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The Face of PTSD: Implications for Post Secondary Education

Contributed by: Brian Pressnall
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 11:30 AM
The Face of PTSD: Implications for Post Secondary Education
By CPT Steven Dalcher

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The Power of Hate Speech

Contributed by: Tacianna Oliver
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 11:00 AM
The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies is hosting Kizito Kalima, a Rwandan Genocide Survivor, who will speak about the power of hate speech on 4/23 from 2-3 PM in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center.
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Are you graduating this semester?

Contributed by: Kari Gayes
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 3:00 PM
Spring Commencement will be Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The main ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the Fine Arts Terrace, followed by college ceremonies at various locations on campus. Tickets are not
required for any ceremony.
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Earth Day Senior Fellow presentation

Contributed by: James Eflin
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:30 AM
Earth Day Senior Fellow Eric Dodd to give 2 presentations on Earth Day, April

22 - ideal for students seeking to advance their careers, and for all audiences

to learn about responses to environmental disasters.
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Teachers College Hosts Yong Zhao, Noted Authority on Global and Online Education

Contributed by: Sherri Beaty
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 9:00 AM
Yong Zhao, Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education at the University of Oregon, is the 2014 John R. Emens Distinguished Professor. Zhao will be on campus Monday, April 21. His presentation, which is free and open to the public, will connect current research on schools and learning to critical issues in education reform.

Education in the Age of Globalization
Emens Auditorium
7 p.m.
Admission is free.
The public is invited to attend.
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Sales Profession 2030: What’s the Future Hold?

Contributed by: Tamara Estep
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 8:30 AM

Miller College of Business Distinguished Professor Lecture Series

Sales Profession 2030: What’s the Future Hold?

5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Cardinal Hall A
Discussion and reception to follow, Music Lounge

Ramon A. Avila
George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Marketing

Ramon A. Avila, George and Francis Ball Distinguished Professor of Marketing, presents, "Sales Profession 2030: What’s the Future Hold?” as part of the Miller College of Business Distinguished Professor Lecture Series. Free and open to the public.

Change is inevitable. Similar to other professions, the sales profession has evolved in the last few decades and will continue to do so. The type of education that precedes a profession in sales is becoming more important and competitive. The trend is that colleges and universities are putting more focus on sales education.

In 2006, only 30 schools had formal sales programs. In 2012, this number more than doubled to 73. Employers have been fast to embrace graduates who have gone through a formal sales program.
Credit toward the Miller College of Business Advanced Professionalism Certificate will be given.


About Ramon A, Avila
Ramon A. Avila is the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Marketing and the founding director of the H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1977 and MBA in 1979 from Ball State University. He completed his PhD at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and joined the Ball State faculty in 1984.

Before coming to Ball State, he worked in sales with the Burroughs Corporation. He taught as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii (1990–1991) and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (2002). He also directed Ball State’s Australia Center in spring semester 2011.

In 2008, Avila was named the Hormel Foods Master Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the Marketing and Management Association in Chicago. In April 2002, Avila received a Leavey Award from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge for innovation in the classroom with his advanced professional selling class. He was named the 1999 Mu Kappa Tau Outstanding Contributor to the Sales Profession.

Avila also received Ball State’s Outstanding Faculty Award (2003), Outstanding Service Award (1998), Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (1989), and Miller College Professor of the Year Award (1989). In 2011, he was bestowed with Ball State’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Avila has published more than 30 refereed journal articles and is the coauthor of two textbooks, Professional Selling and Sales Management. He has been the program chair and the director for the National Conference in Sales Management. A frequent consultant, he has worked with major corporations.

  • The session is open to the public. Question and answer session to follow.
  • Credit will be given for the Advanced Professionalism Certificate and proof of attendance will be available to students.

For more information, contact business@bsu.edu or 765-285-8192.

The Miller College Distinguished Professor Lecture Series is made possible by support from London Witte Group.

