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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter March 2008

Business Student Honored as Indiana Hero at Pacers Game
Photo provided by Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Indianapolis, Ind. - As part of the Indiana Pacers commitment to the community, Miller College student Ben Poor was honored with a medal commemorating his efforts as an Indiana Hero on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at Conseco Fieldhouse.  Pacers’ player Travis Diener presented the medal to Poor.

In an effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, this past summer, Poor made the 820-mile trip to New Orleans, on foot, from New Palestine, Ind.  Poor carried a 30 pound book bag filled with essentials and walked each day from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Upon arrival in New Orleans, he was able to present a check for $10,000 from donations he had received along the way.

Three Business Alumni Earn 40 Under 40 Award
For the 16th year The Indianapolis Business Journal has published its annual "Forty under 40" honorees. IBJ Staff chose the 2008 class from more than 200 nominations with the goal of selecting those who have made significant achievements and will continue to achieve.  Three of those recognized in the 2008 class are Miller College of Business alumni:  Robert Haecker, '96, Tri-Phase Technologies; Karen Mangia, '97 and MS '98, Cisco; and Scott Wise, '95 Scotty's Brewhouse.  Read more about the awardees in the March issue of Ball State Alumnus. Courtesy of Ball State University Alumni Association

Professional Sales Certificate
The H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling is hosting a two-day Professional Sales Certificate program on April 24 and 25 at the Ball State Indianapolis Center. The certificate will provide individuals with skills and strategies they need to successfully execute the sales process and establish and manage long-lasting customer relationships.

At the conclusion of the course participants will recognize the characteristics of a successful salesperson, appreciate the power of relationship selling, and understand client behaviors. Participants will also learn tools and techniques to help them productively prospect, establish rapport through communication, ask effective questions, and successfully manage the sales process. Register online by April 11, 2008.

Save the Date: Fifth Annual MCOB Alumni Award Dinner
The Miller College of Business Alumni Board of directors has selected the recipients for the 2008 MCOB Alumni Awards. The award recipients' remarks are always moving and entertaining and we're looking forward to another exciting ceremony.  Please save the evening of Friday, October 10, 2008 to attend the celebration and reconnect with your fellow alumni.

Dialogue Days
A big thank you goes to all who came back to campus during March 4 and 5 and spoke to Miller College of Business classes during Dialogue Days. What an energizing and engaging time we had! In all, alumni spoke to students in 134 classes over the two days. Just think of the number of students that were impacted by your visit!

We certainly appreciate your willingness to give your time to the university and the students and hope that you will consider participating next spring. If you haven't participated before and would like to learn more about this Alumni Board initiative, please contact Tammy Estep at 765.285.8311.

Dates to note:

March 31, 2008
MCOB Executive Speaker Series
Norma Tomkinson, Marriott

April 2, 2008
MCOB Executive Speaker Series
Jim Stanley, Duke Energy


April 7 through 11, 2008
Ethics Week

April 24 and 25, 2008
Sales Certificate Program, Indianapolis, Indiana

Note from the Dean
It is the week after spring break and by all appearances we have a number of students who worked on their tans last week.  I bet you remember your college spring breaks, at least the ones that were not spent in Muncie working.  Spring break generally means that mid-term is over and we are within six to seven weeks of ending classes and beginning exams.  I am writing this to remind you of what you are missing or not missing.  Hopefully, you will have a great break this spring too.  Of course, if you live in a warm weather spot, especially one that attracts spring breakers, you may be happy to see spring break end.  Regardless of where you live, please know that your friends in the Miller College are thinking of you and wishing you a Happy Easter and pleasant spring!

Go Cards!
Rod Davis
Interim Dean
rdavis2@bsu.edu  (765) 285-8192

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