News 2023

Give to Blue Day a Great 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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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.