News 2018

Networks Program

December 18, 2018

The Networks Program at Indiana State is designed to help professionally elevate any business major who intends to pursue careers in the financial services industry. Those accepted into the program receive a full scholarship, weekly seminars, opportunities to travel abroad, job development, a corporate mentor, leadership roles in planning the Ethics Conference and much more. Each year you are in the program you are taking steps towards learning how to work in a team and a corporate environment. Students who have gone through this program have landed jobs with Rolls-Royce, Kraft-Hines, Ernst and Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and many more.

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New Business Analytics Minor

December 14, 2018

Indiana State University continued its commitment to demand-driven education when its Board of Trustees approved Friday the creation and revision of a business analytics minor and three health programs.

"These program changes illustrate how Indiana State is working to ensure Sycamores are career-ready when they graduate and have access to rewarding professions," said Mike Licari, provost and vice president of academic affairs. "We're always listening to the needs of our students and industry partners and adapting our programs in meaningful ways to meet those needs."

A new business analytics minor will be effective fall 2019. Business analytics is a fast-growing field that involves leveraging a company's data to improve decision-making, increase efficiency and productivity, and to become competitive in a global market. Offering this minor within the Scott College of Business will help meet industry needs, while allowing Indiana State to offer programs similar to peer institutions.

A survey of current Scott College business students in March 2018 showed strong interest in the minor, with at least 32 students indicating a strong or moderate interest in the minor, if offered. Of those 32 students, more than half will still be enrolled when a minor is offered, strong evidence the minor will immediately attract students.

"Research shows the job market for people with skills in business analytical methods - including data mining, forecasting, statistical analysis, simulation and optimization - is growing," said Brien Smith, dean of the Scott College of Business. "In fact, federal labor data shows employment opportunities for management analysts and business analysts is up 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average occupation."

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New Entrepreneurship Minor

December 1, 2018

Entrepreneurship MinorA new program at State helps equip students with the skills to succeed, whether they’re in business for themselves or not. Based on the popular image of an entrepreneur, starting your own business seems simple and glamorous - come up with a great idea, close your eyes and wait for everything else to magically fall into place.

While that might work for a small handful of lucky startups, being an entrepreneur - a successful one, at that - actually requires careful planning, intense scrutiny, number-crunching and a million other steps along the way. 

Indiana State hopes to prepare burgeoning entrepreneurs for this reality with a new minor being offered by the Scott College of Business. The 15-credit program is open to students of all majors, including Sycamores who don’t necessarily plan on launching a startup but want a foundation in thinking creatively, business development and other aspects of entrepreneurship.

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Student Profile: Nick Thorlton

December 1, 2018

Nick ThorltonBusiness Management major and entrepreneur Nick Thorlton and his business partner Adam Wenger founded Beans and Spoons. At Beans and Spoons, they serve custom bowls of cereal with a variety of toppings and milk, as well as small batch coffee roasted in-house. Long-term, Thorlton and his partner, Adam Wenger, hope to expand Beans and Spoons to a bigger college market while working with people in recovery by giving them job skills. “If you have an idea, go for it. What you think, it will become,” he said.

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Student Profile: Brandon Warren

December 1, 2018

Brandon WarrenEntrepreneur Brandon Warren started We LIVE Inc. in memory of his friend Dijon Anderson, who was murdered. We LIVE Inc. is a 501c3 aimed to deterring youth violence by hosting events and assisting families affected by youth violence. Warren’s long-term vision is to see We LIVE in schools and campuses throughout the nation.

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Indiana State’s MBA Ranked No. 6 Nationally

November 29, 2018

MBA Graduate ProgramIndiana State University's Master of Business Administration program in the Scott College of Business has been ranked the sixth best-administered program in the nation in The Princeton Review 2019 annual ranking lists of business schools.

The 252 on-campus MBA programs on the list are based on The Princeton Review's assessment of institutional data collected from the schools. The opinions of 18,400 students on their experiences at the schools were also collected as part of an 80-question survey.

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Seven State Alumni Among 2018 "12 Under 40" Honorees

November 12, 2018

Indiana State University alumni again make up more than half of this year's "12 Under 40" honorees.

Presented by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and Tribune-Star, "12 Under 40" recognizes young professionals who are making great contributions to the community.

