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Student Speaker, Medal Recipients to be Honored at Commencement

December 11, 2003

The student commencement speaker, Hines and President's medal recipients will be honored as part of commencement cereomonies Dec. 20 in Indiana State University's Hulman Center.

Courtney Boggs - Student Speaker, Insurance and Risk Management

A native of Corydon, Ind., Boggs’ decision to attend ISU was partially based on her selection as a scholarship student in the Gongaware Center — a program that helps develop future leaders for the financial services industry. Boggs’ connection with the Gongaware Center helped her earn valuable experience in her major — insurance and risk management. She was a member of the center’s Scholarship Team in 2000 and 2001; served as the team’s project manager in 2002; and as scholarship coordinator in 2003. Her service with the center was recognized by her selection as Outstanding Student Worker.

Boggs actively participated in Gamma Iota Sigma — a professional fraternity for insurance and actuarial science majors — as executive vice president in 2002 and as vice president of public relations in 2001. Selected as a member of the Insurance and Risk Management Honors Corps for 2002-2003, Boggs also served for two years as coordinator of Fresh Faces, an organization designed to integrate students with insurance and risk management faculty. Currently president of ISU Toastmasters, an organization designed to improve public speak ing skills, she has also been Toastmasters vice president of membership and vice president of public relations. Further experiences in her major were gained through internships with Lockton Companies, St. Paul Insurance and the May Agency.

Her hard work and dedication has earned several awards and recognitions including an ISU 2002 Outstanding Junior Award, one of five national PRIMA Scholarships and one of 30 national Anita Benedetti Awards. She was also selected as one of 12 national recipients of the RIMS Spencer Foundation Educational Scholarship.

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Sycamore Business Advisors Demanding, but Rewarding, Students Say

December 11, 2003

They say it is one of the toughest classes they’ve had. But Indiana State University business students also say it has been one of the most meaningful, because it has given them a glimpse into what having a full-time job will be like.

The class, Business 401 or more recently named Sycamore Business Advisors (SyBA), is a capstone course taught by Assistant Professor of Management Art Sherwood. The class is actually a strategic planning consulting business through which businesses and not-for-profits can "hire " ISU business students to solve their problems in marketing, organization, production — anything they might want help with.

The main goal of the class is "to provide a pedagogically sound, meaningful experiential learning class that would serve as the students’ capstone experience," Sherwood said. "We wanted several groups to benefit: students, business community, community organizations, the school of business and ISU. We also wanted it to be student driven and the success of the business to truly be in the hands of the student leadership.

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ISU Professors Research Clay County Small Business for Case Study

November 4, 2003

Indiana State University School of Business professors continue to be drawn to a small business in Clay County for the lessons in entrepreneurship it provides students, faculty members and the community.

ISU business students have already done a marketing plan for The Swiss Connection, a small dairy farm just north of Clay City, which uses Holistic Resource Management (HRM) to produce healthier dairy products including milk and cheese.

Now professor Max Douglas and assistant professor Aruna Chandra are researching the business for a case study.

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Five to Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards at ISU Homecoming

October 15, 2003

Five Indiana State University alumni have been chosen to receive the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award during Homecoming Oct. 24. Among them:

Paul Lo

A native of Taiwan, Paul Lo is a 1970 graduate of Indiana State with a Master of Business Administration degree. Today, he is an internationally recognized banker and financier residing in Hong Kong.

Lo is a leading force and outspoken supporter of economic growth and international trade between China and the United States and promotes this idea in his position as chairman of the Far East National Bank. He is also chairman of Bank SinoPac of Taiwan and president and chief executive officer of SinoPac Holdings.

Prior to his current appointments, Lo held positions for 17 years with Citibank in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In 1986, he moved to Hong Kong to start his own finance company, investing in businesses in China ranging from shoes to petrochemicals. With the opening of Taiwan's banking system to private banks in 1992, Lo formed Bank SinoPac by raising $400 million in capital. In the years since its founding, SinoPac has grown rapidly. Today, SinoPac has branches throughout Taiwan, Asia, and the United States, and a host of financial affiliates including securities and leasing companies.

