News 2022

Faculty and Staff Named by Students as Contributing to Success

June 20, 2022

Congratulations to the Scott College of Business faculty and staff listed below on being recognized in the Class of 2021 First Destination Survey as having contributed to student success at ISU! The Career Center collects post-graduation information from all graduating students.

Rachel Baird, Kuntal Bhattacharyya, Maureen Casile, Concetta DePaolo, Ricky Fergurson, Jeff Harper, Bahareh Javadizadeh, Ashley Layman, John Liu, Jin Park, Michelle Reeson, Joe Sanders, Paul Schikora, Milton Soto-Ferrari, Tammy Spivey, William Warfel, Sara Williams, Rebecca Wray, and Tarek Zaher.

Student success faculty and staff nominees

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Governor Holcomb Announces Rob Lowe as Indiana State Trustee

June 15, 2022

Rob LoweIndiana Governor Eric Holcomb has appointed ISU alumnus Robert “Rob” Lowe of Carmel, Indiana, to Indiana State University's Board of Trustees. He will serve on the Board until June 30, 2024.

Rob earned a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in human resource development from Indiana State. He is the Vice President of People and Culture for Republic Airways. In his role, he provides executive leadership for employee engagement, talent management, diversity, equity & inclusion, and culture alignment. 

Rob holds both an SPHR and SHRM-SCP certification. He is also a certified Circuit Court Mediator for the Florida Supreme Court. With over 20 years of experience, Rob has held leadership roles in Human Resources for several Fortune 500 companies including, Dean Foods, The Nature’s Bounty Company, Accenture, Cummins Engine Company, and Alcoa. Presently, Rob is a board member for the Indiana State University Foundation and a member of the Human Resources Development Program Advisory Board.

Project Stepping Stone

June 14, 2022

Yesterday, June 13 the college hosted more than 30 high school students from Project Stepping Stone of Indiana. The organization is part of the Escala Foundation and helps Indiana’s Latino students prepare for college and beyond by introducing them to potential careers and providing visits to several of Indiana’s leading college campuses and businesses.

Indiana State University’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Kathy Cabello, is President of the organization and helped host them on campus.

During their visit, Dean Terry Daugherty, Dr. Milton Soto-Ferrari, and Ms. Madison Marshall met with the students discussing the Scott College of Business, the importance of mentor relationships, and careers in business.  They also participated in an interactive new product development exercise led by Dr. Soto-Ferrari.

Project Stepping Stone students

Project Stepping Stone students

Indiana Governor’s Office Visits College

June, 10, 2022

Yesterday, staff of Indiana’s Governor’s Office visited the college. They were here to meet with West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center Director Courtney Richey and the International Outreach Network (ION) business advisor team within the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University.  The International Outreach Network is a $1 million funded program that provides business outreach services to black-owned, LBGTQIA+, rural, and veteran small business owners.

Anthony Phillips is the Deputy Chief and Executive Director of External Equity and Josie Fasoldt is the Chief Data and Strategy Officer.

Indiana Governors Office visit to the college

Left to Right: Dr. Terry Daugherty, Dean of Scott College of Business, Indiana State University; Mrs. Josie Fasoldt, Chief Data and Strategy Officer for the Office of Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity, State of Indiana; Mr. Anthony Phillips, Deputy Chief and Executive Director of External Equity for the Office of Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity, State of Indiana; and Ms. Courtney Richey, Director of West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center, Indiana State University

SCOB Celebrates DECA Students

March 26, 2022

The Scott College of Business strongly supports the Indiana DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) both locally and at state level. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

In recognition of this support both South and North Vigo High Schools invited Dean Terry Daugherty, the college’s mentoring coordinator, Madison Marshall, several students, and Sycamore Sam to attend both schools’ DECA banquets in celebration of the achievements of these local students.to help celebrate the success of their students at the recent state and international DECA conferences.

Madison Marshall said that “As a Terre Haute South alum and DECA participant, it is an honor to give back, through mentorship and professional development experiences, to an organization that has provided me with more than I can begin to express. I am proud to work for a college that values supporting our community and look forward to continuing this partnership with the local and statewide DECA chapters.”

