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Faculty Retiring or Moving On

May 19, 2020

Regretfully we’re losing four very well liked and respected faculty over the summer.

Joe Harder, Robert McMahan, Blake Rayfield and Melony Sacopulos

Joe Harder is Associate Professor of Management is phasing out his retirement, he’s been with us since 1998 and was heavily involved in the Motorsports Management program. Robert McMahan is a Senior Instructor and has been with us since 1984 – 36 years of fantastic service to the college.

Blake Rayfield, Assistant Professor of Finance, although a relative newcomer, he started with us in 2018, has made a deep impact on our Finance program as well as being involved with the Student Managed Investment Fund. He’s starting a new position at Northern Arizona University.

Melony Sacopulos, Assistant Professor of Accounting, joined the college in 2015 but has held senior positions at Indiana State since 1995. First at the Foundation and then as General Counsel and Secretary to the university. Melony is starting a new position as VP of Monmouth College.

All will be greatly missed and we wish them well.

MISBE Newsletter

May 18, 2020

MISBE Newsletter Spring 2020The Department of Management, Information Systems, and Business Education (MISBE) has created a new newsletter. The newsletter contains general information about the department which is led by Aruna Chandra. Student Regan Zerwig and her decision to minor in Entrepreneurship is highlighted as well as Wei He's presentation of "Engaging Students with Relevant Case Study from Open Education Resources" at the inaugural Learning Connections Summit.

There are also articles on Beta Gamma Sigma's new inductees and the various technologies being used for instruction, working and generally keeping in touch during this unusual time.

Tabco - Tom and Dotty Bilyeu Lab Named

May 8, 2020

The Team Lab, FD002 on the Garden Level of Federal Hall has been renamed the Tabco – Tom and Dotty Bilyeu Lab in recognition of a $25,000 gift from the families of the late Thomas A. and Dorothy Jean “Dotty” (Braunschweiger) Bilyeu. The gift has been funded fully with a gift of cash and will support Bridge the Gap Scholarships.

Tom and Dotty Bilyeu started Tabco Business Forms, Inc. in Terre Haute in 1978 and remained active in the company until their full retirement in 2012.

Tom and Dotty Bilyeu

Together the Bilyeu’s worked tirelessly to provide educational opportunity for their children and eventually employed their two sons who run the business today. Tom and Dotty were proud of the fact that three of their four children and five of their ten grandchildren attended Indiana State University. Tom and Dotty’s hard work, dedication, and love in their hearts was synonymous with laying a foundation of success for others.

His gift honors their legacy by providing an opportunity for those aspiring to reach their educational goals at Indiana State University, while positively shaping communities in which Sycamore graduates call home.

Dotty passed away on April 7, 2016, aged 85, and Tom passed away on September 25, 2018, at the age of 87.

Faculty Promotions

May 1, 2020

Congratulations to David Fleming who has been promoted to full professor and to Matt Cohen who has been promoted to senior instructor. David has been at the Scott College of Business since 2015 when he joined us as Director of the Sales and Negotiations Center. Matt has been with us since 2012 and teaches accounting.

David Fleming & Matt Cohen

Indiana State Memorial Service

April 30, 2020

President Curtis expressed regret that people were unable to physically gather for the event. However, ISU wanted to maintain the tradition of paying tribute to those members of the ISU family including students, faculty and staff, retirees, volunteer leaders and major supporters. Dr. Curtis extended condolences to the families of these 39 individuals and has expressed appreciations for the contributions their loved ones made to Indiana State University. The video can be seen on YouTube.

Two great friends of the Scott College of Business were included in the University Memorial Service.

Pete Hudson was a great benefactor of the college. He was instrumental in developing our Insurance and Risk Management program in 1988 which in just a few years was recognized as one of the top programs in the country.

Robert Smiley was chairman of our Marketing Department from 1979 to 1998 and was the MBA Coordinator. Bob had an interesting career, starting in high school building television sets. After high school, Smiley worked in the submarine service of the United States Navy, sold securities, worked as a licensed real estate broker, designed and built computers, and even owned a disco.

H. Peter Hudson and Robert Smiley

Sales and Negotiations Center (SNC): A Shining Program

April 29, 2020

The Sales and Negotiations Center (SNC) is one of the shining programs of the Scott College of Business that serves as a hub of connections between the students who attend, the industry that they hope to work in and the academics that will help them get there. It is the belief of Professors David Fleming and Ricky Fergurson that whether or not the students themselves realize it, they will all have to deal in sales one day. They went on to explain, that whether it’s actual selling of products, selling your ideas to your superior in a pitch, or even just selling yourself to a company during an interview; the art of selling is one that everyone can benefit from, and when sharpened, becomes a wonderful tool to have.

