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GCEC Conference Sponsors

  • The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • EntrepreneurEDU
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • NIICA (National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance)
  • The Coleman Foundation

Special Session Sponsors

  1. Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

Leadership Circle Sponsors

  1. Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College
  2. The Entrepreneurship Program and The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, Ball State University
  3. John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, Baylor University
  4. Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  5. Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship, Drexel University
  6. Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Kelley School of Business, Indiana University - Bloomington
  7. Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University
  8. Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, Syracuse University
  9. Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, Texas Christian University
  10. Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Pennsylvania State University
  11. John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, The University of Iowa
  12. Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  13. McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona
  14. Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, WU Vienna, Austria
  15. The Florida State University, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
  16. University of North Carolina, UNC Kenan-Flagler, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
  17. Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Bloch School, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
  18. Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  19. Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia

Bronze Sponsors

  1. Entrepreneurship @ Cornell, Cornell University
  2. Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  3. Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

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Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers
2010 Conference

Hosted by The Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Pennsylvania State University
and
Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Vienna University of Economics and Business

SMEAL College of Business

Wirtschafts Universitat Wien

October 21-23, 2010

General Travel Information for GCEC Participants:

We look forward to seeing you in State College, Pennsylvania this October for the 2010 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference! The official program of the conference will begin on Friday, October 22nd 8:00 a.m. However, you won’t want to miss the Thursday evening, October 21st all-conference reception. For those arriving earlier in the day, we will have some casual interaction opportunities with students and their activities too.

The Smeal College of Business is based on Penn State’s University Park campus, which is adjacent to the town of State College, Pennsylvania. State College has been ranked among the least-stressful communities in the United States by Psychology Today and as one of the nation’s most livable communities by Kiplinger’s. Smeal is headquartered in the Business Building near the eastern gateway to campus. The building is at the corner of Park Avenue and Shortlidge Road, with public parking in the East Parking Deck on Bigler Road.

Fall in Pennsylvania is a unique time of year, and the season is famous for its colorful leaves and brightly-colored landscape.

Most visitors to the Creamery at Penn State know only of its famous ice cream, sherbet, and cheeses sold at the store or over the Internet, but what they don't know is that it is the largest university creamery in the nation. Each year approximately 4.5 million pounds of milk pass through the Creamery's stainless steel holding tanks. About half comes from a 225-cow herd at the University's Dairy Production Research Center, and the rest is purchased from an independent milk producer.

Below is some general travel information that may help you in your planning. Additional information regarding the program schedule, dress code, and venues will be sent later. In the meantime, if you have any additional questions about logistics, please contact:

Anna Mary Loope, Events Coordinator at Penn State University
Phone: 814-865-0195
Email: ams1@psu.edu
Fax: 814-865-7425

Airport

http://www.statecollegeairport.org/

The University Park Airport (SCE) is located approximately 5 miles from campus. To meet your travel needs, University Park Airport offers a daily selection of flights to several major hubs such as Detroit, Philadelphia, and Washington/Dulles with convenient connecting flights. University Park Airport take you where you want to go today!

Accommodations

A block of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels.

The main hotel will be considered the conference hotel, The Nittany Lion Inn. Several of the plenary sessions will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Nittany Lion Inn
Toll Free: 800-233-7505
Direct: 814-865-8500
Room Rate: $140.00 single/$150.00 double occupancy
Reservation Identification Number: GLOJ10A
Reservation requests for this room block are only available until Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
This hotel is also on campus and has shuttle service to the Nittany Lion Inn on demand.
Toll Free: 800-233-7505
Direct: 814-863-5000
Room Rate: $129.00 single/$139.00 double occupancy
Reservation Identification Number: GLOJ10B
Reservation requests for this room block are only available until Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

The Atherton Hotel
Toll Free: 800-832-0132
Direct: 814-231-2100
Room Rate: $95.00 single/$105.00 double occupancy
Reservation Identification Number: 2010G211010
Reservation requests for this room block are only available until Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

Days Inn
814-238-8454- ext. 136 or by emailing Barbara at BAL150@centrehotel.com
Room Rate: $89.00 single/double occupancy
Reservation Identification Number: CGGCEC
Reservation requests for this room block are only available until Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott at Williamsburg Square
Direct: 814-867-1807
Room Rate: $109.00 single/double occupancy
Reservation Identification Number: GCEC
Reservation requests for this room block are only available until Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

Hampton Inn and Suites by Williamsburg Square
Direct: 814-231-1899
Room Rate: $99.00 single/double occupancy
Reservation Identification Number: GCE
Reservation requests for this room block are only available until Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

Directions

Driving from New York City and the East:
Take I-80 W in PA to Exit 161 (Bellefonte). Follow PA 26 S to US 220 S, and take Exit 74 for Innovation Park/Penn State University. For the Nittany Lion Inn: Stay in the left lane of the exit and follow the sign for Penn State University. This will become Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and then right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn. For the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: Stay in the right lane of the exit and follow the sign for Innovation Park. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto the Park Avenue extension, and turn left at the stop sign onto Innovation Boulevard. The Hotel is on the right.

From Philadelphia:
Take the PA Turnpike/I-76 W to Exit 247 (Harrisburg East), and follow signs for the next 15 miles to Route 322 W. Take 322 W past Lewistown toward State College (stay on 322 W towards Philipsburg), and take the Penn State University/Innovation Park Exit. For the Nittany Lion Inn: Turn right at the stop light and follow Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and then right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn. For the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: Turn left at the stop light, and follow signs for Innovation Park Exit A directly to the Hotel in Innovation Park.

