January 27, 2004
students get glimpse of TCUs
Ryffel Center brought together several high school students
Sunday and Monday.
The entrepreneurs at the Ryffel Center have invented a
way to recruit students during TCU Young Entrepreneur
David Minor, director of the Ryffel Center, said the center
chose 23 high school students from the state to come to
the events. Each student has run a successful business
during high school.
We see these events as a way to attract entrepreneurial
students to TCU, he said. The kids that came
are some of the top entrepreneurs in the state.
An awards banquet Monday at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni and
Visitors Center concluded the events, where six students
received $10,000 in scholarships.
The students participated in two days of events, including
sessions teaching entrepreneurial strategies aimed at
helping the students businesses. Ash Huzenlaub,
president and CEO of Emergisoft Corp., served as a judge
for the events and taught one of the sessions.
What weve basically done is bring in some
great young entrepreneurs for two days of brainstorming,
Huzenlaub said. And wed love for them all
to come to TCU because theyd make the program so
Will Bennett, a senior from The Woodlands High School
near Houston, said he was impressed by what he saw.
People here show a lot of enthusiasm about what
theyre doing, Bennett said. They seem
very proud of the campus and of the program.
Students also spent a night on campus Sunday to experience
life in a college dorm. Collin Brooks, a senior from Lewisville
High School, stayed in Milton Daniel Hall.
Besides having to sleep on the floor in a sleeping
bag half my size, it was great, Brooks said. I
had pretty cool roommate, so I had a good time.
The events also included a private dinner at Minors
We thought the dinner would be a nice idea to get
away from campus, Minor said. And my home
was a nice place to get the judges and finalists together
in an informal setting.
Ryan Zamarron, a junior from Weatherford High School,
said the events convinced him to consider coming to the
Id never considered TCU before coming here,
Zamarron said. But, now that Ive seen the
entrepreneurial center and the facilities here, Im
Huzenlaub said the students had exceeded his expectations.
Entrepreneurship is alive and well in the youth
of Texas today, Huzenlaub said.