amelia also will address how she was able to bring together her faith and her entrepreneurial leadership knowledge.
Hong Ren Zhang Durandal Hong Ren Zhang Durandal ’11
Economics
Cochabamba, BoliviaThe clean economy promises a great source of jobs and opportunity for growth as discovered by Hong Durandal in the summer of 2009. Through his work at MACED, Hong witnessed the growth opportunity at the technical level and also at the governmental level during his directed field experience.  Seen through the lens of the EPG six abilities, Hong conducted energy efficient projects and audits for the Berea City Hall, The City Hall of Hyden in Hyden, Kentucky, and in Renfro Valley.  Based on the mentoring of an expert MACED site sponsor, Hong describes the MACED environment and applies the EGP abilities and necessary skills and knowledge to advance the green economy. One of Hong’s outcomes is the understanding of the value of energy efficiency not only as a factor to improve cash flows for business or reduce electric bills in the 30 to 40 percent range, but also to discover new opportunities in an emerging growth industry.

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