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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter May 2009

Watch Increasing the Odds

Immersive learning
Miller College students completed more than 21 immersive learning projects—a hallmark of Ball State education—this year. Project 18 and Increasing the Odds demonstrate the diversity of the projects:

Project 18, led by Marketing and Management Faculty Member Jennifer Bott, has received notable media attention. This statewide initiative focuses on school health education and community outreach. Read more about this collaborative effort with Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent, Marsh Supermarkets, Ball State University and Strategic Marketing & Research, Inc. (SMARI) in the spring edition of the Ball State Business magazine.

Increasing the Odds is an engaging, entertaining and inspiring documentary film designed to help the naïve but aspiring entrepreneur avoid crucial mistakes in developing a business. The film emphasizes simple points that are essential to starting a successful business. Featuring a number of successful start-up businesses and nationally known experts, Faculty Mentor Cecil Bohanon, economics department, led a team of students in creating the film that illustrates important points about passing the market test, constructing implementing the business plan, commitment and persistence. Watch the video trailer online.

Thank you to our business partners who supported immersive learning projects this year:

Air Robotics, LLC Frito Lay
American Marketing Association Marsh Supermarkets
Ameritrade Wealth Management Miller College of Business Executive Advisory Board
Association of Information Technology Professionals Motivate Our Minds
Ball State University Computing Services Muncie Innovation Connector
Ball State University Foundation MutualBank
Ball State University Human Resources National City Bank
Ball State University Institute for Digital Entertainment and Education Old National Bank
Ball State University Office of Payroll and Employee Benefits Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent
Big Sky Brewing Star Financial Bank
Blue Bottle Coffee Shop Strategic Marketing & Research, Inc.
Chase Bank Thinc Management, Inc.
First Merchants Veriana Networks, Inc.

New Program—Information Systems Security Management
This fall, the college is launching a new program—Information Systems Security Management Graduate Certificate. Completion of the 15-hour semester program provides both theoretical and hands-on knowledge to handle complex security issues.

Features include:

  • effective preparation for industry-recognized certification, such as CSSP and CISSP
  • both theoretical and hands-on opportunities
  • a case-study approach for real-world application
  • elective course work for those pursuing a master’s degree

This program is available through a combination of online and face-to-face classes offered in the Greater Indianapolis area. Applications are being accepted for the fall semester. Contact Sushil Sharma, department chairperson for the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, for more information.

Graduate Enrollment Strong
In the June 22-28 issue of the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ), a table listing Indiana Graduate Business Programs ranked enrollment in the Miller College of Business at Ball State 17th among 17 universities. This is incorrect—The Miller College ranks 8th in the state in terms of full-time-equivalent enrollment. Among Indiana schools with the prestigious AACSB accreditation, the college ranks 4th behind IU, Notre Dame, and Purdue.

The error occurred as a result of the information the college provided to the IBJ. The information and our position in the rankings has been corrected with the IBJ and will be accurate in the IBJ Book of Lists to be published in December.

Cutting edge research shapes policy
Recent studies produced by the Center for Business and Economic Research helped shape recent government reforms and received significant press coverage recently (the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and the Atlantic). Center Director Michael Hicks publishes weekly commentaries in the Indiana Business Bulletin, which has enjoyed much success recently.

Several new studies are underway including the economic impact of Indiana’s State Fair. The center’s staff is concurrently busy on a multi-year study of medium-sized cities in the Midwest, studies of migration and the elderly, state tax policy, several cluster studies, an evaluation of the effects of cap and trade on Indiana and the continued development of a computation general equilibrium model of the state’s economy to be used for economic policy and development work. In addition to Michael Hicks, the center is staffed by eight full-time employees including two economists—Dagney Faulk, director of research and Nalitra Thaiprasert, research economist.

Students gain valuable experience
Despite the difficult economic conditions, many regional and national companies interviewed students on campus this year. More companies have interviewed Ball State business students than students in other fields. The combined number of students completing fall and spring semester internships increased over last year; employers and students alike see the value of an internship. These internships are essential to prepare our students for their future careers. Please let us know how we can enhance these programs and establish internship opportunites with your company. Contact Angie Cravens, coordinator of immersion and experiential programs, at 765-285-2133.

From the Dean’s Office
Greetings! This is my first message to you as the dean of the Miller College! I started on June 1 and thank Rod Davis for his fine work as interim dean. The campus is agog with incoming students attending orientation. High school graduates and their parents are attending two-day programs and becoming familiar with the campus, residence halls, and fall semester course registration. This is a major rite of passage in the lives of parents and their children alike and we take special efforts to make the transition go smoothly for everyone.

The good news this season for the university and Miller College is that overall student enrollment numbers are up. This is a recognition of the high quality of a Ball State education and is a tribute to all of you—faculty, staff, alumni and friends—who work toward this goal. On a more uncertain note, the economic downturn continues to negatively affect our budget. Working together, I am confident we will emerge stronger and better placed as a premier center for business education.

Enjoy the summer and, if you are in the neighborhood, drop by our offices in Whitinger Business Building. Should you have a comment or thought you want to share, I invite you to send it along.


Rajib Sanyal signature
Rajib Sanyal, Dean
Miller College of Business, Ball State University
765-285-8192 (office), 765-285-5117 (fax)


Upcoming Alumni Events

Dates to Note*

July 21 Miller College of Business Alumni Board Meeting

July 25 July Commencement

August 8 Ball State Day at the Indiana State Fair

August 24 Fall Semester Classes Begin

August 28 Entrepreneurship Alumni Golf Outing

September 23 Fall Career Fair

October 3 Homecoming

October 30 Miller College of Business Alumni Awards Dinner

*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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