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History: Memories

Anita Adams

Administrative Assistant (1983 - Present)
Three-time graduate of ISU (A.S., B.S. and M.S.)

What made you decide to work at Indiana State?

At the time, I was looking for a job and my plan was to work five years then move on. But, I enjoyed working with the staff, faculty and especially the students so much that I never left!

What was the college like when you first arrived? How are things different now?

The organization of the then School of Business was very different in that we had six departments instead of three, a small MBA program housed under the associate dean, a dean and an undergraduate student services office. We had no special programs or centers. Enrollment for the university was high on a consistent basis – around 13,000 students each term. Departments stayed within their own disciplines – very little cross-teaching. While there was publishing and research going on, most of the emphasis was on teaching.

Now, we have tightened up the organizational structure, and it has been done with an entrepreneurial spirit. We have chairs of one discipline overseeing not only their own discipline but other disciplines very effectively. We also have specialized centers and Programs of National Distinction, which are valuable recruiting tools, and an MBA Program that is widely becoming recognized both nationally and internationally. I think this is due, in part, to giving programs and faculty autonomy to be creative and innovative.

What are some of your biggest achievements since you’ve been here or some of the big achievements/highlights for the college that you remember most?

The biggest achievements of the Scott College of Business: Our upcoming celebration of 50 years; maintaining our AACSB accreditation, and growing our programs to allow students to receive a focused, hands-on education.

What is the Scott College of Business’ greatest asset?

The faculty and staff and the spirit of Ethos they bring to the table.

What advice would you give to students thinking about attending Indiana State University (more specifically, the Scott College of Business)?

Do it! If you want a quality education, great industry connections, hands-on experience in class, real-world experiences outside of the classroom, and a wealth of awesome memories, then join us!

What advice would you give to graduating students or alumni who wanted to reconnect with the Scott College of Business?

Pay it forward. You were on the receiving end of contributions from alumni, whether it was directly (campus visits, receptions) or indirectly (scholarships), so why not give back?

Mary Ellen Adams

Emerita Professor of Business (1969 - 2002)

Mary Ellen AdamsWhen you were still a faculty member what subjects did you teach?

Subjects taught included: typing, shorthand, business communication, word processing - WordStar, WordPerfect, Microsoft Word - spreadsheets, database II, office supervision, records management, business communication, business report writing, methods of teaching business subjects . . . . Changes in office practices and job requirements and the introduction of various electronic devices have resulted in some subject areas being eliminated and others being added. The content of the curriculum changed when the two-year secretarial program was eliminated and more emphasis was placed on computer applications in four-year programs. The last several years, my teaching assignment was business report writing, methods of teaching business subjects, and a computer applications class.

What made you decide to teach and work at Indiana State? Did you consider any other colleges/universities?

I completed my Ph.D. in the summer of 1969 and was aware of an opening at Indiana State. My interview went well, and I began teaching here in the fall semester of 1969. My thinking was that I would spend four or five years at Indiana State and then look at other opportunities. I was invited to apply at some other schools, but in comparing various aspects of the opportunities, I became convinced that Indiana State was where I wanted to stay.

What was the school like when you were here? How are things different now?

The University offered good quality programs. There were many dedicated faculty and administrators who were focused on maintaining and implementing quality programs at ISU. Through the years, we have added faculty in key areas to facilitate expansion of programs.

Many programs involving nationally known speakers and performers were brought to campus. This type of enrichment of student learning has continued and expanded. Executive-in-residence programs and visiting scholars in specific areas provide breadth and depth to student learning.

The campus was more of a suitcase campus in the 1970s than now. There seemed to be less pride by students in their school - ISU sweatshirts did not prevail! Now more students stay on campus for weekends and take advantage of various kinds of activities, including studying. ISU sweatshirts are worn proudly around campus and elsewhere.

Major improvements in physical facilities and campus beautification have taken place. Student housing has undergone major improvements. The Student Recreational Center has filled a longstanding need.

When I came, the university was moving from a primary emphasis on teacher education to outstanding programs in many other areas. Continuous curriculum development has been important in maintaining programs and initiating new programs that meet academic and employment opportunities. The number of majors and minors has increased through the years; presently, there are more than 80 majors.

There are now more opportunities and a greater emphasis on internships for students in many majors. Study abroad has become an important part of many programs. Major donor gifts have provided state-of-the art computer equipment and software for new program development in the Scott College of Business.

The success of students was always a primary concern. However, now, success is monitored more closely and a greater variety of tools are used to measure success. Providing good academic advising for students has always been an important goal at ISU, especially in the Scott College of Business. The emphasis on advisement and configuration of program offerings that help students finish their baccalaureate programs in four years should help students achieve their academic goals in a timely manner and reduce the cost of education for them.

