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In the News, 2012
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- Business Leadership Network for Southwestern Indiana
- Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar comments on Berry Plastics’ IPO
- Chris Traylor, USI’s 2012 Executive in Residence, talks to USI students
- Laci Rogers honored for commitment to student success
- We all have responsibility to contribute to society’s sustainability
- USI Business Case Team--2012
- College of Business Honors Convocation
- Entrepreneur's Domain: Successful entrepreneurs always keep a focus on learning
- USI students excel at 2012 National AITP Conference in San Antonio
- Dr. Marie Bussing-Burks explains the debt and the deficit
- Tim Mahoney, Listening to needs...
- Real Opportunity: USI Students Impress at 2012 National Collegiate Sales Competition
- Alumna Valerie McKinney to address College of Business graduates at Commencement
- College of Business hosted successful Evansville Startup Weekend
- Entrepreneur's Domain: The more you learn, the more you live
- Listen to discussion on Startup Weekend Evansville
- 2012 International Case Competition Team selected
- USI students offer free income tax preparation
- Entrepreneurial Startup Weekend Evansville—February 24-26, 2012
- USI's Idea Exchange Business Book Club coming to Innovation Pointe—January 25, 2012
- USI hosting 24th annual Stock Market Game awards program
- Entrepreneur's Domain: Learning...It's a Never-Ending Endeavor
- Business leadership training for students begins—January 19, 2012
- Students: Write your way to $1,000! — January 11, 2012, deadline
Business Leadership Network for Southwestern Indiana
Business owners and persons who are interested in hiring people are encouraged to attend an organizational meeting for creating a Business Leadership Network (BLN) in Southwestern Indiana. The meeting will be held at the University of Southern Indiana at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012 in the Romain Board Room in the Business and Engineering Center.
The Business Leadership Network is a national, employer-led endeavor designed to create a business-to- business approach to promoting employment of people with disabilities. There are 60 affiliate chapters in more than 30 states, and Indiana has seven regional BLNs but none in Southwestern Indiana. This meeting is an effort to organize a local chapter.
Employers in a BLN gain resources for recruiting candidates with disabilities; disability hiring information; exposure to qualified job applicants with disabilities; and a network of employers sharing information on common disability employment issues.
The University of Southern Indiana is the lead organization in developing the local chapter. Dr. Mohammed Khayum, dean of the College of Business, will introduce the program, and Dr. Nancy Kovanic, instructor in Management, will give an overview of the needs and benefits of a BLN in Southern Indiana.
"October is Disability Employment Awareness month," said Kovanic. "At a time when the focus is on employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities, employers of Southern Indiana are discussing a network related to hiring people with disabilities."
The event is free and reservations can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indiana BLN utilizes a regional concept with the five regions of the state recognized by Indiana’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. More about Indiana BLN can be found at http://inbln.org/ .
Chris Traylor, USI’s 2012 Executive in Residence, talks to USI students
Chris Traylor, co-president of Traylor Brothers, Inc., is USI’s 2012 Executive in Residence. Recently he visited USI and talked to students about topics ranging from the history of Traylor Brothers to lessons he’s learned during his years in the field. Read the full article at
Laci Rogers honored for commitment to student success
Taken from USI News, May 7, 2012
Dr. Laci Rogers, assistant professor of management, was presented the Dr. Jane Davis-Brezette Faculty
Excellence Award during the 10th annual USI All-Sports Banquet. The award, given
by the Athletic Department at the University of Southern Indiana, annually
recognizes a faculty member who best exemplifies the work of Davis-Brezette,
retired associate professor of physical education, who demonstrated a
competitive desire for excellence in the classroom and on the field.
“I was extremely surprised and honored to be nominated,” said Rogers.
“I’ve been lucky to work with some excellent student-athletes at USI, and it
feels great to be recognized as an influential faculty member.”
This was Roger’s first year as assistant professor at USI. She was
previously a doctoral candidate and instructor at Florida State University. She
holds a PhD in business administration from Florida State University, a master’s
degree in business administration from Florida State University, and a
bachelor’s degree from University of Central Arkansas. She and her husband
Derrick Lyons reside in Evansville.
“Teaching and advising students is the most important part of my job and
is work that I truly enjoy,” said Rogers. “At USI, I have many opportunities to
work with students outside class and to learn about their unique talents and
“I’m excited she won,” said Jackie Henderson, a 2012 USI
graduate in mathematics, who nominated Roger’s for the honor. “She’s gone out of
her way to help student athletes. It’s been amazing to see how someone I’ve only
known 12 weeks can have such a big influence on my school and my life.”
