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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

October, 2016

SDSU Entrepreneurship Rankings on the Rise!

Original Founder of Entrepreneurship Center Gives College of Business $25 Million Endowment!

Ron Fowler

San Diego State University announced the largest philanthropic gift in the history of the university. Local philanthropist and San Diego Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and his wife, Alexis pledged a $25 million endowed gift to SDSU’s College of Business Administration. Ron Fowler was one of the original founders of the Entrepreneurial Management Center in 1986, now renamed to the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. This extremely generous gift will, among other things, provide scholarships and professorships, develop a lecture series, and provide international experiences and expand programming for SDSU business students. To honor the years of support the Fowler’s have committed to SDSU, the college has been renamed to the Fowler College of Business Administration.

To learn more about Ron Fowler’s endowed gift, please check out this article from SDSU NewsCenter.

First Speaker Announced for California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference!

Rebecca White California Conference Speaker 2017

The 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference planning has begun! The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is busy preparing for our most innovative conference yet. The conference will consist of two and a half days of interactive sessions involving dynamic topics of entrepreneurship education and research, featuring a number of leading entrepreneurship educators, researchers and thought leaders who will serve as session facilitators throughout the conference.

Dr. Rebecca J. White has been selected as a speaker for the 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educator Conference. White is the Walter Chair of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the John P Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa. She received her MBA and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Her primary research and teaching interests are in opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial mindset and competency based education in entrepreneurship. Under her leadership the entrepreneurship program at the University of Tampa was named the 2016 Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the 2015 Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) and was named the 2014 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship program by USASBE. In 2015, she was named a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow of USASBE. Dr. White has more than 25 years of experience in education, training, coaching and mentoring.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and register for the 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference today!!


For more information on the conference or help registering, please contact Kathryn Boyles at

New Lecturer for Lavin Entrepreneur Program!

  Robert Schulte The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is thrilled to announce that Robert Schulte has joined as a lecturer for the Lavin Entrepreneur Program for the 2016 fall semester cohort. Schulte is a very successful serial entrepreneur with more than 20-years experience leading entrepreneurial ventures from ideation to acquisition. Schulte currently is the Founder and CEO of LumaTax, Inc. In addition, Schulte is also a San Diego State University alum, graduating with a M.S. in Entrepreneurship in 2005. Schulte has regularly given back to SDSU and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center since he graduated. He currently also lectures in the graduate MBA program teaching entrepreneurship and has been a mentor in the Lavin Entrepreneur Program. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is thrilled to have someone teaching in the Lavin Entrepreneur Program with so much experience, and know that the students will benefit greatly from his background in entrepreneurship!.

The Lavin Entrepreneur Program is an exciting academic two-year, two-cohort “honors” entrepreneurship program for undergraduate students from all seven colleges across SDSU’s campus. Students are chosen based on perceived entrepreneurial talents, and receive a variety of benefits and learning experiences. These experiences including an individual mentor for the duration of the program, special entrepreneur private sessions, site visits to emerging growth companies, an entrepreneur speaker series, and industry expert panel support. During this two-year program, Lavin Entrepreneur students take four courses, one per semester designed to expose them to the entrepreneurial process.

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Welcomes New Board Member Tamara Romeo

Tamara Romeo The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is pleased to welcome Tamara Romeo as our newest Board Member! Tamara Romeo is not only a successful local business owner and mentor in our Lavin Entrepreneur program, she is also a San Diego State University alum! San Diego Office Design was founded by Romeo with one goal in mind: to design office environments that visually reflect the cohesiveness of that company’s brand. Blending her background in brand marketing and environmental psychology, Tamara founded a company that succeeds in creating integrated brand-centric office environments that send a clear message of value while delivering a high return on investment.

Romeo joined the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center’s Advisory Board to help further the presence of female entrepreneurs within the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center programs and San Diego State University. Romeo elaborates on why she decided to join, “As an SDSU alumni, I can see the tremendous value that an early focus on entrepreneurship can foster. Although entrepreneurship wasn't 'en vogue' during my time on campus, I believe the opportunity and exposure early in one's academic career can open doors to possibilities much earlier along the career path. I was never afforded a glimpse into an entrepreneurial woman's journey, and I am happy to provide that for the Lavin students. Additionally, having a few business owners that are 'in the trenches with the millenials' on the advisory board gives the team a broad knowledge base to draw from.

It is through the strategic and financial support of experienced and committed Advisory Board Members that we are able to help grow, mentor, and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs at San Diego State University. We are seeking people who can help us achieve our strategic objectives and support us in the community. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Advisory Board, please contact Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Executive Director Dr. Alex F. DeNoble at


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The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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