Celebrating the DECA business students at SVHS and NVHS

Celebrating the DECA business students at SVHS and NVHS

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ISU Alumni Give $200,000 to Create Online MBA Scholarships

May 18, 2022

Indiana State University has received a $200,000 gift to create the Tim and Bobbie O’Neill Online MBA Scholarship. There will be 25 O’Neill Scholars each year, all of whom receive $1,000 scholarships.

Tim O’Neill served on ISU’s Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1995 and received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. He graduated in 1969 with a business degree and was a scholarship swimmer for ISU, serving as team captain his senior year. Bobbie O’Neill graduated in 1972 with a degree in elementary education.

Tim and Bobbie O'Neill

Tim and Bobbie O’Neill

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Faculty and Staff Receive Distinguished Service Awards

May 16, 2022

Congratulations to Associate Professor Emeritus Joe Harder; MBA Program Assistant Director Ashley Layman; and Associate Professor Jin Park for receiving Distinguished Service Awards from the Assessment Council for the university.

The Council’s charge is to shape institutional culture and the practice of assessment at Indiana State University in service of student learning, informed planning, and continuous improvement. Joe, Ashley, and Jin received this recognition for their valuable contributions involving the assurance of learning measurement process.

Joe Harder, Ashley Layman, and Jin Park

Students on Study Trip to Portugal

May 13, 2022

The purpose of the proposed short-term study trip to Portugal, May 10-23, 2022 is to gain conversancy with the environment for entrepreneurship in Portugal, focusing on the role played by the government, universities, and the private sector in the creation and growth of new ventures. We will also learn about the country’s unique history and culture by experiencing its food, music, and culture while learning about and visiting its rich historical sights. Students will learn about the micro and macro environments for business in Portugal through a range of visits that will provide a window into the successful Portuguese experiment for supporting and growing new ventures.

Students at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management

Students at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (LSEG)

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In the first days of the trip the group visited the Lisbon School of Economics and Management meeting with their director of Executive Education, Director of ISEG Executive Education, Filipa Cristovão, and young Portuguese entrepreneurs. They also visited Tec Labs - Centro de Inovação.

Alumnus Kyle Varble Named as one of Conexus Indiana's Rising 30

May 13, 2022

Kyle VarbleKyle Varble is a 2017 graduate of Indiana State University where he studied Operations and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Marketing. After graduating Kyle started work at Rolls Royce and Kyle has enjoyed a fast ascent, becoming the youngest Global Commodity Manager across Rolls-Royce’s international operations.

<< Read More >> << Michael Fillbrunn's Nomination of Kyle Varble (video) >>

Graduate Profile: Tammie Katin

May 9, 2022

Non-traditional student Tammie Katin graduated recently with a degree in Insurance and Risk Management and is already seeing the benefits. Tammie was recently promoted to Catalina Island Company’s director of risk management, and her expanded knowledge of insurance and risk management issues has given her more credibility with administrators and office co-workers. She is implementing more risk management practices within the company.

Tammie lives in California and was a distance student but traveled by train and car to attend the Commencement Ceremony on May 7, in person.

Tammie Katin

<< Full Story >> << Spring 2022 Graduation Reception >>

Trustee & Husband Give $200,000 to Fund IRM Faculty Fellow

May 6, 2022

Indiana State University trustee Kim Smith and her husband Steve Smith have given $200,000 to establish a named faculty fellow in the Insurance and Risk Management Department at the Scott College of Business.

The fund will be used to reward high-achieving faculty that are advancing the insurance and risk management profession and creating new and innovative ways to educate students.

Kim Smith is a 1977 magna cum laude graduate of ISU. She earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law and began her insurance career in 1980 as a claims attorney in Indianapolis.

Kim and Steve Smith

Kim and Steve Smith

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Alumni Awarded 2022 Community Impact Small Business of the Year!

