News 2023

Visiting Professor Violete Vidaček Hainš

July 19, 2023

The Scott College of Bsiness is pleased to welcome Dr. Violete Vidaček Hainš. Violete is joining us a visiting professor from the Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI), University of Zagreb, Varaždin, Croatia and is teaching Business Report Writing courses.

Assistant Professor Ricky Fergurson spent a month as a visiting lecturer at FOI in June and the collaboration was further developed by Dr. Aruna Chandra, supported by Dean Terry Daugherty and  Provsot Dr. Christopher J. Olsen and with the approval of the FOI Administration headed by the dean prof. Ph.D. Ninom Begičević Ređep and with the organizational support of Associate Prof. Ph.D. Igora Balaban , vice dean for science, projects and international cooperation.

Visiting professor Violeta Vidaček Hainš

Visiting professor Violeta Vidaček Hainš (center)

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High School Students Network at SCOB

July 13, 2023

On July 12, in the Magna Carta Room in the Scott College of Business, professionals from Indiana State University and around the Wabash Valley, some of which are alums of ISU, met with 17 high school students to network and give professional advice.

The students were part of a seminar in the summer Honors College program, business communication professional success, and were from Indiana and Illinois. The ambitious leaders had several interests, including entrepreneurship, real estate, forensics, and more.

High School students networking at SCOB

At Wednesday’s event, industry professionals sat at different tables as groups of students moved from one table to another to get firsthand knowledge about ISU, what it’s like to pursue careers in various fields, and worked on their conversation skills. Jennifer Mullen, Senior Instructor, College of Arts and Sciences, coordinated the event.

High school student networking professionals

Dennis Bialaszewski

June 27, 2023

Dennis BialaszewskiIt is with deep regret that we announce the death of Dennis Bialaszewski. Dennis was born on March 4, 1947 in Dunkirk, New York.

Dennis received his bachelor's degree from Canisius College, and master's and doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His doctoral thesis area was in econometrics.

After joining the faculty at the Scott College of Business in 1984, he was co-founder and co-sponsor of Management Information Systems Association (MISA) which he formed with James Buffington in the spring of 1990, as well as the chapter of Alpha Iota Mu. Dennis and James wrote a short paper about Alpha Iota Mu.

In spring 1992, he received the Professional Productivity Award from the School of Business at Indiana State. In 2016, Dennis was the recipient of the Scott College of Business Exemplary Scholarship Award, based upon his research productivity over the previous 5 years.

Dennis was also Past President of the International Academy for Information Management. He also served as co-editor of the Journal of Education for MISd.

Dennis is also very active within The Ryves Community Optimist Club which was formed specifically to help with projects in the Ryves Neighborhood, focused on the area's children.

Dennis retired in 2018 and passed away on June 23, 2023. Our condolences to his wife Marsha, daughter Jessica Rose and Dennis’ other family and friends.

SBDC Staff Highlight: Jackie Ruff

LGBTQ+-Owned Business Advisor

June 26, 2023

Jackie RuffJacqueline (Jackie) Ruff, the LGBTQ+-Owned Business Advisor at the West Central Indiana ISBDC, is an entrepreneur leveraging her wealth of experience from a decade-long tenure as the Owner/Operator/General Manager of Fifi's Lunch Box Inc. to empower current and future business owners throughout West Central Indiana. Jackie works closely with the Pride Center of Terre Haute to support the LGBTQ+ Business Coalition as well as to introduce innovative new opportunities such as Pride Pitch, a business pitch competition for entrepreneurs from the West Central LGBTQ+ community, and Rainbow Marketplace, community celebration and expo for LGBTQ+-owned businesses. Jackie is also serves as a lead facilitator for the recently-announced Pride in the Workplace Business Allyship Program - a collaboration between the Pride Center of Terre Haute and the West Central ISBDC.

Jackie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Technology and Industrial Development, an Associate's Degree in Business Administration, and was a member of the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team which competed nationally during her college years. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Jacqueline is also passionate about animal welfare, community service, vinyl records from the 1970s to 1990s, traveling, cooking and spending time with family.

The West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), housed at the Scott College of Business, was the proud recipient of a $1 million grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Community Navigator Pilot Program in late 2021. This grant facilitated the creation of the Intentional Outreach Network (ION), which is committed to providing essential outreach services to disadvantaged and underserved businesses in seven counties across West Central Indiana. The grant enabled the West Central ISBDC to hire business advisors and outreach representatives who are dedicated to offering support to LBGTQ+-owned, veteran-owned, Black-owned, rural-located and COVID-19 impacted businesses. The ION's goal is to close gaps in knowledge and opportunity so that all small businesses have a fair chance of success.

Project Stepping Stone Visits Indiana State University

June 15, 2023

On Wednesday, June 14th, the Scott College of Business welcomed 65 high school students from Project Stepping Stone of Indiana. Project Stepping Stone is part of the Escala Foundation. They help 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 the organization's President.

Kicking off their visit, President Curtis, Dean Terry Daugherty, and Professor Milton Soto-Ferrari discussed opportunities available at ISU and careers in business. They led students through an interactive new product development exercise.

"Engaging with Project Stepping Stone students has been profoundly inspirational. Their determination and resilience in overcoming challenges, matched by a thirst for knowledge, is a potent reminder of the transformative power of education. As a Latino professor, seeing their potential unfold fills me with immense pride and hope for our future," states Dr. Milton Soto-Ferrari.

Faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences (Dr. Lucy Campbell) and staff from both admissions and student life were also significantly involved during their visit.

Project Stepping Stone

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Darwin McCallian Makes $1.225 million Gift to SCOB

Gift will be used to further student experiences and faculty excellence 

June 12, 2023

Darwin McCallianDarwin McCallian, a 1975 alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, has stepped up during the Be So BOLD fundraising campaign to support Sycamores for years to come.

McCallian graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Indiana State University. During his time as a student, he was regularly involved in campus activities such as Theater, Blue Berets, Tandemonia, Campus Revue, and Songfest.

In 1981, he received his MBA from the University of Baltimore. During his professional career, McCallian worked in various roles at the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Justice Department, and the Treasury Department before retiring in 2008.

“As a university, we are fortunate to have thoughtful donors and alums, like Darwin, who truly care about our students’ future. The Darwin McCallian Executive Leadership Forum Endowment and Darwin McCallian Endowed Professor of Business will be fundamental pieces of our experiential learning process while providing valuable resources to the next generation of business leaders. Indiana State University is sincerely grateful for this wonderful gift,” said Dr. Deborah Curtis, ISU President.

$225,000 of his gift will establish the Darwin McCallian Executive Leadership Forum Endowment. This forum will bring influential thought leaders to the Scott College of Business (SCOB) to share their leadership philosophy, business expertise, professional experiences, and career journeys with students, faculty, and the campus community.

“Through thoughtful collaboration with Dean Daugherty, we were able to create a forum that will significantly expand the traditional classroom experience, which is something I have been dreaming of since the 1970s,” said Darwin McCallian. “It is my hope that future speakers will be graduates of the Scott College of Business who had attended earlier forums when they were students and grew into well-rounded professionals in the business world.”

The remaining $1 million of his gift is a commitment in his estate and will establish the Darwin McCallian Endowed Professor of Business.

“Establishing a professorship in business bestows a level of prestige that is unique and tremendously valuable for the college long-term, and the McCallian Executive Leadership Forum will bring influential industry professionals to campus that share their knowledge with our current students,” said Scott College of Business Dean Terry Daugherty.

In consort with the Darwin McCallian Executive Leadership Forum, this endowed position aims to raise the visibility and stature of Indiana State University and the Scott College of Business.

“As I look back on my education at ISU, it is apparent the professors I had impacted my success the most. I wanted to find a way to grant current students a similar experience, and creating the Darwin McCallian Endowed Professor of Business is my way of accomplishing that,” McCallian said. “This professorship enriches the student experience, brings visibility to the SCOB, and sets Indiana State apart as a university of choice for future business leaders.”

The Darwin McCallian Endowed Professor of Business will support faculty in the SCOB while allowing the Dean to honor or recruit a highly qualified faculty member to further promote Indiana State University’s excellence in instruction and research.

“Because of Darwin’s generosity, the Scott College of Business will influence student success for generations,” stated Dean Daugherty. “Great business education involves an all-encompassing experience that happens both inside and outside the classroom, which is exactly his vision for this gift.”

Working together, both of McCallian’s endowments will enhance the student experience for Sycamores on a degree path in the SCOB.

“Darwin McCallian is a Sycamore to the core. He has continuously given back to his alma mater and is being bold in his support of Scott College of Business students,” said Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation Andrea Angel. “Darwin sees the importance of providing resources, like additional learning experiences and world-renowned faculty, to further enhance the education provided at Indiana State. His continued generosity is sincerely appreciated.

