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So Many Ways to Unleash the Entrepreneur Within

Oct 15, 2013

"There are so many different ways to come at a problem," said Dima Elissa, CEO of Visual Media in Chicago. "So many ways to engage yourself and unleash the entrepreneur in you."

Dima Elissa and Parissa Behnia

Dima Elissa (left) and Parissa Behnia of the Chicago Program during a field trip to a television production company.

As adjunct faculty with ACM's Chicago Program, Elissa and fellow entrepreneur Parissa Behnia – the Idea Chef at 678 Partners – are mentoring a group of students who are learning about the city's business landscape and immersing themselves in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Both Elissa and Behnia have filled key roles in enterprises ranging from tiny start-ups to multinational corporations, and they are drawing on that experience as they guide the students in conceiving, developing, and completing their independent study projects (ISPs), a major component of the program's curriculum.

The entrepreneurship ISP is a quick plunge into deep waters, and Behnia and Elissa bring an approach that is, by turn, both practical and inspirational. Read more

Strong Voice, Warm Heart, Strong Voice, Warm Heart, "My Chicago Mom" Jun 28, 2013
Students, colleagues, friends, and family honored Mary Scott-Boria, a long-time faculty member at Urban Studies and the Chicago Program, at her retirement party.
Hearing People's Stories and Getting Involved in Chicago Hearing People's Stories and Getting Involved in Chicago May 21, 2013
Chicago Program alumni Taylor Shelton, Sam Sekulich, and Shea Love found opportunities on the program to pursue their passions for poetry, art, education, and social justice.
A Politician and a Journalist Give Students an Insider's View on Chicago Issues A Politician and a Journalist Give Students an Insider's View on Chicago Issues Feb 23, 2012
Alderman Joe Moore and journalist Ben Joravsky, veterans of Chicago's political scene who just happen to share an ACM connection, square off (though politely) for Chicago Program students.
For Business Students, Leaping into an Internship Brings Big Rewards For Business Students, Leaping into an Internship Brings Big Rewards Mar 22, 2011
Whether they're working at a start-up or an established company, Business, Entrepreneurship, & Society students gain valuable experience on internships.
Singing the Praises of Entrepreneurship Singing the Praises of Entrepreneurship Mar 3, 2011
On the ACM Business, Entrepreneurship, & Society program, students visit entrepreneurs "where they live" to learn about starting and running a business.

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Polls Are Open for Fans' Choice Voting in Off-Campus Study Photo Contest for Students Dec 9, 2013
Give a thumbs up to your favorite entries on the ACM Facebook page.
Students Produce Video to Promote the Chicago Program Nov 26, 2013
Video grew out of the program's workshop for independent study projects focused on entrepreneurship.
Exhibit by Chicago Program Arts Faculty Jason Pallas Is Encyclopedic in Scope Nov 15, 2013
Solo art show at Dittmar Gallery explores how technology has changed our relationship to knowledge.
ACM Has Moved! Jun 25, 2013
The consortial office, Chicago Program, and Urban Education Program are together in new space at 11 E. Adams Street in Chicago.
Research Ethics Are Focus of New Review Process for Students’ Independent Projects Jan 16, 2013
Faculty collaboration and Symposium on Protecting Human Subjects created a process for ethical oversight of student research on ACM off-campus programs.
Chicago Program's Mary Scott-Boria to Speak on Movement to End Violence Against Women Nov 15, 2012
Panel will discuss Arrested Justice, the latest book by scholar activist Beth Ritchie at event on December 1 in Chicago.

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Happy Holidays from the ACM!

Seasons Greetings from all of us at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest! Click for our 2012 holiday greeting.

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Sarah Jones During my semester on the Chicago Arts program, I liked the many arts field trips we took. I went to places and shows in the city that I probably would not have been able to go to, if not in the program. I enjoyed the encouragement of the faculty and my internship, which made me interested in pursuing art therapy as a career.

—Sarah Jones, Chicago Program (Arts), Fall 2009

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