May 6, 2022

3 Sisters Investments of Terre Haute, owned by ISU alums Tiffany and Mark Baker, received the 2022 Community Impact Small Business of the Year award. Founded in 2019, 3 Sisters Investments is a real estate company that creates community and family spaces in Terre Haute and named after the couple’s three young daughters. Tiffany graduated from the Scott College of Business (08) and Mark completed his degree from the College of Technology (07) at Indiana State University.

Tiffany and Mark Baker with the 3 Sisters

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Christian Hill Named as Commencement Speaker

May 6, 2022

Graduating student Christian Hill will be one of the speakers at the undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

A first-generation college student from Gary, Hill is graduating with a degree in finance with a concentration on financial analysis and investment management from the Scott College of Business. After graduating, he plans to pursue a master's degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education or African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Christian worked as Student-Staff Supervisor and Lead Academic Retention Coordinator for the Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center and was Director of News and Sports Operations Department for the campus radio station WZIS, 90.7FM.

Christian Hill

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Women in Business Roundtable

April 28, 2022

The Women in Business organization held a roundtable discussion on April 27, 2022. The event brought 8 amazing professionals together with our Scott College of Business students to discuss professional experiences while offering guidance on issues women face throughout their careers. Our Women in Business student organization is an important mentoring initiative made possible by benefactors Larry and Buffy Boulet. Mentoring Coordinator, Madison Marshall and the leadership team of the student organization planned and executed this professional development opportunity.

Women in Business Roundtable, April 2022

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Women in Business Students Attend National Association of Women Business Owners Luncheon

April 22, 2022

Scott College of Business Mentoring Coordinator, Madison Marshall, and 6 of our Women in Business student leaders attended the National Association of Women Business Owners Luncheon on April 20, in Indianapolis.

Thanks to the generous support of Kathy Cabello, President and CEO of Cabello Associates Inc., the students were given the opportunity to attend the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Luncheon, which was attended by a variety of women entrepreneurs and executives. She personally asked Women In Business, a new student organization from Scott College of Business, to be her guests and meet women business owners in the larger economic, social and political spheres as they were celebrating NAWBO’s 25th anniversary of supporting and advocating for women entrepreneurs. This event had a tremendous impact on the students' professional development. They had the opportunity to network with some of Indianapolis' most powerful women while enjoying a wonderful lunch and presentations as business leaders share their stories, challenges, and successful experiences.

As one of the students said, “It was such a wonderful and enriching experience to not only see those outstanding people but also to interact with them. I am both humbled and grateful for those moments and will make it my top priority to put into practice what I have learned on that day.”

Women in Business student leaders at the National Association of Women Business Owners Luncheon

Pictured at the event are Felicia Lawrence, Regina Warren, Tammy Butler, and Lotus Mallbris; as well as Women in Business executives.

<<NAWBO - Indianapolis Trailblazers 2022 Brochure >> << Photo Gallery >> << Women in Business pages >>

Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees

April 20, 2022

Last evening (April 19th), the Scott College of Business inducted 16 new members into its chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society. Evan Lunsford, Scott College of Business alum, was keynote speaker. His message to the members was to strive to be successful while giving back to those who support your success.

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a student of business can receive. Only the top 10 percent of the undergraduate class and 20 percent of the master’s students are selected for membership.

The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence, to advance the values of the society and to serve its lifelong members. Worldwide, there are more than 600 chapters and networking groups to connect with other BGS members. The BGS Alumni Network provides members with professional development opportunities and networking events as well as ways to participate in the community and with local business students.

Pictured with Dean Terry Daugherty, Linda Goodwin-Ross, Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty Advisor, Gabriele Burkhart, Chapter President and Elizabeth Baer, Chapter Secretary are: MBA Candidates, Youssef El Ouazzani, Lauren Kuckewich, Ping Lin, and David Somheil; Senior, Sandra Menkhaus; Juniors, Sydney Eisenmenger, Brock Bolinger, Grace Buswell, Audra Doedtman, Danielle Henning, Dylan Maupin, Charles Moskal, Malea Ramsey, and Lindsey White; and Sophomores, Joseph Mahern, and Megan Thompson.

