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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter May 2008

Miller College Commencement

The 152nd Ball State University and the 22nd separate Miller College of Business commencements were held on Saturday, May 3, 2008. Miller College alumni can now welcome approximately 225 new graduates into alumni ranks. Alumnus Niel Ellerbrook, CEO of Vectren, gave the commencement address. Niel also received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the University ceremony. Dr. Ellerbrook, a 1970 accounting graduate, provided much sage advice and spoke of the energy challenges we all face. It was a quintessential beautiful Ball State commencement day!

Beta Alpha Psi Members Provide Tax Service
It has been about a month since the April 15 tax deadline, but 14 accounting students probably have not forgotten about their experience. These students participated in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program as members of the national accounting honorary society, Beta Alpha Psi. Along with Dr. John Ledbetter, the students provided help to approximately 150 Ball State international students and scholars with their tax forms. This is the fifth year the Beta Alpha Psi members have assisted the IRS with the international tax sessions.

ISOM Students Receive Computerworld Magazine Award
Information Systems students of Dr. Fred Kitchens teamed with graduate students from the Center for Information and Communication Sciences to develop a business continuity and network security solution for Muncie and Delaware County. This immersive learning project received a Laureate Award from Computerworld Magazine. It also was selected for publication at the International Business Informatics Challenge in Dublin, Ireland last fall.

Cheng Honored
Professor of Economics C.Y. Cheng was honored at the Miller College commencement with the Ball State University President’s Medal of Distinction Award. Presented by Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Terry King, Dr. Cheng was recognized for his exemplary scholarship during his 37-year career at Ball State. Dr. Cheng is retiring at the conclusion of the 2008 summer semester.

Professor Receives National Award
Dr. Ramon Avila was recently honored as one of three national Hormel Teaching Excellence Award Winners. Ramon’s honor was based on his Advanced Sales Course and was presented at the Marketing Management Association Conference in Chicago. Dr. Avila is the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Marketing and director of the H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling.

Dates to note: Learn more. . .

June 6, 2008
Indianapolis Alumni Chapter Indians Picnic and Baseball Outing

July 8, 2008
Eastern Indiana Alumni Golf and Dinner Outing

July 12, 2008
Northeastern Indiana Alumni Chapter Three Rivers Festival Parade
Indianapolis Alumni Chapter Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie

July 19, 2008
Summer Commencement


August 9, 2008
BSU Day at the Indiana State Fair

September 5, 2008
Capital Campaign Kickoff Weekend

September 26, 2008
BSU Homecoming

October 10 , 2008
Fifth Annual MCOB Alumni Award Dinner

You Can Make a Difference!
The recognitions of our students and faculty like those described, speak to our mission of creating an environment that encourages exceptional interaction among students, faculty, and the business community. Your support facilitates the pursuit of excellence through continuous innovation in education and research. You can help us to accomplish our mission—you can make a difference! We would love to count you among our donors to the Miller College of Business this year by making a gift to the Dean’s 1201 fund or to any of your favorite programs in the Miller College. Remember that this fiscal year ends June 30. Contact me if you have questions about where to direct your gift. You may make your gift online at www.bsu.edu/giving.

Thanks so much! Your support is invaluable to the college and our students and faculty. I wish you a great Memorial Day weekend and hope you will have a terrific summer. Go Cards!

Best wishes, Rod


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