A more "objective focused" approach to general education has increased the recognition of General Education as foundational to a university education for all students. General Education courses focused on providing learning outcomes needed for academic success and for effective citizenship have been developed. The program is now known as the Foundational Studies Program. In the 1970s, the approach to General Education resembled making selections from a smorgasbord of offerings.

Throughout many majors there is an effort to incorporate ethical and social responsibility dimensions to course offerings. In the past this aspect of education seemed to be considered something that happened without much specific infusion of content.

Collegiate sports programs have changed considerably - some sports have been eliminated and others added. Participation in a conference that provides greater national recognition for student athlete accomplishments has increased student support for ISU athletic teams - there continues to be room for improvement in this area. Participation at the Division I level has added to the significance of the athletic programs.

Opportunities for students to participate in a variety of campus activities have increased. Student leadership is involved in providing many of these activities.

Encouragement of volunteerism has resulted in the students providing many worthwhile services to the community and beyond. National recognition, ranking No. 1 in community service, for student volunteer service attests to the success of this effort. The Center for Community Engagement has been established to connect Indiana State University to the community and thereby further opportunities for students and faculty to learn and serve as community partners throughout the Wabash Valley and beyond.

There is more cooperation between the Terre Haute community and the campus today for academic programs. Experiential programs that involve students consulting with local businesses and working to improve some aspect of a business have increased. Some class requirements involve students providing many services to community businesses and organizations.

There is more emphasis on a collaborative learning environment which provides opportunity for students to engage in team activities, especially with regard to problem solving.

The laptop requirement in the Scott College of Business facilitates class use of programs and software and helps recruit good high school graduates.

Electronic upgrading of classrooms, especially in Federal Hall, has resulted in many curriculum enhancements. One instance of upgrading is as basic as chalkboards - we have gone from blackboards (1970s) to greenboards to whiteboards to interactive whiteboards.

The Executive Express, a student-managed café in the College of Business, provides business world experience for students and serves students and faculty.

The availability of online classes and programs has made education more accessible and less costly to many students.

While at Indiana State, were you involved with any student organizations as an advisor? If so, which ones and how have they changed over the years?

I became the sponsor of Chi Chapter of Pi Omega Pi, the national undergraduate honor society for business education majors in the fall of 1970 and continued to sponsor the chapter until I retired in 2002. During that time our students achieved ranking as the No. 1 chapter in the nation two times and consistently ranked in the top 10 chapters nationwide. Pi Omega Pi continues to provide professional development opportunities for students and reinforcement of their preparation for classroom teaching. The activities the students create for use in their teaching are mostly based on computer applications now.

What were some of your biggest achievements while you were here or highlights/milestones for the college that you remember most?

Being a good teacher and academic advisor for students has always been my primary goal. When students I have taught, successfully complete their academic programs and succeed in their careers, I hope I have contributed in some way to their accomplishments. In many cases, I have been able to maintain contact with former students and keep up (somewhat) with their careers; contact with former students has been especially meaningful to me.

Participation as one of the researchers in a Delta Pi Epsilon (the national graduate fraternity in business education) national study was one of the activities through which I believe I have contributed to my profession.

To me, many highlights for the college of business are connected to the following:

AACSB accreditation was a milestone for the College of Business.
The state-of-the-art facility for the Scott College of Business was a milestone.
The Lilly gifts to the College of Business have resulted in an increased emphasis on financial literacy and research through the Networks Financial Institute as well as provided for scholarships in the Scott College of Business.
The Meis Student Development Center provides activities and services to give Scott College of Business students tools to achieve professional excellence.
The gift of Randall and Nancy Minas for the Minas Center for Investment and Financial Education has provided a financial trading room and has helped support the activities of the student Investment Club. Through this Center, students learn technology and gain experiences that prepare them for careers.
The establishment of the Gongaware Center brought about the expansion of the Insurance and Risk Management Program to include financial services. It has helped in the recruitment of outstanding high school students into the program and provides scholarships to many students.
The Sales and Negotiations Center provides sales education through laboratory experiences in the practice of sales and negotiations - an important aspect of careers in sales.
The Princeton Review ranking of the MBA program is significant.
And, of course, the Larry Bird basketball era was a university-wide highlight as was the dedication of the Larry Bird statue!!

What advice would you give today to students thinking about attending Indiana State University (more specifically, the Scott College of Business)? What is our greatest asset?

