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Coleman grant leads to new entrepreneurial courses at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: December 7, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Two new courses that will bring the entrepreneurial mindset to the classroom will be introduced in January for the spring semester at Lawrence Technological University, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Coleman Foundation of Chicago.

Peter Beaugard, assistant professor in Lawrence Tech's College of Architecture and Design, and Karen Evans, senior lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences, have been designated Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows.

Beaugard's class, Design and Entrepreneurship, starts in January and will cover the history of design in Detroit, current local design entrepreneurs and the use of digital fabrication to bring ideas from concept to completion more quickly.

Evans' new communications course, Creative Entrepreneurship, is intended for juniors and seniors.  A project-based course, it will direct students in the completion of a business plan.

"We'll focus on ways to make money in creative endeavors and show how collaboration and networking can be tools for the creative person in business," Evans said.

Donald Reimer, director of Lear Entrepreneurial Programs in the College of Engineering at Lawrence Tech, is overseeing the Coleman grant and will coordinate the two new courses with other entrepreneurship initiatives on campus.

"This Coleman Foundation grant will enable Lawrence Tech to expand our undergraduate entrepreneurial educational programs beyond the College of Engineering," Reimer said.

Earlier this year Lawrence Tech received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the Kern family Foundation of Waukesha, Wis., to help integrate the entrepreneurial mindset into the undergraduate engineering curriculum.

For more information on the Coleman Foundation or the Coleman Fellows grant, contact Howard Davis, Lawrence Tech's director of corporate and foundation relations, at or (248) 204-2316.

The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on the Midwest.  Foundation resources support cancer care, treatment and research; disability services; and education - with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. In 1981, the Foundation began to question why individuals are encouraged to "get a job" rather than to create one.  Since that time the Foundation has committed over $42 million to promote the option of self-employment, improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, and help create a new generation of business owners.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.