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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 (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, "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 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 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 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 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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- 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.
- Schumptoberfest 2012 Focuses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum Sep 17, 2012
- ACM faculty and students are invited to free conference at Grinnell College on October 13-14.
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