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Barks, McMillian Attend Conference

Mineral Area College Business Instructors Roger McMillian and Melynda Barks recently attended a business educators’ conference in Atlanta.
Melynda Barks and Roger McMillian, business education instructors at Mineral Area College, attended the 2013 National Business Education Association Conference and Trade Show held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, April 16-20. This year’s conference theme was “Educating for Business and Life.”

Attendees could choose from 70 educational sessions that meet the varied and common goals of business educators, over 20 technology workshops to expand specific skills and introduce new technology.  The goal of the convention program is to provide sessions and experiences that will enhance the skills of business educators, promote networking opportunities, and challenge attendees to return to their classrooms ready to empower the next generation of business professionals.

Dr. Gene Stanaland, the opening session keynote speaker for the NBEA conference, addressed the topic “The Current Economy – Where Are We Going?”  Dr. Stanaland has been called “The Will Rogers of Economics,” because he has the ability to make the complex subject of economics entertaining and understandable for any audience. His sense of humor, stage presence, and expertise consistently win him rave reviews. Dr. Stanaland is president of GSE, Inc., an economics and management consulting firm.  For 20 years he was a professor in the economics department of Auburn University in Alabama.

Emory Austin, the closing keynote speaker, delivered “Eat Crackers in Bed...and Sleep on the Crumbs.”  During her address, spoke about the perils of getting too comfortable with today’s success, that the comfort zone too soon becomes the deadly zone. Austin spoke about how to elevate one’s flight pattern and set higher goals, while moving beyond the present day to meet the future’s unpredictable demands. According to McMillian, “Austin’s expert research indicates that the best approach to each of us must come from the way we view, build on, and use the individual strengths that life’s lessons have already handed us.”

The 2014 National Business Education Association Conference will be held April 15 – 19, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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