NFI: News 2017

Alumnus Profile: Jon Lough ‘09

October 1, 2017

Jon Lough began his post-graduation career as a broker for a surplus lines insurance broker focusing on cyber, pollution, technology and media risk and management liability. He achieved his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting designation in 2012 and moved to The Hartford as an underwriter for cyber insurance and miscellaneous professional liability insurance in 2013.

Lough, who has degree in insurance and risk management, speaks nationally about cyber risk, even returning to State in 2015 as an ethics conference speaker.

Jon Lough

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Alumna Profile: April Huey ’07

October 1, 2017

April HueyAs a member of the first graduating class of Networks Scholars, April Huey has worked in both public and corporate accounting, including the past seven years in the not-for-profit health care provider sector within Indiana University Health’s finance department.  

April was a popular and active student while at Indiana State. She is one of the Scott College of Business’ Featured Alumni

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Alumna Profile: Betsy (Bender) Hayes, ’09

October 1, 2017

Betsy (Bender) HayesBetsy (Bender) Hayes learned the proper way to interact in a business setting, conversation and presentation skills and how to interview as a Networks Scholar and undergraduate management and business administration major with a Spanish minor at Indiana State.

Hayes is now helping to build a solid foundation for Framebridge, a start-up online custom framing business headquartered in Washington, D.C., as the company’s head of human resources.

“I wanted to be prepared to enter the business world and didn’t know what tools I needed,” Hayes said. “(Networks) provided a fantastic opportunity to have a group of staff and peers teach me things and help navigate college life. I have confidence to speak in front of groups and feel prepared for anything that comes my way. It gave me an opportunity to learn great time management skills and receive feedback in a safe setting. It sharpened my listening, writing and networking skills.”

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Transformative Training

 October 1, 2017

The Networks Program has changed the way State teaches all Sycamores and along the way transformed business students into the best-trained leaders on the biggest professional stages.

Leaders aren’t born. They are developed through programs like the Networks Financial Institute in Indiana State’s Scott College of Business.

“The four-year career and professional development leadership program is a comprehensive education that not only provides students with a rigorous series of leadership seminars and workshops but also gives students hands-on experiences to engage with and learn about business through industry visits, a mentorship program and experiential learning opportunities,” said Rebecca Wray, Networks Program director. “It’s an intensive and in-depth program focused on developing future financial services and business industry leaders.”

Networks Financial Institute

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Pulling the Ethics Conference Together

October 1, 2017

Scott College of Business students break out of their comfort zones and build up their LinkedIn connections through organizing the annual Networks Ethics Conference. ​

Imagine: You’re 20 years old and tasked with convincing a top executive of a Fortune 500 company to be the keynote at a conference you’re organizing. Oh, and this conference is one attended by business leaders from around the region, so you better not mess it up.

The 2018 class of Networks Scholars planned the annual Ethics Conference

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Alumna Profile: Yahzmine Rodriguez '15

October 1, 2017

Yahzmine RodriguezFrom classroom to commerce: The Networks Program’s experiential curriculum gave these students the real-world training to position them at the helm of their futures.

As a marketing major and President’s Scholar at Indiana State, Yahzmine Rodriguez was drawn to the Networks Program for the opportunity to network with professionals and grow with a group of like-minded students.

“I knew I needed to challenge myself if I wanted to grow professionally, and Networks helped me market myself as a potential candidate to employers. I never went to an interview feeling nervous,” she said.

Mentors helped Rodriguez understand her strengths and weaknesses and become a stronger leader.

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Alumnus Profile: Will Lehman '14

October 1, 2017

Will LehmanFrom classroom to commerce: The Networks Program’s experiential curriculum gave these students the real-world training to position them at the helm of their futures.

After starting his career in commercial insurance sales, Will Lehman accepted a risk management position in Bloomington, Ind., for the global privately held company Cook Group and has become heavily involved within the organization, local community and the risk management industry.

