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Blue Power Ranger to Talk Entrepreneurship at Strome Center

Michael Copon, a Hampton Roads actor, director, producer and star of the Power Rangers television and movie franchise, will visit Old Dominion University's Strome Entrepreneurial Center on Thursday, April 9.

In a 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. talk, that is free and open to the campus community, Copon will discuss entrepreneurship; film production and the media; his career in the entertainment industry; and upcoming projects. His presentation at Old Dominion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Student members of the Strome Entrepreneurial Center, including Max Hall and Austin Jones, creators of the online textbook-sharing service CampusWise, extended an invitation to Copon through the Campuswise Facebook and Twitter pages, to talk about how entrepreneurship can extend to fields outside of business, such as the arts.

One of the Strome Entrepreneurial Center's missions is to help instill an entrepreneurial mindset in Old Dominion students, whether they are business students, dancers, engineers or geographers.

The Center, created through an $11-million gift from the Strome Family Foundation led by Mark and Tammy Strome, opened last fall. It seeks to provide tools and coaching to ODU students at all stages of the entrepreneurial lifecycle, also helping to spur job creation in Hampton Roads and beyond.

Copon, who is best known as Blue Power Ranger Lucas from the television and movie franchise, is an embodiment of entrepreneurial spirit. A graduate of Deep Run High School, in Chesapeake, appeared in television programs "That's So Raven" and "One Tree Hill," as well as movies such as "Bring it On" and "The Scorpion King."