Henderson, who plans to pursue a masters and PhD in statistics at Colorado
School of Mines, said Rogers was always there to give advice about school,
athletics or just life.
Nominations for the annual award are made by student athletes, coaches, and
staff members, and voted on by the department. Previous winners of the award are
Patty Marcum, Dr. Jane Davis-Brezette, and Tim Mahoney.
We all have responsibility to contribute to society’s sustainability
Community Comment by Jason Fertig, taken from the Evansville Courier & Press, May 6, 2012
“The city of Indianapolis is committed to providing a more
sustainable, livable community for all of its residents and visitors,” said
Mayor (Greg) Ballard. “We hope the additional bins added over the past few weeks
inspire patrons to participate in that spirit during Super Bowl XLVI.”
— News release, Feb. 1, 2012 — Handing down a civilization’s legacy to the next
generation should be one of the first purposes of education and of at least
equal importance to organizing the disposal of refuse. Yet, we do not have to
search far to find disturbing examples of historical and cultural illiteracy
within our citizenry.
While a lack of such knowledge cannot be exclusively thrown at the feet of the
education system, regardless of where the blame falls, our culture is in danger
of failing to produce a generation of knowledgeable citizens that passes on that
culture to the next one. In other words, our culture may not be sustainable, to
use the phrase of the moment.
Allow me to provide some firsthand experience: I once asked the following series
of extra-credit questions on an exam given to 100 students over the course of
two semesters: Who were the first four U.S. presidents?
Who were the first four American Idol winners?
Nineteen students knew the presidents; 51 students knew the Idol winners. Only
eight students answered both correctly. Two students included Lincoln as an
answer to the president question.
I am using sustainable here in a different connotation (“sustaining our
history”) than the current popular usage. For example, as defined by the
Indianapolis SustainIndy program (the city has a Director of Sustainability) it
means “using best practices to create lasting environmental, economic and
community vitality — enhancing our quality of life now and ensuring that future
generations of Indianapolis residents have an equally good quality of life.”
That sounds harmless. In practice, though, sustainability is much more than
choosing the correct waste bucket or putting out extra trash bins for a Super
What can be done? To borrow an environmentalist phrase, there are plenty of
opportunities to simply “do your part.”
Are you a teacher? Why not add historical components to your class? For example,
when I teach Introduction to Management, my course chronicles management over
time — from Egyptians building pyramids to Bill Gates building Microsoft. In
doing so, students are exposed to various cultural changes since management
practice does not exist in a vacuum. Why not try this with such disciplines as
For anyone who wants to raise the bar, a talk-radio host, Dennis Prager, has
advocated a “July Fourth Seder” that is modeled after the Jewish Passover Seder.
In the Passover Seder, multiple generations of one’s family gather to retell the
story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt. What is stopping this practice from
occurring on the 4th of July with Americans’ struggle for independence from
Great Britain? The family is there, the feast is there, and the fireworks and
patriotic songs are there; why not take the opportunity to retell our story?
These suggestions are initial steps toward addressing a system that is emitting
pollution worse than any compound of chemicals found on the periodic table.
Young minds must stop being polluted with useless, fadbased knowledge that
weakens intellectual capabilities. If we want to really save the environment —
be it environmental or patriotic — we had better get serious.
Jason Fertig, Ph.D., an adjunct scholar of the
Indiana Policy Review, is an assistant professor of management at the University
of Southern Indiana in Evansville. Contact him at email@example.com.
USI Business Case Team--2012
The USI Business Case Team competed in the Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition in April 2012. The USI Team finished in 11th place which was a strong showing for a team with no returning competitors and new coaches. At the RRUIUCC, teams analyzed and presented recommendations for 3 business cases, participated in networking activities, and attended a gala. Of the three team members who graduated in spring 2012, two earned new full time positions after graduation and the third is a full-time graduate student.
Front row: Joey Dumas, Krystal Schmitt, Alissa Martin, Jackie Henderson, Evan Burkhart
Back row: Jamie Seitz (coach), Laci Rogers (coach)
College of Business Honors Convocation
The USI College of Business Honors Convocation took place on March 27, 2012. See the impact the scholarships have had on some of the recipients.
Entrepreneur's Domain: Successful entrepreneurs always keep a focus on learning
Taken from the April 2012 issue of the EBJ-Evansville Business Journal, by Horace M. Lukens III. A contributing writer, Lukens is an instructor in finance in the College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana.
