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Panel discussion on "Alternative Energy - A Fad or Business Opportunity?"

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NORMAN – A free, public panel discussion on the business of alternative energy is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24,  in 150 Adams Hall, 307 West Brooks. The session is sponsored by the Price College Business Energy Solutions Center and the Division of Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business.

Three industry experts will share their viewpoints on the future of alternative energy business along with discussing various business issues and opportunities with wind and solar power. Panelists are Ron Bolen, managing director for HFBE Investment Banking; Paul Dickerson, partner with Haynes and Boone; and Michael Skelly, founder of Clean Line Energy Partners. The moderator for the discussion will be Mark Sharfman, director of the Division of Management and Entrepreneurship and professor of strategic management at Price College.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception in Price Hall’s Clary Lounge, adjacent to Adams Hall. Seating is limited. If interested in attending, please respond to Taylor Heatly in the Price College Office of Alumni and Development at (405) 325-4386 or by Sept. 22.

The Price College Business Energy Solutions Center was established in 2009 to fulfill the growing need to bridge the frontiers of energy science and technology with innovative practices in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, information systems, marketing and management to form the energy enterprises for the 21st century. It is positioned to leverage off OU’s broad footprint in the energy industry, and to help integrate the many energy-focused activities at OU with a vision of the global business-energy future.

Ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. undergraduate business schools based on recent ranking data, the Price College of Business is one of the nation’s premier business colleges. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranks the college’s undergraduate program 42nd in the nation, International Business Program 17th in the nation and the Entrepreneurship Program 17th in the nation. Additionally, the Entrepreneurship Program was ranked 11th in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.