Read Indiana State University and Scott College of Business publications; make a campus visit talk with our alumni. Our greatest assets include great curricula, faculty, and facilities - and students. The quality of our publications both for the Scott College of Business and for Indiana State University as a whole have improved tremendously through the years and are important assets.

What advice would you give to graduating students or alumni who wanted to get involved at Indiana State?

Contact the Alumni Office for information. Contact the Scott College of Business for ideas.

Do it!

Richard "Dick" Becker

Emeritus Faculty Member (1956 - 1988)

Dick has a long relationship with Indiana State University, starting as long ago as 1949. After completing his bachelors degree at Bowling Green State University he came to Indiana State Teachers College in 1949 to take a masters degree in business education. One of his professors at  BGSU was Dr. Paul Muse who took up the post of chairman of the department of commerce at ISTC in 1946.

After completing his masters' in 1951, Dick left to take up a teaching position in a high school and after five years, in 1956, he was invited back by Dr. Muse to take up a teaching position in the department. After 32 years, during which time he the saw the changes from Indiana State Teachers College to Indiana State College and eventually Indiana State University, Dick retired in 1988 but is still an active part of the Indiana State University community with which he has now been associated for 65 years.

He has some advice for our incoming freshmen:

Get involved.
Keep up with your assignments - you're on your own now. The profs will not hound you to do your work - shape up or ship out.
Don't go home on weekends - that part of your life is over.
My observation is that students from small communities do well at ISU. They seem to know that Dad and Mom are sacrificing things for them to be in college, and it's their responsibility to do good work.
Join a student group that is composed of your major interests - accounting, finance, insurance, etc. - and a professional student group like Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Kappa Psi. These are the people you may be working with when you leave ISU.
Scholarships and internships abound in the College of Business for students who achieve well academically. Aspire to do well and qualify for a scholarship or internship.
Make life-long friends. These are the ones you want to see at homecoming every year. Many ISU students have found their future husbands or wives at ISU, SMWC, or RHIT. Don't rule that out.
Don't be afraid of using hard copy on paper. It has the potential of outlasting digital by a long shot.
Be prepared to make your experiences at ISU last for a lifetime.
...And take pictures and label them to help you recall your good times at ISU.

Herschel Chait

Associate Professor, Management (1981 - Present)

When did you become a faculty member at ISU and what subjects do you teach (now versus when you first started)?

1981. I began teaching Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Management Principles. I now teach predominantly Management Principles.

What made you decide to teach/work at Indiana State? Did you consider any other colleges/universities?

When I interviewed, the faculty who were here told me that this was a good place to work, teach and conduct research. At that time, I had an offer from IU – Northwest also.

What was the College of Business like when you first arrived? How are things different now?

It was larger with more students and more faculty. I was part of the Department of Management and Finance which had about 25 faculty members and a long-time department chair, Dr. Bob Steinbaugh. It was easy to create courses that met individual faculty interests, and the courses would fill. Overall, resources seemed abundant and the university had great discretion in charting its own course. Over time, resources became more constrained, and there was increasing external pressure as to what goals and directions the university should take. On the other hand, expectations of faculty - in terms of research and teaching quality - also increased.

What are some of your biggest achievements since you’ve been here or some of the big achievements/highlights for the College that you remember most?

The multi-million dollar Lilly grant for Networks Financial Institute.
The establishment of a nationally recognized Insurance program.
The new building and location in Federal Hall and its funding.
The constant review and revision of programs to meet students’ needs.
The expansion of the MBA program to Plainfield (ProMBA).
The research productivity of the faculty

Max Douglas

Emeritus Professor of Management (1968 - 2014)

When did you become a faculty member and what subjects do you teach?

I came to ISU in 1968. My primary assignment was to teach a course called Introduction to Business. This course was required by all business majors, and it was a great responsibility because it was the gateway course that could determine whether or not students would retain and increase their interest in business. I eventually moved on to teach other courses such as Management and Organizational Behavior, Advanced Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Organizational Change, a Contemporary Management Practices seminar, Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics.

What made you decide to teach/work at Indiana State? Did you consider any other colleges/universities?

In 1968, I had an interest in History. I had just finished my master’s at Ball State, and I had taught 5th grade for two years. I also worked for General Motors while I was finishing my undergraduate. I decided in 1968 that I wanted to apply for a teaching position at the university level, and I sent my credentials to a few schools. Two schools were interested. They were Indiana State University and Farris State University. I chose Indiana State University because of the culture. I felt I could make a difference here. Also, I got to interview with Dr. Robert Steinbaugh, and he really took a chance on me because I had some of the experience that they wanted. I’ve been here over 46 years now.