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5th Annual i>clicker Boot Camp sponsored by OEE

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 8:00 AM
If you are adopting i>clicker for the coming fall semester, the Office of Educational Excellence is planning a detailed workshop just for you. While we will offer some technical training sessions near the start of the fall semester, now is the time to start rethinking your lecture and course design for i>clicker integration. Learn more.

A Cross National Study of Organizations’ Emotional Regulation of Project Failure | Research Colloquium

Contributed by: Tamara Estep
Published: Friday, 11 April 2014 12:15 PM
MILLER COLLEGE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

A Cross National Study of Organizations’ Emotional Regulation of Project Failure

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

RSVP before Wednesday, April 16th to Jennifer Keever at bizdean@bsu.edu.

Presented by Marcus Wolfe
Assistant Professor of Economics

A Cross National Study of Organizations’ Emotional Regulation of Project Failure
The current study explores how national culture, perceptions of organizational normalization of failure, and perceived organizational emotional capability influence the development of negative emotions as a result of project failure. We find that national culture does have a direct relationship with individuals’ negative emotions over project failure. Additionally, we find that national culture has an indirect effect on members’ negative emotions via their perceptions about the extent to which their organization normalizes failure. Finally, we find that national culture has a relationship with emotional capability, with organizations from Russia displaying greater levels of emotional capability than organizations from Germany.


About Marcus Wolfe
Marcus Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Management, earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana University, as well as a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Wolfe’s research focuses on how failure influences actions, activities, outcomes, and decision making at both the individual and organizational levels. He has also done some projects examining characteristics that influence entrepreneurial performance at the individual level. His teaching has focused on strategic management and leadership, corporate venturing, and entrepreneurship.

Prior to pursuing a career in academia Wolfe was involved with founding or serving in a senior leadership position for a number of entrepreneurial firms in a wide variety of different industries. He began his career in the physical sciences, having served as a research and teaching assistant in the area of biochemistry, as well as having served as a technical sales representative for an international laboratory instrumentation firm.
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Yong Zhao to Visit Ball State April 21

Contributed by: Sherri Beaty
Published: Friday, 11 April 2014 10:30 AM




With a message intended for teachers, school administrators, and parents, Zhao will connect current research on schools and learning to critical issues in education reform.

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TechTime Support for Final Projects

Contributed by: Nathan Neely
Published: Friday, 11 April 2014 7:00 AM
Attention Students!

The semester will be ending soon!

· Have a deadline?
· Getting frustrated?
· Are you stuck?

TechTime can help!
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From a Global Perspective to a Local Understanding: Student Experiences in Adult, Higher, and Community Education

Contributed by: Ruby Cain
Published: Wednesday, 09 April 2014 8:30 PM
Join us as we embark on an academic exploration:
From a Global Perspective to a Local Understanding: Student Experiences in Adult, Higher, and Community Education
The Adult, Higher, and Community Education Program (AHCE) in the Department of Educational Studies welcomes visiting scholars from Ireland in May 2014.

We are honored to have Dr. Brid Connolly and Dr. Fergal Finnigan visiting from the Adult and Community Education program at the National University of Ireland – Maynooth (north of Dublin). We invite you to join us in celebrating this international exchange at 3 events (see descriptions below):

Tuesday, May 27, 7-9 PM
Learning by Listening to Students’ Voices: Lessons from and Irish Context”
BSU and Muncie Community Presentation - Student Center Cardinal Hall B. Event is Free.

Tuesday, May 27, 4-5:30 PM
What Makes a Radical Educator?”
Reception with students - Teachers College, room 1008. Event is Free.

Friday, May 30, 5-8 PM
Come for the Learning, Stay for the Craic: Irish Tales of Adult, Higher, and Community Education
Reception 5-6 PM, and Dinner/Presentation 6-8 PM - Alumni Center at BSU in Muncie.
$45 alumni and friends and $25 per student. All proceeds will go toward scholarships through the Dr. James McElhinney Scholarship Fund within the BSU Foundation.
RSVP to mdudka@bsu.edu by May 10, 2014

Biographical Information
Bríd Connolly began working in adult and community education in 1985, as a women’s studies tutor, based on her degree in philosophy and the newly emerging multi-disciplinary field brought about by the feminist movement. She developed her interest in feminist pedagogy and critical group work as a result of this work, which she brought to work with people with disabilities and community development and education, both in local communities in the hinterland and within National University of Ireland - Maynooth. Her research interests are centered on critical pedagogy and the part it plays in praxis.