Lo has been featured in several international, Asian, and American financial magazines including Business Week, Euromoney, The Banker, Global Finance, and The Asset. In 1999 he was selected as one of Business Week's 50 Stars of Asia. Lo resides in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Mark Morgan

In the 25 plus years since graduating from Indiana State with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, Mark Morgan has used his education, initiative, and work ethic to forge a successful career in business finance. Currently, vice president for finance with Pfizer, Morgan credits his experience at ISU for preparing him for the challenges he meets in his position with the world's largest pharmaceutical company.

Following graduation in 1976, Morgan took an entry-level accountant position with a small automotive radiator manufacturer in Wisconsin. Morgan's future in the pharmaceutical industry began three years later when he became assistant operations controller for Sterling Drug in Bloomington, Illinois. In 1984 he accepted a position at S.C. Johnson Wax and in 1989 was named manager of corporate general accounting. First hired as director of finance with Pfizer, Morgan has been promoted to his current position as vice president. In the process Morgan and his family have moved ten times to seven states and Germany. His experiences with Pfizer have included responsible roles in the company's acquisition of Warner-Lambert and Pharmacea-two of the largest mergers in history.

Today, Morgan is a recognized financial expert. He is author of three articles published in professional accounting journals, one of which received an award of excellence, and is a frequent speaker at business conferences and symposiums including the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and the Balanced Scorecard Forum at Harvard University. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor at the university-level and serves as a Pfizer Junior Achievement Sponsor.

Active also with young people and his community, Morgan has coached children's sports teams and led a local Cub Scouts unit. In addition, he has led his church's congregation as a monitor and chaired the financial committee. At Pfizer he co-chairs a group who donates materials and helps maintain Camp Horizons, an assisted living camp for mentally challenged individuals.

Morgan and his wife, Jody, have two sons and reside in Stonington, Conn. 

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State Farm Executive in Residence Visits Indiana State

September 29, 2003

Indiana State University students gained first-hand knowledge from a top executive with a major insurance company recently through the School of Business Executive in Residence program.

Barbara Wanthal, assistant vice president of systems for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Ill., and a 1983 graduate of ISU, visited campus Sept. 16-18 as part of the program.

Wanthal was joined by State Farm employees and ISU alumni Tony Sproles, a 1984 graduate and systems analyst and Brian Llewellyn, a 2001 graduate and financial business analyst. They met with business students during morning roundtable discussions where they gave students a better idea of what to expect when they begin job hunting, as well as what to do as students to prepare themselves for life after college.

They also gave presentations during the management information systems classes, met with business student organizations and gave the presentation “IT Trends in Management in Corporate America” during an open forum.

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New Members Appointed to Trustee, Alumni Boards

September 29, 2003

Among the newly appointed to the Board of Trustees at Indiana State University is Robertson, a junior finance and pre-law major, is a 2001 graduate of Homestead High School. She is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and Alpha Lambda Delta. Robertson also serves as student government director of investigative affairs.

Newly appointed members of the Alumni Board of Directors is Robert Rosenblatt, Sellersburg, is a 1972 graduate of ISU receiving his bachelor’s degree in general business administration. He is director of commercial office sales at Bush Business Furniture. Rosenblatt is involved in Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children — Rob and Katie.

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Five Honored at ISU Donor, Volunteer Dinner

September 19, 2003

Indiana State University President and Mrs. Lloyd W. Benjamin III honored five individuals for their contribution and support of Indiana State during the recent Donor and Volunteer Recognition Dinner in the Heritage Lounge and Ballroom in Tirey Hall on the ISU campus.

The 2003 Distinguished Service honorees included Larry and Elizabeth Boulet of Indianapolis; H. Peter Hudson of Zionsville, Ind.; and Norman and Linda Pellegrini of Windmere, Fla.

H. Peter Hudson’s dedication and support of Indiana State is obvious through his service on numerous university boards and committees. Hudson, who retired as chairman and chief operating officer of Monroe Guaranty Insurance in 2000, has provided almost 40 years of advice and support to Indiana State.

First appointed to the ISU Foundation Board in 1966, he remained actively involved on the Board until 2000, when he was awarded Honorary Life membership. Hudson has been a supporter of Indiana State’s School of Business, through his affiliation with the ISU Gongaware Center for Insurance and Risk Management. He is a member of the Insurance Advisory Council, which assists in maintaining the university’s quality risk and education program.

Hudson, a member of the President’s Society, has been a financial supporter of the Pete Oltman II Athletic Scholarship Fund and the Consumer Sciences Scholarship Fund. He was presented an honorary doctor of law degree by ISU in 1995.