The Sales and Negotiations Center’s sales competition team currently consists of five members who travel across the country competing against other schools. They sell to live buyers who know their product intimately because they are sales reps for the products being used in the competition. This gives students a chance to showcase their abilities to an actual company, thus the students are selling themselves to the companies at the same time.

The SNC at work

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2020 Sycamore Leadership Award Winners

April 28, 2020

Congratulations to all our 2020 Sycamore Leadership Award winners! Especially Scott College of Business students who took 5 of the 11 indvidual categories, Brandon Ball (Management), Anne Bowen (Insurance & Risk Management), Samuel Bowen (Accounting), Kimberly Collins (Marketing), and Antonio Cornelius (Financial Services).

All the students showed hard work and dedication to gain these awards and we are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize all the work they do for your organizations, the university, the colleges and the ISU community. 

2020 Sycamore Leadership Awards

Not A Normal Commencement!

April 28, 2020

University President Deborah Curtis, Provost Mike Licari, and Rex Kendall, Executive Director of the Alumni Association are all helping to pack graduation boxes. 

Graduation Boxes - April 2020

Antonio Cornelius Chosen as Commencement Speaker

April 28, 2020

Financial Services senior Antonio Cornelius’ passion for speaking, performing and giving a positive message made him a perfect fit to serve as a student speaker for 2020 spring commencement ceremony at Indiana State University. “The message I want to give it to my peers, especially since we can’t see each other face-to-face, is enjoy the time with your families as this moment is happening,” said Cornelius, who is from Gary, Indiana. “All you’ve done is not a waste because getting a degree is more than just walking across stage; it is what you’re going to do with it in the future.”

During his time at Indiana State, Cornelius was co-chair of Gentleman’s Society and served as treasurer for three organizations, including Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization, National Association of Black Accountants and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. 

“The best advice I can give my future Sycamores is to not come in to anything thinking about the worst without trying to achieve the best,” he said. “Enjoy your time while achieving your goals. Be creative while doing it.”

Antonio Cornelius

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Sales & Negotiations Elevator Pitch Competition

April 24, 2020

Congratulations to Sarah Padan for winning the Spring 2020 Indiana State University Elevator Pitch Competition as well as Sarah Alzahrani, Hannah Southwood, and Kelsey Graman, our top 4 finalists!

Spring 2020 SNC Elevator Pitch Winners

Scott College Students Among Hines Medalists

April 22, 2020

Two Scott College of Business students are among the six graduating seniors who are receiving the Hines Memorial Medal this spring semester for their excellent academic records.

Anna Behrens, an operations and supply chain management major from St. Joseph, Illinois, is looking forward to becoming an account analyst for a company in Carmel, Indiana. She hopes to start her own business one day. “My time at ISU went by so quickly,” Behrens said. “It was an extremely fun and rewarding experience where I was able to meet so many wonderful people. I am grateful for the opportunities and skills I have obtained through the Honors College and the OSCM program.”

Taylor Yates, operations and supply chain management major and legal studies minor from Ashkum, Illinois, is moving to Albany, New York, to attend law school. Yates hopes to become a corporate lawyer at a private law firm. “From studying abroad in Greece to being an ASE [academic success educator] in Pickerl Hall to meeting my best friend, my time here has been the best years of my life,” she said. “I am thankful for all of the opportunities that I have been given at State and the professors and staff that I have had the honor of meeting along the way. Even in New York, I will never forget Indiana State.”

The Hines Memorial Medal goes to students who entered Indiana State as first-time college freshmen and are completing their bachelor’s degrees with the highest cumulative grade point average. It is named after Linnaeus Hines, the university's fourth president, from 1921-1933, and served two terms as Indiana superintendent of public instruction. The medal is awarded for the spring and fall semesters.

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Anna Behrens and Taylor Yates

Hiines Medalists Anna Behrens and Taylor Yates

RNMKRS Virtual National Sales Competition

April 22, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Hunter Diveley is the winner of the April 2020 RNMKRS Virtual National Sales Competition! Sarah Padan placed 7th overall out of over 1,400 students from 49 universities.

Hunter is a junior from Effingham, Illinois and Sarha is a senior from Terre Haute, both are Marketing Majors.

RNMKRS champions, Hunter Diveley and Sarah Padan

RNMKRS champions, Hunter Diveley and Sarah Padan 

New Dean Announced!

