Upcoming Events
5 p.m.
Dr. Rachel FergusonIf we face America’s racial history squarely, will it mean that the American project is a failure? Conversely, if we think the American project is a worthy endeavor, do we have to lie, downplay, or equivocate about our past? Dr. Ferguson is co-author of Black Liberation Through the Marketplace. Her commentary has been featured at the National Review, the Christian Post, the Acton Power Blog, Discourse Magazine, Law and Liberty, EconLib, and the Online Library of Liberty. She is also active in neighborhood stabilization efforts in St. Louis.
7 p.m.
RetrogradeRETROGRADE captures the final nine months of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan from multiple perspectives: one of the last U.S. Special Forces units deployed there, a young Afghan general and his corps fighting to defend their homeland against all odds, and the civilians desperately attempting to flee as the country collapses and the Taliban take over. From rarely seen operational control rooms to the frontlines of battle to the chaotic Kabul airport during the final U.S. withdrawal, Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s latest film offers a cinematic and historic window onto the end of America’s longest war, and the costs endured for those most intimately involved. Rated: R
9 a.m.
This FREE conference is a great opportunity for Indiana educators as we strive to make Indiana a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation.Registration begins at 8:30 am, and we will kick things off with a keynote speaker at 9 am. Join colleagues from across the state and discover new ways to bring the entrepreneurial mindset to your classroom. After lunch, we will identify challenges and opportunities educators are facing in the classroom and how you might be able to find solutions to break down barriers.
11 a.m.
Erin HillErin Hill is the owner and founder of Lois Pearl Boutique in Yorktown, Indiana. What began as a line of custom-created women’s and children’s clothing has become an eclectic collection of carefully curated pretties. The boutique specializes in showcasing women-owned businesses and locally crafted goods. In addition to owning the boutique, Erin and her husband Matt, along with the children, own Indiana Oak Farm, just west of Yorktown. They raise registered show cattle, Boer goats, and have a roadside flower stand. When Erin isn’t at the storefront, you can find her hiking the farm, wrangling foster dogs, or digging in the flower beds. Erin is a graduate of Purdue University and a Yorktown native.
11 a.m.
Tiara HicksTiara Hicks has been in the human resources field for close to 15 years supporting various industries, including construction, student housing, engineering, and hospitality. She has always aspired to own her own business and has a passion for bringing people together—and for great coffee. In 2020, she opened Rosebud Coffee House in Muncie with the hopes of breaking down barriers and making the coffee shop experience enjoyable for all. She turned a former bank building into Rosebud, creating a space where people on the south end of Muncie could meet and collaborate.
11 a.m.
Kaitlyn ParkKaitlyn is a 2012 alumna of the Ball State Entrepreneurship program and recently returned to the Midwest after a 7-year stint in the Silicon Valley startup scene. As an entrepreneurship senior, she traveled to represent the program and was an award winner in 5 national business plan competitions. Her post-graduation goal has been to explore as many career opportunities as possible and refuse complacency. This has earned her a diverse industry background, highlighting full-cycle roles in sales, marketing, and customer success management. Her experience in the rapid-growth organization enables her to take an advisory approach to her career. She currently serves as an Enterprise Customer Success Manager in the cybersecurity field. Kaitlyn focuses on finding a balance between her customer-centric corporate life and her new small business venture, Basic B Bakery.
11 a.m.
Connor HitchcockConnor is the CEO and Co-Founder of Homefield, a premium collegiate apparel brand based in Indianapolis. The venture began as a fun side project out of his college apartment in Bloomington, Indiana, that he carried to his first condo in Indianapolis in 2016. He and his co-founder/wife, Christa, made the lead and quit their jobs in 2018 to officially turn a side project into a full-time adventure: Homefield. In the five years since the jump, the Homefield team has grown from 2 to 40, moved offices four times, and acquired over 125 collegiate licenses, quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the collegiate-licensed space. Connor’s interests and areas of expertise lie in organic, community-based marketing and organizational development.
11 a.m.
Lathay PeguesLathay Pegues graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After graduation he worked as a reporter and anchor for various news stations in the Midwest, even winning a Regional Emmy Award. However, once his news station suddenly shut down operations, he and others were left scrambling for jobs. He decided to put his career on hold and chase another dream. He launched JohnTom’s Barbecue Sauce with two partners, inspired by his grandfather’s secret sauce recipe. Lathay moved his family back to his hometown of Muncie, Indiana, and started the business while also working for the Muncie Star Press. In February 2014, he decided to take JohnTom’s full-time! Since then, the sauce has been on shelves in numerous stores and even awarded “Best Sauce in Indiana” by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine.
3 p.m.
Cutting Edge Conversations GraphicThe Miller College of Business invites you to our “Cutting Edge Conversations” on March 29. During this webinar, you will hear from three exciting and innovative professors in the Miller College of Business. These professors will offer their thoughts and research on three different issues discussed today on social media, in newspapers, and on the airwaves. Professors Byun, Syed, and Yen will each talk for 15 minutes and explain the why and how behind phenomena that we read about in the mass media. Be entertained. Be amazed. Be enlightened.
12 p.m.
Alumni AwardsThe Miller College of Business cordially invites you to our Eighteenth Annual Alumni Awards.
11 a.m.
Dr. Matthew RutherfordDr. Rutherford is Professor, Johnny Pope Chair, and Doctoral Program Chair in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. Previously, he has served as a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty member at Gonzaga University. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, MBA from the University of Southern Indiana, and bachelor’s degree from Ball State. His experience is in new and small firm consulting. He has provided consulting services to hundreds of organizations of all sizes. His research foci are new venture strategy, family business, and new venture finance.
11 a.m.
Jennifer WieseJennifer Wiese is a mother of four boys with dietary needs. When her eldest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 8, she discovered that following a gluten- and casein-free diet helped him be a happier, thriving little boy. The hitch was that the gluten-free foods on grocery store shelves were dry, bland, and expensive. Jennifer started BeeFree in January 2010 from the desire to feed her kids foods that fit their dietary needs and still tasted great. BeeFree is committed to bringing great-tasting treats to anyone while sticking to its gluten, grain, and dairy-free standards. BeeFree is owned and operated in Noblesville, Indiana, and can now be found on Amazon and in grocery stores around the nation.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.