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction, April 19, 2022

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Diversity in Business Symposium

April 19, 2022

The Scott College of Business Diversity in Business Symposium took place on Monday, April 18, 2022 in the Ken and Theresa Smith Magna Carta Courtroom, Federal Hall. This event brought together a diverse group of professionals to share their business experiences with our guests, including opportunities and challenges they have faced in supporting a more inclusive work environment. The event culminated with a keynote address from ISU alum Ms. Tiana Baker – Global Ecommerce Worldwide Account Manager for FedEx Corporation.

During the Symposium the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center received the Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. This recognized their efforts to create equity among resources for small business owners throughout the region.

Diversity in Business Symposium panelists, April 2022

Dean Terry Daugherty with the Diversity in Business Sympoium pannelists, Steve Canty, Maureen Biehl, Brian Jiminez, Candance Nortey, and Rana Johnson

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Sycamore Leaders Recognized

April 5, 2022

Outstanding Indiana State University student leaders, student organizations, and advisors were recognized at the Sycamore Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 3. Once again the Scott College of Business was well represented by our students.
Congratulations to these outstanding students on their achievements -

Elizabeth Baer - Hines Memorial Medal
Anne Bowen - Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior
Sam Bowen - Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior
Tessa Carr - Hines Memorial Medal
Kimberly Collins - Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior and Hines Memorial Medal
Noah Heim - Hines Memorial Medal
Jabrea Jones - Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Student Organization Leader

College Sycamore Leaders 2022

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Give to Blue Day: $1.3 Million Raised

March 17, 2021

Give to Blue Day 2022 Celebration

Indiana State University's fourth annual day of giving on Wednesday, March 16, resulted in $1,334,614 for the university, setting a single-day fundraising record.

A total of 1,845 donors from 50 U.S. states and seven countries contributed during the 24-hour fundraising event. The Scott College of Business raised $162,415 from 173 donors.

"It was an extraordinary day for Indiana State University, and we extend our sincere appreciation to all who made a gift on Give to Blue Day," said President Deborah J. Curtis. "It was gratifying to see so many Sycamores come together for events here on campus and in the local community to support ISU.”

Give to Blue Day 2022 Recap

<< Give to Blue Day page >> << Give to Blue Day news >>

Alumnus Jason Paul Hendrickson

March 14, 2022

Jason HendricksonWe are very sorry to report that one of our graduates, Jason Hendrickson died last Wednesday aged just 40. After graduating in 2003 with a degree in Business Education he started teaching business at Danville Community High School and just three years after that received the Emerging Professional Award from the Indiana Business Educators Association.

Jason was a member of Indiana Business Education Association, National Business Education Association, and Indiana State Advisor to Business Professionals of America.

Our condolences to his family and friends.

<< Jason's Obituary >>

Alumnus Creates Business Scholarship

March 10, 2022

Indiana State University alumnus and Sullivan, Indiana, native James "Jim" Lear has created the James and Wanda Lear Family Business Scholarship. The scholarship will provide support to students who, much like Lear, are from Sullivan or Vigo County and are studying business at Indiana State University.

"My wife Wanda and I saw in our lifetimes how important it was to have a college education," Lear said, "Knowing how expensive a college education can be, I feel every little bit can help."
After graduating from Indiana State in 1950, Lear built a successful career in banking, creating connections across the Terre Haute and Sullivan communities for nearly 40 years.

"Jim Lear's impact on the local community has been tremendous, and it will continue to grow through this scholarship," said Terry Daugherty, Dean of the Scott College of Business. "He is not only creating positive change in the lives of current students but inspiring them to be engaged leaders within their communities as well."

"May you go on to do great things and remember those individuals and institutions that helped you along the way," said James.