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OSCM Program Featured by Conexus Indiana

June 12, 2023

The first in of a series of articles highlighting the work of Indiana’s post-secondary institutions in retaining advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) graduates in the state by Conexus Indiana featured Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya and the Scott College of Business' Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) program.

The article explains how Indiana is a state where advanced manufacturing and logistics account for nearly 31% of GDP, Bhattacharyya – better known as “Dr. B” – believes one key to improving retention is exposing students to the innovative and entrepreneurial makers and movers that operate in Indiana. That’s why every spring you will find Dr. B taking seniors in the Supply Chain Management program at Indiana State University on a tour of Indiana advanced manufacturing and logistics companies.

Most important, perhaps, Dr. B works to create a program specifically tailored to appeal to the expectations of the next generation entering the workforce. He appreciates that up-and-coming generations are technologically fluent and that they seek to work with organizations that align with their values. “For example, when I graduated, the only thing I cared about was a good-paying job,” he says. “I can’t tell you how many students today give up on lucrative offers because they don’t match with things like their notions of sustainability.”

OSCM and MBA students visit Endress + Hauser

OSCM and MBA students visit Endress + Hauser

<< ISU program gives students reason to stay in Indiana (Laura Miller, Conexus Indiana, June 9, 2023) >>

Associate Dean Presents Papers to HRD Conference

June 8, 2023

Associate Dean Cindy Crowder in IrelandDr. Cindy Crowder, Associate Dean of the Scott College of Business, traveled to Dublin, Ireland in early June to present three peer-reviewed manuscripts, written with Indiana State students in the HRD program. The following research was presented at the University Forum of Human Resource Development Conference:

Women in the Congolese workplace: A study of marginalization in the workplace and society, co-authored with Ms. Choudelle Kasunka 

Assessing impacts of generalisation diversity on employee motivation: A case study in Saudi Arabia, co-authored with Mr. Jaber Alfaifi

A quest for technological and policy solutions for organisations in least developed countries (LDCS) to become learning organisations: the case of the travel and tourism industry in Ethiopia, co-authored with Dr. Yilekal Fisseha Beyene

The UFHRD is an international association for universities, reflective practitioners, and learning oriented organisations. The Forum’s mission is to create, develop and inform leading–edge HRD theories and practices by promoting professionally-focused qualifications, co-operative research initiatives, consultancy interventions. It seeks to promote wide discussion and debate about human resource development from a range of perspectives: individual, group and organisational.

SCOB Professor is Visiting Professor to Zagreb, Croatia

June 8, 2023

Assistant Professor Ricky Fergurson has spent a month as a visiting lecturer at Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb. This visit is a result of bilateral cooperation between Indiana State University and University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, and we hope it is just the beginning of a successful academic cooperation story.

Professor Fergurson specializes in marketing and operations and has been incredibly cooperative, open-minded, and friendly. Due to his active involvement, we kept him quite busy. The professor delivered lectures in six different courses at both the bachelor and master level, Informatics and Economics study programs.

Additionally, he delivered a keynote speech at FOI International Days 2023 where he also participated as a panelist, as well as presented and participated at the 11th Students' Research Symposium. Thank you for being so engaged!

Throughout his time at FOI, he had the opportunity to shortly visit various parts of Croatia, including Međimurje County, the capital city of Zagreb, the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes, as well as the charming cities of Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik.

FOI students and staff have developed a strong fondness for this special guest.

Dr. Fergurson in Zagreb

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Alumna Profile: Brooklyn Samm ’17 (Accounting)

June 8, 2023

Brooklyn SammThis Indiana State University alumna is an accountant turned entrepreneur who owns Blue Water Rafting, a company that takes locals and tourists on whale watching and snorkeling tours in the beautiful island of Hawaii. Her work in accounting combined with her love for adventure has taken this Sycamore to work and live all over the world, including New Zealand and Australia.

Brooklyn says that “I recently bought Blue Water Rafting, the company I worked for, in February of 2023. The company has been around since 1985. I am now the Chief Executive Officer of this company and own 100% of the shares. I oversee everything inside the company. The company offers whalewatching tours and snorkeling tours. I worked for almost a year getting my loan approved with the SBA. It has been my greatest accomplishment thus far.”

And as for Indiana State University and the Scott College of Business, she says “Indiana State University prepared me in many ways. I gained structure with myself. I gained professionalism from my professors. I was able to practice on my social skills with all of my colleagues. ISU helped me gain the knowledge I needed to follow my dreams. I always think back on a class I had in the Scott College of Business where we, as students, ran the café and did a presentation at the end. I was in charge of the accounting for the café. It was so fun to see all of my colleagues working together in a real-life scenario running a café.”

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Faculty Spotlight: Szufang Chuang

June 7, 2023

Szufang ChuangDr. Szufang Chuang is an associate professor of Human Resource Development for Higher Education and Industry at Indiana State. When she moved to the United States from Taiwan in 1999, she wondered how she could blend her traditional Taiwanese cultures and educational philosophy with her new surroundings. "The Taiwanese and American heritages and cultures together made me who I am today – a multicultural and open-minded person,” says Chuang.

In the classroom, Chuang introduces her students to different cultures, a practice inspired and informed by her own blended influences. “Being exposed to different cultures allows me to develop a cross-cultural competence and growth mindset that are important for faculty and Human Resources professionals these days,” she explains. 

“I value equity, justice, and social responsibility as crucial factors in my life, purpose, and career goals. I commit myself to promoting and practicing these values through my research, teaching, and service activities,” she says. With her students, Chuang organizes class sessions to value and respect the diverse thoughts, ideas, and opinions her students bring into the class. In addition, Chuang favors classroom dynamics that inspire dialogue and foster student input. Human Resource Development students prepare to become leaders in higher education, industry fields, business, government, and other agencies. Chuang encourages her students to be self-driven, independent learners while also asking questions.

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Indiana State Mourns Loss of Alumni, Great Educators

June 6, 2023

The Indiana State University community mourns the loss of Dr. Ronald L. Baker and Gerald Lamkin, two men who were proud alums of ISU and respected leaders in their communities.

Gerald Lamkin

Gerald LamkinGerald Lamkin is credited for being one of the most influential leaders in Ivy Tech Community College’s history. He served as president of the school for 40 years, from 1983 to 2007. During his tenure, the college’s enrollment grew from 45,000 students to over 120,000 across 13 regions. 

Lamkin was born in Rising Sun, Indiana, in 1936; after graduating high school, he joined the Air Force. He would earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana State in business education. His impressive career included work for St. Louis Public Schools, the Ford Foundation Project, Ford Motor Co, and more.

Lamkin was a five-time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, which is granted by the governor for distinguished service, and an ISU Distinguished Alumni. 

Ronald L. Baker

Ronald BakerDr. Ronald L. Baker is remembered as a folklorist, historian, scholar, author, and lover of jazz, baseball, and his dogs.

Baker was born in Indianapolis in 1937. In 1960, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana State University, a master’s degree in philosophy from ISU in 1961, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1969.

His educational career began at ISU in 1966, where he rose through the ranks to become a professor and chair of the English Department for 26 years before his retirement in 2006. He also taught English classes at Indiana University Fort Wayne and Indiana University Bloomington. 

Baker’s dedication to research has been recognized with prestigious accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the History and Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society in 1988, the Indiana State University Research and Creativity Award in 1990, and ISU’s Presidential Medal in recognition of exemplary performance as a faculty member in 2000. 

President of Indiana State University, Dr. Deborah Curtis: “We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of Dr. Ron Baker and Gerald Lamkin. Both men served their communities as dedicated educators and impacted the lives of countless students. They represented our University with dignity, class, and truly embodied what it means to be a Sycamore.”

SCOB Alumna Appointed to ISU Board of Trustees

June 5, 2023

On Thursday, June 1, Governor Eric Holcomb announced the reappointment and addition of members to Indiana State University’s Board of Trustees.

Kathleen Cabello of Indianapolis, Ind., and Robert (Bob) Casey of Westfield, Ind., will serve another four-year term. Additionally, Holcomb appointed Cheryl Roberson to a four-year term and Kate VanHyfte as the new Student Trustee to a two-year term.

President of Indiana State University, Dr. Deborah Curtis: “I’m thrilled by this announcement. Kathy and Bob have been fundamental to the success of Indiana State University during their time on the board, and I know they’ll continue to help advance our great University. ISU proudly welcomes Cheryl and Kate to the Board of Trustees. Their creativity and professional backgrounds are what ISU needs as we continue to serve our students and community to the best of our ability. The Board fills an important role at our University; only the best are called upon to serve on it.”