If we are motivated to be true entrepreneurs, we will be learning for a long time into the future. No enterprise ever succeeded without the constant learning atmosphere practiced by the owner.
But what do we need to learn? Here are some ideas and thoughts that have been accumulated in this great community:
- Because a positive attitude is a major key to success and happiness, it should be on the top of your agenda.
Books written by John Maxwell regarding positive attitude and leadership are a great place to start.
- What is your purpose? What is important to you? How do you wish to contribute to your business and personal life?
- What tools do you need to maximize your potential?
- We create our lives by the choices we make. What choices should you be making?
- Learning from our mistakes is great, but we can learn more from what works than from what doesn't. Be pragmatic.
- Learn the benefits of doing good. Kindness is the grease that eliminates the friction between people.
- Learn how little you know. It will keep you humble and motivate you to learn more.
- Learn to ask questions. Question your assumptions, opinions and beliefs. A wonderful story on this subject is the current biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson.
- Learn to play, relax and take time for reflection. Take breaks to absorb what you have learned and balance work with recreation.
- To get the most from life and your business and/or profession, study how life works, or the laws of life. Seneca, the Roman philosopher, expressed it this way: "As long as you live, keep learning how to live."
- Learn your rights and how to stand up for yourself and others.
- Take advantage of learning tools, develop the art of critical thinking and find other tools to help you clarify your thinking as you learn.
Remember, we never stop learning and the above thoughts and ideas should help you down the road to greater performance and success.
USI students excel at 2012 National AITP Conference in San Antonio
Posted April 11, 2012
Nine students from the University of Southern Indiana College of Business
attended the 17th annual Association of Information Technology
Professions (AITP) National Collegiate Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March
29 - April 1, 2012.
The students traveled with advisors Dr. Kenneth Shemroske and
Mr. Ernest Nolan. They were among more than 500 students from
across the United States representing 71 colleges and universities.
Emily Rastl of Vincennes and Jeff VanVorst of
Evansville took first place out of 97 teams in the Office Solutions Competition.
Andrew Poynter of Waveland and Jamie Stutsman
of Boonville designed and created a banner that received a third place award in
the “artistic” category. Aaron Valandra of Newburgh and
Stacy Warford of Cynthiana gave an oral presentation and demonstration
receiving an honorable mention in the Student Web Development Competition.
Justin Steinback of Evansville and Valandra received an honorable
mention in the Systems Analysis and Design Competition. Also attending were
Jarod Daming of Richland and Brian Ensor of Mt.
“I’d like to congratulate all of our students for their hard work and
outstanding success,” said Shemroske.
During the conference, Poynter, Rastl, Steinbeck and VanVorst passed the
Associate Computer Professional Certification Examination offered through the
Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals. Only nine of the more
than 60 students taking the exam passed, including the four USI students.
Additionally, Poynter passed a specialty exam in micro computing and networking
and Steinback passed a specialty exam in object oriented analysis and design.
Back Row: Kenneth Shemroske, Brian Ensor, Stacy Warford, Justin Steinback, Aaron Valandra, Andrew Poynter, Jaimie Stutsman, Jarod Daming, Emily Rastl, Ernie Nolan. Front Row: Jeff Van Vorst
Dr. Marie Bussing-Burks explains the debt and the deficit
Taken from WNIN Radio's The Trend program, March 9, 2012
Marie Bussing-Burks' publication of her book Deficit: Why
Should I Care? resulted in an interview by Micah Schweizer on
WNIN Radio program, The Trend.
Bussing-Burks explains, "The deficit is a yearly number, the difference
between what we spend and what we take-in in taxes. It is roughly $1.5
trillion." The National Debt, a large 14-digit number, is figured by
adding up all the deficits since 1791 less any surpluses.
Listen to Bussing-Burks explain in greater depth the difference and what it
means to us in the link below.
Bussing-Burks' interview begins
at 29:13 on the top player bar >>
Tim Mahoney, Listening to needs...
A beloved faculty member and academic advisor
helps students define their path to graduation.
Taken from the Reflections Spring 2012 brochure
Good advising really comes down to good listening, says Tim Mahoney,
instructor in economics. He is one of the most sought-after academic
advisors on campus.
"I'm advising," he said, "but what I'm really doing is listening to students
about what's going on in their lives."
Some students may have home or financial issues that affect their college
experience. Others may be uncertain about the kind of career they want.
