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Miller College of Business Ball State Business eNewsletter December 2007

Seasons Greetings

Alumni News and Events
Nominations for the 2008 Miller College of Business Alumni Awards are being accepted through January. Please consider nominating a deserving alumnus. And as always, please contact us to share your news and accomplishments. We love to hear from you!

Join the Miller College of Business Alumni Board for an Indianapolis reception and enjoy a Pacer's game on Wednesday, February 20. (More details will follow in January.)

We are also looking forward to having many of you back on campus for Dialogue Days in March.  This program hosted by our Alumni Board brings alumni back to campus to share their business experiences with students. Invitations will be sent to previous participants in January. If you have never participated in Dialogue Days and are interested in learning more about it, contact Tammy Estep.

Indiana and Local Economic Outlooks Are Positive
Mike Hicks, Director of the Bureau of Business Research and Gary Santoni, professor emeritus of economics, released their forecasts for the local and Indiana economies at the Indiana Economic Outlook luncheon in Muncie on December 4 and The Indiana Economic Exchange breakfast in Carmel on December 5. They predict Indiana's economy will net 47,000 new jobs in 2008 and predict that inflation will be lower than average. Read more.

The Great Property Tax Debate
The Bureau of Business Research has released a series of reports analyzing several Indiana property tax reform proposals, including one proposed by Governor Mitch Daniels, and their impact on Indiana's economy. The full reports are available online. Read more.

Student News
The Miller College's Insurance, Risk Management and Actuarial Fraternity earned three national awards at the Gamma Iota Sigma International Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., recently. Student representatives from our Phi Chapter attended the conference and accepted the Chapter Management, Membership Development, and Public Relations Awards.  

One of our outstanding accounting students, David McCash won one of four regional prizes in a nationwide essay competition sponsored by the Attorney-CPA Foundation for his essay on Asset Protection and Business Entities in Indiana. David intends to pursue a Master of Science degree in Accounting next year at Ball State.

Dates to note:

January 28, 2008
Sales Career Fair

February 20, 2008
MCOB Alumni Reception and Pacer's Game

March 3 and 4, 2008
Dialogue Days

Happy Holidays and Gratitude!
We have some outstanding students in the college, which I was reminded of at our Scholarship and Recognition Celebration held earlier this month where 250 scholarships were awarded. Two scholarship donors, Dorothy Kelly and Paul Parkison, Chairman Emeritus, Miller College of Business Department of Accounting, spoke about what it means to give. Dr. Parkison spoke directly to the students telling them that "they have incurred a special kind of debt or obligation by receiving their scholarships – a debt with no payee, no amount, no interest rate, and no due date, but an obligation to pay it forward."

Three students (Brianne Borders, Nicole Smith, and Matthew Piatt) spoke eloquently to their fellow scholarship recipients and scholarship donors expressing their gratitude for being recognized for their accomplishments, the opportunities scholarships provide them, and the importance of the financial assistance, but also spoke of the responsibility they feel to work hard and give back. I have no doubt that these outstanding students will pay it forward just as you have paid it forward. It has been a terrific year in the Miller College of Business. I invite you to enjoy the holiday greeting from our students to you and wish you the very best in the coming year.

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

 


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