“The Networks Program was critical in providing the training, resources and connections that have allowed me to succeed in the insurance and risk management industry,” said Lehman, who earned a degree in insurance and risk management. “I was aware that the program is an incredible professional development and training opportunity for business students. This is an opportunity typical students do not have access to and truly builds leadership skills.”

Networks’ professional development opportunities have proven to be invaluable for Lehman.

“The program develops students in ways you don’t receive by simply going to class,” he said. “While many students will learn these skills throughout their time in the professional workforce, having this education and training as an undergraduate provides a tremendous advantage.”

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Alumnus Profile: Miguel de la Rosa '13

October 1, 2017

Miguel de la RosaFrom classroom to commerce: The Networks Program’s experiential curriculum gave these students the real-world training to position them at the helm of their futures.

Miguel de la Rosa serves as a project manager and internship director for Your Brand Voice, a digital marketing agency based in Orlando, Fla., that specializes in branding, email and social media marketing, search engine optimization and video production.

“I wanted to be in the Networks Program because it was an excellent opportunity to further my business education outside of the classroom through mentorship, professional development seminars, and internships,” said de la Rosa, who majored in marketing and business administration.

The Networks Program allowed de la Rosa the opportunity to experience real-life business scenarios while he was a college student, including opportunities for international travel, event planning and mingling with business professionals.

“The most valuable aspect of the Networks Program would have to be international travel,” he said. “Through traveling abroad, I, along with my colleagues, was able to expand my view of the world and gain an understanding of how business is handled overseas.”

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New Working Paper from Networks Financial Institute

August 23, 2017

Networks Financial Institute has just published a new paper in its Working Paper series. The paper “Do Mergers and Acquisitions Affect Information Asymmetry in the Banking Sector?” investigates the consequences of mergers and acquisitions on information asymmetry in the banking sector.

The paper was written by John S. Howe and Thibaut G. Morillon of the Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri and will be of interest to regulators, policy makers, and investors.

The paper is available from our own websiteSSRN, and will shortly be available from RePEc.

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Indiana State welcomes Class of 2021 Networks Scholars

August 1, 2017

Congratulations and welcome to the nine incoming Indiana State University freshman who have been awarded the Networks Scholarship for 2017.

The Networks Financial Institute Scholarship provides first-year students with full in-state tuition for four years and a $3,000 professional development account. . In total, the scholarship is worth over $33,000 to each student.

Including the Networks, Gongaware, University Honors and President's, there are 19 scholarship students joining the Scott College of Business.

2017 SCOB Scholars

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Indiana State welcomes 2017-18 Gongaware Scholars

August 1, 2017

Congratulations and welcome to Katelyn Ertel, Zachary Holt, Ellei Kay and Hunter Stallings, the four freshman scholars receiving the Gongaware scholarship. All are majoring in insurance and risk management.

The Gongaware Center was established in 1998 with a $5 million gift from Donald and Patricia Gongaware for the purpose of developing future leaders in insurance and the financial services industry. The scholarships are currently worth $44,000 over 4 years to each of the scholars.

2017 Gongaware scholars

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Pair of Sycamores Credit Indiana State’s Networks Program as Their Launching Pad for Success in the Insurance Business.

July 1, 2017

Erik Andersen, ’09 and Paige Williams, ’10 who participated in the prestigious Networks Professional Development Program work for All Risks Ltd. and have relocated to Denver to help open the new company office. Formed in 1964, All Risks is the nation’s largest independent wholesale insurance broker with more than 850 professionals in 30 locations.

Said Erik, “Paige and I talk about it quite a bit. We were good friends in college, and it is ironic how our paths have come back together here. Indiana State gave both us of a very good foundation. People are amazed by the incredible opportunities ISU provided me.”

