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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter November 2008

Organic Coffee Company Wins Entrepreneurship Center Ascent Award
The Miller College Entrepreneurship Center culminated its coast-to-coast search for 10 entrepreneurs who exhibit the spirit of Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Center with the annual Ascent Awards on November 1.

Jason Araghi, the founder of Green Beans Coffee, won the award for developing a business that serves organic coffee, smoothies and pastries on more than 70 American military bases around the Middle East. A panel of entrepreneurship alumni chose Araghi from among three finalists. The other finalists were Lyndon "Duke" Hanson, a co-founder of Crocs Inc., a company that sells the lightweight resin shoes, and Donald and Susan Southerland, owners of Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream company with franchises in 49 states. More. . .

Research center adopts new name
The Bureau of Business Research at Ball State University is now the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). The new name more clearly reflects the role of the center for the Miller College of Business and Ball State. CBER is a premier economic policy and forecasting research center. Its research encompasses health care, public finance, regional economics, transportation, and energy sector studies.

5th regional sales competition
The H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling hosted the 5th Regional Sales Competition on October 24. They were joined by Purdue University, Indiana University, University of Louisville and Western Carolina University. More than 40 individuals from the industry were present to judge and be buyers for the competition. This year Sarah Windlan, Ball State University, took second place.

National organization touts
Ball State's report on manufacturing, logistics

A Ball State University electronic report package that analyzed the nation's manufacturing and logistics industries recently received the first Electronic Publication Award given by the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER).

AUBER, a national organization for economic and business research centers in the United States, recognized "2008 State of the Industry Report for Manufacturing and Logistics" and the accompanying "2008 Manufacturing Report Card" for graphic design and using electronic means to convey diverse economic information to a wide audience. The reports were designed by members of Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), formerly known as the Bureau of Business Research.

The reports were sponsored by Conexus Indiana, a new initiative created to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. As a result, Ball State received significant national media attention. The reports also were recently cited by candidates running for governor in Missouri.

Alumni connections
Carl George, BS Accounting, 1970 and MS Accounting, 1971, CEO, Clifton Gunderson, named one of the 2008 Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today.

Frank J. Kimmerling, BS Accounting, 1995, appointed Vice President/Finance, Chief Financial Officer of Medical Nutrition USA, Inc., (MDNU).

From the Dean’s Office
November is almost gone and we have had snow flurries for a couple of days, but don’t fear everyone on campus is fired up. The football team’s undefeated streak is at 11 and Dave Letterman has been talking every week about the “chirp chirp Ball State Cardinals!” There is a “chirper” application available as a free download on iTunes. You may want it for your iPod or iPhone. See it in action here.
 
In Miller College news, alumnus Peter Campanella served as the Executive-in-Residence on Thursday, November 20. Peter is the former CEO for Corning Consumer Products and serves on the Ball State University Foundation Board of Directors. Peter spoke about leadership to three classes in the morning, a noon luncheon for community members, and made a public address to over 100 people in the afternoon.  
 
The annual Miller Scholarship Brunch is scheduled for Saturday, December 6. It is a wonderful event that I look forward to every year. More than 200 people have made reservations including donors, students, and their families and friends. Of course, we have Thanksgiving coming first and on behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of the Miller College best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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, December 06, 2008
Student Scholarship Brunch

Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Indiana Economic Outlook Luncheon

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

Monday, January 26, 2009
H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling Sales Career Fair
Alumni Center, Ball State University

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Ball State Cardinal Job Fair, Worthen Arena, Ball State University

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

 


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