Hudson also active in the Salvation Army, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Porter County United Way and the United Way of Hamilton County. He is also active in the Community Foundation of Boone County, the Insurance Institute of Indiana, the Insurances Services Office and the Alliance of American Insurance and holds memberships in the Insurance Institute of America, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the American Bar Association Committee of Professional Liability and the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana. Hudson’s experience and dedication to the insurance field earned him a spot in the PIA Insurance Hall of Fame and the Beta Gamma Sigma business fraternity.

He earned a degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota and served in the Navy for four years. He and his late wife, Henrietta, have six children.

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ISU's Gongaware Center to Sponsor Leadership Conference October 17

September 15, 2003

Indiana State University’s Gongaware Center will sponsor “Problem-Solving Leadership: Fresh Approaches to Managing Diversity and Leading Change,” Oct. 17 in Dede III of Hulman Memorial Student Union on the ISU campus.

The workshop is geared toward emerging leaders in the financial services industry. The workshop will help attendees develop the personal techniques and interpersonal skills of a problem-solving leader.

Participants will learn to apply adaption-innovation practice, research and theory to become a more effective leader. Interactive learning methods, problem-solving, decision-making techniques, participatory discussions and practical examples will be used and related to real-life solutions.

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ISU NetWorks Scholars Receive Laptop Computers as Part of Welcome to Campus

September 15, 2003

Eighteen Indiana State University freshmen from across Indiana and Illinois received state-of-the-art laptop computers during a recent ceremony celebrating their arrival to campus and their participation in elite scholarship programs in the School of Business.

NetWorks Scholars, Gongaware Scholars and President’s Scholars in the School of Business received the Dell computers as one of the perks of being among the elite group of students.

“We wanted to do something special for the first class of NetWorks Scholars. We think the computers are an appropriate gift that the scholars will really be able to put to good use as they study and become more involved in the NetWorks program,” said Bruce McLaren, associate dean, undergraduate programs.

The NetWorks Scholars Program, funded by part of a $20 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., provides chosen students with a $20,000 four-year scholarship. NetWorks Scholars are expected to participate in one paid internship, an international experience, work with faculty and executive mentors and participate in leadership development opportunities.

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Partnership Helps City Develop System, ISU Fight Brain Drain

September 10, 2003

Business, computer science and information technology students at Indiana State University are gaining valuable real world experience while helping City Hall develop a state-of-the-art computer system.

Emily Kixmiller is dealing with software licensing and budget issues while Michael Kibler is busy building and installing personal computers for various city offices.

A partnership between the city and Indiana State allows Kixmiller, an accounting major from Terre Haute, and Kibler, an information technology student from Dieterich, Ill., to work as interns for the city. The city benefits because it is able to draw upon the expertise of the students and the university as it undertakes such a major project.

"It’s a good working relationship between the city and Indiana State," said Greg Lankston, the city’s data processing manager. "There are several valuable students that have an IT background and this is a huge growing experience for the city. It’s been a very good help to me to get this department off the ground and going in the right direction."

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ISU to Honor Young Alumni

September 5, 2003

Indiana State University is gearing up to honor its first set of G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Award recipients at a special banquet September 5. Among those being honored are:

Brent Craven -- B.S. '92 criminology, A.S. business administration. Craven established RedVector.com, Inc., to offer on-line courses to professionals in engineering, architecture, interior design, construction and more. RedVector.com, Inc., was nominated in March 2003 as the fastest growing company in the Florida High-Tech Corridor. He has played a major role in gaining endorsements and partnerships for RedVector.com, Inc., from community colleges, more than 80 professional organizations and three universities including ISU. His success and service has been recognized locally and nationally in feature stories on the Bay News Television and CNN.

Robert J. Edwards -- B.S. '93, M.S. '97 business administration. Edwards, a Terre Haute resident, became the vice president investment officer of Signal Capital Management Old National Trust Company in October. 2000. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Society, Honor Society for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Accredited Business Programs and Outstanding Young Men of America. As an ISU student, he received the Wilson M. House Scholarship for Excellence in the M.B.A. program and the William P. Allyn Scholarship for highest achievement in life sciences.