Cabello is the President of Cabello Associates, Inc., and Casey heads the department of global security with Eli Lilly and Company. VanHyfte is a sophomore psychology and biology double major from Zionsville, Ind.

Mrs. Roberson is a 1990 alumna of the Scott College of Business and currently serves as the Program Director of the Joint Strike Fighter team for Rolls-Royce Corporation and is from Mooresville, Ind. Cheryl is a certified Project Management Professional. While at ISU, Cheryl held several leadership positions, including vice president of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Cheryl also joined the Advisory Board of the College of Technology in 2014, and has made presentations to Scott College of Business students on supply chain management.

Newly appointed ISU Trustees

Students Visit the Land of Saints and Scholars

June 2, 2023

A group of undergraduate and graduate students from the Scott College of Business explored the country of Ireland and learned about entrepreneurship with a focus on the food sector. The immersive learning experience was part of Dr. Aruna Chandra’s Food Entrepreneurship in Ireland course.

Students listened to presentations by Enterprise Ireland and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland to better understand the role of supporting public and private organizations in nurturing entrepreneurship in the country. Sycamores also met and engaged in discussions with entrepreneurs in the food sector to learn about food-related innovations intersecting social and sustainability objectives.

Additional lessons about the history and political context of the Emerald Isle were taught through visits to the EPIC Emigration Museum, Henrietta House Museum, and the Guinness Storehouse.

Students in Ireland, 2023

Students learned visual and multisensory lessons on Irish history, politics, and business with guided tours of Dublin’s north and south sides

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Business Students Are Everywhere!

June 2, 2023

Dean Terry Daugherty recently ran into Northview High School DECA students Kennedy Friend and Macie Westenhaver at Rick’s Barbeque. DECA is a student organization focused on promoting leadership and careers in business. “Meeting Kennedy and Macie was fun because we talked about the state DECA conference and their plans once they finish high school. Of course, my hope is that they both become future Sycamores,” states Daugherty. The Scott College of Business at Indiana State University strongly supports DECA high school chapters and encourages all students interested in exploring business.

Terry Daugherty with DECA students Kennedy Friend and Macie Westenhaver

Lemonade Day

June 2, 2023

Michael HolthouseLocal nonprofit, Chances and Services for Youth, partnered with the Business Engagement Center and Sodexo to bring yesterday's Lemonade Day pop-up to the Indiana State campus.

Lemonade Day is a lesson-based program that promotes the spirit of entrepreneurship and empowers kids to set goals, work hard, and achieve their dreams through business. Dean Terry Daugherty visited the pop-up giving each future sycamore a blue ISU water bottle, which can also be used for lemonade.

Did you know the national Lemonade Day was founded by an Indiana State alumnus? Michael Holthouse graduated in 1980, with a bachelor's degree in economics and computer science. A INC. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year and a two-time "Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company" winner, he founded Paranet, Inc., a computer network services company. In 6 years, the company had grown to 27 offices, 1600 employees and revenues in excess of $100 million. Michael sold the company to Sprint in 1997, and since then has focused on philanthropy, investments and a variety of business interests, launching Lemonade Day in 2007.

Dean Terry Daugherty and with Lemonade Day participants

Dean Terry Daugherty with the children of Scott College of Business alumna Danielle Miller

<< Lemonade Day website >> << Michael Holthouse: 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient >>

Death of Donald W. Scott

May 31, 2023

Donald W. ScottIt is with deep regret that we announce the death of Don Scott.

The Scott College of Business and Indiana State University is mourning the loss of Donald W. Scott, a local businessman, philanthropist, community leader, and friend of ISU. He was born in Terre Haute on December 4, 1935.

Along with his wife, Susan, the Scotts were integral to the local business industry. He started his career in sales and as assistant treasurer of the Home Packing Company before he founded the Sycamore Agency Inc. For four decades, Scott led the company to incredible growth and success. As President, Scott hired ISU students and graduates from the insurance and risk management program to help young professionals get their feet in the door.

The Scotts may not be alums of ISU, but they are proud fans of the university and have supported Indiana State with their time, effort, and financial contributions. He volunteered on leadership boards, including the Indiana State University Foundation Board of Directors.

In 2009, Indiana State named the Donald W. Scott College of Business in recognition of a major gift from him and his wife. Scott said he viewed the donation as an opportunity to give back to his community and this institution. We will remain forever grateful to him and Susan for their generosity and support of our college and offer our condolences to his family and friends.

Susan and Don Scott in 2016

Susan and Don Scott in 2016 at the March On Awards

<< Tribune Star Obituary >> << Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home Obituary >>

IRM Senior is Indy 500 Festival Princess

May 26, 2023

Julia SonntagIndiana State University senior and Insurance and Risk Management major Julia Sonntag will have an experience of a lifetime at the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 28

As a 500 Festival Princess for the Indianapolis 500, she is front and center for the biggest event in the State of Indiana. From the kick-off to the May event, a reception with her professional program mentor, the CEO of Apex Benefits in Indianapolis, breakfast at the Brickyard, a parade, and of course, the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500, she’s doing it all.

As a 500 Festival Princess for the Indianapolis 500, Sonntag is part of a select group of 33 college-aged women from across the state that serve as ambassadors for the festival, their hometowns, and colleges and universities. Every Princess also receives a $1,000 scholarship.

To be accepted into the highly competitive program, applicants must standout and exceed a series of qualifications that include being a resident of Indiana, being a full-time student in an Indiana college, maintaining a GPA of 3.0, completing a competitive interview process with hundreds of other candidates, and being involved in their respective communities.

2023 Indy 500 Festival Princess, Julia Sonntag

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Networks Insurance Public Policy Summit

May 18, 2023

On May 17, in our nation’s capital, Washington DC, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was packed for the 18th annual Insurance Public Policy Summit.

Hosted by the Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University and Faegre Drinker, this collaborative event brings together insurance regulators, industry experts and government leaders to provide their perspectives on the latest opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

President Deborah Curtis provided opening remarks; Scott College of Business Dean Terry Daugherty and Director of the Networks Financial Institute and Gongaware Center, Rebecca Wray, represented Indiana State. Networks Financial Institute scholars also attended and participated in a Q&A lunch panel facilitated by Dean Daugherty where they shared their experiences in the Networks Professional Development Program and at Indiana State.

Networks scholars who attended are: Sam Fox, freshman, insurance major; Keegan Beeler, freshman, insurance major; Jace Souders, freshman, insurance major; Grace Longyear, sophomore, marketing major; Drew Daming, sophomore, finance major.

The state of Indiana was well represented this year with the Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner, Amy Beard and Indiana House of Representatives, Majority Floor Leader, Representative Matt Lehman sitting on a panel discussion.

Networks Scholars at the Annual Insurance Public Policy Summit

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Scott College of Business to Assist in National Survey

May 18, 2023

Federal HallMembers of the Scott College of Business will partner with the College of Business at the University of Akron to examine how consumers pay attention to digital video and television advertising. Dr. Terry Daugherty, Dean of the Scott College of Business, and Dr. Milton Soto-Ferrari, Assistant Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management, will represent Indiana State University.

TVision Insights, a leader in audience measurement, partnered with the Journal of Advertising Research (JAR), seeking proposals from scholars to help advance the industry's understanding of audience attention utilizing their demographically representative panel of more than 13,000 people across 5,000 US homes.

The ISU and UA team will investigate audience attention using predictive analytics and machine learning to compare traditional broadcast television to internet-connected viewing experiences, like streaming platforms. The goal is to develop interrelated best-practice recommendations for marketers seeking effective attention-based advertising.

"The project is exciting because the internet-connected video is everywhere with the potential of this work groundbreaking for advertisers. People have more control today than ever before over how they access, watch, and even share video content, so the need for brands to effectively break through and resonate with consumers makes attention a critical factor. Collaborating with a leading company is a unique opportunity to bring industry and academia together." Daugherty said.

This partnership between industry and some of the nation's most prestigious scholars will examine complex real-world issues using TVision's cutting-edge technology that gathers second-by-second data. Some of the largest brands in the world, top media networks, and streaming platforms rely on TVision research.

"I am thrilled to be a part of this innovative project that harnesses the power of data-driven insights to improve consumer experiences. The TVision/JAR partnership fosters a collaborative research environment that will undoubtedly lead to more effective and impactful marketing strategies. I am eager to dive into the data and contribute to the industry's future through this exciting initiative." Soto Ferrari said.

In total, 33 academic teams worldwide applied, with only eight awarded access. The other seven teams are Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, University of Houston, Emory University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of South Australia.