Wanda and James Lear

Wanda and James Lear

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College Sponsors Indiana DECA Conference

March 7, 2022

The Scott College of Business is sponsoring the 2022 IN DECA State Career Development Conference this week in Indianapolis! Dean Terry Daugherty gave the opening address Sunday evening before a sizable audience of student competitors, coaches, judges and other participants. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Students are competing this week to qualify for DECA's International Career Development Conference. Best of luck to all the competitors! "I have been very impressed so far with the participation of high school students, our presence and exposure from our sponsorship, and the overall quality." said Dean Terry Daugherty.

DECA Conference, Indianapolis, March 6, 2022

DECA Conference, Indianapolis, March 6, 2022

Marketing Professor Wins Award; Features in Video

March 7, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Ricky Fergurson on being awarded the 2022 Lou E. Pelton Early Career Excellence Award at the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators Conference in New Orleans. The conference took place on March 2-5, 2022.

Dr Ricky Fergurson Accepting his award

Dr. Ricky Fergurson accepting his award

A few weeks previously, Dr. Fergurson was featured in the Understanding Customer Perceptions of Salesperson Attributes video produced by the Direct Selling Education Foundation of which Dr. Fergurson is a Fellow.

Video by the Direct Selling Education Foundation featuring Dr. Ricky Fergurson

Indiana State Awarded The First-gen Forward Designation

March 4, 2022

Dean Terry Daugherty and the First-Gen certificateThe Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, has recognized Indiana State University with The First-gen Forward designation.

This designation identifies ISU among the institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. As a result, ISU will receive professional development and community-building experiences, and access to the center's research and resources for its faculty and staff.

"One of my greatest pride points for Indiana State is the university’s love and celebration of first-generation college students. ISU embraces this designation and asks students to wear it like a badge of honor. I believe this stems from a commitment to transform the lives of all Sycamores. As a first-generation student, I am delighted by the national recognition the university received from the Center for First-generation Student Success." - Terry Daugherty, dean, Scott College of Business.

Jared Ell wrote that "As a first-gen college grad myself this is such a fantastic distinction! Being able to work with other first-gen students was one of my favorite parts of working at ISU! I'm a proud alum today seeing ISU get this well-deserved recognition!"

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Victree Place in Selective Insurance College Competition

February 28, 2022

A BIG congratulations to the Indiana State University team, VicTree Insurance, for placing 2nd in the Selective Insurance College Competition on Friday, February 25, 2022.

Kudos to the team members (pictured below left to right): Bryce McLeish, Noah Heim, Anne Bowen, MaKenzie Quissell, Gabe Youngblood, and Kyle Koch for a fantastic performance and hard work during the four-week virtual competition!

A huge thank you to the team mentor and Indiana State University - Scott College of Business alumnus, Scott D. Johnson with Healy Group for providing guidance and advice throughout the competition.

The VicTree Team

Faculty Research

February 24, 2022

The Scott College of Business on Wednesday (yesterday) hosted an event to recognize its faculty members' recent intellectual contributions. Sixteen faculty members published peer-reviewed journal articles and nine of them spoke at the event to describe their research.

Special recognition went to Ricky Fergurson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing and Operations, for his article, "Salesperson Attributes that Influence Consumer Perceptions of Sales Interactions" in the Journal of Consumer Marketing. This journal is among the top-tier publications in the field.

Dr. Ricky Fergurson and ISU Provost Dr. Christopher Olsen

Dr. Ricky Fergurson and ISU Provost Dr. Christopher Olsen

Of NASDAQ, Buttonwoods and Limestone

February 22, 2022

On Friday, February 18, 2022 Indiana State alumnus Michael Alkire, ’85 (Computer Science), President & CEO of Premier Inc., led the ringing of the Nasdaq Stock Market opening bell at the Nasdaq headquarters in Times Square, New York.

Michael Alkire ringing the bell at NASDAQ to start the day's trading

Michael Alkire ringing the bell at NASDAQ to start the day's trading

Michael was named as an Indiana State Distinguished Alumni in September 2021.

The Buttonwood Agreement is the founding document of what is now New York Stock Exchange and is one of the most important financial documents in U.S. history. The agreement organized securities trading in New York City and was signed on May 17, 1792 between 24 stockbrokers outside of 68 Wall Street. According to legend the signing took place under a buttonwood tree where their earliest transactions had occurred. The New York Stock Exchange celebrates the signing of this agreement as its founding.

