One toured with rock acts Bryan Adams and Red Hot Chili Peppers
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College will present “Entrepreneurship Education – a European Perspective” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 on the third floor inside its Academic Resource Center (library). Two leaders in entrepreneurship from Ireland will explore how higher education is increasingly responsible to develop entrepreneurial graduates.
Michael Murphy, Ph.D., serial entrepreneur and lecturer on the music industry sociology, management and communications and Therese Moylan, Ph.D., head of the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Ireland, will discuss entrepreneurship education through a European lens, reflecting on academic changes and institutional challenges.
“This is such an amazing opportunity for not only our students, but the entire Dubuque community,” Jim Collins, president of Loras, said. “Entrepreneurship thrives on innovative ideas. Both Michael and Therese embody that spirit from an intriguing academic and industry viewpoint.”
Loras and IADT have partnered for almost 20 years in sponsoring Loras’ study abroad program in Ireland.
Murphy’s expertise is in music Industry, sociology, management and c0mmunications. Murphy was involved in Dublin’s Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.) music scene before relocating to England where he worked for billionaire Richard Branson who owned Virgin Records. From there he moved to New York to join a start-up venture helmed by Terry Ellis, founder of Chrysalis records. At that time, Ellis managed the careers of rock acts Billy Idol, Huey Lewis and the News, Jethro Tull, Pat Benatar and Blondie. Murphy himself toured with artists including Tool, Rollins Band, Bryan Adams and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He then founded and operated his own music management company.
Murphy has won the JUNO Award (Canadian GRAMMY equivalent) for Best Album Design. Video Making. Finalist for Much Music Awards: Best Video Concept. Finalist for the Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning in 2013.
Moylan oversees bachelor programs at IADT in entrepreneurship and master’s programs in cultural event management and digital entrepreneurship. She has several years of experience in program development and academic management, is vice president of the European Council for Small Business Management for Ireland and is prominently involved in the Campus Entrepreneurship Enterprise Network.
Moylan’s work includes higher education management, teaching experience in entrepreneurship, business planning and marketing and private sector senior management experience in retail and publishing. Her research often includes entrepreneurship education and female entrepreneurship.
Both Murphy and Moylan will meet with students, staff and faculty during their visit to Loras. They will also meet with Dubuque community leaders.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.