What the Job Market Looks Like for New College Graduates

May 6, 2023

Recent graduate Kyle Koch and Dr. David Fleming were recently interviewed by WTHI-TV 10.

The job hunt is on for college graduates. One expert said there are some great opportunities available for this batch of college grads.

Kyle Koch is one of those graduates. The Financial Services and Finance major graduated from Indiana State University Saturday. He's ready to put his college years behind him.

"Covid really made an impact on it," he said. "But, I believe we were able to make the most of it."

For most, graduation means looking for that first job. Indiana State Business Professor David Fleming said there are plenty of opportunities for graduates like Koch.

Fleming said there are a lot of job openings in the business and STEM fields. He said this thanks to the older generation moving on.

"We've seen more of the Boomer generation transferring out of the workforce now," Fleming said. "Covid made them realize they may need to step away from the workforce and it's giving more opportunities for our students."

Fleming said there are jobs available in other fields too, but it may be tougher to find them. He said graduates may need to be flexible and use the skills they learned in school.

"Not everybody is going to be able to find a career in their major necessarily," he said. "But, getting those skill sets that allow them to bridge from whatever their degree is into a profitable career."

Still, Fleming said to make sure graduates are following their passions and putting themselves in a work environment that fits them.

Koch feels he has done just that. He's headed back home to Chicago to work for ECC Insurance Brokers. He said he can't wait to begin.

"I think I'm prepared," he said. "I'm excited for that, and I'm excited about the whole industry and just to make it my own."

Kyle Koch and David Fleming

Kyle Koch and David Fleming

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Smith and Collins Recognized for Their Service to ISU

May 5, 2023

Kimberly Collins, Kimberly Oliphant-Smith and Deborah CurtisThe Board of Trustees unanimously adopted two resolutions to honor the services of Kimberly J. Oliphant-Smith and Kimberly G. Collins. Both members' terms end in 2023.

Dr. Deborah Curtis, ISU’s President: "The Board of Trustees work is fundamental to the success of our University. Trustee Kimberly Smith and Student Trustee Kimberly Collins have been critical members of this important body at ISU. Both embody what it means to be leaders and proud Sycamores. I'm grateful for their service to our wonderful campus and wish them the very best in their future endeavors."

Smith was appointed to the Indiana State University Board of Trustees in 2015 and currently chairs its Finance Committee. She has served as vice chair, assistant secretary, and secretary during her three terms. A Linton native and a 1977 Magna Cum Laude graduate of ISU, she earned her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. Her career began as a claims attorney in Indianapolis before joining the Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance company as the vice president of human resources and general counsel. Her work ethic and dedication took her to titles of senior vice president, executive vice president, and in 2014, a promotion to president and CEO.

She is involved with the Scott College of Business- Department of Insurance and Risk Management. This resolution recognizes Smith's valuable service to her Trustee colleagues and her roles in the development of the University.

Serving as Student Trustee, Collins joined the Board in 2021. In one term, she has displayed exemplary leadership, enthusiasm, and interest in University activities. A lifelong Terre Haute native, Collins graduated with a marketing degree and is actively pursuing a master's degree in communication at ISU. She embodies what it means to be a Sycamore as a leader to her campus and community. During her time at Indiana State University, Collins was awarded a President's Scholarship, and Networks Scholarship, was the founding president of the Student Philanthropy Organization, and helped raise money for Riley Hospital for Children through the State Dance Marathon.

The Board's resolution expresses its grateful recognition, high commendation, and best wishes to Collins for her service.

Kimberly J. Oliphant-Smith and Kimberly G. Collins

Student Success at Case Competition

May 5, 2023

Four Scott College of Business students walked away with $500 and second place at the Gregg M. Sherill Supply Chain Case Competition on April 8. The ISU participants were Daniel Baptista, Ryan Knezevich, Harrison McClintock, and Kendra Wertz. All four are operations and supply chain majors.

Teams received a business case two weeks before the competition and presented their analysis followed by a question and answer session from industry professionals serving as judges.

Associate Professor of operations and supply chain management, Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya: “The students embraced the opportunity to put their learning into action and represented Indiana state with distinction. We are certainly proud of this group and pleased that our operations and supply chain program consistently perform well in these competitive situations when squaring off against other schools each year. This is a testament to our student’s hard work but also the faculty’s ability to prepare students for career success.”

The contest was part of the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference at Ball State University. Other participating universities included Butler University, Indiana University, ISU, Wayne State University, Youngstown State University, and Valparaiso University.

Sherill Supply Chain Case Competition winners

Sycamores in Washington D.C.

May 3, 2023

Four Scott College of Business students learned more about their future profession in our nation’s capital last week. Kyle Koch, a senior financial services major; Bryce McLeish, a senior insurance and risk management major; Julia Sonntag, a junior insurance and risk management major; and Jillian Turner, a sophomore insurance and risk management major, participated in the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America Legislative Conference in Washington D.C.

This event, also known as the Big “I” gives young professionals a chance to stay up-to-date on trends in the field and issues facing the insurance industry.

“It’s amazing to have the opportunity to meet with such accomplished industry professionals, as well as our state’s U.S. Senators and Congressmen at such an early stage in our professional careers. Making these connections within the industry wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic director, Rebecca Wray,” Turner said.

On Wednesday, the group participated in Emerging Leaders Day, toured the Capitol, and met with Indiana legislators, Senator Todd Young and Senator Mike Braun. Thursday was Capitol Hill Day, where congressional leaders had breakfast with the students before heading to the Hill to meet with legislators on issues related to the profession. The conference concluded on Friday with Big ‘I’ Chairman John Costello and FOX’s Jesse Watters addressing attendees.

Sycamores in Washington D.C.

High School Students Explore Jobs With Robots

May 1, 2023

The Made @ Plainfield GEODIS Logistics 4.0 Innovation Hub was visited by 25 high school students on April 28. The students from Arsenal Tech and Purdue Polytechnic high schools were there to explore the possibilities offered by supply chain and logistics technologies for future job options – and to get hands-on training on programming and using warehouse robots.

The event showcased our Operations & Supply Chain Management program and was led by Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya. Dr. Paul Schikora, Dr. Milton Soto-Ferrari and Mrs. Tammy Spivey also participated by engaging students in data analytics exercises. The featured activity though was Dr. Bhattacharyya and two of our alums who work at GEODIS, Roland Wilson and Charlotte Barger, demonstrating how state-of-the art logistics robots are used to improve inventory management and efficiency in the supply chain industry.

Dr. Bhattacharyya explained that "The superimposition of #industry40 ("smart factories") attributes has taken logistics and warehouse management to a different level. From AI and ML to predictive analytics and cybersecurity - modern logistics have gone through a complete overhaul, thanks to automation."

Lonzell Mobley, a student at Purdue Polytechnic, said, "I want to look further into the profession because now I know that the supply and demand are a thing, but I didn’t know how far they went cause logistics, in terms of suppliers and things like that, so now I feel like that might be a more viable career opportunity for me."

Made @ Plainfield robots

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Scott College of Business Part-time MBA is One of the Best

April 27, 2023

Scott College of Business, Federal HallThe Scott College of Business’s part-time MBA program is getting national recognition as one of the best programs in the country. US News & World Report releases an annual report showcasing the country’s best graduate programs in several fields. In the part-time MBA program for 2023-2024, Indiana State University ranks as one of the best out of nearly 300 schools. Including Indiana State, only eight universities in Indiana were recognized for this prestigious honor, including Indiana University, Butler University, and Valparaiso University.

Scott College of Business Dean Terry Daugherty said, “Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a top MBA program designed to meet the needs of working professionals seeking to advance their careers. We celebrate this recognition with our alums and current students because it reflects their professional impact. Go Sycamores!”

US News and World Reports consider several factors in determining rankings for the part-time MBA rankings, like, grade point average, peer assessment score, part-time student ratio, part-time students total, GMAT/GRE scores, and work experience. To be eligible, a business school needed to be accredited by AACSB International, a pinnacle standard of business program accreditation.

“We are proud to offer a program with great flexibility and provide working professionals with an opportunity for advancement. This recognition is a testament to the work of our faculty, staff, current students, and alums. We look forward to the continued growth of our Scott MBA Program,” Kyle Rice, Executive Director of Graduate Programs with the SCOB, said.