April 5, 2020

Dr. Terry Daugherty from University of Akron (UA) has been selected as the new Dean of Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business. Dr. Daugherty is currently the Interim Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs at UA’s College of Business Administration. He succeeds interim dean, Dr. Jack Maynard. He starts his new position on July 1. 

Terry Daugherty

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Give to Blue Day

March 12, 2020

Give to Blue Day

The 24 hour Give to Blue Day on March 11, was another success. 

503 social ambassadors shared their Sycamore pride by promoting our inaugural day of giving. A total of 2418 Indiana State University alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends generously contributed $679,247. We are grateful for the Sycamore community! Thank you for being a part of this historic day.

190 donors raised $78,160 for the Scott College of Business

Challenges for the Scott college of Business were:

Todd Osburn and Caroline Howe matched the first $25,000 donated to the college
Pat Hopkins gave $10,000 when we reached 150 donors
Jay and Elizabeth McHargue gave $5,000 when we reached 50 donors
Roger and Glenda Schorr gave $5,000 when 30 students gave

<< Give to Blue Day Ssets Single-day Fundraising Record for ISU >>

Vic-Tree Insurance Wins Selective Agency Management Collegiate Competition

February 29, 2020

Our Insurance and Risk Management Program is THRILLED to announce the Indiana State University - Scott College of Business team, Vic-Tree Insurance, won first place in the Selective Agency Management Collegiate Competition! Congratulations to the fabulous team! In order from left to right, Joshua Bruce, Kyle Collins, Ellei Kay, Erika Perry, Zachary Holt, and Jacob Kissick!! You rocked the competition! Thank you to Selective Insurance for sponsoring the competition and to our agency mentor, Peter Forsee from ONI Risk Partners!

Vic-Tree Insurance Team

The Vic-Tree Insurance Team

<< Indiana State University Wins First Place In Selective Insurance Collegiate Competition, press release by Selective Insurance, March 5, 2020 >>
<< Selective Taps Virtual Agency to Run Collegiate Competition, Digital Insurance, March 9, 2020 >>
<< Indiana State University Wins First Place in Selective Insurance Collegiate Competition, Insurance Journal, March 13, 2020 >>

Lucien (Lu) Meis Passes

February 27, 2020

We regret to report the passing of Lucien (Lu) Meis. Lu and his wife, Alane, have been lifelong supporters of Indiana State and the Scott College of Business.

The Alane and Lucien Meis Student Development Center (FD133) has long supported career development activities in Federal Hall. In 2012, the Indiana State University Foundation dedicated Meis Plaza and the “Renewal” sycamore leaf sculpture. The plaza is located at the main entrance of the Foundation’s facility at Fifth and Cherry.

Alane (Laney) and Lucien (Lu) Meis

Alane (Laney) and Lucien (Lu) Meis in 2012

<< Tribune-Star Obituary >> << Lu Meis, businessman and philanthropist, dies at 85 (Tribune-Star, 2/27/20) >>

Indiana State Day at the Statehouse

February 24, 2020

Indiana State University took over the north atrium of the Statehouse for ISU Day on Monday, with students showing legislators a slice of what makes the institution distinct, impactful, and a smart investment for the state. More than 50 lawmakers browsed table displays about ISU’s colleges, organizations, and student research. 

“This is always a special day for ISU, as our greatest advocates are our students,” said Greg Goode, Executive Director of Government Relations and University Communication. “This gives legislators from across the state the opportunity to hear from ISU students and be reminded of the great return on their investment in ISU. It also gives students the experience of advocating to their elected officials.” 

The Scott College of Business, the Student Government Association, and 21st Century Scholars were among the campus entities represented. Individual students had tables explaining their research. 

Student Zachary Holt from the Scott College of Business is interviewed by WTHI

Student Zachary Holt from the Scott College of Business is interviewed by WTHI

<< Full Story >> << ISU Day at the Statehouse (Fox59) >>

$1 Million Gift Will Create Endowed Professorship of Insurance

February 21, 2020

A $1 million gift from the charitable trust of H. Peter Hudson will create an endowed professorship in the Insurance and Risk Management program at Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business. It is the largest cash gift to ISU during this fiscal year. ISU’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to acknowledge the gift by establishing the Dr. Larry Coleman/H. Peter Hudson Endowed Professorship of Insurance. 

Before Hudson died last year, he wanted to honor Dr. Larry Coleman, who began ISU’s insurance program and involved Hudson and other insurance executives in the process. Hudson was Indiana Commissioner of Insurance from 1975-81 and was President/CEO of Monroe Guaranty.