From Harrisburg:
Take 322 W past Lewistown toward State College (stay on 322 W towards Philipsburg), and take the Penn State University/Innovation Park Exit. For the Nittany Lion Inn: Turn right at the stop light and follow Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and then right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn. For the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: Turn left at the stop light, and follow signs for Innovation Park Exit A directly to the Hotel in Innovation Park.

From Pittsburgh:
Take Route 22 E to Duncansville. Merge onto Route 220/I-99 N toward Altoona and go north for 24 miles. Turn right onto US 220 toward State College for 11 miles; merge onto Route 322 E to State College. For the Nittany Lion Inn: Exit onto Business Route 322/N. Atherton Street, past a variety of businesses. At the light at Park Avenue, turn left. The Inn is on your right. For the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: Stay on Route 322 and later the 322 East/US 220 N bypass to the Penn State University/Innovation Park Exit. Turn left at the stop light, and follow signs for Innovation Park Exit A directly to the Hotel in Innovation Park.

From the West:
Take I-80 E in PA to Exit 161 (Bellefonte). Follow PA 26 S to US 220 S, and take Exit 74 for Innovation Park/Penn State University. For the Nittany Lion Inn: Stay in the left lane of the exit and follow the sign for Penn State University. This will become Park Avenue. Travel Park Avenue to the stop light at Allen Street. Turn left on Allen Street and then right on Fischer Road. The Nittany Lion Parking Deck will be on your left followed by the Nittany Lion Inn. For the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: Stay in the right lane of the exit and follow the sign for Innovation Park. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto the Park Avenue extension, and turn left at the stop sign onto Innovation Boulevard. The Hotel is on the right.

From Washington, DC:
Take Route 270 N toward Frederick and then I-70 west and north to the PA Turnpike W. At Bedford take US 220/I-99 N toward Altoona and go north for 24 miles. Turn right onto US 220 toward State College for 11 miles; merge onto Route 322 E to State College. For the Nittany Lion Inn: Exit onto Business Route 322/N. Atherton Street, past a variety of businesses. At the light at Park Avenue, turn left. The Inn is on your right. For the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: Stay on Route 322 and later the 322 East/US 220 N bypass to the Penn State University/Innovation Park Exit. Turn left at the stop light, and follow signs for Innovation Park Exit A directly to the Hotel in Innovation Park.

Travel Once You Get to the Hotels (during the conference)

Transportation from the hotel to all conference events will be provided.

Shuttle Service

All hotels provide shuttle transportation to the hotel from the University Park airport to its patrons. To schedule a pick-up, you may call any of the hotels prior to your visit.

Taxi Service

Taxis are available to and from the airport.

AA Taxi Incorporated
statecollegetaxi.com
(814) 231-8294

TAXI State College
statecollegetaxi.com
(814) 231-8294

TAXI TAXI
psutaxi.com
(814) 237-8294

Taxi by Handy Delivery
handydelivery.com
(814) 353-6001

Nittany Taxi
nittanyexpress.com
(814) 867-4646

Meals

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners on Friday and Saturday will be provided. Should you have any food allergies or restrictions, please inform us as soon as possible.

University Park Campus Museums

Palmer Museum of Art
Host of special exhibits and home of thirty-five centuries of painting, sculpture, ceramics, and works on paper.

Earth and Mineral Science Museum and Art Gallery
Minerals, rocks, and fossils, and the nation's largest collection of paintings depicting mining and related industries.

Matson Museum of Anthropology
Artifacts depicting the lives of people from 5 million years ago to the present.

Frost Entomological Museum
More than a half-million specimens of insects representing about 10,000 species.

All-Sports Museum
Photos, memorabilia, and audiovisual displays honoring Penn State student-athletes.

The Land-grant frescoes
A unique work of art on the walls of Old Main's second-floor lobby. Artist Henry Varnum Poor depicts the University's history to 1950.

Pasto Agricultural Museum
On the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs. Approximately 1,200 rare and unusual farm and household items dating from 4,000 BC to the 1940s.

The Lion Shrine


The Lion Shrine

During the 1940s, seeking a place to hold pep rallies and victory celebrations, students launched a campaign for a lion shrine. As its gift to the university, the Class of 1940 voted to give the sum of $5,430 to pay for the construction of such a shrine, which was to be constructed between the Recreation Building and Beaver Stadium, with the lion framed against a natural setting of trees, grass, and shrubs. The sculptor Heinz Warnecke was retained to carve the lion at the site from a thirteen-ton block of limestone. The sculpture was formally unveiled on October 24, 1942. The shrine has come to be one of the most visited and photographed sites, not just on campus, but also in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Guarding the Shrine

This is a Homecoming weekend tradition at Penn State, started in 1966 when Sue Paterno (wife of football coach Joe Paterno) and a friend covered the lion in orange latex-based paint as a way of stoking interest in that year's game against PSU rival Syracuse. While that paint washed off easily, a later dousing by actual Syracuse fans with oil-based paint proved much harder to remove, requiring sand blasting. The shrine is guarded for the duration of Homecoming weekend by Penn State's ROTC detachment, Blue Band, alumni, current students, faculty, and by the Lion Ambassadors. The latter group brings food, music, games, and (starting in 2004) an event called "Last Guard Standing", attracting students from all over campus. Originally, the guard was manned by freshmen.