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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter October 2008

Sales team finishes second at sales competition
Team members from left to right: Joel Luebcke, Nicole (Cole) Schultz, Collin Meyers and Rekko Enochs

For the second year in a row, the Ball State University Sales Team finished second at a national team selling competition, held at Indiana University. Ball State’s sales team is made up of senior Collin Meyers, senior Nicole Schultz, senior Rekko Enochs and senior Joel Luebcke. In overall team scores, Ball State finished behind Michigan State University.

The competition featured 11 teams from top-ranked business schools in the nation. Ball State finished ahead of competing schools that included Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and Penn State University.

2008 Alumni Awards
Congratulations to Tom Ertel, partner, Ernst & Young, the 2008 Miller College Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee. Tom was inducted at the fifth annual Miller College Alumni Award celebration held on October 10. Other outstanding alumni receiving awards were:

  • Dale A. Adams, president of Diversified Agency Services
  • James A. Andrew, CEO and owner of Henry Poor Lumber Company
  • Jennifer Budreau, senior vice president of human resources and administration for FORUM Credit Union
  • Craig L. Dunn, president of Liberty Financial Group Inc.
  • Noah S. Grayson, senior vice president of consulting services for Walker Information
  • Michael L. Johnston, chief operating officer (retired 2007) of Manufacturers Transport Inc. and vice president of procurement for Meridian IQ, Inc.
  • Larry W. Metzing, senior partner of Sunbelt Indiana Resource
  • Anthony "Tony" L. Schneider, managing director of Schneider Huse and Associates, LLC
  • Christopher S. O'Bryhim, chief human resources officer for Veriana Networks, Inc.

Read more about this year’s award recipients in the upcoming edition of Ball State Business, or go online to our website. Please consider nominating an alumnus who deserves an award from the college.

In addition to the Miller College awards, the Ball State University Alumni Association honored Tiffany Westfall and Rebecca Baer with Graduate of the Last Decade Awards at Homecoming.

Irish eyes smiling on digital research
A Ball State University student's innovative system designed to analyze viewership of digital display advertising recently won the top award at the annual International Business Informatics Challenge (IBIC) in Dublin, Ireland. Mark Isenbarger, a graduate student from New Haven, Indiana received first place for his paper “Automated Market Research: Capitalizing on Unforeseen Changes in the Market." His paper is based on an emerging media project developed during 2007-08 when Isenbarger, then a senior in Ball State's Miller College of Business, led a student team enrolled in the systems analysis and design class offered by the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM). Isenbarger's award marks the third consecutive year that a Ball State student has won a major award at IBIC. In 2007, a student won the Best Presentation Award, and another student won the Best Cooperative Project Award in 2006. 

Ball State’s entrepreneurship program
moves up in rankings

Ball State University’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program has climbed to 11th in the sixth annual ranking released by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. The program was ranked at 20th in 2007 and has been consistently listed in the top 25 since 2003. Ball State’s program is listed ahead of those at Baylor University, Syracuse University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Cincinnati.

This is the second major recognition of the undergraduate program this fall. In late August, the program was tied for 10th in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The publication also touted Ball State as the nation’s 14th best “Schools to Watch,” a new listing honoring colleges and universities that are making the most promising and innovative changes.

From the Dean’s Office
This is a great time to be a Ball State Cardinal. I hope you are wearing your red and letting people know that you are an alumnus. Besides the national recognition of the football team, as you have read in this e-newsletter your college continues to be nationally recognized academically. Of course, as an alumnus and interim dean, I am proud of all of our programs! In my opinion, they are all worthy of national recognition.

October has been a great month and we are now past mid-term. November brings a focus on “crunch time” when students begin realizing that deadlines for presentations, papers, projects and final exams are within weeks. This is probably a reminder of what you don’t miss about college!

As an alumnus, please remember that we are always interested in you and want to keep you strongly connected to the college. Let’s work together to enhance our educational and alumni programs to help our future and current students and strengthen the value of your degree. Your support is always sincerely appreciated. Please let me know how I might help you.

Until next month, GO CARDS!

Thanks, Rod

Rodney Davis
Interim Dean
Miller College of Business
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
(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

Saturday, November 1, 2008
Entrepreneurship Center Ascent Awards
Indianapolis, Indiana

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Miller College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series
Peter Campanella, Consultant and past President and CEO of World Kitchen (formerly Corning Consumer Products Company)

Saturday, December 06, 2008
Student Scholarship Brunch

Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Indiana Economic Outlook Luncheon

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
2009 Indiana Forecast Breakfast

Monday, December 15, 2008
Rock Bottom Event, Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, January 29, 2009
Miller College of Business Alumni Reception, Ritz Charles, Carmel, Indiana

Wednesday and Thursday, February 25 & 26, 2009
Dialogue Days, Ball State University


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