Mahoney helps students set up a "Plan to Graduation." He designed a form
which presents an individualized plan showing students what courses they should
take, when to take them, and the projected date of graduation if they follow
"A lot of students I see are between majors or thinking about changing," he
said. "They want to know about the requirements for the majors and how
long it will take them to graduate. When the plan is on paper, they can
see their goal realized. It makes sense to them. Knowing this is a
path specifically laid out for them—not a generic path—is encouraging and reinforcing.
Also a popular teacher, Mahoney instructs a course in the fundamentals of
economics that serves students in many majors, including health services, social
work, and engineering. In addition, he developed and coordinates a
one-hour course on money skills. Offered online, it helps students improve
their basic financial literacy.
Not only does Mahoney have an ear for helping students navigate the path to
graduation, he also has a hand in helping them directly and personally. He
has established a scholarship endowment in the USI Foundaton. The Tim
Mahoney Business Scholarship goes to business majors demonstrating University
and community service. The current recipient is Brett Bueltel,
a senior accounting major. Bueltel is attorney general for the Student
Government Association, vice president of the Pre-law Club, and a member of a
student team that competed in 2011 as a "final four" team in the national
Student Case Competition.
"It's important for young people to be involved," Mahoney said. "I
encourage them to get internships, network, and participate in activities that
connect them to the real world."
Real Opportunity: USI Students Impress at 2012 National Collegiate Sales Competition
Posted: March 13, 2012
From left to right: Adam Kaps, Lucas Ball, Cody Sharkey,
and Chad Milewicz
The USI Professional Selling team competed in the 2012 National Collegiate
Sales Competition (NCSC) at Kennesaw State University in Georgia on March 2-5,
Two USI students on the team, seniors Lucas Ball and Cody Sharkey,
competed against 126 student competitors from 64 universities across the U.S.
and Canada. The team outperformed regional schools such as the University of
Louisville and Western Kentucky and finished in the top 50 of all competing
Inaugurated in 1999, the NCSC hosts the top collegiate sales students and
faculty from the most elite sales programs in North America. It is the largest
and oldest sales role-play competition in the world, and it is sponsored by
national and global companies who attend the competition to recruit the nation’s
most talented college graduates from select universities. The 39 companies
sponsoring this year’s event put on a two-day private career fair for
participating students. The director of the event, Dr. Terry Loe, says that
about 70% of all students who attend leave with job offers.
At the competition, students compete over a three-day period as sales
consultants in a series of role-plays. Like collegiate athletic competitions,
representatives from participating companies are the “buyers” in each role-play
who react in real time to everything the students say or do, constantly testing
each student’s ability to adapt and perform at extremely high levels. According
to Cody Sharkey, “USI helps us develop the necessary skills to be successful,
and the NCSC gives us the opportunity to showcase those skills at a national
level. At the competition we have the opportunity to compete, to impress
potential employers and to prove to ourselves what we have learned.”
USI sales team members Lucas Ball, Cody Sharkey and alternate Adam Kaps
(freshman) were recruited by global organizations such as Tom James, UPS and
Vantive and by national companies such as Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Cox
Media Group. Adam Kaps is contemplating summer internship opportunities with Tom
James and Wyndham. Cody Sharkey is considering job opportunities with UPS, Cox
Media and Xerox. After interviewing with six companies, Lucas Ball is still
considering job offers from Tom James and Wyndham.
Adam Kaps noted, “The 2012 NCSC offered invaluable experience not only to
the competitors, but to the alternates as well! Aside from actually competing, I
was able to observe and participate in role-plays with the USI team leading up
to the competition, and make connections with professionals from multi-million
dollar companies, at the career fair, that will surely aid me in my future
endeavors! I cannot thank USI enough for these opportunities!"
Lucas Ball says that the NCSC experience highlighted that “life is all
about relationships.” The team worked hard to prepare for the competition,
meeting three times a week to train. Lucas says it was worth it, though, and
that he “learned that success depends on you. If success in life is important
to you the amount of success depends on how hard you work.”
According to the team’s coach, Chad Milewicz, Assistant Professor of
Marketing, “The purpose of the NCSC is to encourage students to strive to reach
their unimagined potential. The students who pursue that challenge are rewarded
with potential job offers and a powerful learning experience that will stay with
them the rest of their life.”