Sarah Hadley-Aikman -- B.S. '90 business management, M.S. '94 college student personnel. Hadley-Aikman was formerly an assistant director of Student Life Programs at ISU. In August 2000, she accepted the position of assistant director of the Reeve Memorial Union/Student Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Today, she serves as a member of the Reeve Union leadership team and is involved in a $20.5 million union renovation project. Hadley-Aikman was recently nominated for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Outstanding Staff Award.

Christine M. Hill -- '93 B.S. business. Hill was selected as an Alumni Scholar in 1989. In 1993 Hill was named ISU's NCAA Woman Student-Athlete of the Year and the Indiana State Outstanding Marketing Student. She is currently employed by Eli Lilly and Company. Her first position with Lilly was as a pharmaceutical representative in the Lexington, Ky., area. In 1997 she moved to Birmingham, Ala., as Lilly's training and development coordinator for 200 sales representatives and managers. During this time she became certified in psychological profiling of social styles with business application. This led to her transfer to the position of marketing analyst for Prozac Market Research. She is currently the director of sales-neuroscience for Eli Lilly's north central region.

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Georgakopoulos Named Executive Director of ISU's NetWorks

August 26, 2003

Liz GeorgakopoulosLiz Georgakopoulos, a well-known and well-respected executive in the financial services industry, has been named executive director of NetWorks, an outreach of the Indiana State University School of Business.

Georgakopoulos, who served in leadership roles with Conseco Insurance Group and the Citigroup enterprise before accepting the NetWorks position, said NetWorks is in a unique position to make a difference in the financial services industry.

"There's really a need for someone to step in as a catalyst to bring all the thinking together, to look longer term at the implications of some of the new policies, some of the new processes and so forth that are being put in to address today's issues," she said. "And we know that there are going to continue to be significant issues as technology evolves, as globalization continues to evolve, as Gramm-Leach-Bliley begins to take hold in the marketplace. There's a need for someone who has not only objectivity, which we certainly do coming from an academic perspective, but also understands the urgency and has the ability to think about what some of the longer term, more appropriate solutions might be to continue to evolve and grow this industry into the future."

Networks logo 2003

NetWorks was born out of a $20 million grant -- the largest gift in Indiana State's history -- from Lilly Endowment Inc. in October. The program's goals include providing new directions in financial services for Indiana, the nation and the world.

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Rockmore Appointed Executive Director of CREED

August 13, 2003

Ronald F. Green, dean of the Indiana State University School of Business, today announced that B. Wayne Rockmore has been appointed executive director of the Center for Research, Enterprise and Economic Development (CREED) at ISU.

Rockmore currently holds a visiting position within the College of Business at The University of Central Florida in Orlando where he is involved in a variety of external outreach activities.

"With more than 20 years of experience in a variety of academic and consulting roles, Dr. Rockmore brings a wealth of experiences relevant to his duties as executive director of CREED, an outreach of the Indiana State University School of Business," said Dr. Bruce McLaren who served as chairman of the search committee.

The committee recognized the breadth of Rockmore's experiences while serving as interim director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City Tennessee, McLaren added.

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Gongaware Center to Sponsor Leadership Conference

July 2, 2003

Indiana State University’s Gongaware Center will sponsor “Problem-Solving Leadership: Fresh Approaches to Managing Diversity and Leading Change,” July 23 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

The workshop is geared toward emerging leaders in the financial services industry. The workshop will help attendees develop the personal techniques and interpersonal skills of a problem-solving leader. It is the first of three Gongaware Center workshops on Problem-Solving Leadership. Financial services leaders are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they would like.

Participants will learn to apply adaption-innovation practice, research and theory to become a more effective leader. Interactive learning methods, problem-solving, decision-making techniques, participatory discussions and practical examples will be used and related to real-life solutions.

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ISU Student Workers Honored at Ceremony

May 2, 2003

Four Indiana State University students were honored as the most distinguished student workers at the fifth annual Distinguished Student Worker Recognition Ceremony April 10 in Dede III of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. Student employment supervisors nominated workers who have performed a superior job during the school year. Out of 31 nominations, the list was narrowed to the four most distinguished student workers. From the School of Business was Lori Cheatham, senior business administration major

Tammy South, budget coordinator, nominated Lori Cheatham, for the most distinguished student worker for the three-year category.

“She works exceptionally well under pressure and is willing to do additional duties without complaint,” South said. “In addition to doing an outstanding job performing her job duties, she constantly volunteers to help other staff and students complete their projects.”

