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12th Annual Ethics Conference Creates Discussion

March 2, 2017

The 12th annual Ethics Conference took place on Wednesday, bringing Indiana State University students together to discuss and learn about ethical topics and issues.

Marc Nichols, Rolls Royce legal counsel and director of Compliance-Americas, spoke about ethics within the business realm and the rest of society.

Nichols titled his speech “Ethics in a Post Truth and Reality TV World.” Nichols spoke about the prominent issue of today — the 2016 election. He made sure to let the audience members know that his speech was not intended to be a political statement, only that ethics is everywhere, especially in politics. He questioned if one’s ethical decision making skills are corrupt, what would that do to one’s political decision making skills?

Marc Nichols at the 2017 Ethics Conference

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National Elevator Pitch Competition Winner to Offer Expert Tips

February 24, 2017

Chris WestfallAuthor, business coach and keynote speaker Chris Westfall is the U.S. National Elevator Pitch Champion and will deliver a speaking seminar tailored to his book, "The NEW Elevator Pitch," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at Indiana State University.

"Value starts with your story," Westfall said. "That's my focus: creating a more powerful conversation, in a way that's authentic, clear and compelling."

The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will immediately follow Westfall's presentation. During this time, hosts will offer free refreshments and a limited number of Westfall's books to attendees.

Westfall will also be at the Scott College of Business the day before talking to our students.

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‘What Would You Do?’ is Focus of 12th Annual Ethics Conference

February 17, 2017

The Networks Professional Development Program within the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University will be asking Sycamores "What Would You Do?" at the 12th annual Ethics Conference on March 1 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

On the morning of the conference, the 8 a.m. session hosts business professionals in the Wabash Valley as well as State faculty and staff for a corporate keynote breakfast event to listen to Marc A Nichols Esq., legal counsel and director of compliance-Americas at Rolls-Royce North America. Rolls-Royce is a Fortune 500 company providing highly efficient integrated power systems used for aerospace, marine, energy and off-highway applications

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2017 Ethics Group Photo

Zachary Wittmann Awarded President's Medal

February 10, 2017

Zach WittmannZachary Wittmann, who graduated in December, received Indiana State's President's Medal, which is awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated a passion for service, leadership and academic excellence and has made community service an integral part of his or her college experience.

During his time at Indiana State, Zach was involved in many activities, which he says "helped make campus very small by getting to know so many people." He was a member and later an officer of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, a Student Government Association senator as well as serving as director of finance in the executive branch. He also worked as a as a supplemental instructor economics.

"Receiving the President's Medal for Leadership, Scholarship and Service was the perfect cap to the end of my time at State," Witmann said. "This honor was the result of a lot of dedication to the school and organizations. With so many outstanding students that could have been chosen, I am humbled to be the recipient."

Zach, who majored in Finance with a minor in Economics, said that “Blue is being able to walk across campus and recognize a lot of friends you pass by. Blue is making today better than yesterday!” One of his professors during his nominations for the 2014 Faculty Scholarship in 2014, wrote that “putting a “+” on an “A” in grading never made any sense to me until Zach came along.”

Zach is starting a career with Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane Naval Base as a Financial Management Analyst.

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Alumni Profile: Nick Spencer, '16

February 9, 2017

Nick SpencerSpencer also got a big boost on his career path while at Indiana State. Although he recently received his degree in business management, Spencer is already a top performer for Sigstr. He started working for the company in August 2016 as a business development representative.

“Sigstr is a SAAS (Software as a Service) company based out of Indianapolis,” Spencer said. “Our main focus is unlocking employee Email Signatures as an owned marketing and content distribution channel. Indiana State is a Sigstr customer.”

Spencer’s job is to present high quality opportunities to the sales team. “I mainly prospect organizations and reach out through email marketing campaigns.”

While at Indiana State, Spencer was active in the Kappa Alpha Order, was vice president of the Interfraternity Council and was sales ambassador for Scott College of Business. Among the professors who greatly influenced him, Spencer said, are “Dr. David Fleming, one of best professors out there; Dr. Evan Kubicek, because he opened my eyes to tech startups; and Bo Mantooth, an incredible leader and role model.”

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The Sweet Life

February 1, 2017

The folks at Indiana State University’s Business Engagement Center who have stepped up to help Seth Vicars, a fellow Sycamore and manager of Brooke’s Candy Co. in Terre Haute, as he takes to new heights the business started by his aunt, Brooke Schmidt, and his mother, Dana Vicars.

Seth, ’15, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in financial planning and started working at the shop before its grand opening last August.

After opening 13 years ago as a small candy, toffee and gluten-free baking mix company in Dana, Brooke’s Candy Co. expanded its business to Terre Haute last year, setting up shop next to the Indiana State University Foundation office and bookstore at 5th and Wabash.

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Brook's Candy

Tom and Sandi Druley Receive Distinguished Alumni Award 

January 30, 2017

At the recent Florida alumni receptions Tom and Sandi Druley were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards by our president, Dan Bradley.

Tom and Sandy have been long-time supporters of their alma mater and have graciously hosted many events for the ISU Foundation Board and others.

Tom, a 1963 graduate, came to Indiana State fresh from the Army and credits his Indiana State education with providing him the foundation needed to be successful in business.

Sandi, a first-generation college student, picked Indiana State for a business education degree because of the reasonable tuition and the support and encouragement she received. She graduated in 1964.

The two met on a blind date arranged by friends. They always had a strong interest in owning their own business and took the opportunity in 1971 to buy a packaged liquor store. They will open their 34th store this spring and now operate in four counties in northern Indiana. Tom has served as president of the National Association of Beverage Retailers and the Wine and Spirits Guild of America. In 1993, he was named Indiana Retailer of the Year. 

Image: Sandi and Tom Druley at a CAPA Benefit in December. Naples Daily News

Sandi and Tom Druley

Brian McLeish is this year's State Farm Circle of Influence Speaker

​January 10, 2017

Brian McLeishBrian McLeish will present “The Power of Needs and Nods” on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in the Heritage Ballroom in Tirey Hall at 5:30 pm. (Download event PDF)

He will describe how the needs assessment technique can be used in creating client relationships along with how the simple nod can enhance your connections. His presentation will be followed by a student who has completed a sales internship sharing how understanding the needs of clients played into their experience.

Brian was born and raised just north of Terre Haute in Clinton, IN, and graduated from Saint Joseph College with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. He also lettered 3 years in baseball for the Pumas. He began his career at State Farm in 1989 as an Auto Underwriter in Bloomington, IL, and moved to Paris to be a State Farm agent in 1996. In 2001 Brian transitioned into Agency Leadership and is currently the Sales Leader for West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois. He and his wife, Jami (who works at State Farm in Systems Department) have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. The McLeish’s are passionate about helping kids, and so Brian has served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Community Recreation Center in Clinton, IN since 2005.

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