two isu business students awarded
prestigious anita benedetti honors

March 30, 2010

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State University Scott College of Business students Paige Williams (Terre Haute) and Terri Ketzner (Ferdinand) have earned honors as 2010 Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Award recipients.  As a part of this program, they will be recognized by the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) at the organization’s Annual Conference and Exhibition, April 25-29, in Boston, Mass.

Williams and Ketzner are receiving the Benedetti Award for their outstanding leadership and involvement at Indiana State while in pursuit of insurance and risk management as an area of study and future career.  The award provides airfare, hotel expenses, registration and a small stipend to outstanding insurance and risk management students who have been nominated for the program. This award honors the late Anita Benedetti, former deputy executive director of RIMS and president of the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc.      

“We are delighted that two students from Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business have been named Anita Benedetti Award winners by the Spencer Educational Foundation,” said Dr. Terrie Troxel, executive director of the Gongaware Center for Insurance and Financial Services at ISU. “Anita was a wonderful person and a consummate insurance and risk management professional. These two young ladies reflect the same qualities as the award’s namesake.” 

Paige WilliamsWilliams, a senior insurance and risk management major and Presidential Scholar at ISU, hails from Terre Haute.  She is the daughter of Charles and Donna Williams and a 2006 graduate of Terre Haute South High School.  As a student at Indiana State, Williams serves as the student representative on the insurance and risk management program’s Insurance Advisory Council, is a member of Gamma Iota Sigma and has served in several leadership roles for the student organization.  She is also a member of the Insurance and Risk Management Honors Corps (students with a grade point average of 3.6 or above) and is active with RotarAct, Chi Omega Sorority, and the Networks Professional Development program. 

In her time at ISU, Williams has completed internships with Lockton Companies, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. (summer 2008) and Westrope in Kansas City, Mo. (summer 2009).  Upon graduation from ISU in May, she will be going to work for All Risks, Ltd. in Phoenix, Ariz.    

“I am honored to be selected as a 2010 Anita Benedetti Scholar,” said Williams.  “I've heard great things about the RIMS Conference, and I'm excited to represent Indiana State University's Insurance and Risk Management Program, meet people from other organizations and universities, and learn more about my future career.”   

Terri KetznerKetzner, a junior insurance and risk management major and Gongaware Scholar, is originally from Ferdinand, Ind.  She is the daughter of Joseph and Karen Ketzner and a 2007 graduate of Forest Park High School.  As a student at Indiana State, Ketzner has been very involved with Gamma Iota Sigma, serving as secretary and vice president before taking on her current role as president of the organization.  She is also a member of the Insurance and Risk Management Honors Corps (GPA 3.6 or above) and is active in the Networks Professional Development program.     

Ketzner has completed internships with German American Insurance in Jasper, Ind., (summer 2008) and Old National Insurance in Indianapolis (summer 2009).  She has been awarded an internship with the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, Ltd. (NAPSLO) during summer 2010.  This prestigious opportunity provides interns with a competitive salary from the host firms, and NAPSLO provides a stipend, covers travel, housing and various other related expenses. Interns also compete for an additional internship experience in London, which takes place the following summer.

“I am fortunate to be chosen as an Anita Benedetti Scholar and look forward to the many opportunities and knowledge I will gain at this conference,” said Ketzner.

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CONTACT:  Terrie Troxel, executive director of the Gongaware Center for Insurance and Financial Services, Indiana State University at terrie.troxel@indstate.edu or 812-237-2442, or Maria Greninger, director of External Relations, Scott College of Business, at Maria.Greninger@indstate.edu or 812-237-4357.