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College Faculty Among Winners
April 12, 2019
Residential Life recognized over 100 professors, instructors, and advisors in the Inaugural Professing Excellence and Inspiring Instruction Reception. Over 150 students nominated 115 different instructors for making a difference in their academic career.
Those nominated from the Scott College of Business were Concetta DePaola, David Fleming, Jeff Harper, Blake Rayfield, and Milton Soto-Ferrari.
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Concetta DePaola also became a Master Teacher having completed a rigorous three-semester program that required intensive reflection, meaningful investigation, and comprehensive analysis of effective teaching. These behaviors have enhanced their ability to provide quality student learning experiences. We appreciate their dedication and commitment to the foundational mission of Indiana State University!
The other Master Teachers are:
Bayh College of Education - Kathryn Bauserman and Bridget Roberts-Pittman
College of Arts and Sciences - Stephanie Alexander and Jennifer Schriver
College of Health and Human Services - Darleesa Doss
College of Technology - Kristina Lawyer, Ahmed Mohamed, and Sam Morgan
Cunningham Memorial Library - Karen Evans
Dean Brien Smith Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Youngstown State University
April 8, 2019
Scott College of Business Dean Brien Smith has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Youngstown State University in Ohio.
Smith has led the Scott College since 2012. During that time, Smith created a new center to administer student success programs and oversee student career-readiness initiatives, expanded online programs, increased the number of women leaders in the college by 30 percent, and helped raise millions of dollars in gifts and earn more than $9 million in external grants for student programming and scholarships.
"I have appreciated Brien's insights and his thoughtful approach to leadership. He's been a cornerstone of my leadership team, and I know he will bring these qualities to Youngstown State," said Mike Licari, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Indiana State.
Smith, who will be Youngstown's second-highest ranking officer and oversee all academic operations of the university, was selected after a four-month search that drew more than 60 applicants nationwide.
"My job as dean has been rewarding, and I am truly blessed to have served with so many talented people," Smith said. "I cannot say enough about State's spirit of generosity and its dedication to transforming student's lives and impacting the community. I am very excited about pursing my new role, and I am so grateful for the opportunity Indiana State University provided me."
Youngstown State is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service.
Record Breaking Year for WCISBDC
March 27, 2019
2018 was a record breaking year for the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) throughout the state for small business impact. The local West Central region was recognized as the highest performing center in the state! Business advisor, Tracie Yelich, was recognized for helping clients invest over a million dollars in rural communities. Regional Director, Courtney Richey-Chipol, was recognized for helping the most businesses launch out of any advisor and named Indiana's State Star. West Central will represent the state of Indiana at the National ASBDC conference in Long Beach California. We are thankful to the small business owners that let us be part of their amazing journey!
Faculty Profile: Jin Park
March 20, 2019
Like some of his students at Indiana State University, Jin Park didn’t know what to study when he entered college in his native South Korea.
He decided to earn his first bachelor’s degree in agriculture and had an opportunity to study English and learn about the American culture in the U.S., where he completed a second bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“The first work experience I had in the U.S. was for a small insurance agency as the office manager, helping sales agents with paperwork, underwriting, insurance applications and claims,” said Park, an associate professor of insurance and risk management at State. “I decided I needed to learn more about insurance, so I went to Minnesota State University to do my MBA and study insurance and risk management. That’s where I really developed the interest to take my studies further and decided to go for my PhD at Temple University.”
Park was intrigued by how insurance worked and benefited people in the U.S.
“Growing up in Korea, insurance was a luxury. People in the Asian culture are not actively preparing for death, so it’s a hard place to sell life insurance,” he said. “It was a cultural shock for me to learn that insurance is a necessity here, but as I worked with claims and helped clients and agents on my first job I realized how valuable insurance can be. I saw potential for insurance in Asian cultures, though I have not returned to my country.”
Instead, Park has spent the last 16 years teaching at the collegiate level. Before coming to Indiana State in 2009, he taught insurance and risk management at Illinois Wesleyan University for six years.
At State, Park teaches introduction to risk management, commercial property risk management insurance and employee benefits.
“I teach mostly undergraduate students, which is nice because they’re potentials. Insurance and risk management is not a subject that overlaps with a lot of subjects they’ve taken before and they come in thinking that they don’t know much about what my class is about,” he said. “But I tell them they’ve been practicing risk management. They’ve been maintaining good grades and talking to other students about what professors to take for different courses and that is all a part of risk management.”