Fergal Finnegan is a lecturer at the Department of Adult and Community Education in the National University of Ireland - Maynooth. He has been working in adult and community education for fifteen years in a wide range of settings. His research interests include critical pedagogy, popular education, social class and non-traditional students experience in higher education. He is one of the editors of the recently published book, Student Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education.
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Christy Woods Greenhouse Spring Cleaning Sale

Contributed by: Marydella Kamper
Published: Wednesday, 09 April 2014 2:00 PM
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Christy Woods Greenhouse Spring Cleaning Sale on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00am to 12 noon. Learn more.

How Robust are Health Rankings? Testing Different Assumptions about Weights and Aggregation | Research Colloquium

Contributed by: Tamara Estep
Published: Wednesday, 09 April 2014 8:00 AM
MILLER COLLEGE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

How Robust are Health Rankings? Testing Different Assumptions about Weights and Aggregation

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

RSVP before Monday, April 14th to Jennifer Keever at bizdean@bsu.edu

Presented by Erik Nesson
Assistant Professor of Economics

How Robust are Health Rankings? Testing Different Assumptions about Weights and Aggregation
This paper develops a new method for the measurement of population health and the ranking of the health of different geographies. Since population health is a latent variable, studies which measure and rank the health of different geographies must aggregate observable attributes of health into one summary measure. We show that the methods used in nearly all the literature to date implicitly assume that all attributes are infinitely substitutable. Our method, based on aggregation functions used in the measurement of multidimensional welfare and inequality, minimizes the entropic distance between the summary measure of population health and the distribution of the underlying. This aggregation function coincides with well-known Constant Elasticity of Substitution and Cobb-Douglas production functions and naturally allows different assumptions regarding attribute substitutability or complementarity. To compare methodologies, we utilize a well-known ranking of the health status of U.S. states, America's Health Rankings. We find that states' rankings are somewhat sensitive to changes in the weight given to each attribute, but very sensitive to changes in aggregation methodology. Our results have broad implications for well-known ranks of national health care systems, such as the 2000 World Health Report, as well as the measurement of health inequality.

About Erik Nesson
Erik Nesson, assistant professor of economics, received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2012 and joined Ball State University in the same year. His research interests include health economics, applied microeconometrics, law and economics, and labor economics. Nesson’s current projects include examining the effects of tobacco control policies on smoking behaviors, measuring the causal relationship between substance use and risky sexual behaviors, and examining the measurement of aggregate health and its use in policy evaluation.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Miller College Research Colloquia Series 2014

Date | Presenter
All colloquia are scheduled for 12:00 p.m. and
meet in Whitinger Building, room 145

April 23, Wednesday| Marcus Wolfe
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Digital Literature Review Launch

Contributed by: Deborah Mix
Published: Monday, 07 April 2014 12:00 PM
Please join us on Tuesday, April 22, to celebrate the launch of the Digital Literature Review, an interdisciplinary journal of literary and cultural studies created as part of an immersive learning project. Learn more.

Summit: Improving Access to Health Care

Contributed by: Erin Moore
Published: Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:30 AM

The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC) invites you:

“Improving Access to Care” Summit

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

8:00AM – 4:30PM at IUPUI in Indianapolis

$35 including lunch – scholarships available for Ball State faculty and students; contact Cathy Whaley for scholarship details.

Register online (registration page may take a few minutes to load)

The summit is sponsored in part by the Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC), housed in Building Better Communities at Ball State.

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2014 OEE Colloquia Series

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:30 PM

OEE Colloquia Series
The Office of Educational Excellence is pleased to announce its 2014 Colloquia Series highlighting the previous year’s award winners for Ball State's Excellence in Teaching Award and Creative Teaching Grant. During the presentation, the award recipient discusses his/her enhanced course or grant project.


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