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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter June 2008

Business from Abroad
Associate dean Ray Montagno and a group of Ball State students stand in front of the German Parliament in Berlin.

As Ball State’s campus buzzed with commencement activities in early May, two groups of students from the Miller College of Business weren't thinking about diplomas and celebrations. These students were packing their passports and preparing for life changing study abroad experiences.

As part of the college's continued focus on expanding opportunities for students to participate in quality international experiences, seven students completed a two-week field study to Germany led by Ray Montagno, and Doug Naffziger traveled to London and Paris with 13 others. Both groups were immersed in business and industry in a foreign country.

The Germany travelers were hosted by the University of Applied Sciences in Jena, which arranged for visits to BMW, Adidas, and Kahla Porcelain, as well as tours of Parliament and public television station ZDF. In its fourth year, the UK/France field study included spending a week in each county, touring companies such as Rolls Royce in Bristol, Towers-Perrin, Bank of England, Roche, and the Paris Mint.

Accounting Alumni Earn Top Marks
Sarah Burrell (06, MS 07) and Renee Fortman (06, MS 07) both earned scores ranked in the top ten among those who completed the Indiana CPA exam. Sarah is an internal auditor at Herff Jones and Renee is a staff accountant at Ernst & Young in Indianapolis. Both are active members of the Accounting Department’s Young Alumni Advisory Council. In addition, both are former members of the Ball State Beta Alpha Psi Chapter (the accounting honorary society).

Entrepreneurship Minor
The Entrepreneurship program will launch a new minor for non-business majors this fall. This campus-wide minor allows students to turn their passion into their own business. Adding only one course per semester, (beginning as a sophomore) students will take specially developed courses emphasizing the basic principles of entrepreneurship.

Computerworld Magazine Honors Miller College Graduates
A team of eight Information Systems majors and six students from the Center for Information and Communication Sciences were recognized as Computerworld Honors Program Laureates on June 2. Awarded at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C., the spring 2008 graduates received the award for the development of a business continuity and network security plan for the city of Muncie, Indiana, during an experiential learning course.

Indiana Department of Education Renews Licensing Approval
The Business Education program review concluded this spring with the college receiving renewed teacher licensing approval. According to the Indiana Department of Education, "the Business Education faculty along with the College of Education should be commended on their commitment and dedication in providing highly qualified teacher candidates in the field of Business Education." Congratulations to the faculty and the outstanding students.

Dates to note: Learn more. . .

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
Ball State Day at the Indiana State Fair


August 29, 2008
Entrepreneurship Alumni Golf Outing at the Players Club in Yorktown, IN

September 5, 2008
Capital Campaign Kickoff Weekend

September 26-27, 2008
Ball State Homecoming

October 10 , 2008
Fifth Annual MCOB Alumni Award Dinner

You Can Make a Difference!
I love summertime, don’t you? While technically it is not summer—it arrives June 21—we are half way through June and I am afraid that the summer will speed by way too fast. The second summer session started this week and the academic summer mood and climate has thoroughly permeated campus. It reminds me of the old song that goes "summertime and the living is easy."

Four of us from the Miller College participated in the Indianapolis Alumni Association Golf Scramble and Dinner on June 10—we had a great time. As you can see from the dates to note, there are still a number of great summer activities remaining. We hope to see you at Indiana State Fair on Ball State Day, August 9. The college will have a booth and we look forward to telling about and showing off the Miller College of Business.

As always, you have the best wishes of the Miller College. We hope you have a great summer and enjoy some of that “easy living.” Go Cards!

Best wishes, Rod


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