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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter March 2009

Financial Literacy Week, April 6-9

The Miller College and its alumni board are playing a leading role in hosting Financial Literacy Week—set for April 6-9—with events scheduled throughout campus. The week kicks off April 6 when financial guru Jean Chatzky comes to campus. She’ll be speaking at 6:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium and you are invited to meet the world-famous author at 4:30 p.m. for a book signing and reception. Please RSVP online before April 2.

Dialogue Days
Dialogue Days were a great success again this year. If you have not participated, please think about it for next year—you will have a great time. This year 74 alums spoke to 131 classes. It was a lot of fun!

Manufacturing Score Card Rates Indiana at the Top
Despite heavy job losses in the last year, the nation's manufacturing and logistics industries — cornerstones of the U.S. economy — continue to provide a key source of growth, says a report from Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). In the 2009 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, Ball State researchers grade states in seven functional areas with industry specific information, including human capital, benefits cost, global reach, productivity and innovation and tax climate grades provided for each state. The top states are Utah, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Alabama while at the bottom are Alaska, Maine, New York, West Virginia and Rhode Island. The report was prepared by Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the request of Conexus Indiana, the state's advanced manufacturing initiative. Read the full report online.

Student News
Congratulations to several of our top students for their outstanding work in recent months, including:

  • Zachary Alexander, entrepreneurship major, and his partner Bethany Master of Anderson University were awarded $500 as a result of their participation the 2009 I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge for their business idea, Personal Pantry Solutions, a company that uses a query system Internet database and grocery store kiosks to assist people with special dietary needs in finding recipes and food ingredients. Co-hosted by our Entrepreneurship Center, the competition encourages entrepreneurship along the I-69 corridor, fosters collaborative market solutions through team building, promotes cross-pollination, and generates creative ideas.

  • Ann Klatt, risk management and insurance major, was awarded the Angus Robinson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for the 2008-09 school year.

  • Sarah Windlan, marketing major, has been named an H.H. Gregg Sales Scholar. This award recognizes her accomplishments and contributions to the overall educational experience she and her fellow students receive. She competed in three national sales competitions in 2008, winning second and earning more than $1,000 in prize money.

  • The Zeta Omega Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the honorary organization for financial Information students and professionals, recently earned third place in its Midwest Regional Best Practices Competition. Four accounting students from Ball State will be among 20-25 teams competing at the BAP national meeting this summer in New York City. Congratulations to the four students, Charles Decker, Laura Yadon, Justin Sieb and Chauncey Long for their success.

Nascent 500
The Entrepreneurship Center hosted its annual national undergraduate business plan competition, The Nascent 500, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on March 20. This premier undergraduate competition attracted entries from across North America. The top place prize this year went to the University of Iowa and J&J Solutions, a company that provides innovative technological solutions to improve safety, productivity and affordability of handling chemotherapeutic and other hazardous drugs within the healthcare industry. Second place went to a team from University of Wisconsin, third place was awarded to Brown University, and fourth place went to the University of Manitoba.

Sales Symposium April 22
Don’t miss your chance to sharpen your skills. Spend a day focusing on relationship building, maximizing your impact, enhancing your communication and generating business. Don’t miss a chance to attend these expert sessions hosted by the H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling. Early bird registration ends April 7. Learn more and register online.

Note from the Dean's Office
Greetings from the dean’s office! . . . March is ending and we have returned from spring break. The focus now is on the final half of the semester. April is filled with end-of-the year activities culminating with commencement set for May 9. In the Miller College, our Beta Gamma Sigma initiation is April 3 and Financial Literacy week begins April 6. There are several professional development programs for students the Week of April 13. The college’s executive advisory board meets on April 24. In addition, the academic departments and student organizations have a number of planned events for April.

Until next month, best wishes for your spring season!

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

Upcoming Alumni Events
Don’t miss out on other upcoming Miller College of Business Alumni events. Mark your calendar for opportunities to become involved and network with fellow alumni. Log on to www.bsu.edu/business/contactus to send an update for the Ball State Business magazine or update your email address, and receive monthly electronic updates from the college and details about upcoming events. Call Tammy Estep, Director of External Relations for the Miller College of Business at (765) 285-8311 for more information.

Dates to Note

April 3 Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Banquet

April 6 Financial Literacy Week Kickoff:
"The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times" Jean Chatzky

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

April 24 Executive Advisory Board Meeting

May 9 Ball State Commencement

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