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Reminder: Retirement Reception for Joe Trimmer

Contributed by: Angela Zahner
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:00 AM
REMINDER:

Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Joe Trimmer, Director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry and Professor of English.

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Spring Semester Online Evaluations Now Available

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 7:30 AM
Online course evaluations for the spring semester are now available. We strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback on your classes before the evaluations close at 3 am. Saturday, May 3. Learn more.

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.

33rd National R2P Conference at Ball State University: Call for Papers Deadline Extended to April 22, 2014

Contributed by: Ruby Cain
Published: Monday, 14 April 2014 7:00 PM
33rd National R2P Conference at Ball State University:
Call for Papers Deadline Extended to April 22, 2014

Click on 33rd National Research-to-Practice Conference website.

To: Adult and Higher Education Faculty, Researchers, Graduate Students, Practitioners:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, R2P National Steering Committee has requested an extension on Call for Papers deadline to April 22, 2014.

33rd National Research-to-Practice (R2P) Conference in Adult and Higher Education with Ball State University's 2nd Annual Adult, Higher, and Community Education Research Conference will be on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, 2014. The conference will be held at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Our host is Department of Educational Studies, Teachers College.
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You’re invited to a Campus Master Plan open house April 16-17

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Monday, 14 April 2014 8:00 AM
Please join our campus master planning team and consultant SmithGroup JJR for one of two open house presentations to engage the campus and Muncie community on April 16-17. The format will be similar to the previous open house forums in that a 30-minute presentation will be followed by time for discussion, feedback and ideas.   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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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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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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Take a survey to help MBA Students Win a Contest

Contributed by: Susan Mantel
Published: Thursday, 27 March 2014 8:00 AM
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

A group of MBA graduate students is participating in a nation-wide contest about energy awareness and needs your help!

We are asking you to complete a short quiz to understand your level of energy awareness. No one will see your answers but you -- Maximum number of participants taking the quiz is the goal.
The quiz is 8 questions and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Participation is completely voluntary.

Please participate by clicking here: http://energyiq.energytomorrow.org/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=quiz&

Thank you for your time and consideration.
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Retirement Reception for Joe Trimmer

Contributed by: Angela Zahner
Published: Friday, 21 March 2014 9:00 AM
Retirement reception for Joe Trimmer, Director of the Virginia B. Ball Center

for Creative Inquiry and Professor of English on Friday, April 18, 2014.
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Help shape the future of Ball State

Contributed by: Kari Gayes
Published: Friday, 21 March 2014 8:30 AM
Do you have thoughts about centralizing technology-related programs on campus? Are there new academic programs the university will need to add in the next 15-20 years? We want your input as we prepare to meet the needs of future Ball State students.

Contribute your ideas to the Academic Long-Range Plan discussion at academicplan.bsu.edu
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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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