Sycamores honored this year include: Ashley Delaunois, '05 (speech communication, public relations) and '17 (baccalaureate nursing); Ryan Jenkins, '02 (social studies education - U.S. history), GR '10 (M.Ed.); Jenn Kersey, '04 (school health); Tamara McCollough, '08 (criminology/criminal justice) and GR '16 (criminology/criminal justice); Rachel Mullinnix, '15 (marketing); Sarah Pigg, GR '07 (MFA); and TJ Warren, '04 (accounting).

Rachel Mullinnix and Terry Warren

Scott College of Business "12 Under 40" Honorees Rachel Mullinnix, '15 (marketing) and Terry J. Warren, '04 (accounting).

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Faculty Paper: Scooterino: Ride Sharing in Rome

November 1, 2018

Aruna Chandra, Sandeep Bhowmick, Ayoub Chaabi and Brien Smith recently published a paper examining the Scooterino ride sharing venture started by Oliver Page. Aruna and Sandeep jointly presented this case study to a group of MBA students at the Hassan University in Casablanca. “Scooterino: Ride Sharing in Rome” was published in the Journal of Case Studies, Vol. 36, No. 2

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Student Profile: Cara Esparza

November 1, 2018

Cara EsparzaInsurance and risk management major Cara Esparza eyes the finish line of her degree - completed without taking out any student loans. “I was looking for more of the college experience and at a lower cost, so Indiana State made the most sense since the only other school in the state that even offers the major is Butler and Indiana State is ranked higher in my major and is so much more affordable,” she said.

Her first risk management internship two summers ago was with Federal Home Loan Bank, where she served as a risk analyst assistant handling projects of up to $1 million in assets. It’s an opportunity Esparza didn’t think would be possible until she was encouraged to apply by employees at the Career Center.

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Indiana State Included Among National Rankings

October 4, 2018

Indiana State University has been named a top university by Forbes, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and Wall Street Journal.

"It's always good to see Indiana State University as a highly rated and highly ranked university," said Mike Licari, provost and vice president of academic affairs. "We're proud of the work we do, and being ranked helps us demonstrate that we're doing things right and gives extra credibility to our claims."

State is listed as a best college for Undergraduate Business Programs (199) and tied for 177 in high school counselor rankings by the U.S. News and World Report. State also ranked as a Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs (111), Best Online Bachelor's Programs (202) and Best Online Graduate Education Programs (224-291). In the Wall Street Journal/Higher Education College Ranking, Indiana State's strongest key area in teaching excellence was in environment.

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Welcome to Class of 2022 Scholars

August 2018

We warmly welcome the Class of 2022 scholars to the Scott College of Business

Class of 2022 Scholars

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Student Profile: Tasha Hunter

August 1, 2018

Tasha HunterBusiness management major (with a sustainability minor) Tasha Hunter says her idea of perfect happiness is petting a dog. Cats aren’t so bad either, she says. She goes on to say that "There are not many family members of mine who were able to go to college, and I’m proud that I’m able to attend State."

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Student Profile: Jacob Panagouleas

July 1, 2018

Jacob PanagouleasAn accounting major with a minor in insurance from Clinton, Indiana, Jacob Panagouleas values his extended family at State. His idea of perfect happiness would be sitting on a warm beach, relaxing and reading a good book

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Alumni Profile: Kelsey Darin, ’17

June 1, 2018

Kelsey DarinIt was a chain of blessings in disguise that led Indiana State University alumna Kelsey Darin, ’17, to the desk she now occupies as a product developer at McGraw-Hill Education’s Burr Ridge, Ill., office.

“When I was a sophomore, the Principles of Macroeconomics class that I had originally planned to take was cancelled a few days before classes started. The only one available that worked with my schedule was Bob Guell’s,” said Darin, who was a marketing major.

In the fall, McGraw-Hill Education had a product developer position open, and Darin immediately applied. She started her full-time job with the company in October 2017, working with textbook authors and contributors to enhance and design products.

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Student Profile: Zakaria Belhaj Haddou

June 1, 2018

Zakaria Belhaj HaddouCitizen-of-the-world Zakaria Belhaj Haddou of Settat, Morocco, is pursing an MBA at State. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance, auditing and financial controlling from IAE Lyon-France. His idea of perfect happiness would be having a life without problems or anything to worry about so I can have the opportunity to travel around the world and explore different cultures.