Competition for next year’s event starts now. If you are interested in
joining the USI Professional Selling team and taking advantage of the NCSC
experience and career fair in 2013, please contact Chad Milewicz at
Alumna Valerie McKinney to address College of Business graduates at Commencement
Posted: March 1, 2012
Speakers at the University of Southern Indiana 2012 Commencement will be
USI alumni who have excelled in their professional lives.
“We celebrate our alumni and are pleased to have alumni representatives
address our graduates,” said President Linda L. M. Bennett. “They are resounding
models for today’s graduates.”
Commencement 2012 is changing from a single ceremony to five ceremonies
over two days on the campus of University of Southern Indiana.
New Jersey resident Valerie McKinney ’05 MBA will be the speaker for the
College of Business and Division of Outreach and Engagement ceremony at 9 a.m.
on Saturday, April 28, 2012. She is the global serialization operations lead for
Bristol-Myers Squibb and directs a cross functional global team to implement
pharmaceutical serialization through the company, including all third party
manufacturers and logistics partners.
“Since we have held the fall Commencement on campus,” said President
Linda L. M. Bennett, “graduates and their families have responded
enthusiastically to being at USI for degree conferral. With spring Commencement
now on campus, more families will experience a memorable connection to the
University at the time of great achievement for our graduates.”
College of Business hosted successful Evansville Startup Weekend
Taken from the USI News, February 27, 2012 >>
Members of the winning team, furnishapp.com from left, Michael Patzer, Andy Markle, and Andrew Heil present their startup idea to a panel of judges in the Business and Engineering Center at USI.
“Your success is the city of Evansville’s success,” said Mayor
Lloyd Winnecke during the kickoff of the first ever
Startup Weekend hosted February 24-26 at the University of Southern Indiana
College of Business.
The 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product
managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams,
build products, and launch startups, was a success from start to finish.
More than 40 pitches from would be entrepreneurs started the action on
Friday evening, and by the end of the night, 10 ideas had emerged as winners. An
investment and wealth production company, a coffee shop, an Evansville nightlife
website, web and mobile apps, hybrid fitness equipment, and even a carbon
emissions filtration system for automobiles were among the selected startup
More than 70 participants formed ten teams that worked feverishly through
the weekend to develop their ideas and to come up with a five minute
presentation that would wow a panel of local judges including Dr. Drew
Peyronnin, angel investor; Luke J. Yaeger, Evansville
Commerce Bank; Douglas K Wurmnest, B2B CFO; Linda E
White, president and CEO Deaconess Health System; Joe
Trendowski, Schroeder Family School of Business Administration;
Courtney Mickel, Berry Plastics Corporation; and Tony Schy,
founder and CEO, P-Stim USA.
Over the course of the weekend, teams had access to resources and mentors
and listened to advice from guest speakers.
When the dust had settled on Sunday evening, three winners emerged with
the top prize going to the furnishapp.com including team leader, Michael
Patzer, a 2009 graduate of the USI College of Business and owner of
Orange Group Apps; Andrew Heil of Ariens Co.; and Andy
Markle, of Auto Trader Monthly magazine.
Furnish is an augmented reality app for iPhone or android devices that
allows you to walk into a room and place furniture around the room virtually.
The app was targeted toward interior designers and furniture companies.
“I’ve spent time in Silicon Valley and there are a lot of these types of
events out there,” said Patzer. “It’s awesome that this is here in my home town
of Evansville and at my university, USI. I never thought we’d have anything like
this here, and I hope that we have more events like this in the future.”
The team received a prize package from local businesses including three
months of office space at Innovation Point donated by GAGE (Growth Alliance for
Second place was awarded to team ICUC, which developed a business model
that provides eye care diagnosis and treatment for patients in third world
Third place went to the GoNoGoApp team who developed an aggregated
information application that would not only provide answers to consumers with
questions, but also provide businesses with valuable market research data.
“I’m a strong believer that good ideas, or what we deem innovative ideas,
are not that until they are put out in public and vetted, touched, seen,
experienced, and intersected with,” said Bryan Bourdeau,
instructor in business and co-event organizer. “This event allows people to come
together with similar mindsets, and the College of Business was designed for
communication and ideas like this to happen.
“I can assure you that the entrepreneurial "flywheel" is in motion and
will continue to stay in motion. USI and the College of Business are being
realized and acknowledge as leaders in the identification and development of our
local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
Event organizers, in addition to Bourdeau, included Dana Nelson,
a social strategist with Out Cloud, attorney Doug Briody,
Michael Effron and Janet L. Effron of Four Rivers
Group LLC and Andrew Heil of Ariens Co.