What was the school like when you first arrived? How are things different now?

The overall size of the campus has changed. The School of Business has moved locations a few times. It went from a multi-story building to one of the communications towers and now to federal hall. The school also uses a lot more technology now. Teaching methods have become more engaged now. We also have a Networks Scholars program and a Gongaware Scholars program. We started as a School of Business, then we grew into a College of Business, and now we are known as the Scott College of Business.

Since you’ve been at Indiana State, have you been involved with any student organizations? If so, which ones and how have they changed over the years?

My first advisory position I held was for the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity for about four years. I had some great students that were members, and they were also business majors. One of them is now on ISU’s Board of Trustees. The other organization I was an advisor for was Delta Sigma Pi for about 10-12 years. I inherited that position from Richard Becker who is now retired. I passed the position on to Dr. Joe Harder, but I still keep in contact with some of the Delta Sig alumni.

What are some of your biggest achievements since you’ve been here or some highlights/milestones from the college of business that you remember most?

One of my primary drives over my long career has been to strive for pedagogical excellence. Teaching and learning within the classroom is really important to me. The first milestone that was special to me is I was the first recipient of the College of Business’ outstanding teacher award in 1990, and it was tied in with our 25th anniversary. I was also nominated for the Caleb Mills teaching award in 1991. These were highlights for me. In 2010 I was nominated for a President’s Medal by President Bradley. Jeff Taylor, a 1994 ISU graduate and donor, decided he wanted to put my name on a room in the new business building. So the area that houses Undergraduate Student Services is named after me, and it means a lot to me because it was spearheaded by a former student of mine. I have also had a former student, Ben Lenderman, who was accepted into Harvard’s MBA program, and he is now on the Scott College’s Young Professionals Board. I think that is an important milestone for the college.

What advice would you give today to students thinking about attending Indiana State University (more specifically, the Scott College of Business)?

I would say to get involved. If you are a student, try to be involved with different organizations - either social or professional fraternities or sororities. Get involved with community service. Seek an internship, and attend the career fair if you are an undergraduate.

What advice would you give to graduating students or alumni who wanted to get involved at Indiana State?

If you are an alumnus, you can give back to your university in many ways. Join an advisory board or come back and be a speaker for classes. You could also serve as a mentor to an undergraduate student. You need to give back. I would encourage everyone to be a good giver. It’s all about helping other people.

Jim Funk (’07, Management)

Product Manager at Komatsu America Corp.
Scott College Young Professionals Board member

How have ISU and the Scott College of Business influenced your life?

The Scott College of Business prepared me for my career in ways that I didn’t expect. I learned about areas outside of the typical business areas of focus, and those are what really helped me transition to a professional setting. I was drawn to the College because of the comfort level I felt with the faculty and the class sizes. I knew I would be able to develop relationships easier in small classes.

How has serving on the young professional’s board impacted your life?

Serving on the Young Professional’s Board has made me more proud to be an alumnus from the Scott College of Business. The Board has given me a chance to interact with the leadership within the College and some extremely successful young alums, both of which I believe represent our University very well.

Who are some key people who have influenced you (faculty, staff, students) during your years of affiliation with the Scott College?

Dr. Max Douglas and Dr. David Robinson come to mind. Almost 10 years later, I still recall discussions or ideas from their classes. Dr. Douglas taught me a lot about interacting with others and leadership, while Dr. Robinson treated us like we were graduates and already in the workplace. In their own ways, both of these gentlemen prepared me for my career.

What words of advice do you have for current business students?

If given the chance, I would tell current Scott College of Business students that everything they do from the time they step on campus in their first year could affect their initial career opportunities and possibly beyond. It takes more than passing grades and having some interest in a certain field to transition to a career. Sometimes that is hard to see when graduation is still three or four years away.

What would you say to sell/promote ISU and the Scott College to a prospective student?

The Scott College of Business is a great environment to learn about business and prepare to start a career. The professors are driven, intelligent, and the subjects taught are relevant to the current business climate. The College does a great job of preparing students for what they will face as they step into their careers.

Would you like to add any other comments on behalf of the Scott College’s 50th Anniversary?

I think all Indiana State University alumni - business students or not - should be proud of the Scott College of Business. There are some great faculty in the College, and there are some great alumni that are associated with the Scott College of Business.

Chad Greene

Senior, Insurance and Risk Manager and Financial Services Double Major

What made you decide to come to ISU?

