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$1 Million Gift Will Create Endowed Professorship of Insurance

February 21, 2020

A $1 million gift from the charitable trust of H. Peter Hudson will create an endowed professorship in the Insurance and Risk Management program at Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business. It is the largest cash gift to ISU during this fiscal year. ISU’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to acknowledge the gift by establishing the Dr. Larry Coleman/H. Peter Hudson Endowed Professorship of Insurance. 

Before Hudson died last year, he wanted to honor Dr. Larry Coleman, who began ISU’s insurance program and involved Hudson and other insurance executives in the process. Hudson was Indiana Commissioner of Insurance from 1975-81 and was President/CEO of Monroe Guaranty.

Hudson entered the insurance business in 1959 and was concerned about the lack of opportunities for students to learn about the business in college. In 1988, Coleman asked him to join ISU’s effort to develop a degree major in insurance and risk management. Within a few years, ISU’s Insurance and Risk Management Program was recognized as one of the top programs in the country. 

IRM 25th anniversary, April 12, 2014

The founders of the IRM Program pictured on its 25th anniversary in 2014
Larry Coleman, Don Gongaware, Dr. Mary Ann Boose Kent, and Pete Hudson.

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State Farm Circle of Influence Speaker: Greg W. Marshall

February 18, 2020

On Tuesday, February 18th 2020, Dr. Marshall, Charles Harwood Professor of Marketing and Strategy, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, presented “Days of Future Passed: (Re)Imagining the Role & Impact of Sales in the Next Decade,” drawing on his experience with selling, sales management, and product management in the consumer packaged goods and retailing industries with Warner-Lambert, Mennen, and Target Corporation.

He also shared insights from his considerable experience as a consultant and trainer for a variety of organizations and insider knowledge on the academic front; specifically as the current Editor-in-Chief for European Journal of Marketing, and former editor of the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice and Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management. He is also the author of several sales and marketing texts.

He shared his vision of the future of sales and its impact on business success. His presentation included the impact of AI and other emergent technologies on the role of the salesperson as well as the changing nature of sales roles.

Greg W. Marshall

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Students Compete in the Selective Insurance Collegiate Competition

February 11, 2020

Six Indiana State University students have been selected to compete in a month-long collegiate competition sponsored by Selective Insurance Company of America to test drive careers in insurance while building industry knowledge and experience.

Students from Indiana State represent one of seven university teams from around the country that have begun running virtual insurance agencies in a computer-simulated environment to gain insights into key processes and decisions commonplace in the insurance industry.

The competition, called Selective Agency Management Collegiate Competition, is being sponsored and managed by Selective Insurance Company of America, a Branchville, N.J.-headquartered insurance company of Selective Insurance Group Inc.

“Today’s risk management and insurance students are tomorrow’s insurance industry leaders, so helping students get acquainted with careers in our industry and on the path to success is something that we at Selective feel is our responsibility to see through,” said Chuck Musilli, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Selective Insurance.

"The Selective Agency Management Collegiate Competition is an exciting and unique opportunity for our students to gain real-world, hands-on knowledge and to develop their skills in agency management. The competition encourages a collaborative environment while preparing students for a career in the insurance industry," said Rebecca Wray, Gongaware Center and Networks Financial Institute director.

Jacob Kissick, senior; Kyle Collins, senior; Erika Perry, senior; Ellei Kay, junior; Josh Bruce, senior; and Zach Holt, junior

Jacob Kissick, senior; Kyle Collins, senior; Erika Perry, senior; Ellei Kay, junior; Josh Bruce, senior; and Zach Holt, junior

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Selling with the Bulls

February 10, 2020

Our Sales Team represented Indiana State University at University of South Florida for the Selling with the Bulls Intercollegiate Sales Competition on February 6/7. The competition was between 80 competitors from 20 colleges. Indiana State was represented by Hannah Davis, Kyle Collins, Hunter Diveley, Connor Lash, and Coach J. Ricky Fergurson!

Hannah took 3rd place in the LinkedIn Connection Request and Kyle won his Quick Pitch round!

Our Selling with the Bulls Sales Team

Welcome Back Ken Jones!

January 14, 2020

Ken (CPSM, C.P.M., CSP, PCQI, CLSSMBB) returns to the Scott College of Business and Operations and Supply Chain Management after a break of seven years.

