Friends and Neighbors: Ball State Entrepreneurship Program Earns National Honor
Robin Gibson Muncie Star Press
• Ball State University’s entrepreneurship program earned recognition as one of the nation’s best by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur ranked Ball State at No. 28 in a list of Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2021. The list identifies the 50 undergraduate and 50 graduate schools that offer the best programs in entrepreneurship studies based on a June through September 2021 survey of more than 300 institutions offering such programs.
“This is a tremendous honor for the university as we continue to offer one of the nation’s best programs for students aspiring to become entrepreneurs,” Stephen Ferris, the Bryan Dean of the Miller College of Business at Ball State. said in a release. “It is also exciting to get this kind of recognition for all of the hard work and planning that the program’s leadership and faculty have done. We are very optimistic about the future of entrepreneurship studies here on campus.”
Entrepreneurship Center director Matt Marvel, the George A. Ball Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, said the program has been nationally ranked since its inception in the 1980s.
Entrepreneur magazine, the Princeton Review’s publishing partner on the project, has reported these rankings annually since 2006. Entrepreneur has posted an online feature about the list on its website at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges. A print feature will publish in Entrepreneur’s December issue on newsstands Nov. 24.
• Muncie Power Products was inducted into the Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 during a virtual event. The local company was one of nine being honored for having made “outstanding contributions to the development of a healthy, dynamic business environment in Indiana, and to the state’s overall economic well-being,” according to a release.
• Roy Wagner, Terry Gerhart and team were named an honoree in the recent Byrider Franchise of the Year Award, ranking in the top three for successfully managing four or more franchise locations.
Two of the franchise group’s stores, Byrider Evansville and Byrider Anderson, also received the President’s Award for ranking in the top 10% of stores as defined by Byrider’s store ranking system. Wagner owns and operates four other Byrider stores in Indiana; located in Bloomington, Columbus, Muncie and Richmond; and has an additional store in North Kansas City, Mo.
• Emmett Smelser, former editor and publisher of The Star Press and other newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, has announced the release of his sixth novel.
“Secret No More,” released by Kindle Direct Publishing and available through Amazon, is a sequel to Smelser’s fifth novel, “Secret Unto Death.”
Smelser spent a nearly 40-year career with midwestern newspapers, including serving as executive editor of The Palladium-Item in Richmond, before becoming publisher of The Palladium-Item, The Star Press and The Chronicle-Tribune in Marion. He also for many years taught news writing, editing and media law and ethics at several universities. He is now retired and living near Tucson, Ariz.
“Secret No More” and his earlier five novels are available in paperback and digital formats from Amazon.
Announcements of awards, scholarships and other honors given to local residents and entities can be sent to planning editor Robin Gibson at [email protected].