On the north side of Federal Hall, the home of the Scott College of Business, is a sculpture named Under the Buttonwood. As part of Indiana State University the sculpture was named that to celebrate the college’s links with business and because another name for the Buttonwood tree is the Sycamore!

The sculpture was placed there in September 2012, after alumna Sherry Mills Hockemeyer created the Business Permanent Art Collection Fund. An anonymous gift to that led to the commissioning of the sculpture by Tell City artist Greg Harris.

Under the Buttonwood

Under the Buttonwood

The sculpture is created from Indiana Limestone and comes from the same quarry that was originally used to extract the rock that covers Federal Hall. The Indiana Limestone field starts just north of Bloomington and runs southeast to just south of Bedford and contains 45 billion tons of high grade limestone.

'Wall Street' by Jack Hackney

A photograph entitled "Wall Street" by Jack Hackney taken at a Bedford quarry.

These same quarries provided the limestone used to clad the Empire State Building and the Pentagon.

<< Distinguished Alumni Award Winners >> << Sherry Mills Hockemeyer >> << Under the Buttonwood >>

Students Excel at Selling with the Bulls

February 21, 2022

Five students of the Sales and Negotiations Center Sales Team under the leadership of Professor Ricky Fergurson racked up an impressive eight awards at the University of South Florida Selling with the Bulls competition. Between them the team came away with:

Second place Team Bull award - First Flight
Second place Top Bull (individual) award - First flight - Hannah Rickett
Fourth place Top Bull (individual) award - First flight - Natalie Mauk
Winners Circle Award: Hannah Rickett and Natalie Mauk
First place -Voicemail award - Connor Lash
Second Place - Networking award - Hannah Rickett
Fifth place - LinkedIn award - Rachel Hildebrand

Dr. Fergurson said that “I could not be more excited for these students after seeing all of their hard work in preparing for “The toughest test in sales” pay off in such a big way for them. Additionally, they all had a chance to connect with some great companies during the two days competing and networking.”

All the team members, Brin Bair, Connor Lash, Rachel Hildebrand, Natalie Mauk, and Hannah Rickett found it an amazing experience and are rightly proud of their achievements.

Selling with the Bulls is an annual sales competition hosted by the University of South Florida, Tampa, and is considered the most challenging of student sales competitions. This year's competition was held on February 17/18, 2022.

Selling with the Bulls SNC Sales Team

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Alumni Profile: Bo Turner '17 (Marketing)

February 16, 2022

On starting at Indiana State, Bo Turner qualified as both a President’s and Networks Scholar. Upon embarking on her college career, she enrolled in the Scott College of Business and got a student job working in the University Marketing department. She helped generate social media content, making videos and monitoring analytics.

In 2020, Bo took the leap to leave Indiana State and become co-owner of a marketing service called BoCo Collective. Her company serves other small business owners in the Terre Haute area, among other locations. Bo called her departure from State ‘bittersweet.’

Bo Turner

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Scott College Alumnus Rob Lowe to Speak at College of Technology

February 11, 2022

Rob LoweIndiana State alumnus and human resources executive Rob Lowe, '92, GR '97, is the speaker of the upcoming College of Technology Speaker Series event in honor of Black History Month. The event is 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. on February 18 via Zoom.

The presentation topic is the ABCs of Success: Your Ambition and Your Attitude; Your Brand and Your Benevolence; Your Circle and Your Commitment.

Rob Lowe earned a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in human resource development from Indiana State. He is the Vice President of People and Culture for Republic Airways. In his role, he provides executive leadership for employee engagement, talent management, diversity, equity & inclusion, and culture alignment.

Rob holds both an SPHR and SHRM-SCP certification. He is also a certified Circuit Court Mediator for the Florida Supreme Court. With over 20 years of experience, Rob has held leadership roles in Human Resources for several Fortune 500 companies including, Dean Foods, The Nature’s Bounty Company, Accenture, Cummins Engine Company, and Alcoa. Presently, Rob is a board member for the Indiana State University Foundation and a member of the Human Resources Development Program Advisory Board.