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Business Students Gain Rankin and Hines Awards

April 30, 2003

The fourth generation of his family to graduate from Indiana State University, Benjamin Adam Lenderman has been selected as a 2003 Alan C. Rankin Memorial Distinguished Senior Award and the Hines Medal recipient. From West Terre Haute, Ind., Lenderman has earned a 4.00 grade point average while studying finance, business administration, and business management.

Lenderman has had both academic and extracurricular successes as a member of the ISU Football Team, including selection as a recipient of numerous student-athlete awards since fall 2000 and selection to the Verizon All American Team in 2001 and 2003 and the 2003 Verizon All Academic Team.

He has also been nominated for ISU’s 2003 Presidential Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Involvement in campus organizations has included membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honorary, Investment Club, Financial Managers Association, and Campus Crusade for Christ.

Lenderman has served as historian, secretary, treasurer, and vice president of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity; worked with at-risk middle school students in the 21st Century Scholars Program; and served as a volunteer for Student Life Program events including Move-In Days, Super Bowl Clinic, and Special Olympics. Serving as a volunteer tutor, a volunteer parking attendant for ISU men’s basketball games, as a student host for the President’s Society annual dinners, and participating in the Sycamore Storytellers readers theater performance to raise funds for the Terre Haute Humane Society are services Lenderman has provided to the ISU and local communities. Other off-campus activities have included participation in Race for the Cure, in fund-raisers for the Terre Haute Firefighters, and as a speaker at Rockville Junior High School as part of the school’s anti-drug/anti-drinking program.

These achievements have resulted in Lenderman’s selection for numerous awards and scholarships. He has received the Mae McCraken Memorial Scholarship; the School of Business Dean’s List Scholarship; the Johnson Management Scholarship; the Forrest Sherer Scholarship; and GTE, Miller, and Becker Scholarships. For seven semesters he was named to the University’s Dean’s List, and was selected for inclusion in the National Dean’s List Yearbook in 2002, and the United States Achievement Academy Yearbook in 2003.

In 2000 he was invited to join the School of Business Gongaware Center’s program for leadership and teamwork. Lenderman has also been a member of Golden Key International Honor Society and was the group’s outstanding junior in 2002, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honorary, and was a finalist for the 2002 Outstanding Junior Award.

Anna Marie Kearby, originally from West Lebanon, Ind., has completed an accounting major and a management information systems minor at ISU with a 4.00 grade point average. This accomplishment has been recognized by her selection as a 2003 Hines Medal Winner.

Throughout her college career, Kearby has been recognized for the high academic standards she has maintained as she has been the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, and honors. Member and president in 2002 of Beta Alpha Psi, National Honors Fraternity for Financial Information Professionals, she is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Alpha Lambda Delta, National Freshman Honorary Fraternity; and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business. Kearby has received Indiana’s CPA Society’s Outstanding Undergraduate Accounting Major Award, the Financial Executives Institute Award for Top Junior and Top Senior Accounting Student; the High Honor Collegiate Scholar Award; the Becker CPA Review Award; and the Outstanding Statistics Student Award. She has also been named a Dean’s Honor Scholar and to the University’s Dean’s List since 1999 and recently to the National Dean’s List. Kearby has also been selected for multiple scholarships from the Accounting Program and the School of Business including the Professor A.C. Payne Memorial Scholarship, the John C. and Jennie J. Figg Scholarship, and the Forrest G. Sherer Scholarship. She received an Alumni Scholarship and Academic Scholarship from the University.

In addition to her academic studies, Kearby has been a member of the ISU Student Government Association, the Sycamore Volunteer Crew, the American Marketing Association, the Indiana CPA Society, and served as a supplemental instructor for introductory business courses and as a Learning Community Peer Advisor. Kearby also remains active in ISU’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry and is a member of the Southside Church of the Nazarene in Danville, Illinois.

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ISU School of Business Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation

April 25, 2003

The Indiana State University School of Business received word recently of its reaffirmation of accreditation by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

"This announcement reaffirms the long history of exceptional quality demonstrated by the Indiana State University School of Business," said Steven K. Pontius, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"The School of Business faculty, staff and administrators strive for continuous improvement and the review process is just one way to achieve that goal."

The AACSB International is hosting a recognition reception honoring schools that are reaffirmed or receiving initial accreditation Thursday (April 24) in New Orleans.

