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June 6, 2014

Rupnow to coordinate campus entrepreneurship and economic development activities

Ann RupnowAnn Rupnow is the new coordinator for entrepreneurship and economic development at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business. She will begin her new position in mid-July.

"Ann's experience, creativity and relationships within our region will bring a new level of energy and focus to our efforts in the areas of entrepreneurship and economic development," said Diane Hoadley, dean of the College of Business.

As program coordinator for the College of Business Entrepreneurship Program, Rupnow will teach one class in the program each semester, and develop and facilitate professional development and community engagement opportunities for students in the program. In addition, she will serve as the university's central contact for community economic development activities. She will expand the economic development climate on the campus through a variety of activities, such as arranging guest speakers for classes, developing campus workshops related to economic development, and soliciting student applied class projects and student research opportunities from area businesses and organizations.

Rupnow, who has a Master of Business Administration degree from the UW-Eau Claire, brings over 20 years of business experience to the position. She has worked for area healthcare, education, manufacturing, and technology businesses, where she held management positions in economic development, training and development, and conference management. She has also been active in many community organizations. Currently, Rupnow is a member of the board of directors for Clear Vision Eau Claire, a countywide initiative to develop a collaborative vision for Eau Claire. She has served on the board of examiners for the Wisconsin Forward Award, and was a member of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Health Committee.

Rupnow is excited about her new position and the opportunities it affords the university and the region.

"The stage seems to be set now to create and nurture a vibrant entrepreneurial climate at UW-Eau Claire and in our community," said Rupnow."Working with students, faculty, and staff across the campus, I hope to help facilitate a highly successful entrepreneurship program, and develop relationships and activities which will increase the university's involvement in regional economic development."

For more information, contact Rupnow at rupnowac@uwec.edu or (715) 836-5026.

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