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UNCG Librarian Counsels ENT 300 Student Team

Each UNCG department and program has a librarian assigned as a liaison to work with the faculty and students in that discipline.  Here is a story about one such liaison relationship.

Business Librarian Steve Cramer
Steve Cramer, the UNCG Business Librarian, is the co-teacher for Entrepreneurship 300: Ideas to Opportunities: The Feasibility Analysis. This is a class required of all Entrepreneurship majors and minors. The required follow-up class is ENT 336: Opportunities to Action: The Business Plan. Our entrepreneurship program has won several national awards under the leadership of Professor Dianne Welsh, the program coordinator. There is background information about ENT 300 on Steve’s professional blog, and a follow-up after his first semester serving as co-teacher.

Student teams in ENT 300 are charged with creating a detailed (40-50 page) feasibility plan for a business or nonprofit idea that interests the students. Each semester a few of the business or nonprofit ideas are developed on behalf of community members, making this a community-engaged class. Most of the teams are assigned a SCORE (“Service Corps of Retired Executives”) counselor, but in Fall 2012 one team researching the feasibility of a specialized fitness center decided to forgo that option.

Halfway through the semester, the students on this team decided they could indeed use some guidance. Professor Welsh asked Steve if he would be willing to counsel this team. Steve said yes, and the team welcomed him to their weekly, early evening group meetings. He also assisted the team in class (as he does for all the student teams on their in-class work days) and monitored their work via Blackboard. Finally, Steve attended a run-through of their comprehensive final presentation and provided feedback. He enjoyed getting to know the five students on the team well.

At the end of the semester, Steve received a thank you note from the team: