Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill visited Mount St. Mary’s University on December 18 for a morning focused on two of the Mount’s newest majors that offer students experiential education and excellent job prospects upon graduation: cybersecurity and entrepreneurship.
The programs allow students to pursue studies in the most cutting-edge fields of the day while still benefiting from a liberal arts tradition that teaches them to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.
While visiting Mount St. Mary’s, Secretary Gill met with President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., and toured the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship and the Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Data (CSCD) suite. At the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship, Christine Adamow, Director of the Center, described the new undergraduate major and minor in entrepreneurship, which is being offered in the spring 2018 semester. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines in-class activities with experiential, hands-on problem solving. Among the immersive ideas being considered to give students the opportunity to actualize ideas are a coffee shop, a brewery with hops grown on land adjacent to campus, and a makerspace.
Secretary Gill, who founded AMERICOM, a provider of cellular products and services to businesses in the Baltimore area, discussed the importance of having partners for entrepreneurial initiatives on campus. “The purpose of an entrepreneurship center is to bring ideas to the surface,” he said. “Partnerships allow the ideas to become reality.” He also stressed the importance of encouragement, enthusiasm, and engagement.