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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter June 2007

Seasons Greetings

Vickie Stringer, the founder of Triple Crown Publications, received the Entrepreneurship Center's annual Ascent Award on Friday, November 10. Stringer's homegrown publishing company began five years ago when she self-published her first novel Let That Be the Reason. Today, Triple Crown Publishing is the world's leader of urban fiction novels.

The Ascent Award is given each year by the Ball State Entrepreneurship Center to a dauntless and successful entrepreneur.  Current students recommend three finalists for the award and alumni select the winner.

Alumni Board Meets
Our Miller College Alumni Board met Tuesday, November 13. The officers for 2008 were announced and include Kevin Walbridge, President, Mike Earley, Vice President and Jim Ittenbach, Alumni Council Representative. New board members are Rebecca Baer, Carl Davis, Karen Mangia, Clarice McCauley, and Joseph Milazzo. After the meeting, the board enjoyed watching the Cardinal football team defeat Toledo 41-20. The game was on national TV via ESPN 2. The board is planning an alumni gathering for February in the Indianapolis area and Dialogue Days on March 4 and 5. More information will be sent out at a later date. Meanwhile, I hope you'll consider including these in your schedule this winter.

Econ Students Make Regional Finals of College Fed Challenge
David Barker, William Hutson and James Mink competed against 14 collegiate teams in the College Fed Challenge last week in Chicago. Ball State's team won a spot in the final four beating out teams from Grinnell College, Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the opening round.

As one of the top four university teams in the regional finals, they competed against teams from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This is the second year that Ball State students have competed in the Fed Challenge.

Ball State Student Receives Recognition
at Local and State Entrepreneurship Competitions

Matt Bare, an entrepreneurship major, placed third in the Venture Idol Competition in Indianapolis on November 8 during Indiana Entrepreneurship Week in Indianapolis.  Sponsored by the Venture Club of Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, entrants competed by showcasing their innovative idea before a live audience of the region's leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Of the 47 entrants, 15 were selected to pitch their idea. Matt presented his business idea, which gives people an opportunity to transform negative sentiments into positive social action through his online social networking site.

Earlier that week, on November 5, Bare also won the local Empowering Entrepreneurship competition held by the Innovation Connector in Muncie.

Sales Students off to Regional Competition
Six Miller College students are attending a regional sales competition November 15-17, at the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. Students from several schools in Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri are expected to compete. The six students representing Ball State are:  Whitney Gutgsell, Zach Pine, Amanda Porter, Eric Rhude, Chris Suskovich, and Jon Weaver.

Dates to note:

December 1, 2007
Scholarship Award and Recognition Brunch

January 28, 2008
Sales Career Fair

March 3 and 4, 2008
Dialogue Days

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is the traditional time that we pause and give thanks for the blessings in our lives.  On behalf of the Miller College faculty, staff and students thank you for your contributions to our college and university.  Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Go Cards!

Rod Davis
Interim Dean
rdavis2@bsu.edu  (765) 285-8192


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