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Hines Medalists

April 24, 2023

Congratulations to Scott College of Business students Megan Heck (Accounting & Finance) and Kyle Koch (Finance & Financial Services) on being awarded the Indiana State Hines Memorial Medal. This award, named after Indiana State University’s fourth president from 1921-1933, Linnaeus Hines, is given to students who entered ISU as first-time college freshmen and are completing their bachelor’s degrees with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Megan Heck and Kyle Koch

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Business Students Learn Fun Skills at Mark's Par 3

April 24, 2023

Mark's Par 3 mascotOver 40 Scott College of Business Students hit the link at Mark’s Par Three Golf Course last week. With many deals and business operations discussed on the golf course, students learned some basic rules on golf etiquette, techniques, and regulations. Afterward, the group played a scramble for nine holes. On this day, some swung a golf club for the first time. The course’s new mascot, “Markie Mark” the Frenchie, also made some new friends.

Mark's Par 3 Golf Course

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Faculty and Staff Awards

April 21, 2023

At the end of semester faculty and staff meeting on Friday, April 21, Dean Terry Daugherty had the pleasure of awarding the annual Scott College of Business awards to the faculty and staff who had made the most impact for the college. Those honored were Dr. Cory Campbell, Assistant Professor of Accounting, for his outstanding service for the college; Dr. David Fleming, Professor of Marketing, for his thought leadership; Dr. Milton Soto-Ferrari, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, for his teaching ability and work with our students; and Courtney Richey, Director, West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center for her work in the local business community.

College Awards, 2023

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MJA Visits Scott College of Business

April 20, 202

Matt Van ScyocNearly 50 students packed the Kenneth L. Smith and Theresa Kathryn (Klein) Smith Magna Carta Courtroom on Tuesday, April 18, to learn more about the insurance industry from an ISU alum.

Matt Van Scyoc (pictured), a Scott College of Business graduate ’17 and former men’s basketball player, and Marvin Johnson and Associates (MJA) members spoke about the company’s history and the demands of the trucking industry. Afterward, students were invited to test their skills on a semi-truck driving simulator.

MJA is the largest independent truck insurance agency in the Midwest. The company’s CEO, Steve Johnson, is an ISU alum actively looking for ways to be involved on Indiana State University’s campus.

“Since I’m an alum and an ISU alum hired me on, I want to help the college and its students however I can. We try to talk with students to connect them to the right people even if they aren’t interested in insurance,” Van Scyoc said. “It’s fun to come back and see the changes on campus since I graduated.”

MJA has spoken to students in previous years and hired an ISU student for an internship opportunity in 2022.

Scott College of Business Dean Terry Daugherty said that faculty and staff believe an excellent business education begins in the classroom and happens through experiential learning, professional development, and corporate engagement.

“The business spotlight day involving Marvin Johnson & Associates incapsulates all of these elements and truly reflects the Indiana State advantage. As a professional Matt is developing into a strong transportation leader within the field while staying committed to sharing his experience with our current students. His Sycamore spirit is strong,” he added.

Marvin Johnson and Associates visit the college.

Professor Emeritus on Credit Cards

April 20, 2023

Jeff HarperProfessor Emeritus Jeff Harper recently had an article published on MoneyGeek in which he discusses Finding the Right No Annual Fee Card.

You can read the article on MoneyGeek


Former ISU Vice President Robert and Penny Schafer Commit $1 million to Indiana State

April 18, 2023

Former Vice President of Administrative Affairs Robert Schafer and his wife, Penny, have donated $1 million during the Be So BOLD campaign to amplify the experience of Sycamores inside and outside of the classroom.

Bob and Penny are both alumni of Indiana State University: Bob graduated in 1961 from the Scott College of Business and earned his graduate degree in 1963 while Penny graduated with her first bachelor’s in 1967, her master’s in 1970, and her second bachelor’s degree, in nursing, in 1991.

Of the endowments created in their estate gift, the first $200,000 will provide programmatic support to the Risk Management Program in the Scott College of Business. The second $200,000 endowment will provide programmatic support to the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services.

Robert and Penny Schafer

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Gongaware Center Leader in Action: Rohit Verma

April 14, 2023

Rohit Verma: Chief Executive Officer of Crawford & Company

Rohit VermaRohit Verma is the chief executive officer and member of the board of directors for Crawford & Company®, the world’s largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management and outsourcing solutions to insurance companies and self‐insured entities. Crawford’s 9,000 full-time employees and 50,000 seasonal employees across 700 offices serve clients in more than 70 countries. Rohit brings more than 20 years of international strategic expertise and a proven track record for creating momentum and growth to Crawford. As CEO, he is focused on company strategy and growth, business operations, investor relations and client relationships, with an emphasis on technology and innovation.

On Thursday, April 13, 2023, at the Gongaware Center Leader in Action Dinner Rohit presented "Claims in the P&C Industry" and led a discussion about property and casualty claims, participated in a roundtable discussion with students and met with the dean of the Scott College of Business, Terry Daugherty, as well as IRM program faculty.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in the Leader in Action program and support young people interested in entering our industry,” said Verma. “Our workforce is on the brink of a talent crisis as a generation begins to retire, and it is critical that we attract young, innovative leaders to insurance.” This is precisely the goal of the IRM program, which provides students with a broad understanding of the role of companies that bear the risk of insuring both public and private interests.

Dean Daugherty believes strongly in the value of the program. “We are involved in a number of efforts to help boost awareness and participation in the IRM program,” he explained. “We participate in high school career fairs and offer scholarships to attract students to the program. Once they begin their studies, we create travel, networking and professional development opportunities that give the students an edge as they enter the workforce.”

Verma added, "Crawford is committed to developing expertise that is deep and eminent. And given the anticipated increase in shortfall of talent, it is critical we start industry engagement right at the source of new talent--schools and colleges, hence my continued engagement with talent attraction, development, retention and growth!"

Leader in Action: Rohit Verma

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SCOB Dean Daugherty Receives Award from Indiana DECA

April 6, 2023

Dean Daugherty DECA AwardIndiana DECA presented Dean Terry Daugherty of the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University with its “Outstanding Business Partnership” award during the annual State Leadership Conference on March 5-7, 2023 in Indianapolis. The award honors leaders of the business community that provide guidance, inspiration, and support to Indiana DECA students by linking education and business.

“I am honored to receive this recognition because it reflects our continued support of the community and specifically Indiana high school business education,” Daugherty said. “We have a strong relationship with our local 7th district schools and I am appreciative of the impact all business teachers are making across the state. Business is a force for good in the world and it is our responsibility as a college of business to promote, support, and help students regardless of whether they are college students.”

During the Indiana DECA conference, Indiana State University faculty, staff, students, and alumni engaged with high school business teachers, delivered opening remarks to more than 2,000 conference attendees and taught professional development workshops on career readiness, networking, and innovative thinking for business.

Senator Todd Young Visits GEODIS Logistics 4.0 Innovation Hub

April 5, 2023

Senator Todd Young and Kuntal BhattacharyyaSenator Todd Young recently visited the MADE@Plainfield facility in Indianapolis and connected with Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya at the GEODIS Logistics 4.0 Innovation Hub to discuss workforce development for the State of Indiana. Dr. Bhattacharyya is operations and supply chain professor for the Scott College of Business. Accountants, financial managers, operations managers, analysts, sales, and marketing research careers have been identified as critical high-demand / high-wage workforce needs for Indiana. We are proud that more than 70% of our business graduates at Indiana State University are meeting these needs by staying and working in the state.


Alumni Association Student Spotlight: Olivia Wagner

April 4, 2023

Olivia WagnerThe Alumni Association recently spotlighted Networks Scholar, Olivia Wagner

How did you become a Sycamore?

I am a proud legacy Sycamore. My sister attended Indiana State University and was also a part of the Scott College of Business. When I came to tour the campus, it was absolutely beautiful. Indiana State gave me the personalized feel I was looking for. I know when I walk on campus, I will see a familiar face. I wanted to be involved on campus, and ISU makes it so easy with dozens of clubs and organizations that students can be part of.

What is your educational background?

After high school, I knew I wanted to study within the field of business because I really like connecting with people. At ISU, I am working toward a double major in the Operations & Supply Chain Management and Marketing. I am also pursuing a minor in Business Analytics.

What is your current engagement at Indiana State University?

I am a Networks Scholar, and work with students within the Scott College of Business. I am also involved in the Scott College of Business Student Advisory Board, serve as the Media Relations Officer for the Association for Supply Chain Management chapter at ISU, participate as a member of the Marketing team for the Student Philanthropy Organization, and serve as a member of the Investment Club.

What is your professional path?

After graduation, I plan to pursue a professional path involving procurement. At ISU, I have participated in internships within the automotive industry that have truly helped me to understand that is exactly where I want to be post-graduation. This summer, I will be interning with Eli Lilly. Procurement is a perfect mix of Supply Chain and Marketing, and is what I look forward to doing throughout my career!

What is a message you would like to share?