Hudson entered the insurance business in 1959 and was concerned about the lack of opportunities for students to learn about the business in college. In 1988, Coleman asked him to join ISU’s effort to develop a degree major in insurance and risk management. Within a few years, ISU’s Insurance and Risk Management Program was recognized as one of the top programs in the country. 

IRM 25th anniversary, April 12, 2014

The founders of the IRM Program pictured on its 25th anniversary in 2014
Larry Coleman, Don Gongaware, Dr. Mary Ann Boose Kent, and Pete Hudson.

<< $1 million gift will create endowed professorship of insurance >>
<< History of the IRM Program >>

State Farm Circle of Influence Speaker: Greg W. Marshall

February 18, 2020

On Tuesday, February 18th 2020, Dr. Marshall, Charles Harwood Professor of Marketing and Strategy, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, presented “Days of Future Passed: (Re)Imagining the Role & Impact of Sales in the Next Decade,” drawing on his experience with selling, sales management, and product management in the consumer packaged goods and retailing industries with Warner-Lambert, Mennen, and Target Corporation.

He also shared insights from his considerable experience as a consultant and trainer for a variety of organizations and insider knowledge on the academic front; specifically as the current Editor-in-Chief for European Journal of Marketing, and former editor of the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice and Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management. He is also the author of several sales and marketing texts.

He shared his vision of the future of sales and its impact on business success. His presentation included the impact of AI and other emergent technologies on the role of the salesperson as well as the changing nature of sales roles.

Greg W. Marshall

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Students Compete in the Selective Insurance Collegiate Competition

February 11, 2020

Six Indiana State University students have been selected to compete in a month-long collegiate competition sponsored by Selective Insurance Company of America to test drive careers in insurance while building industry knowledge and experience.

Students from Indiana State represent one of seven university teams from around the country that have begun running virtual insurance agencies in a computer-simulated environment to gain insights into key processes and decisions commonplace in the insurance industry.

The competition, called Selective Agency Management Collegiate Competition, is being sponsored and managed by Selective Insurance Company of America, a Branchville, N.J.-headquartered insurance company of Selective Insurance Group Inc.

“Today’s risk management and insurance students are tomorrow’s insurance industry leaders, so helping students get acquainted with careers in our industry and on the path to success is something that we at Selective feel is our responsibility to see through,” said Chuck Musilli, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Selective Insurance.

"The Selective Agency Management Collegiate Competition is an exciting and unique opportunity for our students to gain real-world, hands-on knowledge and to develop their skills in agency management. The competition encourages a collaborative environment while preparing students for a career in the insurance industry," said Rebecca Wray, Gongaware Center and Networks Financial Institute director.

Jacob Kissick, senior; Kyle Collins, senior; Erika Perry, senior; Ellei Kay, junior; Josh Bruce, senior; and Zach Holt, junior

Jacob Kissick, senior; Kyle Collins, senior; Erika Perry, senior; Ellei Kay, junior; Josh Bruce, senior; and Zach Holt, junior

<< ISU students compete in the Selective Insurance Collegiate Competition >>
<< Selective Insurance Launches Agency Management Collegiate Competition >>

Selling with the Bulls

February 10, 2020

Our Sales Team represented Indiana State University at University of South Florida for the Selling with the Bulls Intercollegiate Sales Competition on February 6/7. The competition was between 80 competitors from 20 colleges. Indiana State was represented by Hannah Davis, Kyle Collins, Hunter Diveley, Connor Lash, and Coach J. Ricky Fergurson!

Hannah took 3rd place in the LinkedIn Connection Request and Kyle won his Quick Pitch round!

Our Selling with the Bulls Sales Team

NPDP Scholars Visit Pacers

February 3, 2020

The Networks Professional Development Program had some awesome visits with Pacers Sports and Entertainment and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance on Monday! It was a great opportunity to learn more about Indiana Farm Bureau and about how the Pacers Organization works behind the scenes. It was a great opportunity for all of us to learn and grow as business professionals!

Many thanks to our hosts Pacers Sports and Entertainment and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

NPDP Scholars at Pacers

Insurance Internships

January 28, 2020

Congratulations to Insurance and Risk Management students, Nathan Bromm and Zachary Holt for being named WSIA Interns! This highly competitive nine-week internship opportunity during summer 2020 offers students experience in both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the surplus lines marketplace.

Thank you to WSIA (Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association) for their support and offering wonderful experiential learning opportunities for Indiana State University - Scott College of Business Insurance students!

Another IRM student, Jackson Byrne (not pictured), has accepted a summer internship as an underwriter with Selective Insurance in Indianapolis, which he eagerly looking forward to.

