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Marquette to Drop Entrepreneur Program

November 6, 2013

Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Marquette University is dropping is graduate entrepreneurial program because of a lack of student interest (file photo)

Marquette University is eliminating its graduate certificate in entrepreneurship program because of lack of student interest, the school confirmed Tuesday.

Marquette began offering the entrepreneurship certificate in 2009, but has attracted just 10 students in total, said Mark Eppli, interim dean for the business school.

"University budgets everywhere are looking for places to cut and this seemed to be an appropriate one," Eppli said. Classes necessary to complete the program will be offered to the four students remaining in it, Jeanne Simmons, associate dean, said in a letter to students dated Nov. 4.

Marquette will continue to promote entrepreneurship through classes outside the program, lectures and other events, Eppli said.

For example, Marquette's Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship plans to launch a new "After Hours" speaker series later this month. Steven Ausnit, an entrepreneur who helped create the Ziploc bag, will discuss his six decades of business experience at the initial event.

Ausnit, who is the retired founder of Kennesaw, Ga.-based Minigrip Inc., graduated from Harvard University in 1945 and is the inventor who submitted the patent for the plastic reclosable container, according to an article in The Harvard Crimson.

Even though he is retired from Minigrip, Ausnit still invests in businesses around the world, according to Marquette. He holds 116 patents and co-holds 67 more, the university said. Ausnit's granddaughter attends Marquette, a university spokesman said.

Ausnit will speak in the Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom on the Marquette campus on Nov. 19. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, go to or call (414) 288-7745.


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