I want to thank members of the Alumni Association for paving the way. The generosity and gifts Alumni Association members have provided to Indiana State have helped me become involved in campus activities. I could not be at Indiana State without the scholarship support that I received, so thank you Sycamores! I aspire to be like those Alumni Association members who stay connected to ISU and give back to my alma mater.

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Alumni Association Spotlight: David Pack

April 4, 2023

David PackThe Alumni Association recently spotlighted alumus David Pack who was keynote speaker at this year's Diversity in Business Symposium.

How did you become a Sycamore?

I joined the Indiana Army National Guard after my junior year in high school to help pay for college. My senior year, I applied to Indiana State University. Indiana State was my first choice because of the Scott College of Business, the average number of students per professor, the annual cost to attend, and the distance ISU was away from home. I could go home to participate in my monthly Army National Guard drill meetings.

What is your educational background?

I graduated from Indianapolis Public Schools in 1985, following graduation, I attended Indiana State and graduated in 1989 with an accounting degree, I also graduated from Indiana Army Officer Candidate School in 1991.

What is your current engagement at Indiana State University?

I am a part of the ISU Alumni Association. I also took part in an Executive Dining experience with students from the Scott College of Business and met with a small group of honor students to discuss careers and future collaboration. I was also the Keynote Speaker at the ISU Diversity Business Symposium in 2023.

What is your professional path?

After graduating from ISU, I took a position with Chrysler Financial and moved up the corporate ladder for 14 years which required five different relocations. After Chrysler Financial, I accepted a position with Fifth Third Bank. The next 14 years, I continued to move up the corporate ladder and became a commercial banking executive before eventually leaving Fifth Third Bank to start my entrepreneurial journey. Today I am a successful business owner of three companies, a consultant, investor, and mentor.

What is a message you would like to share?

My message is quite simple, I ask that active Alumni Association members reach out to a few of their previous college associates and share their experiences with the Alumni Association and the positive impact on the current students.

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Professing Excellence and Inspiring Instruction Recognition

April 3, 2023

Last week Residence Life within the Division of Student Affairs held their “Professing Excellence and Inspiring Instruction” recognition program. Several of the Scott College of Business faculty and staff were recognized by students as having a positive impact on their college experience here at Indiana State.

Professing Excellence 2023 nominees

Congratulations to:Kuntal Bhattacharyya, Judith Brewer, Cory Campbell, Concetta DePaolo, Courtney Richey-Chipol, Tammy Spivey, and Sara Williams

Here is what some of the nominators said about them:

Kuntal Bhattacharyya - He is the backbone of the supply chain program - he puts so much time and effort in to every one of his students and makes sure that they are succeeding. He wants to ensure that all of his students have jobs lined up immediately after graduation and will use his many connections to make sure that happens. He also encourages us to take part in the real world- having discussions in class daily on the things we need to know to keep us informed and ready to tackle the world beyond graduation. If someone is struggling, he never fails to reach out and check on them, and help them where he can.

Judith Brewer - Judith goes above and beyond for each of her students. Judith picks up on our personality cues and strives to make us better employees and people. Judith is familiar with each of our names and I'm sure she could tell you at least one fact or personality trait we each possess. In one classroom of over 40 students and compiled with her work load, course assignments, and additional classes, she takes the time to remember each of us. Although at first intimidating, I now understand that Judith would go to the ends of the Earth to help a student or provide additional resources for someone struggling. I feel acknowledged, accepted, and safe each time I enter Judith's classroom, and I wish more professors were like her.

Cory Campbell - Dr. Campbell has consistently gone above and beyond to assist me during my time at ISU. He has provided me with great advice on everything from how to be successful in my classes to deciding what I want to do after college, and even giving me suggestions on where to start looking for post-college jobs and graduate programs. Dr. Campbell has not only taught me skills to use within and outside of the classroom, but he has also given me tools to continue to learn and grow. I can't possibly begin to thank him enough.

Concetta DePaolo - I have nominated Dr. DePaolo because she is such a great professor and wants her students to succeed. She is a really good professor and teaches her students how to actually use excel and how to use it for the outside world. She understands when her students are struggling and wants to help them.

Courtney Richey-Chipol - I am nominating Courtney Richey-Chipol because she is very interactive with the students in her class and goes over how to do what we're learning very well to where we all understand. She is very easy going and laid back, which is my favorite thing about her. If I had to take another class with her or recommend her to anyone, I definitely would!

Tammy Spivey - I'm nominating Prof. Spivey because she knows how to do her job, she goes through the class very well so we students understand the course. She wants to see us succeed, which is what all professors should do and she happens to do that very well. If the class as a whole doesn't understand she makes sure we get an understanding before we move on to taking the homework so we can be confident in taking it. She's a very helpful and understanding teacher. She also makes the class exciting before it begins by playing calm music so we can feel more comfortable coming into class. She truly deserves this nomination, I've had her since my freshman year and I would definitely recommend her class to any Business majors in the future.

Sara Williams - They make class fun, this is a class I don't feel stressed out by and from taking this class I want to switch my minor.

Give to Blue Day Another Success

March 23, 2023

Indiana State University’s fifth annual 24-hour giving day on Wednesday, March 22, resulted in $1,385,877 for the university to enhance the academic experience for Sycamores. This is a record-setting fundraising amount in a single day for Indiana State. 1,710 donors from all 50 states and 3 countries contributed during this 24-hour fundraising event.

"Give to Blue Day 2023 was another huge success," said President Deborah J. Curtis, Ph.D. "We are grateful to all who supported this record-setting day of giving which means so very much to our university and our students."

Funds raised on Give to Blue Day support a variety of projects, programs, and scholarships across Indiana State’s divisions and colleges, the donor chooses where their gift will be designated. Sycamore Athletics topped the leaderboard in total dollars raised, followed by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Scott College of Business, the Bailey College of Engineering and Technology, and the Bayh College of Education.

“Raising $1.38 million dollars in 24 hours from 1,710 donors is a bold example of joyful giving,” said Andrea Angel, Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation. “We continue to be impressed and humbled by the generosity of our donors on Give to Blue Day and beyond. As the first Give to Blue Day during the public phase of the Be So BOLD campaign, we are thankful for anyone who made a gift, provided challenges and matches, and visited our community partners.”

Various community partners throughout the Wabash Valley, many of which are alumni-owned businesses, participated in Give to Blue Day by hosting special promotions, encouraging donations, and contributing a portion of sales to ISU. Businesses included Federal Coffee + Fine Foods, Culver’s, Terminal Public House, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Java Haute, WaterTower Estates, and McDonald’s locations in Terre Haute.

Games and gatherings took place across campus throughout the day such as a “Pour Over” event at the campus Starbucks and “Cash Cab” trivia, both hosted by the Student Philanthropy Organization. “Give to Blue Day shows us all the power of philanthropy at Indiana State,” said Miah Ferran, Student Philanthropy Organization President. “We are excited to continue amplifying the voices of Sycamores and celebrating the importance of giving for the next Give to Blue Day!”

The Scott College of Business raised $180,653 from 163 Donors.

Next year’s Give to Blue Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

Give to Blue 2023: Student Services and Undergraduate Services staff

Student Services and Undergraduate Services staff celebrate Give to Blue Day

By the Numbers:

All University     Scott College of Business  
Sycamore Athletics
College of Arts and Sciences
Scott College of Business
Bailey College of Engineering & Technology
Bayh College of Education
Bridge the Gap Scholarships
The Fund for ISU
Project Success
College of Health and Human Services
NPHC Plaza Project
Scott College of Business Dean's Innovation Fund
Caroline C. Howe and Todd A. Osburn Endowed Scholarship
Darwin McCallian Executive Leadership Forum Endowment
Caroline C. Howe and Todd A. Osburn Career Professional Readiness Fund
Tim and Bobbie O'Neill Online MBA Scholarship
SMIF (Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium Conference)
Networks Program
Michael and Amy Alley Student Professional Development Fellows
Gamma Iota Sigma Program Fund
Gongaware Center Endowment Fund

David Walters: Business Insurance 2023 Break Out Award Winner

March 23, 2023

David WaltersCongratulations s to Gibson Insurance Principal and Chief Growth Officer David Walters on being named one of 40 recipients of the Business Insurance 2023 Break Out Award!

The awards program recognizes the next generation of #insurance industry #leaders. Nominations are open to anyone working in the commercial insurance and risk management sector who has no more than 15 years’ experience in the industry.

David is a 2011 Gongaware Scholar graduate in Insurance and Risk Management. An outstanding student, in 2010, he was awarded the Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award and the Rankin Memorial Distinguished Senior Award in 2011.

Brittany Graman: RISE Mentor

March 21, 2023

Brittany GramanCongratulations to Brittany Graman who has been named a Rising Insurance Star Executives (RISE) Professional Mentor of the Year finalist!

