This summer, Skandalaris Center student interns will again host Summer Friday panel discussions on topics related to starting, building, and sustaining new ventures. This week’s topic is “Sports Entrepreneurship” and will include the following panelists:

  • Carla Rose, Kansas City Sluggers, a traveling showcase baseball organization for 15-18 year old young men
  • Stephane McCormick, Backyard Lifeguards, a full-service aquatic safety company serving private pools and their owner families, and water-based sporting events
  • Khalia Collier, St. Louis Surge, a semi-professional woman’s basketball team that entertains spectators and provides players the opportunity to meet with recruiters and scouts

Carla and Stephane are both hosting Skandalaris interns this summer.  The interns hosting the discussion are Daniel Feinberg, a junior in Arts & Sciences interning at Intact Genomics; Kristine Yang, a junior in Olin Business School interning at VelociData, Inc.; and Samuel Jong, a sophomore at Olin interning at Gorilla 76 .

Join us for the panel discussion and the opportunity to ask for help on your idea or project, then we will host a reception for all to connect and help each other. We will offer FREE PARKING for our Summer Fridays, but registration is required at so we can send you directions and a parking pass.  Unlike previous summers, our Friday discussions will NOT be in Simon Hall which is undergoing renovation this summer, so please register to find details of the location and to receive a parking pass.

Next up on June 13:  Educational Entrepreneurship. See the full schedule of Summer Friday topics at

Also please save the date for our Summer IdeaBounce® scheduled for Thursday, July 17.  The deadline to post your idea to be invited to pitch at that event is Monday, July 14.

Image: WUSTL Women’s Soccer Team, Bear Sports

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Work on the roof of Simon Hall resumes next week and it might look like the sky is falling in the central courtyard as the tiles, shingles, and nails start to fly. Roof repairs and replacement will require closing the courtyard for the next two months for safety reasons.

Simon Hall roof work will commence June 2, 2014. The courtyard doors will be locked until completion of the project, expected by August 1, 2014. This is the second phase of a multi-year replacement project for the roof at Simon Hall. Last year the section over the library was completed.

Image: Closed sign by Nick Papakyriazis, Flickr, Creative Commons


St. Louis Business Journal Editor Patricia Miller and KSDK’s morning host Pat McGonigle were seen tossing bags of nutty snacks around the WU Bookstore yesterday while taping a segment for the local St. Louis Today TV program. The topic for Miller’s weekly business segment was a local startup called What-a-Ya Nuts?. She reported the company discovered a niche market on college campuses thanks to some brilliant advice from Olin students. The segment airs during the Today show May 30. Read the STL Business Journal article.

When the founder the four-year-old St. Louis-based snack company spoke to an Intro to Entrepreneurship class taught by adjunct professor Andrew Sharon this past semester, the students suggested an astute marketing strategy to the nutty startup. They told Howie Sher, founder of What-a-Ya Nuts? he should sell his product on college campuses.

nuts3Sher took the advice seriously and has had great success with his four different flavored nut cluster snacks at Wash U and on other campuses.

What-a-Ya Nuts will be on sale on campus again this fall at the Paws & Go market on the South 40.


Einstein’s is closed during this summer’s renovation of Simon Hall. The new cafe and Starbucks in Bauer Hall are under construction. But the Knight Center has several options for hungry members of the Olin community.

Knight Center Dining Hall – Summer Lunch Special – Olin faculty and staff can dine at the Knight Center for $10 when paying with cash or Bear Bucks. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 933-9400.
Knight Center Pub – The pub is open from 4 pm to 10 pm and serves food until 9 pm.
Knight Center Break-Out Menu – Items from the menu (below) can be ordered by phone and picked up at the Knight Center front desk.
Vending Machines:
Simon Hall – Due to construction in the lower level, the vending machines are now located by classroom 105.
Knight Center/Knight Hall/Bauer Hall – Vending machines serving all three builings are located where the Knight Center meets Knight/Bauer Halls on the second floor. The closest room is Knight Center 257.

