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MSC Professors Receive Entrepreneurship Grants

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— Two professors at Morrisville State College have received grants in support of entrepreneurship programs and activities at the college from the Enitiative program at Syracuse University.

Enitiative, funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, focuses on entrepreneurship in the arts, technology and neighborhoods, with the goal of creating a culture of entrepreneurship to improve the economic climate in Central New York. This program is being brought to life by a coalition of partners including Morrisville State College and Syracuse University.

Receiving awards were:
Dr. Kim Mills, of Fayetteville, assistant professor of computer and information technologies
Kenneth Patterson, of Chittenango, assistant professor of computer and information technologies

Mills received a $9,600 Enitiative award to develop components of New York Farmers Market.Com, an online farmers market for New York state agricultural producers. The goal of the project is to enhance the profitability of agricultural producers by opening online markets. The project is also supported by the New York Farm Viability Institute.

Students in Large Scale Web Programming and Enabling Technologies of E-Commerce courses will be actively involved in the development of the online farmers market, participating in class projects to develop technology components and e-business strategies. For more information about the project, visit

Mills received a bachelor degree from Cornell University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Patterson received a $12,000 Enitiative award to infuse experiential learning and entrepreneurship into the capstone project management course in the Computer and Information Technology Department. Through this initiative, teams of students from various curriculums will apply the academic training acquired in class to real-world projects for outside businesses. Projects may include computer networking assessment and design, interactive training databases, wireless network audits, design and installation, marketing assessments or creation of Web sites.

Patterson received a bachelor degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and an M.B.A. from LeMoyne College. He serves as chairman of the Computer and Information Technology Department at Morrisville State College.

This project was made possible, in part, through an Enitiative award. Enitiative (the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative) is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, MO, focusing on entrepreneurship in the arts, technology, and our neighborhoods. To learn more about Enitiative, please visit

Morrisville State College integrates entrepreneurial activity into most of its curricula, emphasizing experiential learning in real-world laboratories on campus. The college offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with eight new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; journalism and communication for online media, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.