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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter Jan. 2009

Financial Literacy Week, April 6-9

Money isn't the be-all end-all, but certainly no one would argue against the importance of financial security. Financial Literacy Week, April 6-9, is a campus-wide initiative to educate students and the public about financial issues. Guest lectures and workshops will be conducted across campus on a variety of financial issues including benefit and healthcare plan education, budgeting, and financial wellness.

April 6 Kickoff:

Carl GeorgeExecutive in Residence:
Carl George, Miller College alumnus and CEO of Clifton Gunderson, LLP
3 p.m., Whitinger Business Building, room 144

Jean ChatzkyThe Neil Palomba Lecture:
Jean Chatzky, NBC Today Show financial editor, The Oprah Winfrey Show contributor, More magazine contributing editor, The New York Daily News columnist
Alumni pre-event reception with book signing 4:30 p.m.
Lecture 6:30 p.m., Emens Auditorium

Financial Literacy Week was initiated by the Miller College of Business Alumni Board and is supported by Miller College alumni. Support for The Neil Palomba Lecture is provided by funding established by alumni to honor Miller College of Business Dean Emeritus Neil Palomba. Look for more in the next edition of e-News. For more information, contact Tammy Estep.

Alumni Award Nominations Due February 27
Submit your nominations for the 2009 Miller College of Business Alumni Awards. The deadline is Friday, February 27. More information about the Hall of Fame, Awards of Distinction and Awards of Achievement can be found on the Alumni Association website.

Entrepreneurs in Residence
The Entrepreneurship Center will host Alex Bruton, PhD, and Stephen Kenny from Mount Royal College (Calgary, Canada) who will visit Ball State February 26-27 as Entrepreneurs in Residence. After spending a day on campus with students, the entrepreneurs will share their expertise with the community during two sessions co-hosted by The Entrepreneurship Center and Muncie Innovation Connector. For more information, contact Maggie Ailes.

Sales Symposium, April 22
Join the H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling for a power-packed day of professional and personal development. Nationally recognized speakers share their successes and strategies in four exciting sessions:

Mark Heerema – Better Sales Start with a Better You!
Scott Zimmerman – How to Adapt Your Selling Style to Match Every Prospect’s Buying Style
John Klymshyn – The Business Generator: Focusing on Moving Conversations Forward
Anne Miller – How to Use the Magic of Metaphors to Sell, Persuade, and Explain Anything to Anyone

Early-bird registration ends April 7. Learn more and register online.

Executive in Residence Addresses Link between Economic Crisis and Education
The Miller College of Business hosted James Lintzenich as an Executive in Residence on February 19. A 1975 graduate and Miller College Hall of Fame inductee, Lintzenich shared his experiences as board member of the Lumina Foundation for Education, private investor and former president and COO of Sallie Mae Corporation speaking to a number of classes, Miller Scholars, and students, about the link between the economic crisis and the education. Read more.

HR Directors Will Pay More for New Workers with Emerging Media Skills
Human resources managers are willing to pay top dollar to attract new employees with emerging media skills, but they are less willing to provide training to bring current employees up to speed on new technologies, according to a new study from Jennifer Bott, Judy Lane, and Ray Montagno.

A survey of human resources executives at 229 firms across Indiana found that about 67 percent of respondents were willing to pay a higher salary of 1 to 4 percent to attract new employees with emerging media skills. Twenty-three percent were willing to pay 5 to 8 percent more for such new hires. Read “Emerging Media: Prevalence and Impact in the Workplace.”

Sales Career Fair a Success
The 14th annual Sales Career Fair, co-sponsored by Miller College and the Ball State Career Center, was held on January 26 and is among the largest sales career fairs in the country, helping to connect fifty-five businesses with highly-skilled graduates. For more information about the Sales Career Fair and the H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling, contact Ramon Avila

Dates to Note*

February 25-26 Dialogue Days

February 27 Entrepreneurs in Residence
• Defining Strategic Direction and Getting the Money
• What’s Next in Technology Innovation?

April 3 Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Banquet

April 6 Financial Literacy Week Kickoff
• Executive in Residence: Carl George
The Neil Palomba Lecture: Jean Chatzky

April 22 H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling: Sales Symposium

April 24 Executive Advisory Board Meeting

May 9 Ball State Commencement

*Don’t miss out on other upcoming Miller College Alumni events. Update your contact info and send/receive details for upcoming events.

Note from the Dean's Office
I have always considered myself fortunate for being able to have a wonderful career at my alma mater, actually our alma mater. This is my 35th year and I continue to enjoy and value the opportunities I have here. One of my biggest rewards is working you and other alumni. As you read above, accounting graduate Jim Lintzenich ’75 served as our spring semester Executive-in-Residence recently. Jim did a great job and I know our students really enjoyed and learned from him. Of course, in a few days, many of you will be on campus February 25 and 26 for Dialogue Days. It is such an energizing and fun experience for everyone. Alumni get to share their experiences and wisdom with students, and the students are able to meet great role models. The networking is fantastic for everyone.

Best wishes to you and always remember that the Miller College is your college and we want you to be engaged and connected! I look forward to hearing from you and everyone in our Miller College of Business family.

Rod Davis
Rodney Davis, Interim Dean
Miller College of Business, Ball State University
765-285-8192 (office), 765-285-5117 (fax)


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