Knight Center Break-Out Menu
Available Monday – Friday 6:30am to 9:00pm
Saturday 6:30am to 12:00pm

To order, please dial 314-933-9400
The Knight Center is a non-tipping facility.

Garden Vegetable Soup $5

Boddington’s Chicken
Cheese Soup $5 *

Soup and Salad $9
Choice of soup with house salad

House Salad $6
Greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, balsamic vinaigrette.

Turkey Cobb Salad $14
Greens, turkey, bacon, egg, avocado, bleu cheese, tomato, ranch dressing. Add chicken $3.00

Caesar Salad $10
Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, Caesar dressing.
Add chicken $3.00

Pizza (8” pies)
Veggie Pizza  $10
Fire roasted peppers, artichoke hearts,
black olives, portabella mushrooms, mozzarella.

Three Cheese $9
Monterey jack, cheddar, mozzarella.
(Add pepperoni and/or sausage for $3)

(All sandwiches served with house made chips)
French Dip Sandwich $13
Roast beef, French baguette, hot au jus.

Mesquite Turkey & Brie $12 * Smoked turkey breast, avocado, spinach, brie, tomato, mango lime chutney, wheat berry bread.

House Burger $11
8oz Char-grilled Angus Beef,
aged cheddar, toasted pretzel bun.

Chicken Saltimbocca $25
Prosciutto wrapped chicken breast, pesto cream, seasonal vegetables and starch.

Pasta Primavera $18
Tri-colored cheese tortellini, grilled vegetables, herb marinara sauce.

Grilled Salmon $27
Grilled Atlantic salmon, pineapple salsa, seasonal vegetables and starch.

Ribeye Steak $22 *
Char-grilled 10oz dry aged Ribeye steak, seasonal vegetable and starch, horseradish cream sauce.

Penne Pasta $15
Penne Pasta, roasted garlic, tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, flat leaf parsley.

Image: Hamburger By Pointnshoot, Flickr, Creative Commons


On May 12, the Wash U Military Care Package group mailed 11 boxes, weighing 206 lbs. to American troops. For the first time since 2004, some of the packages went to Africa. Hugh Tyschen, PMBA’11, has deployed several times including three tours while earning his degree at Olin.  Hugh sent this letter of thanks this month for the packages his group received during his last tour in Afghanistan.

“During my time here, our Afghan unit has performed admirably in daily combat. We were pleasantly surprised at their professionalism and determination. The Afghans did not shy away from an attack. I believe that with a small advisor presence at higher headquarters, they can become completely independent. Heroism on the battlefield among Afghans is common. The ability to solve logistical conundrums is not. Unfortunately, our unit sustained a high number of casualties. However, their resolve is unwavering and they will continue to battle the Taliban for the future of AFG.

“My advisor team was extremely lucky, our team had no members killed in action. Two Marines were wounded and received Purple Heart Medals during our tour of duty. LCpl Edward was knocked unconscious by an improvised explosive device, and Sgt Scaggs was shot in the buttocks by a sniper. Both recovered fully, and after the incident, Sgt Scaggs received a new call sign: “Gump.” I wish I could say we did not have any insider attacks, but that is an inherent threat that comes with the advising mission.

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Hugh pictured in the 2011 Olin Business Magazine.

“I am proud to have served with such a fine team of Marines and British soldiers. I could not have handpicked a better group of patriots.

“Things I will miss about Afghanistan: my Afghan friends, the Afghan food, and the beautiful mountains.

“Things I will not miss about Afghanistan: random explosions throughout the day and night. And rats, won’t miss them.

“My interpreter, Najib, has completed his final visa interview. I hope he receives his visa in a timely manner (not likely) which he fully deserves after serving three continuous years in combat against the Taliban, side-by-side with US Marines.
“Thank you all for your continued support and prayers during this adventure. Our mission has come to an end. – Hugh”

“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades”  For more on Memorial Day history and traditions, visit the History website.