I really enjoy the fact that it is a smaller school. I like the one-to-one interaction with my professors. I didn’t want to be just another number. I visited campus for the first time when interviewing for the Gongaware Scholarship, and I fell in love as soon as I got out of the car. The professors are great, and the area is nice and has been expanding since my freshman year, which is encouraging. I will definitely be back to see the new student housing on Wabash Avenue, and I would love to see what the northeast side of campus is going to look like without the Statesmen Towers.

What college staff/faculty members have most influenced you?

There are so many people that have influenced me throughout my four years here. Dr. Terrie Troxel always expected the best out of me, and I had so much respect for him, so I always tried to work hard and do better than my best. Dr. Jin Park has helped me grasp the insurance knowledge that I need in order to succeed. He has always been there for me to ask him advice and any other questions I might have. Maria Greninger has helped me develop my sales and networking skills. Being in charge of the Oktoberfest Golf Outing really boosted my confidence in dealing with the industry. The Education Team and staff of the Networks program - they have really developed my professional skills, and I wouldn’t be the same person I am today without the program.

Are you involved with any student organizations? Which organizations? And how important do you think it is to be involved on campus or in the Scott College of Business?

I am a member of ISU’s chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, a Gongaware Scholar in the Networks Professional Development Program, and I am also an active member of Pi Kappa Phi. It is very important to get involved on campus. It helps build your resume and also helps build your skills. Without the organizations I have been a part of, I wouldn’t be nearly as far along as I am. They teach how to work in a team environment, but more importantly, how to manage your time. When you are involved in so many organizations and activities, you have to be able to manage your time well.

What advice would you give to students considering Indiana State? What is the most appealing about the College of Business?

I would tell students that if they want a great learning environment and a great place to meet friends they will have for the rest of their lives, then they should definitely come to Indiana State. The most appealing thing about the Scott College of Business, to me, is that we have so many connections with industry. If you want to meet anyone in the Terre Haute area or even Indy, we probably know someone that works for that company.

What are some of your favorite things about ISU?

Some of my favorite things about ISU are that we are not too small but not too big either. We also have so many things you can get involved in on campus and if there isn’t a club that you want to join, then you can make your own club by talking with the right people. I also love when I walk to class, I always see someone I know. You won’t get that at a big school. Indiana State has given me the best friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

Jeff Harper

Professor, Management Information Systems; Executive Director, Graduate Programs
MBA and ProMBA programs

What subjects did/do you teach?

I was a regular faculty member from 1998-2009. Then I became the director for Graduate Programs. I taught and still teach Management Information Systems. I’ve also taught some Operations Management courses and some tools courses for undergraduate students and E-Commerce for graduate students.

What made you decide to teach/work at Indiana State? Did you consider any other colleges/universities?

In 1998 I had 3 different offers but I liked the people at Indiana State. My wife and I planned on only staying for 2 -3 years, which was 20 years ago.

What was the school like when you first arrived?

How are things different now? When I first started, we did a really good job of teaching students the course work. Now, we also teach students how to network, interview skills and how to create a resume. Now, we focus not only on the curriculum but also the co-curricular activities that are important.

Have you been involved with any student organizations as an advisor? If so, which ones and how have they changed over the years?

I was an advisor for the MISA (Management Information Systems Association) organization with Dr. Jim Buffington for 8 years. I am not involved with any undergraduate organizations right now, but I am an advisor for the MBA Association. The MIS Association was a lot bigger in the past, but it’s not as big as it used to be. On the other hand, the MBA Association is a lot more active than it used to be and hosts events such as socials, community service and professional activities.

What have been some of your biggest achievements since you’ve been at ISU or highlights/milestones for the college that you remember most?

I think they all revolve around the students. It’s not so much my achievements but theirs. I get the most satisfaction knowing that, in some small way, I helped those students. I like seeing the students that work hard for four or five years land that well-paying job. I enjoy it when former students visit and tell me about the things they are doing in their current careers. I think whatever successes I have had have more or less been through my students.

What advice would you give today to students thinking about attending Indiana State University (more specifically, the Scott College of Business)? What is our greatest asset?

This semester I am teaching a BUS 100 class with 45 new freshmen, and I give them a lot of advice. The first thing I say is show up. Nothing else happens unless you show up. Work hard to get everything you can out of your education. Be involved in as many things as possible. Find out what the university has to offer you and take advantage of that. That advice will take students a long way. Indiana State’s greatest asset, no doubt in my mind, is the faculty. At the end of the day, if you strip away everything from Indiana state. If you take way the administrators, the staff, the students, the one thing that remains is the faculty. It’s the faculties’ knowledge that makes Indiana State what it is, and if you didn’t have that then Indiana State would have nothing to offer. To me that’s the greatest asset. And, we also have wonderful traditions. We have nearly 100,000 living graduates of Indiana State, and in the Scott College of Business, we’ve been granting degrees since the 1950s.

