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Nurturing a 'Culture of Entrepreneurship' at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2012) — The first iNET Colloquium on Entrepreneurship for the 2012 fall semester addressed nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship at the University of Kentucky. 

College of Communication and Information Dean Dan O’Hair, who also serves as chair of the iNET board of directors, moderated the panel of UK educators, including Judy “J.J.” Jackson, UK’s first vice president for institutional diversity, and associate professor of educational policy studies and evaluation; Michael Tick, dean of the College of Fine Arts; and John Nash, associate professor of educational leadership studies and founder of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, known as the dLab. The panelists also serve as members of the iNET board of directors.

The panelists agreed on the importance of a culture that allows students to be creative and try out new ideas, and gives students “permission” to challenge what exists and freedom to discover something new.

The colloquiums are recorded in the College of Communication and Information’s studio in the Taylor Education Building . Students from the college’s Media Arts and Studies program in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications serve as the production crew for the programs.

The Oct. 12 colloquium will be shown four times weekly on UK Channel 16 at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from Oct. 14 through Nov 12. This colloquium and the entire I-Colloquia series may be viewed online at

The Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, is the University of Kentucky’s new undergraduate academic initiative to develop future innovators and entrepreneurial leaders. The College of Communication and Information hosts iNET. For more information, contact Deb Weis at (859) 257-8296 or

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