State University Alumni Association
Miller College of Business
Alumni Board of Directors
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Sikich
Attendance: Kevin Dougherty, Michael Earley, Tammy Estep,
Ray Ferguson, Tracy Hendricks, Steve Imler, Morgan Lewis, Karen Mangia, Tim
Pierce, Cory Spaulding, Rajib Sanyal, and Sue Taylor.
The meeting was called to order by President Tim Pierce at 3:10 p.m. Pierce welcomed new BSUAA liaison, Tracy Hendricks, and new student representative board member, Morgan Lewis. The board members then introduced themselves.
Pierce reported all Alumni Programs staff received new position responsibilities and Tracy Hendricks will be joining the board carrying forward the work of Sue Taylor and Michelle Johnson. Pierce and other board members thanked Taylor and Johnson (in her absence) for their years of service and support to the board.
A motion to approve the May 16, 2013, minutes was made by Spaulding, with a second by Earley, and unanimously approved.
Miller College Dean’s Report
Dean Sanyal reported the Higher Learning Commission would be on campus October 7 to 9 for Ball State’s accreditation visit.
There are 142 new MCOB alumni with July’s graduating class and MCOB welcomed 13 new faculty this fall. Overall, enrollment numbers are down slightly, but stable.
Elizabeth Hodges, Vice President for Brand Management at Chico’s, will be the Executive in Residence on September 26.
The college has converted the operations management major into “logistics and supply chain management” which started this fall. The curriculum was designed with practitioners’ assistance, and an internship will be a requirement for successful completion.
MCOB Alumni Awards Dinner
Mangia updated the board on sponsorship progress for the event and let them know the goal this year was $25,000. The board was encouraged to send out invitations to their colleagues.
Estep distributed a sponsorship opportunities document outlining the sponsorship levels. Board members were encouraged to contact potential sponsors and should work with Mangia, chair of the Alumni Dinner Sponsorships Committee.
Cardinal Business Forum Recap
Spaulding reported it was another successful Cardinal Business Forum (CBF) and he was impressed with how smooth the process went. Taylor received several comments from participants that it was the strongest one yet, and thanked the board for their hard work.
Spaulding said a survey would be sent to see what might be done to draw in alumni from the 35 to 45 age bracket where participation has been low. The planning group also discussed having the table rotation software code rewritten to rotate alumni according to industry. More discussion will take place on this issue. The committee also is discussing a time change in the event to overlap with the work day. This will be evaluated after the survey results are returned and tabulated.
A brief discussion ensued about hosting a Cardinal Business Forum in Fort Wayne in the future.
Pierce invited board members to the CBF in Chicago on October 15 to observe that event.
Dean Sanyal talked about tweaking the program on both the student side by preparing the students better for the mentorship relationship, and sending out expectations of mentors when they are assigned a student. They would also encourage the mentor to come to the first initial mentor reception.
Dougherty said we need to prepare the students when they should expect a call from the mentor.
There was discussion as to whether students at the freshman level are mature enough to begin a mentor relationship.
Estep will send out the Mentor Program objectives and links to web information to the board.
The board thanked Michael Earley for his service to the board and Sue Taylor presented him with a plaque to recognize his dedicated service as president.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12, at 3:00 p.m. at the Alumni Center.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:21 p.m.
Upcoming MCOB Alumni Board Events
• Homecoming, Saturday, October 12, 2013
• MCOB Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, October 26, 2013
• Dialogue Days, Wednesday and Thursday, February 19-20, 2014
• Indianapolis Cardinal Business Forum, Thursday, June 5, 2014
Ball State University Alumni Association
Miller College of Business Alumni Board of Directors
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Ball State University Alumni Center
Attendance: Ed Armantrout, Rebecca Baer, Michael Earley, Ray Ferguson, Michelle Johnson, Karen Mangia, Tim Pierce, Raj Sanyal, Sushil Sharma, Cory Spaulding, Sue Taylor, and Kevin Bergan and Steve Imler (via conference call). Guest: Tammy Estep
The meeting was called to order by President Michael Earley at 3:10 p.m.
Introductions were made of all board members in attendance, including those via conference call.
A motion to approve the November 1, 2012 minutes was made by Ferguson, a second by Baer, and unanimously approved.
Election of New Officers (slated) 2-yr terms to 12/31/14
Tim Pierce, President; Karen Mangia, Vice President; Ed Armantrout, Alumni Council Representative;
The board passed the slate unanimously.
Alumni Council updates (Council has not met since September)
Miller College Dean's report
Dean Sanyal indicated that the beginning of this spring semester is off to a quick start. The college is aggressively designing a new major in logistics. It is an emphasis of Indiana Governor Mike Pence. There will be faculty added in operations management and the major is expected to be implemented in the fall, 2013. There is an opportunity to engage a large group of alumni in that sector.
Michael Ray, CEO of Vera Bradley, a 1983 accounting grad, visited campus recently as an Executive in Residence. It was a great opportunity for students to meet and hear from him. Weston Smith will be on campus March 20 as part of the Speaker Series.
Several new support staff were hired in the college. Rebecca Baer, ‘99MBA05, was hired as the new MBA program director, with a focus to increase the MBA enrollment. She joins the staff in February.
The dean reported that the Indiana Commission on Higher Education, ICHE, has issued a cut to the funding formula for the university (one emphasis is to graduate students in four years). It is less of a cut than feared, but still a reduction in funding.
Estep mentioned the invitation has been sent via email. RSVPs were due at the end of January. There will be three panels again this year, and a reception from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Student Lounge. The board was asked to stay and network during the lunch both Wednesday and Thursday.
Cardinal Business Forum
Baer mentioned it is approximately 5 months away. The grassroots committee is in place and plans are underway. The first save the date email will be sent in February. Recruiting attendees is of high priority for the committee and the board. Earley mentioned that someone needs to step up to be Baer's assistant this year and take the lead next year due to her new position at the Miller College. Another idea might be looking at some of those on the grassroots committee and maybe one of those members, if MCOB alumnus, could join this board.
Estep reported that two nominations have been sent in. The nominations committee will meet in early April to discuss nominees.
Mangia thanked everyone who made the event happen. Record underwriting and included some new donors. Returning sponsors is always great but obtaining new ones and inspiring first time participation in that experience is of key importance. From a timing and logistics perspective everything went well other than the slowness of moving guests from the reception into the dinner.
Earley mentioned the need to get additional members who would be dedicated for a few years. We need to fill a few spots with some great alumni, who must also be donors.
Sanyal asked about another city for implementing the Cardinal Business Forum. Fort Wayne and Cincinnati are on the target. However, some business leaders in that area need to make a commitment and take on a leadership role before planning can begin, and dates will need to be coordinated with other Alumni Association commitments.
Next Alumni Society meeting dates, locations
• Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 3:00 p.m. at the Ritz Charles, Carmel, followed by Cardinal Business Forum
Upcoming MCOB Alumni Board Events
• Alumni/Miller Mentor Reception, Thurs. February 21, 2013
• Indianapolis Cardinal Business Forum – Thursday, June 6, 2013, Ritz Charles, Carmel
• Wednesday, March 20, Speaker Series, Weston Smith Crossing the Line: An Insider's Story of the HealthSouth Fraud, Student Center Ballroom, 4–5 p.m. Smith is president, ChalkLine Solutions, Inc. and has appeared on CNBC and Fox Business Network. www.WestonSmith.biz. . (Underwritten by the Neil Palomba Fund)
• Wednesday, April 24: Executive in Residence/Speaker Series, Jeff Fetters, Chairman, CEO, Federated Insurance
• Saturday, May 4: Spring Commencement, Emens Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.
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