What advice would you give to graduating students or alumni who wanted to get involved at Indiana State?

It’s really easy to get separated and not stay involved when you graduate. You have to work at maintaining a relationship with the school to be a good alumnus. Come back for Homecoming and other school events. That relationship will always be something that you can count on and, in tough times, one you’ll always be able to lean on.

Jon Hawes

Professor, Marketing; Director, Sales & Negotiations Center

What subjects do you teach?

I teach Business Negotiations, Sales Force Management, and Professional Selling.

What made you decide to teach/work at Indiana State? Did you consider any other colleges/universities?

I had a few interviews prior to coming here in 2009, but I turned them all down. I chose Indiana State partly because I grew up near here, and I went to school at ISU for my undergraduate and MBA degrees. I love being a Sycamore. I bleed blue. And, it also seemed like it was a good fit for me. I love being here.

What was the school like when you were here? How are things different now?

I first got here as a student in the 1970s. We were in a different building at that time so Federal Hall is the third location for the business school. Almost all of the faculty are gone from when I was here as a student, except Dr. Lamb, Dr. Adams, and Dr. Douglas (he was Mr. Douglas then). A lot of the classes still cover the same basic theories but the technology is a lot better now. There are a lot more hands-on projects and applications now than there were in the 1970s. The role of faculty has changed a lot since then, too, as there are more expectations for faculty now. One thing that has not changed is the Ballyhoo. It’s still the same historic place.

While at Indiana State, were you involved with any student organizations as an advisor or student? If so, which ones and how have they changed over the years?

As a student I was very active in the American Marketing Association. I am currently not a part of any student organizations. Student organizations are a fantastic way for people to get involved and to participate. Those are the people that 20 years later tend to be the donors and come back for homecoming and continue to stay involved.

What have been some of your biggest achievements while at ISU or highlights/milestones for the college that you remember most?

I obtained my MBA at age 22. I had good grades. I had a lot of fun. I did everything that was expected of me as a student.

What advice would you give today to students thinking about attending Indiana State University (more specifically, the Scott College of Business)? What is our greatest asset?

Do it! Get involved and be active. Enjoy the time that you spend here. Work hard. Achieve and develop skills. Create for yourself a development of skills that are in high demand for employers. Focus on growing your skills. I think the greatest asset would be the teachers. We have a strong set of teachers here. ISU is very serious about the quality of teaching that it offers.

What advice would you give to graduating students or alumni who wanted to get involved at Indiana State?

Do it! It’s very necessary for current students to see the successes of former students. It’s great to give back, either time or money.

Steve Lamb

Chair, Accounting, Finance, Insurance and Risk Management (1970 - Present)

When did you become a faculty member at ISU and what subjects do you teach (now versus when you first started)?

I started at ISU in 1970. I started out teaching, and still do teach, quantitative analysis. We did not have hand calculators then.

What was the College of Business like when you first arrived?

The College was located on the quad in a rather quaint old fashioned classroom building.

Since you’ve been at Indiana State, have you been involved with any student organizations?

I’ve always been closely associated with MBA students. I’m very fond of them, both domestic and international. They are highly motivated.

What are some of your biggest achievements since you’ve been here or some of the big achievements/highlights for the Scott College of Business that you remember most?

The atmosphere has become much more professional, knowledge base of faculty is much greater, as is the professionalism. I’ve been Faculty Senate chair eight times and have held several leadership positions within the University. I’ve especially enjoyed working as chair of a department with a great bunch of faculty.

What is the College of Business’ greatest asset?

We have a rather high proportion of dedicated people (old and young) doing their best to advance the institution.

What advice would you give to students thinking about attending Indiana State University (more specifically, the Scott College of Business)?

Become involved with student organizations. Learn from student leaders, especially those involved in professional organizations.

What advice would you give to graduating students or alumni who wanted to reconnect with the Scott College of Business?

We love to hear from you! Keep in touch!

Commissioner Carolene R. Mays ('85)

Vice-Chair Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Carolene MaysMays has had active careers in business and journalism. A 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, she was also active in community and educational organizations in the Indianapolis area. From 1998-2010, Mays was publisher and general manager of The Indianapolis Recorder, the fourth oldest African-American newspaper in the United States. "The accounting and the business planning skills that I learned at Indiana State" came back to aid Mays in her effort to make The Indianapolis Recorder the success it is today.

Mays also served as a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives (served from 2002 to 2008) and early in 2010 was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

The following interview was conducted when Mays was awarded the title of Distinguished Alumni in 2002.

