Gift lets entrepreneurship faculty hire assistants

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Melissa Osgood

Eight faculty members from five colleges, as well as Cornell Tech, were honored recently with awards from the Louis H. Zalaznick Teaching Assistantship program. The awards allow them to expand their courses or hire teaching assistants.

The program, administered by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, was established in 1993 by David W. Zalaznick ’76, a current Cornell Trustee, and his wife, Barbara ’76, to honor David’s father, Louis. The awards allow faculty affiliated with Entrepreneurship at Cornell to extend their capacity to work with students by providing assistant(s) to help with their courses and/or course development.

Zalaznick award winners for this year, and their projects:

  • Robert Karpman, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering and director of the business minor for life science majors, will support assistants in his fall and spring classes: The Business of Modern Medicine; Preparing a Business Plan for a New Venture; and The Business Laboratory: Implementing your Business Plan and Starting your Business in a Virtual Setting.
  • David BenDaniel, the Don and Margi Berens Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, will hire assistants for his Private Equity Practicum.
  • Mona Anita Olsen, assistant professor and associate academic director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship in the School of Hotel Administration, will support two classes: Global Conversations with Entrepreneurs International Practicum and Technology for Bootstrapped Entrepreneurship.
  • Mike Timmons, professor of biological and environmental engineering, will hire assistants for his Entrepreneurial Management for Engineers class.
  • Deborah Streeter, the Bruce F. Failing professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, will use the funds to support her Women, Leadership and Entrepreneurship class.
  • Wes Sine, professor of management and organizations at the Johnson School, will use the funds to support two classes: Strategic Management of Innovation and a new course, Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Animal Health.
  • Chuck Whitehead, the Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law at Cornell Law School and a professor of law and director of the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship program at Cornell Tech, will use the funds to hire students engaged in work related to his classes.
  • John Callister, the Harvey Kinzelberg Director of Entrepreneurship in Engineering, will hire assistants for his Entrepreneurship for Engineers class.

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