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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter May 2009

Executives in Residence

Executive Leadership Interview Series
Four Executives in Residence addressed our students this year as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Students from the MBA Leadership class produced an Executive Leadership Interview Series following their discussions with the business leaders.

Watch the interviews online with Peter Campanella, ’67, former CEO of World Kitchen; Carl George, ’71, CEO, Clifton Gunderson, LLP; James Lintzenich, ’75, Board of Directors, Lumina Foundation for Education; and Jeff Yapp, Executive Vice President for Program Enterprises MTV Networks’ Music and Logo Group.

Accounting Seminar and Golf Outing - June 11
The Ball State University Alumni Association and the Miller College of Business Department of Accounting are hosting a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Seminar in conjunction with the annual Indianapolis Area Alumni Golf Outing, Thursday, June 11, 2009. The “Accounting and Auditing Update” seminar will be led by Miller College faculty Jim Schmutte and Jim Duncan.

The seminar will carry four hours of CPE (Accounting and Audit) credit. Cost of the seminar is $75.00 per person. Register online.

Study Finds Less Support for Indiana's Cultural Events from Public, Private Sectors
Cost-conscious Hoosiers may be staying closer to home during this recession to enjoy nearby museums, parks and zoos, but Indiana's multibillion dollar cultural tourism industry is still suffering, says a new report from the Center for Business and Economic Research. "Cultural Tourism in Indiana: The Impact and Clustering of the Arts and Creative Services in this Recession" provides a county-by-county analysis of the state's cultural activities. Read more.

Read the published report.

Student News
Kristen Hanson and Bradley Robinson were awarded the CPCU Presidential Scholarship provided by the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. This scholarship provides all materials and exams fees to pursue the CPCU Designation. Two recipients per school are selected for this award and another 100 are awarded to students and employees within the insurance industry.

Avila Earns Top Honors
The director of Ball State University's nationally recognized professional selling program has been recognized as one of the nation's top educators. Ramon Avila, director of Ball State's H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling and the George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of marketing, has been named a distinguished sales educator by the University Sales Center Alliance (USCA). The award honors sales educators for their consistent, long-term and outstanding contributions to the quality and advancement of sales and sales management education at the college and university level. Read more.

From the Dean’s Office
Greetings from the dean’s office! . . . I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. Now that commencement is over and the first summer session has begun, we are getting into the summer campus atmosphere. It is quieter in the building with fewer students, but it is loud outside with the typical summer construction projects going on.

If you were not on campus this year, you have missed some changes. The change closest to our building is the construction of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. It is a $40 million project that will be a phenomenal facility when completed in Fall 2010. It is being constructed in the space previously occupied by Irving Gym (previously University Gym and Men’s Gym). The old gym has been completely torn down and the giant hole looks very strange.

We had 235 undergraduates complete their degree requirements this spring (232 last spring). For the year we had more than 400 students graduate. Alumnus Tony Schneider, class of 1980, gave the commencement address. Tony did an absolutely outstanding job with his speech focusing on the proper blend of patience and aggressiveness. I hope you will help me welcome these graduates to ranks of Miller College of Business Alumni who number more than 26,000.

Best wishes for a delightful June. Until next month, GO CARDS!

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

Upcoming Alumni Events

Dates to Note*

June 5 Greater Indianapolis Area Alumni Chapter Indians Picnic and Baseball Outing

June 11 Greater Indianapolis Area Alumni Chapter Continuing Professional Education Seminar

June 19 First Summer Session Ends

July 21 Miller College of Business Alumni Board Meeting

July 25 July Commencement

*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. Visit 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. For more information, contact Tammy Estep, Director of External Relations for the Miller College of Business.

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