What are your most precious ISU memories?

There are many and they vary from athletics to community service to academics. Getting an A in Statistics was a huge accomplishment. My professor announced on the first day of class he had never given an A in his long career of teaching Statistics. I told him I would be his first! And I got it! It was hard work, but well worth it. Making the ISU Cheer Team was a major highlight and dream come true.

I was captain of the reserve squad for two years. Then my senior year was a member of the varsity squad. We completed that year in the national championships and were in the top 20 in the nation. Also, I enjoyed the many community service activities I was involved in throughout my sorority - Alpha Kappa Alpha. The most memorable were when we worked at a local youth community center. One year I was an elf - in costume and all. It was hilarious and great fun.

I loved Indiana State. The professors in the School of Business had a tremendous impact on my life. They were extremely challenging, but very good and thorough. The business school has got to be one of the best.

Who at ISU left an impression on you or served as a role model?

There were many. The professors in the School of Business had a tremendous impact on my life. They were extremely challenging, but very good and thorough. Especially in the areas of accounting, computer programming basics and statistics.

How do you feel about receiving this award [Distinguished Alumni]?

I am overwhelmed with excitement! It is a tremendous honor. I am extremely humbled - especially when I look at the company I am in.

In what ways are you still active with your alma mater and contribute to the traditions of the institution?

Since graduating from ISU, I've come back periodically for sporting events and sorority activities. Also, financially I have made a commitment to the President's Society and am committed to be a life member of the Alumni Association.

Bruce McLaren

Associate Dean, Scott College of Business; Professor, Management Information Systems

Bruce McLarenWhat subjects have you taught in the Scott College of Business?

Operations and Supply Chain Management and Management Information Systems.

What made you decide to teach and work at Indiana State?

Indiana State focuses on things that are important, like scholarship, student education, and community service.

What was the school like when you arrived? How are things different now?

I arrived at ISU in 1979. During the 80s there were a lot more students and most were business majors since ISU only offered a few majors.

Have you been involved with any student organizations as an advisor? If so, which ones and how have they changed over the years?

Delta Sigma Pi – Faculty initiate, and MISA. Student organizations and clubs play a critical role in student success. They give students an opportunity to gain experience for their future careers.

What have been some of your biggest achievements or highlights for the college that you remember most?

Working to acquire the Federal Hall building and receiving the Caleb Mills award for teaching.

What advice would you give today to students thinking about attending Indiana State University (more specifically, the Scott College of Business)?

You have to know your future. Ask questions. Make sure you find the right major and know whether or not you are able to actually do that job within that major. And finally, be engaged with the campus. You cannot get the college experience by just going to class.

What advice would you give to graduating students or alumni who wanted to get involved at Indiana State?

Share your success with the school, not necessarily giving money but tell us how ISU has helped you succeed. Stay in touch after you graduate, and network with your colleagues.

Brandon Nettrouer

Junior, Insurance and Risk Management

Brandon Nettrouer - Class of 2016What made you decide to come to ISU?

I was blessed to earn the Gongaware Scholarship through the Insurance and Risk Management Program at Indiana State and this scholarship gave me an opportunity to attend a four year institution.

What college staff/faculty members have you been influenced by?

I don’t know where to begin with this one - I have so many that have helped me in various ways to develop me into the well-rounded man that I am today. Professionally, my Fraternity Chapter Advisor David Stowe and Gongaware Program Director Rebecca Wray have been my largest influences by continuously challenging me to take on new projects and leadership positions to improve myself and my respective organizations. Academically, I have never had a professor that shied away from helping me succeed in the classroom. Dr. Park, a professor in the insurance program, has been a great influence on me as he: continuously demanded excellence from our class, held us accountable to learning class material, and challenged us to apply our newfound knowledge into real life scenarios.

Are you involved with any student organizations? Which organizations? And how important do you think it is to be involved on campus or in the SCB?

I am involved with the Networks Professional Development Program, Insurance Honors Corps, Gamma Iota Sigma insurance Fraternity, and the Pi Kappa Alpha social Fraternity. The importance of campus involvement is extremely underemphasized. I have progressed leaps and bounds into the student that I am today due to the diverse education that I have received in being a part of various organizations. People often think that the college education is confined to the classroom; however, the education you receive outside of it can be life changing, character building, and everlasting.

What advice would you give to students considering Indiana State (in particular the Scott College of Business)? What is the most appealing about the College of Business?