Core local sponsors for the Evansville Startup Weekend included GAGE, the USI
College of Business and WEVV-CBS 44, with support from the Kansas City,
Missouri-based Kauffman Foundation.
Additional information about the startup weekend and participating teams can be
found on Facebook at
Entrepreneur's Domain: The more you learn, the more you live
Taken from the February 2012 issue of the EBJ-Evansville Business Journal,
by Horace M. Lukens III. A contributing writer, Lukens is an instructor in
finance in the College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana.
Why is it that most entrepreneurs most always think in terms of the "bottom
line?" Don't misunderstand; all of us are concerned with making a profit.
But the real question is how do we get there? What does it take to have a
decent "bottom line?"
One of the forgotten items in the quest for profit is the purpose of learning.
Wheather you provide a service or a tangible product, knowledge is the key to
success. A recent sign on a message board read: "The Three Keys to
Success: hard work, hard work, hard work." Let's change that a little bit:
"The Three Keys to Success: knowledge, knowledge, and more knowledge."
So let's look at how we get to a more intelligent "bottom line." What is the
purpose of learning? Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001), American educator and
philosopher, said, "The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our
bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live." Here are some other
reasons for learning:
- We should seek self-improvement, self-empowerment and professional
development. If we learn one new thing every day, we will soon pass the
competition. At the end of each day, we should ask ourselves: "What
did I learn today? Will it help me have a better tomorrow?"
- The more we learn about our world and life, the more at ease we will feel in
- Merely trying to do better makes us better.
- Technology is changing, world events are unfolding and science is developing
at a dizzying pace. We need to continue learning just to keep up.
- As long as we are learning, we never feel old.
- Learning makes life more exciting.
Entrepreneurs who are learning are always comfortable, whether alone or with
Is learning important? Well, it may not be compulsory, but neither is a
Ray Palmer (1808-1887), American clergyman and poet, summarizes all of the above
comments thusly: "Learning, if rightly applied, makes a young man thinking,
attentive, industrious, confident and wary -- and an old man cheerful and
useful. It is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity and
entertainment at all times; it cheers in solitude and gives moderation and
wisdom in all circumstances."
Amen to all that, fellow entrepreneurs!
2012 International Case Competition Team selected
A well-rounded team of students has been selected for the 2012 International
Case Competion Team consisting of Krystal Schmitt, team leader;
Alissa Martin; Jackie Henderson; Joey Dumas; and
Evan Burkhart, alternate. They will represent USI at the
competiton on March 29th - 31st, 2012, at Royal Roads University. The faculty
advisor is Dr. Laci Rogers with Jamie Seitz,
assistant advisor, and Jeanette Maier-Lytle, mentor.
USI students offer free income tax preparation
Taken from the Courier & Press, January 26, 2012
University of Southern Indiana student volunteers will offer free income tax
preparation ahead of the April 15, 2012, filing deadline.
Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, the Internal Revenue
Service partners with national and local organizations to provide tax services
to individuals with low to moderate incomes at no cost.
Accounting students will interview and prepare the taxes of those taxpayers who
make an appointment for this service. VITA sites do not prepare Schedule C
business forms or Schedule E rental forms.
Federal and state tax returns are prepared while the person waits and all
taxpayers must be available to sign their returns. Preparation of returns
typically takes 90 minutes to two hours to complete.
The sessions will be held by appointment only in Room 1004 in the new Business
and Engineering Center on the following Wednesdays: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29;
March 14, 21 and 28; and April 4 and 11. Appointments will be available at 5
p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on these Wednesdays.
Individuals will be required to bring their tax information, photo
identification cards, and Social Security cards for themselves and their
dependents. International students must bring their passports and visas as well.
The IRS encourages electronic filing and returns will be filed electronically
for those who are eligible.
Copies of 2010 state and federal tax returns should also be brought if they are
available. Paper returns will be prepared for those taxpayers who do not qualify
for electronic filing or prefer paper returns.
To make an appointment, call the College of Business at 812-464-1718.
Entrepreneurial Startup Weekend Evansville—February 24-26, 2012
Startup Weekend Evansville, scheduled for February 24-26, 2012, in the USI
College of Business and Engineering Center, is an international initiative, non-for-profit
(501c3) entity. The event will begin with opening remarks by Evansville
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke of the importance of these types of
initiatives for entrepreneurial growth in our community and region, followed by
the layout for the weekend, dinner, and the first round of idea pitches.