Erik Andersen '09 and Paige Williams '10

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Top Juniors, Seniors Honored

May 19, 2017

The Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior Award was presented to: Kelsey Darin, a marketing major; Amanda Lange, an elementary education major from Schnellville, Indiana; Trent Lunsford, a finance major (financial analysis and investment management concentration) from Overland Park, Kansas; and Kyle Varble, an operations and supply chain management major from Rockport, Indiana.

The Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award was presented to: Allison Crick, an accounting and marketing major from Terre Haute; Andrew Hile, a communication major from Indianapolis; James "Jak" Kramer, an insurance and risk management major from Pendleton, Indiana; and Kelly Polacek, a biology major from Cincinnati.

The Hines Memorial Medal was presented to Kelsey Darin, a marketing major, and Bailey Pell, an accounting major from Brazil, Indiana.

Trent Lunsford and Kyle Varble are Networks Scholars, while Allison Crick and James "Jak" Kramer are Presidents Scholars.

2017 Junior - Senior Awards

The Junior / Senior Award Winners

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Will Lehman named RIMS Rising Star of 2017

April 25, 2017

Will LehmanScott College of Business alumni and Networks scholar Will Lehman was today named as the Risk Management Society’s (RIMS) Rising Star of 2017.

Will graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014, majored in Insurance and Risk Management with a minor in Sales and Negotiations. He is also certified as a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).

He currently works at Cook Medical in Bloomington, Indiana as an Insurance Specialist and is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of underwriting data for global Property & Casualty insurance program, loss control, claims management, functional risk management support and contract review.

Will Lehman - RIMS Rising Star of 2017

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Outstanding Junior and Senior Awards go to Networks Scholars

April 12, 2017

Trent Lunsford and Kyle Varble were awarded the Rankin Award for Distinguished Seniors, while Jak Kramer and Allison Crick were awarded the Landini Award for Distinguished Juniors at the recent Outstanding Junior and Senior Awards ceremony.

Rankin Award

The Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior Award recognizes outstanding men and women of the senior class who have contributed to the betterment of Indiana State University. Award recipients demonstrate dedicated leadership on campus and in community organizations. They show the desire and commitment to improving Indiana State and continue to live up to the ideals and values of Indiana State University. Indiana State students with a 3.25 grade point average and more than 94 credit hours are eligible for the Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior Award.

Landini Award

The Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award recognizes men and women for their outstanding achievement and service to their campus and community. Award recipients represent and reflect favorably on the ideals and values of Indiana State University. Students with a 3.25 grade point average and between 63 and 93 credit hours are eligible for the Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award.

Trent Lunsford, Jak Kramer, Kyle Varble and Allison Crick

Trent Lunsford, Jak Kramer, Kyle Varble and Allison Crick

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12th Annual Ethics Conference Creates Discussion

March 2, 2017

The 12th annual Ethics Conference took place on Wednesday, bringing Indiana State University students together to discuss and learn about ethical topics and issues.

Marc Nichols, Rolls Royce legal counsel and director of Compliance-Americas, spoke about ethics within the business realm and the rest of society.

Nichols titled his speech “Ethics in a Post Truth and Reality TV World.” Nichols spoke about the prominent issue of today — the 2016 election. He made sure to let the audience members know that his speech was not intended to be a political statement, only that ethics is everywhere, especially in politics. He questioned if one’s ethical decision making skills are corrupt, what would that do to one’s political decision making skills?

Marc Nichols at the 2017 Ethics Conference

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What Would You Do?’ is Focus of 12th Annual Ethics Conference

February 17, 2017

The Networks Professional Development Program within the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University will be asking Sycamores "What Would You Do?" at the 12th annual Ethics Conference on March 1 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

On the morning of the conference, the 8 a.m. session hosts business professionals in the Wabash Valley as well as State faculty and staff for a corporate keynote breakfast event to listen to Marc A Nichols Esq., legal counsel and director of compliance-Americas at Rolls-Royce North America. Rolls-Royce is a Fortune 500 company providing highly efficient integrated power systems used for aerospace, marine, energy and off-highway applications

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2017 Ethics Group Photo


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