The school underwent review for about three years, working with a team from the AACSB International. The School of Business remained accredited while under review for reaffirmation and has been accredited by the AACSB for the past 20 years.

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ISU to Honor Retirees April 17

April 10, 2003

The 2002-2003 Retirement Tea will be at 2 p.m. April 17 in Dede II and III of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. 

This annual event recognizes members of ISU's faculty and administration for their dedication and years of service to the university. The celebration is open to the public.Honored from the School of Business wil be:

Mary Adams, professor, Administrative Systems and Business Education
Sandra Nelson, assistant dean, School of Business, and professor, Administrative Systems and Business Education
Roberta Bakker, director, Undergraduate Student Services

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High School Students Interview to Become First Networks Scholars

March 31, 2003

Laughter filled the 11th floor of the Indiana State University School of Business as the first class of NetWorks Scholars candidates broke into pairs and got to know each other better.

They shared information about themselves from their hometowns to favorite and least favorite smells. Then they announced their findings to the other students, student mentors, parents and faculty in attendance.

Answers ranged from roses and home-cooked food to dirty gym socks and tuna. These icebreaker games seemed to ease the nerves of the 12 high school seniors, who were about to be given a single interview that could significantly affect their future college plans.

It was all part of NetWorks Scholars Interview Day on March 1. Candidates, their parents and School of Business students, faculty and administrators took time out of their Saturday to participate in interviews that are part of the selection process for the first class of NetWorks Scholars.

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Educators Hope to Improve Financial Literacy Through Networks Initiative

March 31, 2003

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Read the newspaper or turn on the news on any given day and there are bound to be stories about spiraling credit card debt, all-time high personal bankruptcies and record high foreclosures in Indiana and the nation.

A group of educators and business people met March 21 at Indiana State University to begin finding solutions to Americans’ financial problems. The answer, many of them agree, is in the nation’s youth.

"An overwhelming 68.1 percent of those surveyed learned to manage money at home," said David Bixler, president of the Indiana JumpStart Coalition, about a Personal Financial Literacy Survey administered to a national sampling of 4,024 high school seniors. "If mom and dad can ’t make good financial decisions, how can they teach their kids?"

Bixler was among the guests at the NetWorks Personal Financial Literacy Initiative Curriculum Summit conducted on the third floor of Hulman Memorial Student Union.

The purpose of the meeting was to bring important stakeholder groups to the table to discuss the current situation of personal financial literacy in Indiana; to identify the personal finance skills and competencies; and to assess the gaps in the educational processes.

This is the first step in the ISU NetWorks Personal Financial Literacy Initiative and will be followed by other steps designated to improve the state of personal financial literacy in Indiana and, eventually, the nation.

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Business Education Clinic at ISU

March 6, 2003

“Furthering Excellence in Business Education” 63rd annual Business Education Clinic at Indiana State University. Friday, March 7, Dede I and II of Hulman Memorial Student Union 

 To discuss current topics in technology and business and how they relate to the classroom for business educators.

Barbara Beadle, coordinator of business education for Indiana Department of Education; David Langley, director of ISU’s Center for Teaching and Learning; William J. Wilhelm, administrative systems and business education program coordinator; Bruce McLaren, chairman of the organizational department at ISU; Jerry Wood of Lawrence Central High School; Aaron Gilmore and Dawn Johnston of Northwestern Senior High School; Donna McGregor, supervisor of staffing services at Manpower; Amy Hollingsworth of Blackford High School; and Mike Hackman of Columbus North High School will be among the speakers.

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Business Education Clinic March 7

February 28, 2003

“Furthering Excellence in Business Education” is the theme of the 63rd annual Business Education Clinic at Indiana State University Friday, March 7.

Sessions and round table discussions will be in Dede I and II of Hulman Memorial Student Union on the ISU campus.

“Our speakers will discuss topics that are very current in technology and business and how these happenings reflect in the classroom for business educators,” said William J. Wilhelm, administrative systems and business education program coordinator. “We will have sessions on teaching Microsoft Office XP and Windows XP. Barbara Beadle, the coordinator of business education for the state, will be talking about very current decisions about business curriculum. We’ll discuss personal finance and offer techniques for teaching specific content so that content for personal finance won’t be just for the teacher of a personal finance course.