Bryan Bourdeau, instructor in business, is co-organizing
the event with Dana Nelson, social
strategist with "Out Cloud"; Doug Briody, of the Law Office of
Doug Briody; Michael Effron and Janet Laane Effron, of the Four
Rivers Group, LLC; and Andrew Heil, of the Ariens
Company. The entrepreneurial initiative Startup Weekend Evansville is powered
by the Kauffman Foundation
to help benefit our community and region. This effort will help us to better
"connect the dots" of the entrepreneurial/innovation ecosystem in our region and
foster new start-ups.
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers,
marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share
ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Startup Weekends
are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring
entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable and work together to turn
ideas into workable business concepts in the space of a weekend. This is
Evansville’s first Startup Weekend and we're excited that the event will
be held on the USI campus. Startup Weekend is a high-energy event, and
participants will be hard at work the entire weekend.
On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical
backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Beginning with open
mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to
join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer
development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and
building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their
prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
The participant count, expected to be between 50-80 people plus mentors and judges,
is limited to provide
intimate hands-on mentorship and idea development. I believe in the motto:
Start: plan and think, but do something! This is new to Evansville and can
be a catalyst for some new innovative ideas and business start-ups much needed
in our region. Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong
after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with
their team or startup after the weekend.
For more information and to sign up for Evansville event, please visit:
For global event information, please visit:
For more information contact Bryan Bourdeau, instructor in business, 812/461-5247, email:
USI's Idea Exchange Business Book Club coming to Innovation Pointe
A second round of the
Exchange Business Book Club, a program from USI's
Center for Human Resource Development and
College of Business,
will begin with an introductory session at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25 at
Innovation Pointe located at 318 Main Street in
downtown Evansville. Additional meetings will take place throughout the year
from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays at the same location.
Tom Austerman, president and CEO of
Evansville Commerce Bank, Linda White,
CEO of Deaconess Health System, Bob Jones,
president and CEO of Old National Bank, Ron Romain,
CEO of United Companies, and many more regional leaders have shared their top
business books for participants to discuss.
Business books are created to make us think and help us solve problems,
while group brainstorming creates new ideas, motivations, and creative
solutions. The Idea Exchange Business Book Club will combine each of these
powerful business resources into one innovative program. The program will also
serve as a professional networking opportunity for business owners, managers,
and entrepreneurs while providing a unique forum for discovering new
organizational, management, and entrepreneurial ideas.
Participants will read and discuss nine leading business books. Sessions
will be organized and facilitated to emphasize engagement among group members as
they discuss ideas, debate, and share experiences.
Facilitators will include Bryan Bourdeau,
USI instructor in business, Karen Lance Ubelhor,
integration product manager at Old National Bank, and Gene Recker,
manager of education and entrepreneurship for USI at Innovation Pointe.>
Registration is $300 and books can be borrowed from the Center for Human
For more information, or to register, contact USI's
Division of Outreach and
Engagement at 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600. Registrations can also be
completed online at http://www.usi.edu/extserv/ssl/regform.asp with course number BUS560.
USI hosting 24th annual Stock Market Game awards program
The University of Southern Indiana Center for Economic Education will host the
24th annual Southwest Indiana Stock Market Game awards program at 11
a.m., January 31, 3012, in Carter Hall, in the University Center.
The awards program is open to students, parents, teachers, and administrators of
participating schools in the southwest Indiana region. Student winners from the
top four teams in each division will be recognized for their academic
achievement, and receive a certificate of accomplishment and a tee shirt.
Teachers also receive a plaque for display at their schools.
This year’s winners include:
- Elementary Division: first, second, third, and fourth place, Glenwood
- Middle School Division: first and second place, Perry Central School; third
and fourth place, Thompkins Middle School
- High School Division: first and third place, Northeast Dubois High School;
second and fourth place, Castle High School
The Stock Market Game, part of a national event, gives students an opportunity
to learn how the economic system works, analyze news on the economy and markets,
strengthen math and computer skills, and make decisions in teams. Teams of three
to five students from grades 4-12 invest an imaginary $100,000 over a 10-week
period. There are three divisions: elementary, middle school, and high school.
The southwest region is well represented with an average of more than 300 teams
and 1,200 students participating.
“Students having a working knowledge of markets is critical in today’s day and
age,” says Dr. Gregory P. Valentine, director of the Center for
Economic Education. “If they have a working knowledge of how things work, they
have a shot at a larger nest egg down the road.”