He was the alumni speaker during the December 2019 commencement and in February 2022 was a speaker in the College of Technology Speaker Series presenting on the ABC’s of Success; Your Ambition and Your Attitude, Your Brand and Your Benevolence, and Your Circle and Your Commitment.

<< COT Speaker Flyer >> << College of Technology website >>

Women in Business: Leslie Loveless

February 5, 2022

Introducing the first Women in Business guest speaker Leslie Loveless!

Leslie Loveless

Leslie Loveless, CEO and Partner at Slone Partners, and Indiana State alumna

Women in Business are holding a speaker meeting on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 4:00 - 6:00pm in the Smith Magna Carta Room of Federal Hall.

The meeting will feature:

  • Networking with fellow members and Leslie Loveless
  • Leadership presentation
  • WiB action items

Leslie Loveless

Leslie will discuss leadership and career development with you. She brings more than 20 years of industry experience to executive search firm Slone Partners, where she focuses on cultivating new business partnerships and expanding relationships with existing clients. Leslie joined the firm in 2007, became Chief Operating Officer in 2014, and CEO in 2016. Prior to Slone Partners, she led a successful career in healthcare sales with Quest Diagnostics and AmeriPath.

Leslie graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from ISU and earned a master’s degree in English from Butler University.

<< Women in Business pages >>

IRM Students Win Clements Worldwide Business Plan Competition

February 4, 2022

A fantastic showing by our Insurance and Risk Management program students yesterday during the Clements Worldwide Business Plan Competition.

1st Place and a $2,500 prize went to Julia Sonntag, Jillian Turner, Grace Longyear, Hailey Tonsor for their “Breaking the Insurance Barrier: Developing the Clements Worldwide App.”

Taking second place and a $1,500 prize were Anne Bowen and Noah Heim with “Building the Insurance Talent Pipeline.”

Clements Worldwide Winning Students 2022

During the last two months, teams of 2-4 students researched and developed ideas for a new product, service, or solution for the insurance and risk management industry, and on Feb. 4, presented them via Zoom to Clements Worldwide President and CEO Tarun Chopra and a team of Clements Worldwide judges.

Clements Worldwide Business Plan Competition

Following the students' success, Tarun Chopra, CEO of Clements Worldwide said that "Indiana State University has a robust risk management program and the students are really exceptional. The presentations were thorough, informative and inspirational."

“The Clements Worldwide Competition was a wonderful opportunity that provided unique hands-on experience,” Sonntag said. “The competition allowed us to utilize creativity and classroom knowledge to find a solution to an ongoing problem facing the insurance industry.”

“Having a partner like Clements Worldwide, who is interested in hearing from students and promoting experiential learning opportunities, is a fantastic relationship for us to have,” Heim said. “These types of experiences have been priceless to my development as a professional and will continue to be critical in helping future Sycamores develop their skills.”

12 Under 40 Awardees Ties to Indiana State

February 3, 2022

Several of the winners of this years’ Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and Tribune Star’s "12 Under 40" awards have ties to Indiana State University. The full list of awardees can be seen on the can be seen on the Chamber of Commerce website. Congratulations to all the awardees and we are sure we will be hearing more of you all in the future.

Those with ties to Indiana State University are:

Mark & Tiffany Baker - Mark graduated in 2007 from Indiana State and tiffancy in 2008.
Jessica Crawford - Jessica graduated in 2016 wit ha degree in Marketing.
Bryan Horsman - Bryan graduated in 2015 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Dianne Powell - Dianne works at Indiana State as Associate Director of University Communications
Tyler and Tiffany Woodward - Tyler graduated in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration

12 Under 40 with ties to Indiana State

<< 12 Under 30 Awardees >>

Indiana DECA Visits Indiana State

The Scott College of Business at Indiana State University is proud to support the Indiana DECA high school organization. DECA was founded in 1946 to impact the lives of students by providing curricular programs that integrate applied learning in marketing, business management, finance, and hospitality & tourism through competition and community engagement.

