Nov. 8, 2004
A group of Morningside
College freshman students attended the 2004 Collegiate Entrepreneurs'
Organization (CEO) Annual Conference, "Electing to be an Entrepreneur,"
held Nov. 4 to 6 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill.
Students who attended
were: Samuel Asante and Britta Wohlfahrt of Dakota Dunes,
S.D.; Stephanie Croghan of Sac City, Iowa; Sarah Frerichs
of Orange City, Iowa; Samantha Junge of Keystone, Iowa; Grant
Leavitt of Marcus, Iowa; Herbert Lemelle of Galvaston, Texas;
Renae Merchant of Sioux City; Riley Michel of Hastings, Neb.;
John Mickelson of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Jessica Niemeyer of
Sioux Falls, S.D.; Amanda Pokorny of Weston, Neb.; Tobias
Tessmer of Magdeburg, Germany; Samantha Wenger of Danbury,
Iowa; Natasha Wittmaack of Salix, Iowa; Alex Vinkavich of
Gretna, Neb.; and Tara Hill of Correctionville, Iowa.
Niemeyer, Tessmer, and Wenger all served as moderators. The
moderators provided leadership in introducing the speakers,
maintaining the schedule of breakout sessions, and monitoring
question and answer sessions.
The students were
accompanied by Morningside College faculty advisors Dr. Doug
Livermore, professor and department chair of business administration
and economics; and Dr. Pam Mickelson, professor and division
chair of business administration and economics. Livermore
also served as a moderator and Mickleson served as a judge
for the elevator pitch scholarships.
The featured speakers
at the conference were Jeff Taylor, the founder of Monster
(formerly Monster.com), and Jimmy John Liautaud, founder of
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops.
Over 1,200 students
attended the conference.
The mission of CEO
is to inform, support, and inspire college students to be
entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.