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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter March 2007

Business students and faculty travel to India
It’s Spring Break this week at Ball State University, so it’s very quiet in the Miller College of Business. Last Friday, Drs. Sushil Sharma and Dan Baack left for India with a group of MBA and undergraduate students. During their 10 days away, they will visit universities and companies in Delhi, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), and Pune.

Ascent Awards

Entrepreneurship presents inaugural Ascent Award

An innovative, California-based entrepreneur was presented with our Entrepreneurship Center’s inaugural Ascent Award at ceremonies the evening of March 3 at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis. Three finalists for the award were selected by current students in the entrepreneurship program, based on the type of creativity, drive, and passion that the program embodies. Entrepreneurship alumni made the final selection after hearing presentations by the finalists: founders of SoapWorks, TerraCycle, and MBA Polymers. The winner of the first Ascent Award was MBA Polymers, the world’s most advanced recycler of plastics used in durable goods.

Ethics Week provides interdisciplinary programs
Ethics Week at Ball State University is scheduled for April 16-20. The pinnacle event of the week—initiated and coordinated by the Miller College of Business—is a presentation by Cynthia Cooper, the WorldCom Whistleblower. The event, which is free and open to the public, is April 18 at 6 p.m. in Emens Auditorium. A reception for alumni and friends will follow. Watch for details in the alumni section of our Web site.

Record numbers participate in Dialogue DaysDialogue Days
The 2007 Dialogue Days event—March 6 and 7—was a huge success, with a 50 percent increase in speakers and participating class sections from last year. One hundred alumni and friends of the Miller College of Business spoke in 165 class sessions over the two-day period. The energy in the building was palpable! Thanks to each of you who spent part of your Tuesday or Wednesday with us. You made a difference in the lives of students and faculty!

Miller College dean announces departure
As many of you may have heard, I have announced my departure from Ball State University. On August 1, 2007, I will become the dean of the College of Business & Industry at Mississippi State University. Provost Terry King met with Miller College faculty and staff last week and discussed the search process, which is beginning immediately. Stay tuned for more information as the search process begins.

Third annual Sales Symposium
The H. H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling is hosting its third annual sales symposium Thursday, April 19 at the Ball State University Alumni Center.  For more information and to register, contact Angela Crabtree at (765) 285-5136 or visit the Web site.

March 21
Niel Ellerbrook, CEO of Vectren
April 18
Cynthia Cooper, WorldCom Whistleblower

As always, thanks for all you do to support our college. Let me hear your positive Ball State experiences, your successes, and any concerns that you might have.  I can be reached at lrichardson@bsu.edu. Best wishes!

Lynne Richardson
Dean and Professor of Marketing

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