Congressional Leadership Academy Started at Ball State
Congressman Luke Messer and Ball State create new leadership academy
Free Press Report
MUNCIE, IN - Congressman Luke Messer and Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora have established the new Congressional Leadership Academy for high-ability high school juniors in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District. The inaugural one-day event will be held April 5, 2014.
The academy will recognize and reward civic engagement and scholastic excellence. Two students from each high school in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District will be chosen to participate in the full-day event on Ball State’s campus.
Messer and Gora will kick off the academy in a morning convocation. Students will then have the opportunity to learn about Indiana’s strengths in advanced manufacturing, emerging media, sustainable energy and life sciences. They will visit Ball State facilities that demonstrate those strengths and will hear from the industries’ most influential leaders. Students then will apply what they’ve learned and develop problem-solving skills through a practical, team-based exercise focused on the challenges facing Indiana’s economy.
Leaders from emerging media speaking at the academy will include Mike Langellier, CEO of Tech Point, and Bill Oesterle, CEO of Angie’s List. Sustainable energy experts will include James Atterholt, chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission; Jesse Kharabanda, CEO of the Hoosier Energy Council; and Paul Mitchell, CEO of the Energy Systems Network. Representing advanced manufacturing will be Sheryl Conley, CEO of OrthoWorx; John Harmeyer, plant manager for Hillenbrand; and Kyle Perry, partner at PROJECTiONE. The life sciences panelists will include Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network; Newt Crenshaw, vice president at Eli Lilly; and David Johnson, CEO of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and president of BioCrossroads.
Congressman Messer said one of the reasons behind the creation of the academy was a similar program that he attended as a high school student and the inspiration it provided.
“It was my personal desire to create an opportunity that would give young people in the 6th Congressional District, today, the same kind of experience that I had as a student and to help train a new generation of leaders,” he said.
Gora agreed that providing inspiration to young people is a primary mission of the new academy, along with exposing them to exciting educational and career opportunities that Indiana can provide.
“At Ball State, we attract students who value innovation and collaboration,” said Gora. “This new opportunity will allow us to extend our reach to the top high school juniors in east central Indiana. These students will get an early taste of the possibilities that await them right here in Indiana. Our goal is for these future leaders to become even more curious and passionate about our state’s bright future in advanced manufacturing, emerging media, sustainable energy and life sciences.”
Students will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most influential business leaders in Indiana. They will be guided by leaders from a wide range of Hoosier businesses and organizations, including Tech Point, Energy Systems Network, Hoosier Energy Council, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, OrthoWorx, Hillenbrand, and BioCrossroads.
Congressman Luke Messer of Indiana’s 6th District presented the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Achievement Certificate to JoAnn Gora, president of Ball State University on Friday September, 6, 2013. The prestigious award granted by the Deputy Director General of the U.S. Department of Commerce recognizes organizations that have benefited from Commercial Service assistance to expand to new foreign markets.
“Ball State University is a prime example of how innovative firms and institutions in Indiana are bringing their U.S. goods and services to the global marketplace, which supports jobs and economic growth here at home,” said Mark Cooper, director of the Indiana Export Assistance Center. “Ball State’s success in international student recruitment reflects a broader trend of historic export growth. In 2012, U.S. exports hit an all-time high of $2.2 trillion, with record levels of sales to more than 70 trading partners, including major emerging markets and 11 free trade agreement (FTA) partners. I commend Ball State on its achievements.”
“We are honored to be recognized for our growing success in international education,” Gora said. “Ball State graduates will lead and succeed in a global marketplace. Both international and domestic students benefit from new perspectives and increased cultural awareness that result from a larger international student population.”
Ball State is a long-time partner of the U.S. Commercial Service. Utilizing CS sponsored trade fairs and webinars, and CS market research, Ball State has been able to recruit students from 68 countries, including China, Korea, Malaysia, India, Turkey, UAE, Libya, and Iraq in both undergraduate and graduate programs. As a result, Ball State’s international student population has doubled over the past 5 years. This incredible achievement has contributed not only to revenue growth for the school, but to development and enhanced cultural awareness of students and the Muncie community.