Archive for April, 2012

EIGERlab’s 2012 FastPitch Competition

Monday, April 30th, 2012

EIGERlab is now accepting pitches for its June 20 Stateline FastPitch Competition, which takes place at NIU Rockford. The deadline for entry is June 5, 2012.

The contest aims to give feedback, exposure, and cash prizes to passionate entrepreneurs in all phases of business. Contestants must pitch their business ideas verbally to judges in three minutes or less.

The first place winner will be awarded $5,000 and prizes will be given to 2nd and 3rd place, with a separate student category/prize. But all competitors will have access to feedback from business professionals and valuable exposure to investors, business leaders, potential mentors and media.

To learn more and enter the competition, go to EIGERlab’s Events page.

Sports Studies Symposium This Saturday, April 28

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The First Annual Rockford University Sports Symposium will be held this Saturday, April 28 in Grace Roper Lounge in Burpee Center at Rockford University. This event is open to everyone.

Panel #1: 10-11:30 AM


Shawn E. Klein (Rockford University)


Erin Flynn (Ohio Wesleyan University): “On the Suárez Handball”

Tatiana Patrone (Ithaca College): “On What Running Could Be”

Christopher Johnson (University of Alberta): “Virtuous Victory”

Panel #2: 12:30-2 PM


Michael Perry (Rockford University)


Christine Neejer (Michigan State University): “Mary Sargent Hopkins, Bicycling, and the Rhetoric of Expertise”

Christopher Garland (University of Florida): “With God on the Sideline: Religious Rhetoric in Tebowmania and the Penn State Scandal”

Jo Ann Oravec (University of Wisconsin at Whitewater): “Blogging in the Backfield: Social Media in Sport Contexts”

Click here to view a PDF of the flier.

More details at Rockford University’s blog at the Rockford Register Star.

Contact sklein[at] or mperry[at] for more information.

Profiles in Liberty: Douglas Den Uyl

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

In this extended interview, philosopher Douglas Den Uyl responds to a series of questions about his life and work. Den Uyl is the author of many works. His latest book, co-authored with Douglas Rasmussen, is Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics.

Watch the video at Stephen Hicks’s site.

Previous Profiles in Liberty:
Philosopher Douglas Rasmussen.
Economist David R. Henderson.
Philosopher Tibor Machan.

Interview with Paul Drake

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

R. Paul Drake is the Henry S. Carhart Collegiate Professor of Space Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked as a research physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and had visiting professorships at universities around the United States. He was featured in the BBC’s documentary Hyperspace (2001) and the Discovery Channel’s How the Universe Works (2009). Currently, Dr. Drake is also Director of Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics at the University of Michigan.

Kaizen: How did you become interested in science as a kid?

Drake: I am not sure. I have been interested in how things worked and in doing things connected with understanding and assembling things as long as I can remember. I remember avidly playing with an Erector set, the mechanical precursor of LEGOs. And I remember doing things with a chemistry set at ages when I don’t have a lot of other memories; so for me, it was those kinds of things were interesting to me from the start. Some people have an experience where they get turned on to something that becomes their future. I don’t have that in my background.


Spring 2012 Guest Speaker Tara Smith

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship welcomes Professor Tara Smith to Rockford University on Tuesday, April 17. Dr. Smith will talk on themes related to her essay Money Can Buy Happiness.

Professor Smith received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

She is the author of several books in moral and political philosophy, including Moral Rights and Political Freedom, Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality, and Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist.

The talk will be at 11:00 am in the Starr Science Auditorium (STARR 102) on the Rockford University campus.

April 2012 Issue of Kaizen

Monday, April 9th, 2012

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with R. Paul Drake, research scientist and Henry S. Carhart Collegiate Professor of Space Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Also featured in Kaizen are: student essay contest winners Melinda Schumacher, Darian George, Amanda Hofmaster, and John Polemikos; and guest speakers Michael Newberry, a Los Angeles based artist, and John Gillis, a New York City architect.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Dr. Drake.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at]

How Did Steve Jobs Make an Enduring Company?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson explains the keys to what Jobs believed was his greatest achievement: turning Apple into an enduring company. The list includes: focus, simplicity, responsibility for the user experience, improving on competitors’ innovations, and perfectionism.

Read the article at Harvard Business Review.