Valentine adds that students over the years have become interested in financial
markets and pursued finance as a college major, with the goal of working in the
banking and securities industries.
The Center for Economic Education, one of 13 regional centers throughout
Indiana, was first established under the direction of Valentine in spring 1988.
It has been an affiliate with the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE)
since its inception. The NCEE and the Indiana Council for Economic Education and
its 13 regional centers have been formed in order to provide elementary and
secondary teachers with programs and materials to get economics and personal
finance education into the classroom and to help students apply in their lives
what they learn in school.
Entrepreneur's Domain: Learning...It's a Never-Ending Endeavor
Taken from the
January 2012 issue of the EBJ-Evansville Business Journal,
by Horace M. Lukens III. A contributing writer, Lukens is an instructor in
finance in the College of Business at the University of Southern
All of us have a natural yearning for learning. The search for knowledge
never ends. As we mature, the desire to discover and understand the world
changes to a desire to discover ourselves. For the entrepreneur, the
ability to acquire and absorb more knowledge has never been more important than
it is today. Early in my insurance career, my father gave me the
following admonition: not only is it necessary that we know our own
business or profession, but we also need a detective license to dig out the
facts about the other person's business or profession.
The keys to discovery are learning and thinking about what we learn. Which
is more helpful, thinking or learning? Both are essential. Since we
have to learn something before we can think about it, let's focus on the subject
of learning and begin by reviewing so.
Here are some of the ways we learn:
- From positive experiences
- From our mistakes
- From personal study
- By taking action
- From others
Everone and everything around us are our teachers. Our friends and
acquaintances are the ones who we turn to in our entrepreneurial endeavors.
It is similar with knowledge and learning. Knowledge is what is found in
books and taught to us by teachers and others. But until we integrate that
knowledge into our lives and make it a part of us, it is no more than an
acquaintance with little value. Learning is the result of embracing
knowledge and applying it to our business or profession and yes, even to our
lives. We may forget what we have read or heard, but we always remember
what we have learned.
Finally, what is the purpose of learning for the entrepreneur? Our main purpose
should be to become the best advocate for the service or product that we offer
to our client or customer. The most successful entrepreneur is the one who
continues to acquire knowledge about his service or product and never misses one
day of being able to say "today I learned something new that will benefit my
customer or client." By benefiting your client or customer, you benefit
yourself and your enterprise becomes a success!
Business leadership training for students begins—January 19, 2012
College of Business is offering USI students a leadership training program this
spring. Chris Fuller will present "Leading Without a Title," a
keynote address about John Maxwell Company training, at 9 a.m. on Thursday,
January 19 in Carter Hall in the University Center.
The January 19 interest session will introduce the training program and explain
the benefits to students. This is the first event of a leadership program the
College of Business is sponsoring for USI students. Interested and selected
students will take part throughout this semester in weekly “lunch and learns”
with many special features - books, audios, conference calls, and perhaps cases.
Fuller is an international leadership speaker, author, and consultant with over
20 years experience in many aspects of business including leadership,
development, strategy, sales, and finance. He has delivered keynotes and
training and facilitating strategic sessions for many companies including
Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, State Farm, Pricewaterhouse Coopers,
Pfizer, and McDonald’s. His training has been done with not only executive level
clientele but has been strategically oriented toward middle and front-line
management as well. His diversity of experience across cultures and
organizations of all sizes yields valuable, best practice insights.
More about the John Maxwell Company is online at
Dr. Jason Fertig, assistant professor of management, is
planning the program. Students can direct questions and register for the program
by contacting him in Room 2086 in the Business and Engineering Center or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. His office
telephone number is 812/461-5255.
Students: Write your way to $1,000! — January 11, 2012, deadline
You don’t have to answer a quiz or sing all the lyrics. You don’t
even need to leave campus. You could be paid $1,000 for under an hour’s work
(What an hourly pay rate!). Just get ready to produce your best writing and
submit it for the Bill and Helen Sands Business Communication Scholarship.
The competition will take you about an hour, and you can choose any of
the hours from 12 midnight, Friday, January 13, to 11:59 p.m., Friday, January
20. The writing competition will be short mini-cases that
require a quick inter-disciplinary computer search to write the document.
Send your name and e-mail address to Jane Johansen, Assoc. Prof. of
Business Communication —
email@example.com — by midnight, Wednesday, January 11. You will
receive instructions for logging on to the competition website. All College of
Business sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to compete for the
$1,000 scholarship. Join the happy winners who are $1,000 richer.