I would advise students to pursue a university where they will feel most comfortable with the type of classroom instruction, and then, based on the diversity of organizations with which they can get involved. The Scott College of Business has a tight-knit culture that fosters student-to-professor interaction and relationship building that students who pursue larger universities will never experience. Our student-to-staff ratio is very attractive for the student that likes being able to interact with their professor at any time. When you match that environment with the emphasis the Scott College places on professional development, you give yourself the best chance at not only earning a rewarding career after college but being successful at it as well.

What are some of your favorite things about ISU?

I love that I feel a part of a big family at ISU. I know that it means a lot to me when I continuously catch myself calling ISU home. I am fortunate to have been involved in various organizations and programs at Indiana State University, and the friendships and connections that I have made here will be everlasting. Even though we may not be the size of larger universities, we provide an unmatchable undergraduate experience that creates an everlasting love for the university.

Meagan Stenger

Sophomore, Insurance and Risk Management

Meagan StengerWhat made you decide to come to ISU?

I received the Gongaware Scholarship. I ended up loving the campus when I came for interview day, and felt like I truly belonged here.

What college staff/faculty members have you been influenced by in your time at ISU?

Dr. James Buffington, Dr. Bassam Yousif, Dr. Concetta DePaolo, Mrs. Rebecca Wray, Mrs. Michelle Reeson, Mrs. Kimberly LaGrange, Mrs. Kim Vanwey

Are you involved with any student organizations? Which organizations? And how important do you think it is to be involved on campus or in the Scott College of Business?

Yes! Networks Professional Development Program, Gongaware Scholarship Program, Sycamore Ambassadors, Gamma Iota Sigma, and various leadership positions within these organizations. I also will be coordinating industry relations for our 2015 Insurance and Risk Management golf outing scheduled for Sept. 24 in Terre Haute.

I think it is very important to be involved because of networking, name recognition, resume builders, excellent answers to interview questions, and to build yourself and your brand as a person.

What advice would you give to students considering Indiana State? What is most appealing about the Scott College of Business?

DO IT! The opportunities and networking here is unreal. I am able to walk down the hall and talk to my professors personally. They know my name and I think that is a huge thing at a university. I love knowing that I am not just a number here, but a person that is trying to better myself and mold into a successful person in the workforce.

What are some of your favorite things about ISU?

I love the Rec center, the campus and its beauty, the fact that the Scott College of Business is the most beautiful building on campus, and I really love being able to make connections and friends wherever I go. The campus is small enough that I know people when I walk across campus, but large enough to meet someone new every single day.

Ben Weber

Sophomore, Finance and Financial Services

Ben WeberWhat made you decide to come to ISU?

I spent a lot of time evaluating my decision, and after visiting campus twice, I really felt like this was home for me. The Gongaware Scholarship and being involved in the Networks Professional Development Program are truly blessings that I was very fortunate to receive. The faculty and staff at Indiana State University made sure that I was aware I would not be a number in my collegiate career if I chose to be a Sycamore.

What college staff/faculty members have most influenced you?

I have been heavily influenced by Dean Smith. I have had a few interactions with him, and I admire how he is an attentive listener along with being a genuine guy. He is a true testament to the University and its focus on personal interaction. He is willing to listen to students and takes great interest in what we have to say or how we can better the Scott College of Business. Dean Smith is one of the many examples at Indiana State where personal interaction is a high priority, and students come first.

Are you involved with any student organizations? If so, which organizations, and how important do you think it is to be involved on campus or in the Scott College?

Being involved is so important to having the complete collegiate experience. Involvement helps with event planning, networking, leadership, and other areas that are crucial to becoming the best candidate for future employment. I am in the Networks Professional Development Program, President of the Financial Management Association, Vice President of Investment Club, and a member of Gamma Iota Sigma and Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity.

What advice would you give to students considering Indiana State? What is the most appealing about the Scott College of Business?

There really is something special about Indiana State. It gives students the Division 1 feel, but in an atmosphere where personalized attention and student success come first. The faculty and staff here want to get to know you while helping to recognize and propel students to boundaries that have never been tested before. Indiana State gives students opportunities that will be remembered for a lifetime, so be sure to take advantage of every opportunity. College is really what you make of it, so be passionate and conquer your dreams. Success is small things done right over and over again, and this a great place to start or continue your success.

What are some of your favorite things about ISU?

I love the people and the size of the campus, which ultimately leads to unique experiences. Students get to be a part of something bigger than themselves, but ISU still has the family feel. We are truly fortunate to have the great campus that we have and, especially, the Scott College of Business.

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Scott College of Business
Federal Hall
30 N. 7th St., Room 203
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

812-237-2000
business@indstate.edu