Indiana State recently hosted the DECA Indiana District 7 Competition, which involved students competing in written and interactive components judged by industry professionals. District 7 includes high schools from Clay, Greene, Owen Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties.

According to Dean Terry Daugherty, “DECA is an amazing organization that significantly impacts the career readiness of students interested in business. It is always fun to host students on campus and we are grateful for District 7 Coordinator Gen Craft’s (and SCOB ISU alum – Go Sycamores!) leadership.” Ms. Craft teaches business at Terre Haute South Vigo High School.

Indiana DECA visits Indiana State, spring 2022'

Madison Marshall, Scott College of Business Mentoring Coordinator, presenting to District 7 participants at Indiana State University.

Indiana State Title Sponsors for IMA Briefing

January 12, 2022

Brian BurtonOn Wednesday, January 12, Indiana State University served as the Title Sponsor for the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) 2022 Legislative Briefing & Reception at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis. The event featured a Q&A discussion with Governor Eric Holcomb and IMA President/CEO Brian Burton – who is an alum of the Scott College of Business ('81, Business Marketing)(Pictured left). Overviews of bills being considered by the Indiana legislature this session were also covered explaining the impact they may have on the manufacturing community.

IMA 2022 Briefing

Left to Right: Clint Weddle – Corporate & Foundation Development Director; Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya – Executive Director of Graduate Programs; Dr. Jason Trainer – Vice Provost of Enrollment Management; Dr. Terry Daugherty – Dean of Scott College of Business; Dr. Nesli Alp – Dean of College of Technology; and Dr. Paul Schikora – Chair of Marketing & Operations Department.

Students Awarded IRM Scholarships

January 2022

Congratulations to two Indiana State IRM Program students, Anne Bowen on being named this year's Leman Family Scholarship recipient, and Fatima Sanusi Sowemimo AIC, AINS on being named this year's Gibson ISU Alumni Scholarship recipient!

Anne is an Insurance and Risk Management Major and SGA Vice President, as well as Commission Member and Secretary for Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

The Leman Family Scholarship was established in 2003 by Tim Leman, Kimra Leman, Gary Leman, and Jonathan Leman, CFP®, AIF® to provide an endowed annual scholarship to attract and assist qualified female students in their pursuit of an insurance and risk management degree at ISU.

The Leman Family Scholarship has allowed me as an IRM student to pursue countless opportunities within the classroom and industry," says Bowen. "I am thrilled to be named a Leman Family Scholar and I look forward to continuing to engage with this unique program as a student, professional, and advocate for the insurance industry."

Fatima Sanusi Sowemimo AIC, AINS received the Gibson ISU Alumni Scholarship! Fatima is a nontraditional student who currently works as a claims handler for Zurich Insurance Company Ltd in the Greater Chicago area.

The Gibson ISU Alumni Scholarship was established to provide support to minorities majoring or minoring in the insurance and risk management program in the Scott College of Business and to establish philanthropy by ISU alumni that work for Gibson.

Congratulations Anne and Fatima!

Anne Bowen and Fatima Sanusi Sowemimo

(Story and image from gibson)

Dr. Kelly Wilkinson and Dr. David Robinson

January 5, 2022

The college is losing two well-respected members of faculty this month.

Dr. David Robinson is retiring from Indiana State after 16 years. Retirement is always something that deserves to be celebrated and we hope to see David around Federal Hall in the future. While here David introduced some great innovations for our students such as the Executive Express Café and Sycamore Business Advisors.

Dr. Kelly Wilkinson is leaving Indiana State University at the end of January after 19 years of service. Kelly has been named the new Dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University. Kelly has impacted the lives of thousands of students during her career at Indiana State while helping to elevate the college to be among the best business schools worldwide. This is a tremendous opportunity for Kelly, but we are going to miss her spirit tremendously.

Dr. Kelly Wilkinson and Dr. David Robinson

Dr. Kelly Wilkinson and Dr. David Robinson