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Michelle White Earns Rankin Award

May 30, 2018

Michelle WhiteMichelle White was one of the prestigious Rankin Award winners. Michelle, '18, is an operations and supply chain management major with a minor in marketing from Swansea, Illinois. After graduation, she will be relocating to Indianapolis to begin her professional career in the purchasing department of Rolls-Royce.

"There are so many resources and ways to get involved at State. Not utilizing those resources and organizations is a disservice to yourself," White said.

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Indiana State, Brazilian MBA Students Explore Uber’s International Expansion

May 30, 2018

Master of Business Administration students from Indiana State University and Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil learned the unexpected twists and turns companies can encounter in their quest to go global.

It was a lesson for nearly two dozen students and faculty from Fundação Getulio Vargas who took part in Aruna Chandra's Finance for Executives program at Indiana State's Scott College of Business, May 20-28. The weeklong program included a variety of modules, lectures and hands-on activities in the areas of finance, entrepreneurship, teaming and motorsports, as well as a discussion on Uber's international strategy.

FVG MBA Brazilian Students

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Dr. Ashley Gard

March 22, 2018

Ashley GardWe have a new Director of Undergraduate Student Services! Dr. Ashley Gard is currently an advisor for our Health and Human Services.  She earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, a master’s in Sports Management and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana State University.  She will be in the college full time starting April 24.



Alumni Profile: Leigh Mack, ’90

March 20, 2018

Leigh MackMack’s resume after graduating from State with a degree in marketing reads like the lifetime accomplishments of more than one person. He became a doctor, business owner, educator, medical researcher, Boy Scout leader, cyclist, Army veteran, Ford salesman, Caterpillar marketing manager and much more. When he went to Oxford in England to gain experience in trauma and reconstructive surgery, Mack met the woman who would become his wife.

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Buff Dormeier CMT named one of "Best in State” Financial Advisors

March 5, 2018

Buff DormeierBuff Dormeier CMT (’92, Business) has been named as of Forbes Magazine’s “Best in State” Financial Advisors. Buff is a foremost expert in the field of volume analysis with over 20 years’ experience dynamically managing private investment portfolios.

He is an award winning industry innovator and author. Buff is the developer of Volume Weighted Moving Averages (VWMAs), the VW-MACD, the Volume Price Confirmation Indicator (VPCI), VPCI Stochastics, the Anti-Volume Stop Loss (AVSL), the Trend Thrust Indicator (TTI), Capital Weighted Volume Indexes, as well as a host of cap weighted volume based breadth indicators.

Buff received the 2007 Charles Dow Award, which recognizes research papers breaking new ground or which make innovative use of established techniques in the field of technical analysis. The Charles H. Dow Award is considered one of the most important recognitions in the field of technical analysis.

Student Profile: Jacob Kissick

March 1, 2018

Jacob KissickIf he had it to do all over again, Jacob Kissick, an insurance and risk management major and Networks Scholar from Cambridge City, Indiana, would live the sea life. "My idea of perfect happiness is lying in a hammock on a cool summer night by a lake. I would have my best friends around me and the smell of s’mores in the air. Oh, and my dog would be lying in the hammock with me."

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Entrepreneurship and Human Capital Management Minors Coming to Scott College of Business

February 23, 2018

The Indiana State University Board of Trustees approved two new minors Friday - entrepreneurship and human capital management. The entrepreneurship minor will give students first-hand experience in developing a valid, defensible business plan that takes into account the financial, legal, ethical and environmental aspects of creating and managing a new venture. The human capital management minor will provide students with the skills to manage the strategic resource of any organization - its employees.

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Kyle Varble ’17, Lands Prestigious Management-track Job

January 26, 2018

One-on-one attention helped Kyle Varble ’17, land a prestigious management-track job at Rolls-Royce right after graduation. Kyle, who graduated with a degree in operations and supply chain management, interned at the company between his junior and senior years, thanks to several connections between Rolls-Royce and the university.

One of the people who helped Kyle start his career was Kuntal Bhattacharyya, an associate professor of operations and supply chain management and the director of the Center for Supply Management Research. Kuntal is one of many faculty members who take a personal interest in their students' success — in the classroom and in their careers.

Kyle Varble and Kuntal Bhattacharyya

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