Indiana State’s insurance program has been nationally recognized and was one of the first schools in the nation to offer insurance and risk management as a major. But Park often reminds people that insurance as a college major is not about sales.
“It’s about helping clients and businesses better manage their risk and insurance is a means to manage that risk,” he said.
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Give to Blue Day
March 14, 2019
"Our first university-wide giving day was a huge success, and we are so grateful for the nearly 1,700 donors who participated," said Indiana State President Deborah Curtis. "This is a wonderful kickoff to a new era for private fundraising at Indiana State. Everyone who donated has been a crucial part of this accomplishment, and it's only the beginning of more great things to come!"
Nearly 1,700 donors -- from Terre Haute to Australia -- contributed more than $430,000, making it the largest single-day fundraiser in university history.
Among other Give to Blue Day achievements:
- More than 970 alumni donated
- Faculty, staff and emeriti made up 30 percent of the donors, contributing $60,000
- The Honors College topped the donor leaderboard with 153 donors, followed by Bayh College of Education, Scott College of Business and College of Arts and Sciences
- 541 gifts of $100-plus were made
- Average gift size was $207
|Most Raised||Most Donors|
|1||Bridge the Gap Scholarships||$100,025.00||Honors College||153|
|2||Sycamore Athletics||$43,065.00||Bayh College of Education||133|
|3||Scott College of Business||$37,670.00||Scott College of Business||108|
|4||The Fund for Indiana State University||$31,132.55||Bridge the Gap Scholarships||104|
|5||College of Technology||$22,835.00||College of Arts and Sciences||101|
|6||Student Success Initiatives||$22,590.00||The Fund for Indiana State University||98|
|7||Bayh College of Education||$21,560.50||Sycamore Athletics||90|
|8||Alumni Association||$20,798.33||College of Technology||82|
|9||Charles E. Brown African American Culture Center||$20,629.00||College of Health and Human Services||81|
|10||Honors College||$6,748.33||Charles E. Brown African American Culture Center||79|
|11||College of Arts and Sciences||$6,153.33||Alumni Association||77|
|12||College of Health and Human Services||$5,520.00||University College||76|
|13||University College||$3,145.00||Cunningham Memorial Library||49|
|14||Cunningham Memorial Library||$2,675.00||Student Success Initiatives||38|
|15||College of Graduate and Professional Studies||$2,570.00||College of Graduate and Professional Studies||34|
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Student Profile: Maya Jamison
March 14, 2019
Maya Jamison was pursuing a degree in cellular molecular biology at another school before transferring to Indiana State. She had interned with Ernst & Young and decided to pursue a degree in accounting to contribute more to the firm. With the huge jump from science to business Jamison says she started to comprehend more of what was expected of her at Ernst & Young and more knowledgeable and they noticed this as well. Which resulted in her receiving a full-time position from the firm. Jamison looked at State as an opportunity for a second chance. She loves how much more she was challenged at State than her previous school and the materials and tools she learned are with her for the rest of her accounting career.
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Indiana State Wins National Business Learning Competition
March 7, 2019
A big congratulations to the Indiana State University team, VicTree Insurance, for placing 1st in the College Agency Management Competition!
Kudos to the team members: Christopher Graman, James "Jak" Kramer, Seth Payton, Erika Perry, and Evan Rogers for your fantastic performance and hard work during the four week virtual competition!
A huge thank you to our corporate sponsor, Westfield Insurance, our agency mentor, Steve Danielson at ONI Risk Partners, InVEST, the Big "I" Diversity Council, and PriSim.
During the past month, students input their agency's business decisions into PriSim's agency management platform taking responsibility for strategy, carrier and customer management, source management, staffing, sales and financial statements.
Thanks to funding provided by participating Big "I" Diversity Council company sponsors, the top three teams will receive a trip to the Big "I" Legislative Conference May 8-10, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Christopher Graman, Evan Rogers, Erika Perry, James "Jak" Kramer, and Seth Payton competing as VicTree Insurance
VicTree Insurance: Christopher Graman, Jak Kramer, Seth Payton, Erika Perry, and Evan Rogers
Networks 15th Annual Insurance Public Policy Summit
March 6, 2019
The 15th Annual Insurance Public Policy Summit, Common Goals & Divided Government: Insurance Public Policy After the Midterms, co-presented by Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University and Faegre Baker Daniels took place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington D.C. Networks Financial Institute and Faegre Baker Daniels collaborate to support dialogue and innovation in the evolving financial services marketplace. The Insurance Public Policy Summit has earned a reputation as one of the most engaging and thought-provoking annual events for the financial services sector, and 2019 was no exception.