After graduating from the Scott College of Business in 2014 with a double major in Marketing and Insurance and Risk Management, Brittany began working as Gibson, where she is now their Talent Development Manager.

Brittany says that “Over the last few years, I have found so much joy in taking on a formal mentoring role and having the opportunity to give back to others the way that so many have generously given to me.”

Brittany is still involved with the college, mentoring our IRM students.

Will Lehman: Top Rising Talent in Insurance

March 20, 2023

Will H. LehmanWill graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014, majoring in Insurance and Risk Management with a minor in Sales and Negotiations, and has worked in insurance and risk management industry since graduating at Indiana State.

he was recently named as one of the annual RISE (Rising Insurance Star Executives) awardees which recognizes top rising talent in the insurance industry. To be eligible, nominees must work in the insurance industry and be 35 years of age or under by May 24, 2023. Will is no stranger to such awards. In 2019, he was awarded the college's Alumni Rising Star Award. In 2017, Will was named as the Risk Management Society’s (RIMS) Rising Star. In 2016, he was one of Bloomington, IN., Chamber of Commerce' “10 Under 40.”

Entrepreneurship Club

March 14, 2023

Teaching students to chase their dreams

Dominic Vera, founder of the Entrepreneurship Club says that "The Entrepreneurship Club offers the ability to learn to think innovatively and creatively to develop a problem-solving mind-set. The benefits of joining this club include networking with local entrepreneurs, learning the details of starting a new venture, developing your problem-solving skills, and learning how to be a responsible citizen.

On top of the benefits and learning to think like an entrepreneur, the club also teaches personal development skills such as: problem-solving, confidence, the art of manifestation, networking, financial literacy, and other topics of interest to members. Members of the club get engaged by presenting topics of entrepreneurial interest that they find to be intriguing."

The Entrepreneurship Club is open to any ISU student in all majors. If you have a passion for entrepreneurship, business ventures, and wanting to be 1% better every day then the club is the right place for you. If you are interested in joining but aren’t quite sure, you can come and sit in on a meeting to see if it’s a good fit for you.

Meetings are held every Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. in the Starbucks conference room. The Starbucks is located on campus down the hall from Dede I. Meeting locations can vary depending on if we have a guest speaker or sponsored meeting.

The Entrepreneurship Club

The Entrepreneurship Club

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West Central ISBDC Staff Recognized

March 13, 2023

The West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center was recently honored by the State of Indiana for its outstanding impact in 2022.

Regional Director Courtney Richey was recognized for helping West Central businesses acquire over $8 million in capital and for helping to create the most full-time jobs of any advisor within the state. In addition, Intentional Outreach Network Rural Business Advisor Dave Bittner was recognized for helping clients achieve over $4 million in capital during the first year of the program. The team was joined by David Watkins, Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Small Business for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and the Indiana SBA (Small Business Administration) District Director Stacey Poynter and Deputy District Director Martin Anderson.

“We are extremely proud of the impact Courtney Richey and her business advising team are having on local businesses,” said Dr. Terry Daugherty, Dean of Scott College of Business at Indiana State University. “They work very hard to make a difference within the community and I am pleased to see their efforts recognized by the State of Indiana.”

Said Richey: “We enjoy helping our clients thrive in business. This success stems from having an outstanding team and is in large part due to the support and infrastructure provided by Indiana State University.”

The West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center in the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University supports small businesses throughout the Wabash Valley at no cost by providing confidential business advising and training. In conjunction with the State of Indiana and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the WCISBDC helps Hoosier entrepreneurs and small businesses start stronger, grow faster, and work smarter.

WCISBDC team winners

Team Places Second in College Insurance Competition

March 6, 2023

The Indiana State University team placed second in Selective Insurance's 2023 College Competition, an annual program for aspiring insurance professionals.

Seniors Bryce McLeish, Gabe Youngblood, Kyle Koch, along with Julia Sonntag, a junior, and Jillian Turner, a sophomore, operated a simulated insurance agency and competed against teams from universities nationwide during the month-long challenge.

The students were mentored by two Indiana State insurance and risk management program alumni from Gibson in Indianapolis: Brittany Graman, Learning and Development Specialist and Jak Kramer, Commercial Risk Advisor.

IRM Selective College Competition Spring 2023

Indiana State University students cin the competition were (L to R): Bryce McLeish, Jillian Turner, Julia Sonntag, Kyle Koch, and Gabe Youngblood

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Ethics Conference

March 2, 2023

The 18th Annual Ethics Conference which took place on March 1 was another great success for the student organizers, the juniors of the Networks Professional Development Program. The speakers talked on a variety of subjects, from "The Ethics of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)" to "What is Really on Your Plate? Ethical Food Manufacturing."

Carolene Mays at the 2023 Ethics Conference

keynote speaker Carolene Mays presenting "Ethical Perseverance"

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Prosepctive Students Visit College

March 2, 2023

Several prospective students and their families joined us yesterday, March 1, for a Scott College of Business Preview Day. Students heard from current business students Landrie Flack, Sean Garner, Jackson Krieg, Grace Buswell, and Megan Heck about their experiences along with advice for a successful transition to college. They took tours of Federal Hall and through ISU campus while also enjoying a lunch with business faculty/staff in the Sycamore Dining Hall.

Each student was divided into their interested areas of study where they learned from a current professor during their academic sessions while parents spoke with Dean Daugherty.

Prospective students - March 1, 2023

Madison Marshall talking to prospective students

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Diversity in Business Symposium

March 1, 2023

The Diversity in Business Symposium was held on February 20, in the Hulman Memorial Student Union and featured a variety of speakers. "The symposium is a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences," Audra Doedtman, a senior majoring in Finance, also served among the student speakers. "I look forward to seeing the Diversity in Business Symposium continue to grow in the coming years."

Keynote speaker, David Pack, President of Trinity Financial Consulting and a 1989 accounting graduate of the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University shared inspiring words with students, faculty, and staff, and partners, during the Diversity in Business Symposium. He began his keynote speech with gratitude to everyone important in his life. Then, he continued, "I want to thank you for your participation to come to this event. I want to thank you for attending Indiana State University, one of the best universities on this side of the Mississippi."

David Pack

David Pack speaking at the Diversity in Business Symposium

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Student Spotlight: Jabrea Jones

February 28, 2023

Jabrea JonesJabrea is a senior political science and business management student. Her education in political science, combined with business management, has prepared her for leadership roles on campus and for her future in a graduate school program. Her political science courses have shaped her perspectives on public policies, as well as the social and political climates affecting young adults like herself. has always been interested in media production.

The Sycamore has extended her leadership in many groups and organizations across Indiana State’s campus. This includes being a Residential Assistant on campus and taking on leadership roles through the Student Government Association [SGA]. She has advocated for inclusive excellence, particularly creating campus programs for students of color, LGBTQ+, and other groups.

“It’s important to get involved on campus. These campus groups and volunteer work help you make friends, but you also learn valuable skills you can use for internships and your future careers,” Jabrea explains. She has engaged with other students at events through the Students African American Sisterhood [SAAS] organization and has met numerous people from diverse backgrounds on campus.

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Sycamores Men’s MVC Indoor Champions, Women Third

February 28, 2023

The Indoor Track and Field Team did exceptionally well at the MVC Indoor Championships on February 26/27 at Gately Park in Chicago with the men's team finished in 1st place and the women's team finished in 3rd. The championship was Indiana State's sixth men's indoor championship, all of which have come since 2011.

Jackson Krieg

Jackson Krieg, a senior studying Finance and Management contested in the men's mile, distance medley and 3,000 meter run said that:

"Being a student-athlete at the Scott College of Business has given me the ability to experience two different yet very rewarding experiences. Through the SCOB, I have gotten the ability to grow as a business professional through the Networks Professional Development Program and other opportunities like traveling out of the country for industry visits and participating in many valuable professional development opportunities that will set me up well for my future.

Though being a student-athlete requires a major time commitment it also has helped me grow as a leader and learn valuable skills that I can take into the business world after I finish my career on the track.

Overall, I believe that Indiana State is the type of school that wants to see its athletes succeed both in the classroom and on the field of play!"

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College Goes to School!

February 14, 2023

Over the spring semester faculty, staff and students undertook a number of visits to high schools around Terre Haute.

The Boulet Mentoring Program especially represented the Scott College of Business at local schools to talk about why business is fun!