Presenters will include Bruce McLaren, chairman of the organizational department at ISU; Barbara Beadle, of the Indiana Department of Education; Wilhelm and Jerry Wood of Lawrence Central High School; Aaron Gilmore and Dawn Johnston of Northwestern Senior High School; Donna McGregor, supervisor of staffing services at Manpower; Amy Hollingsworth of Blackford High School; and Mike Hackman of Columbus North High School.

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High School Students Encouraged to Apply to ASBE Work Scholarship Program

February 28, 2003

High school students interested in majoring in business education or administrative systems at Indiana State University are encouraged to apply for the Administrative Systems and Business Education Work Scholarship Program.

The ASBE program gives students the opportunity to work while attending classes. Program participants gain office work experience and obtain help with college expenses.

The starting salary is $300 a month for the academic year (nine months). In addition, $550 of academic fees is waived each semester.

Out-of-state students receive an additional $1,200 waiver of out-of-state fees each semester. Students are often placed in "high-level” offices including the president’s and vice presidents’ offices, where students are exposed to administrative operations, said William J. Wilhelm, assistant professor of administrative systems and business education.

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Personal Finance Non-credit Courses Available at ISU

February 25, 2003

Indiana State University is offering non-credit personal finance courses this spring. ISU offers non-credit courses to promote, develop, and offer quality education programs to the community.

“Managing Your Financial Portfolio” will help participants understand the elements of investing and how to utilize various types of securities. This course is offered from 6:30 – 9 p.m., Thursdays, March 6 to April 10 in the School of Business, Room 301. Gay Ann Weaver will instruct the course. There is a fee of $63.

Gay Ann Weaver also will instruct “Retirement and Estate Planning.” This course is a step-by-step guide to creating financial security for yourself and your family. This course is offered 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, March 4 through April 8 in the School of Business, Room 301.

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Snap-On Inc. Executive to Visit ISU as Risk Manager-in-Residence

February 21, 2003

Daniel H. Kugler, director of corporate risk management for Snap-On Inc. in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., will be visiting the Indiana State University campus as part of the Spencer Educational Foundation’s Risk Manager in Residence program Tuesday through Thursday (Feb. 25-27).

The Risk Manager-in-Resident program is possible through a grant from the Spencer Foundation, and is the first time ISU has received this prestigious grant. Kugler will share his expertise in the field and current trends in the insurance and risk management industry with faculty and students in the School of Business and the campus and business communities.

Kugler received the Business Insurance 2002 Risk Manager of the Year award, (sponsored by Business Insurance, a premier industry publication.) This award is selected by a panel of independent industry executives and risk management professionals.

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State Farm Donates $85,000 to Support Insurance Scholarships, Research

January 31, 2003

Indiana State University professor Mary Ann Boose wants her insurance and risk management students to not only learn about their chosen fields, but to interact with the industry and perhaps even “give back” to the community through public service projects.

Those goals will be easier to achieve thanks to a $85,779 gift from State Farm Insurance Co. Boose will receive $60,779 of the total to help fund her research entitled “Best Practices in Collegiate Risk Management and Insurance Education.” The other $25,000 will be used for scholarships for students with majors or minors in insurance and risk management.

The check was presented Friday (Jan. 31) during a news conference in Dede III of the Hulman Memorial Student Union on the ISU campus.

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School of Business Sponsoring Study Abroad Trip to Thailand

January 29, 2003

Indiana State University’s School of Business is sponsoring a study abroad trip to Thailand May 24 – June 6.

In addition to cultural and historical sites, the itinerary includes visits to Chubb Insurance in Bangkok, the Bank of Bangkok and Citibank’s office in the Thai capital. The cost of the trip is $2,000 including air and ground transportation, lodging and meals. Space is limited.

Knowledge of international business and culture is increasingly important in the business community, said Steven Pahl, executive director of the Gongaware Center for Insurance Management Development.

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Harper Named Track Chair for Institute

January 24, 2003

Jeff Harper, associate professor of management information systems in the organizational department of the Indiana State University School of Business, has recently been named track chair for case studies for the 34th annual meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute. The meeting will be in November in Washington, D.C.

Harper was appointed to the position by Thomas W. Jones, president of the Decision Sciences Institute and professor at the University of Arkansas, based upon his reputation as a leading scholar in case studies research in business and industry. Harper has taught at ISU since 1998.

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