Scott College of Business Dean Brien Smith addressing the 15th Annual Insurance Public Policy Summit
Scholars at the 15th Annual Insurance Public Policy Summit
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Alumni Profile: Milos Pavlovic, ’12, GR ’15
March 6, 2019
Milos Pavlovic, ’12, GR ’15, thought he would continue the acting and voiceover work he did in his native Belgrade, Serbia when he decided to pursue his undergraduate study in theater at Indiana State University.
“My interests in business grew and I decided to switch my major to insurance and risk management during my sophomore year after I took the intro class and realized the opportunities the program has to offer,” he said.
Pavlovic joined Sycamore Ambassadors, Gamma Iota Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Finance Club and worked in the Meis Center, where he taught lectures about business etiquette and diversity while earning his Master of Business Administration with a focus in finance and operations and supply chain management.
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Alumni Profile: Matt Mershon, '05
March 6, 2019
Matt Mershon came to Terre Haute for his freshman year of college at Indiana State University in 2001 and he’s been making a difference in the business world ever since.
Mershon, who is originally from Crawfordsville, Ind., completed several internships before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems in 2005, including one his sophomore year in Indianapolis at Inland Container, a corrugated board manufacturing company, where he worked in the corporate office.
His future in business was a no-brainer. Through high school, he started to see it was the path he wanted to take in life. His mom was in the business field and worked on computers at Inland; when he saw his mom come home and talk about her day, he’d help her troubleshoot. It got him interested in MIS and he knew that was his path coming in to Indiana State.
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March 4, 2019
The 14th Annual Ethics Conference took place on Monday, March 4, 2019 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union (HMSU) Dede rooms on Indiana State University’s campus in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Junior Class of the Networks Professional Development Program host the Annual Ethics Conference. This student-led conference covers important topics of interest to students and professionals who want to further their understanding of ethical issues in today’s business world.
Ethics Conference 2019 Juniors
Business Undergrad Lands Job with Amazon after Wowing them During an Internship his Junior Year
March 1, 2019
Andrew VanDenburgh may be in his final semester at Indiana State, but he’s already looking beyond commencement after he accepted a position last fall as an area manager at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Denver.
“This job offer was one of the most exciting moments of my life,” said VanDenburgh, who will graduate in May with a double major in operations and supply chain management and marketing with a concentration in sales management. “I knew I wanted an internship experience my junior year. When I saw an opportunity at Amazon, I saw it as a gold standard internship in my eyes.
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Selling with the Bulls Intercollegiate Competition
February 28, 2019
Allison Crick recently led teammates Hannah Davis, Andrew VanDenburgh, & William Shostrand at the Selling with the Bulls Intercollegiate Competition at the University of South Florida. It included aspects of sales such as email, cold calling, web meeting, elevator pitch, and in-person sales pitches.
Indiana State Selling with the Bulls Team: Hannah Davis, Allison Crick, Andrew VanDenburgh, and William Shostrand
Groundhog Day Economic Breakfast
February 5, 2019
A positive report on Terre Haute's direction for future economic growth came Tuesday morning during the Groundhog Day Economic Forecast. Workforce remains the greatest challenge for the Wabash Valley, as it is in many areas of the country, said Steve Witt, president of the Terre Haute economic Development Corporation. But it is also the greatest opportunity, he said, due to the post-graduate institutions and training available. Presenting the Groundhog Day Economic Forecast along with the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce were the Indiana State University Scott College of Business and Terre Haute Savings Bank.
Steve Wilt, Courtney Richey-Chipol and Gerry Dick
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Student Profile: Emily Conrad
January 1, 2019
Emily Conrad’s resume is chockful of experiences that would catch any recruiter’s eye, thanks to studying at State. “As a prospective student, I couldn’t believe that people got to go to school in a place like Federal Hall, and I feel so now lucky that I will get to call myself an alumna of the Scott College of Business and Indiana State,” she said.
Once she found the right path, Conrad wasted no time getting involved. She served as treasurer of the Investment Club’s portfolio of stocks and bonds, got involved in the Financial Planning Association and joined Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity.
“Through the Investment Club, I got to go to the Student Management Investment Funds Consortium Conference in the fall, where we met with CFO of the Federal Reserve, got to take a tour of the Federal Reserve and met a ton of Indiana State alumni in the Chicago area who work in the finance industry,” she said.
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