The Scott College of Business and the Bayh College of Education are working together in support of the grant, titled The Explore, Engage, and Experience Grant (EEE) from the Indiana Department of Education. The goal of the grant is to implement career exploration activities at the elementary and middle school level. The Scott College of Business presented on entrepreneurship to 4th grade students at Farrington Grove Elementary and 8th grade students at Woodrow Wilson Middle School where they worked in teams to develop their own business. Students worked with four Scott College of Business Peer Mentors through the Boulet Mentoring Program (Brock Bolinger, Jackson Krieg, Grace Buswell, and Albin Ramadani) and their supervisor Madison Marshall to brainstorm and share their business plans to the group. After participating in this think tank activity they managed to snag a selfie out front of each school. We look forward to continuing these activities at Honey Creek Middle School and Fuqua Elementary!

Boulet Mentoring Program school visit

Boulet Mentoring Program school visit

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Scott College of Business Listed in Princeton Review's 'Best Business Schools for 2023'

February 9, 2023

Scott College of Business, Federal HallThe Scott College of Business at Indiana State University is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company recently named ISU's MBA program to its list of Best Business Schools for 2023.

“Our faculty and staff are committed to providing a distinct student-centered education that impacts business within Indiana and beyond,” said Terry Daugherty, Ph.D., Dean of the Scott College of Business. “The recognition by Princeton Review validates this dedication and reflects a remarkable level of continued excellence for our MBA program. We are proud to receive this accolade and will continue to make a difference by helping professionals develop and advance within their careers.”

The list, which is posted at, features the company’s profiles of 243 schools offering on-campus MBA programs. The profiles have Princeton Review’s ratings of the schools and include quotes from students enrolled in the MBA programs who were surveyed by the company for this project.

“‘Small classes, great teachers, good assistantships’ and an affordable tuition add up to excellent value for students here,” ISU’s profile states.

Said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief: “All of the b-schools that made our list for 2023 deliver exceptional business education and programs. We commend them for their excellent academics, and we recommend them highly to prospective MBA applicants.”

Prospective MBA students are invited to an information session at 5-6 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the Magna Carta Room (Federal Hall Room 223). Attendees of the session will learn more how an MBA from the Scott College of Business can accelerate their careers. RSVP online by Feb. 17.

Marcus McChristian Earns PhD

February 7, 2023

Marcus McChristianAlumnus Marcus McChristian is now Dr. Marcus McChristian after being awarded his doctorate from Indiana Institute of Technology by defending his dissertation entitled, “A Qualitative Study Exploring the Cultural Adaptation of U.S. Diplomatic Leaders Working in Africa.”

Dr. Marcus McChristian is a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State and received his Bachelor of Science in Insurance from the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University. Throughout his career he has lived and completed tours of duty in multiple countries, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Prior to the U.S. State Department, Dr. McChristian held positions in the private sector as the Director of Finance and International General Manager for several multinational companies. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Dr. McChristian regularly engages with our college and students as an adjunct professor and speaker.

Abstract of “A Qualitative Study Exploring the Cultural Adaptation of U.S. Diplomatic Leaders Working in Africa.”

The United States government relies upon diplomatic leaders to promote and protect the interest of U.S. citizens all over the world. To successfully carry out these duties, diplomatic leaders are required to establish, build, and maintain relationships with individuals who often have different beliefs, standards, and opinions about how policies and decisions are made. U.S. diplomatic leaders must be able to integrate themselves culturally while managing unavoidable conflict. This study provides information about diplomatic leaders’ conflict management style choices while working in Africa, the most culturally diverse continent in the world. Diplomatic leaders’ ability to integrate into these new cultures and manage conflict while working in African environments often determines their capability to successfully lead host-country nationals and work with local government officials to accomplish U.S. foreign policy agenda.

Alumnus Named as one of 12 Under 40

February 6, 2023

Jason ErnstAlumnus Jason Ernst has been named as one of the 12 Under 40 honorees by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and Tribune-Star. Jason graduated from the Scott College of Business with a degree in Finance in 2005. He is now Vice President for Commercial Lending for The Hometown Savings Bank. Prior to starting at The Hometown Savings Bank, Jason had worked for 14 years at First Financial Bank.


ISU Day at the Statehouse

February 6, 2023

Scott College of Business students are at the ISU Day at the Statehouse in Indianapolis today. Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to meet state legislators, discuss their work and activities at Indiana State, and tour the capitol building.

About 40 legislators attended the event. They included senator Jon Ford and representatives Bob Heaton and Tonya Pfaff. Chris Lowery, the state’s commissioner for higher education, was also there.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to interact with government officials,” said Indiana State President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis, who was at the event. ”We’re proud of how they represented ISU and showed lawmakers how we’re developing Indiana’s next generation of leaders.”

Indiana State had about 20 tables including posters promoting student organizations such as the Student Government Association, the campus NAACP chapter, and the Networks Professional Development Program.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch praised Indiana State:

“ISU is a breeding ground for future employees in the state of Indiana," she said. "What is so exciting about the work that Indiana State University does is that seven out of 10 of their graduates stay in Indiana. That guarantees a pipeline for employers. That is a statistic that not every university and college in Indiana can claim."

Networks Financial Institute scholars, Megan Thompson and Andrew Daming are representing the Networks Professional Development Program. Jillian Turner, Jayson Wagler, and Julia Sonntag are attending on behalf of Gamma Iota Sigma and the Insurance and Risk Management Program.

ISU Day at the Statehouse

Megan Thompson and Andrew Daming, and Jillian Turner, Jayson Wagler, and Julia Sonntag

IRM Selective Competition Kicks Off

January 26, 2023

The Indiana State IRM Program was thrilled to be selected again this year to participate in the Selective College Competition taking place throughout February. Students were excited to kick off the competition yesterday!

The competition provides students the opportunity to gain valuable insurance career-building experience through hands-on work and to grow their networks through social and networking events. The competition allows each team to operate a simulated insurance agency and requires the students to leverage their education and experiences to make informed business decisions about building market share, developing products and services, growing profit, promoting their firm, and contending with competitors.

The Indiana State University - Scott College of Business team is grateful to be paired with Agency Mentors from Gibson. Indiana State IRM Program alumni, Brittany Graman, Learning and Development Specialist with Gibson and Jak Kramer, ARM, Commercial Risk Advisor with Gibson will serve as mentors to the team. Thank you for offering your guidance, support, and advice! Best of luck to all the teams!

IRM Selective College Competition Spring 2023

Indiana State University students competing in the competition are (L to R): Bryce McLeish, Jillian Turner, Julia Sonntag, Kyle Koch, and Gabe Youngblood

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Women in Business 2022

January 19, 2023

Congratulations to Ellie Caldwell, Terri Conley, Karen Dyer, Pamela Malone, Diann McKee, and Dr. Janie Myers who were all recently named Terre Haute Living Magazine’s “Women in Business 2022”

Ellie Caldwell is Partner at Sackrider & Company, Inc., Terri Conley is VP and Commercial Loan OfficerVP and Commercial Loan Officer at Terre Haute Savings Bank; Karen Dyer is Vice President for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; Pamela Malone is Dean, School of Arts, Sciences & Education, Ivy Tech Community College; Diann McKee is Senior Vice President of Finance at Indiana State; and Dr. Janie Myers is board-certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Osteopathic Surgery and serves as the Vigo County coroner.

Most of the women have strong ties with Indiana State University and the Scott College of Business. Ellie Caldwell is an accounting alumna and before moving on to other things, Karen Dyer and Pamela Malone were once department directors at Indiana State. Diann McKee, is a college alumna and as you all know is Senior Vice President of Finance at Indiana State, and Dr. Janie Myers has presented to the university’s OLLIE program among others.

Terre Haute Living Magazine, Women in Business 2022

Terre Haute Living Magazine, Women in Business 2022

<< Read more about these remarkable women at Terre Haute Living Magazine (December 2022) >>

College, WVHRA Smashing Silos

January 12, 2023

The Scott College of Business sponsored yesterday's monthly meeting of the Wabash Valley Human Resources Association (WVHRA) to promote our business-related degree programs. The guest speaker was Kiki Orski from Peak Performance Consulting, presenting on smashing solos within organizations. Visit the WVHRA website to learn more about them and the work they do.

WVHRA January 2003 meeting

Kyle Rice: Executive Director of Graduate Programs

January 11, 2023

Kyle RiceStarting this semester we have a new Executive Director of Graduate Programs.

Kyle Rice has spent the last four years at Purdue University working in a variety of roles, most recently as the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs for the Krannert School of Business. His work involved recruiting for both specialty masters’ programs as well as the many different MBA Programs that Krannert offers. He, and his wife Grace, grew up in Brazil, Indiana. Grace is an ISU alum and currently teaches first grade. Kyle is a two-time graduate of Purdue University with an undergraduate degree in computer graphics and MBA. They are expecting their first child in March.