Nathan Bromm &amp; Zachary Holt

Nathan Bromm & Zachary Holt

Welcome Back Ken Jones!

January 14, 2020

Ken (CPSM, C.P.M., CSP, PCQI, CLSSMBB) returns to the Scott College of Business and Operations and Supply Chain Management after a break of seven years.

With him comes 15 years of industry experience with companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Company, Rolls-Royce Aerospace, Roche Pharmaceuticals and Hillenbrand Industries.

Ken Jones

Faculty Impact

January 12, 2020

Students and alumni were asked to comment about a faculty or staff member at Indiana State who has impacted them…

Dr. Cetta DePaolo is an incredible teacher! Her real-world application of statistics has allowed me to excel in my career as a financial advisor, especially using spreadsheets. She’s fun, super smart, and just an overall awesome instructor! – Audra Dial

Kuntal Bhattacharyya, both Dr. McLarens, and Dr. Cetta DePaolo were four of the most influential people in my life when I was an undergrad. They pushed me in the direction I needed and helped me find the career path that was right for me. The supply chain program at ISU is unmatched and I am lucky to know each of these amazing people as a result of my time in the Scott College of Business. – Tyler Bouslog

Dr. Cetta DePaolo. Her classes helped train my brain to think critically when it comes to excel and analysis. I have received many compliments on my excel skills and analytical knowledge since I started in my role 1.5 years ago. I wouldn’t be prepared for the real word without her classes and all of her help! Thank you so much. – Nadia Snedeker

Judith Alletzhauser Brewer has walked with me every step of the way through my first degree and now as I work on my second. She is an amazing cheerleader for ALL of her students. She truly listens and would do anything for anyone! – Gabrielle Noel

Dr. Paul Schikora needs a shoutout here. I am so thankful that his classes are so relevant to what I do in my career today. FYI Dr. Schikora, I am now known as the “SAP Wizard” within my department at Kraft Heinz. My coworkers and managers always ask me where I got my skills and how I learned so fast, and I always mention that your class helped prepare me for the role! Now, I am helping to train others my tips and tricks so I don’t have to run reports for them. – Nadia Snedeker

There were so many wonderful faculty members at ISU who made a huge impact on my life. However, I thank Bruce McLaren and Connie Hollar McLaren for the impact they had on me. I do not even think I had either of the McLarens as instructors, but I grew close to them through the Networks Scholars Program. – April Huey

There are numerous professors and staff members within the Scott College of Business that prepared me for a career — thanks to Dr. McLaren, Dr Bhattacharyya, Dr DePaolo, Kim LaGrange and Michelle Reeson for being important guides in my academic and professional development. Because of STATE I am prepared for my career at Rolls-Royce. Thanks STATE and Supply Chain Program! – Kyle Varble

Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya was not only an excellent profession, but a mentor as well. I wouldn’t be where I am now without his support and time committed to developing and challenging students like me both inside and outside of the classroom. He has made a huge impact on my life even after I graduated from ISU — I am constantly using skills and life lessons I have learned from Dr. B in my career today. Well done, Dr. B. – Nadia Snedeker

Cetta DePaolo and Kuntal Bhattacharyya have made impact in my life and college carrer. I appreicate them both. They both truly care about their students. – Nick Cinati

Kuntal Bhattacharyya. This man was such an impact on me as a college student. He puts his heart and soul into his work and it shows in his classroom. He gets you ready for real life and for that he can’t be thanked enough. Thanks Dr. B!!! – Michael Jenkins

Bruce and Connie McLaren were like my second set of parents while I was at college. They cared so much about my development and made sure I was given every opportunity to succeed. They were with me on my first flight and my first trip overseas. They encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and open my eyes to the world. This has shaped who I am today and how I interact both personally and professionally with other people. – April Huey

Concetta DePaolo, Kuntal Bhattacharyya, Bruce and Constance McLaren, Judith Brewer, Paul Schikora, Kim LaGrange, Michelle Reeson

Top row: Concetta DePaolo, Kuntal Bhattacharyya, Bruce and Constance McLaren
Bottom row: Judith Brewer, Paul Schikora, Kim LaGrange, Michelle Reeson


January 10, 2020

Congratulations to Michelle Reeson and Drs. Kuntal Bhattacharyya and Aruna Chandrasekaran.

Michelle has been named as Director of the Meis Center, while Kuntal has been named Chair of the Marketing and Operations (MO) Department and Aruna is now Chair of the Management, Information Systems, and Business Education (MISBE) Department. Michelle will also remain as Assistant Director of Networks Financial Institute.

Michelle Reeson, Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya and Dr. Aruna Chandrasekaran