With him comes 15 years of industry experience with companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Company, Rolls-Royce Aerospace, Roche Pharmaceuticals and Hillenbrand Industries.

Ken Jones

Faculty Impact

January 12, 2020

Students and alumni were asked to comment about a faculty or staff member at Indiana State who has impacted them…

Dr. Cetta DePaolo is an incredible teacher! Her real-world application of statistics has allowed me to excel in my career as a financial advisor, especially using spreadsheets. She’s fun, super smart, and just an overall awesome instructor! – Audra Dial

Kuntal Bhattacharyya, both Dr. McLarens, and Dr. Cetta DePaolo were four of the most influential people in my life when I was an undergrad. They pushed me in the direction I needed and helped me find the career path that was right for me. The supply chain program at ISU is unmatched and I am lucky to know each of these amazing people as a result of my time in the Scott College of Business. – Tyler Bouslog

Dr. Cetta DePaolo. Her classes helped train my brain to think critically when it comes to excel and analysis. I have received many compliments on my excel skills and analytical knowledge since I started in my role 1.5 years ago. I wouldn’t be prepared for the real word without her classes and all of her help! Thank you so much. – Nadia Snedeker

Judith Alletzhauser Brewer has walked with me every step of the way through my first degree and now as I work on my second. She is an amazing cheerleader for ALL of her students. She truly listens and would do anything for anyone! – Gabrielle Noel

Dr. Paul Schikora needs a shoutout here. I am so thankful that his classes are so relevant to what I do in my career today. FYI Dr. Schikora, I am now known as the “SAP Wizard” within my department at Kraft Heinz. My coworkers and managers always ask me where I got my skills and how I learned so fast, and I always mention that your class helped prepare me for the role! Now, I am helping to train others my tips and tricks so I don’t have to run reports for them. – Nadia Snedeker

There were so many wonderful faculty members at ISU who made a huge impact on my life. However, I thank Bruce McLaren and Connie Hollar McLaren for the impact they had on me. I do not even think I had either of the McLarens as instructors, but I grew close to them through the Networks Scholars Program. – April Huey

There are numerous professors and staff members within the Scott College of Business that prepared me for a career — thanks to Dr. McLaren, Dr Bhattacharyya, Dr DePaolo, Kim LaGrange and Michelle Reeson for being important guides in my academic and professional development. Because of STATE I am prepared for my career at Rolls-Royce. Thanks STATE and Supply Chain Program! – Kyle Varble

Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya was not only an excellent profession, but a mentor as well. I wouldn’t be where I am now without his support and time committed to developing and challenging students like me both inside and outside of the classroom. He has made a huge impact on my life even after I graduated from ISU — I am constantly using skills and life lessons I have learned from Dr. B in my career today. Well done, Dr. B. – Nadia Snedeker

Cetta DePaolo and Kuntal Bhattacharyya have made impact in my life and college carrer. I appreicate them both. They both truly care about their students. – Nick Cinati

Kuntal Bhattacharyya. This man was such an impact on me as a college student. He puts his heart and soul into his work and it shows in his classroom. He gets you ready for real life and for that he can’t be thanked enough. Thanks Dr. B!!! – Michael Jenkins

Bruce and Connie McLaren were like my second set of parents while I was at college. They cared so much about my development and made sure I was given every opportunity to succeed. They were with me on my first flight and my first trip overseas. They encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and open my eyes to the world. This has shaped who I am today and how I interact both personally and professionally with other people. – April Huey

Concetta DePaolo, Kuntal Bhattacharyya, Bruce and Constance McLaren, Judith Brewer, Paul Schikora, Kim LaGrange, Michelle Reeson

Top row: Concetta DePaolo, Kuntal Bhattacharyya, Bruce and Constance McLaren
Bottom row: Judith Brewer, Paul Schikora, Kim LaGrange, Michelle Reeson


January 10, 2020

Congratulations to Michelle Reeson and Drs. Kuntal Bhattacharyya and Aruna Chandrasekaran.

Michelle has been named as Director of the Meis Center, while Kuntal has been named Chair of the Marketing and Operations (MO) Department and Aruna is now Chair of the Management, Information Systems, and Business Education (MISBE) Department. Michelle will also remain as Assistant Director of Networks Financial Institute.

Michelle Reeson, Dr. Kuntal Bhattacharyya and Dr. Aruna Chandrasekaran