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Energy Buzzes at Opening Reception of NACCE2013

Posted By Jeanne Yocum, Sunday, October 13, 2013

Just back from the opening reception, where conversations were humming and filling the room with the special excitement that is unique to NACCE conference.  First person I ran into was Dan Larson, the outgoing NACCE board chair who is also president of Cayuga Community College in New York.


We talked about what makes the NACCE conference different from other educational conferences and Dan summed it up with this thought: "The people in this room know they make a difference in people’s lives.”


Next I talked with Ron Liss, who is the new president of a campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH.  Ron moved there in July from Santa Fe, where he participated in the Virtual Incubation project that NACCE was a part of. I asked him why he came back to the NACCE Conference in his new role as president and he said, "I came because we’re trying to expand the penetration of our entrepreneurial efforts, at least that’s my goal. I’d like to see our entrepreneurial effort spread and to perhaps even start up virtual incubation.”


Next I ran into Jim Elias of Muscatane Community College in Iowa. We met last year when he attended his first NACCE event shortly after having been given a mandate to start an entrepreneurship center. "Last year was fantastic for me,” he said. "I learned all sorts of great stuff at a time when we were just diving into entrepreneurship. Since then we have launched the entrepreneurship center; the new furniture was delivered on Wednesday!”


Coming to the conference this year is Bob Allbee, president of Muscatane Community College; they made a presentation for a NACCE Entrepreneurship College in Action grant. They were the last presenters of the day and Jim didn’t arrive at the hotel until two minutes before they were to present! Bob says he wasn’t worried at all…somehow I doubt that! About his first foray into a NACCE Conference, Bob said, "I’m enjoying it; listen to the noise in this room; it’s exciting.”


Indeed it is! Tune in tomorrow for some more NACCE Conference news and impressions.  

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