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Crawford & Company to Partner with Indiana State for Insurance Claims Training
June 20, 2017
Crawford & Company, the world's largest publicly listed independent claims management company, will collaborate with Indiana State University for a pilot program that will incorporate the company's Knowledge Management Center claims online training modules into the university's current insurance courses.
The pilot program will deliver a fast-paced educational environment through a virtual educational platform designed exclusively for the insurance industry. Indiana State insurance students will have access to nearly 40 online professional-level courses in adjuster safety, auto, casualty, ethics, fraud, liability, property, risk management, soft skills, transportation and workers compensation. The training will include material reviews throughout each module with a final assessment at the conclusion.
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Top Juniors, Seniors Honored
May 19, 2017
The Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior Award was presented to: Kelsey Darin, a marketing major; Amanda Lange, an elementary education major from Schnellville, Indiana; Trent Lunsford, a finance major (financial analysis and investment management concentration) from Overland Park, Kansas; and Kyle Varble, an operations and supply chain management major from Rockport, Indiana.
The Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award was presented to: Allison Crick, an accounting and marketing major from Terre Haute; Andrew Hile, a communication major from Indianapolis; James "Jak" Kramer, an insurance and risk management major from Pendleton, Indiana; and Kelly Polacek, a biology major from Cincinnati.
The Hines Memorial Medal was presented to Kelsey Darin, a marketing major, and Bailey Pell, an accounting major from Brazil, Indiana.
Trent Lunsford and Kyle Varble are Networks Scholars, while Allison Crick and James "Jak" Kramer are Presidents Scholars.
The Junior / Senior Award Winners
Business Students Assist Buddy Walk Planning
May 9, 2017
Down Syndrome Indiana found a friend in Indiana State University after a group of Sycamores stepped up to help the organization pull off a successful inaugural Wabash Valley Buddy Walk® to raise awareness and support for those afflicted with the disorder.
Students in Jeff Harper's 400-level project management course in the Scott College of Business volunteered their expertise during spring semester to help Down Syndrome Indiana (DSI) and Wabash Valley S.T.A.R.S., a local Down syndrome support and play group, bring the walk to Terre Haute on May 6.
Alumnus Todd Osburn and Caroline Howe Make Huge Impact on Alma Mater
April 28, 2017
Todd graduated from Indiana State with a degree in accounting in 1985 and is a founding partner of Greyrock Capital Group. Todd met Caroline while working in the same bank and now live in Chicago.
For over a decade they have supported Indiana State and the Scott College of Business in particular. The Financial Services Suite which houses the accounting, finance, insurance and risk management programs as well as the Networks Financial Institute in Federal Hall was named after them.
The generous couple made one of the largest individual gifts in Indiana State University history. Their $7.5 million planned gift, $5 million of which is for the Scott College of Business, is uniquely structured to both help the most financially strapped students and to ensure their professional readiness upon graduation.
Will Lehman named RIMS Rising Star of 2017
April 25, 2017
Scott College of Business alumni and Networks scholar Will Lehman was today named as the Risk Management Society’s (RIMS) Rising Star of 2017.
Will graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014, majored in Insurance and Risk Management with a minor in Sales and Negotiations. He is also certified as a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).
He currently works at Cook Medical in Bloomington, Indiana as an Insurance Specialist and is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of underwriting data for global Property & Casualty insurance program, loss control, claims management, functional risk management support and contract review.
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Elevator Pitch Champion Crowned
April 19, 2017
The Sales and Negotiations Center at Indiana State University is proud to announce the winner of the first annual Elevator Pitch Competition.
Winner Taylor Haneline of Fort Wayne is a marketing major with a concentration in sales management. Upon graduation in May, Haneline will be starting a career at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
"It has been an honor to be a student of the Scott College of Business," Haneline said.
The finalists of the competition included Kendall Brown and Allison Crick. Those who qualified for the semifinals include Kasey Hayward, Keaton Knight, Chase Lively and Seth Wiram.
Students submitted a video elevator pitch and then gave three live pitches on April 7. The quarters, semi-finals and finals were judged by members of the Sales and Negotiations Center's Sales Advisory Council.
The finalists: Kendall Brown; runner up David Kennel; Sales and Negotiations Director, David Fleming; winner Taylor Haneline; and Allison Crick.
Indiana State Among ‘Top Universities for Professional Sales Education’
April 19, 2017
The Indiana State University Sales and Negotiations Center has been recognized by the Sales Education Foundation among the "Top Universities for Professional Sales Education" in the organization's 2017 magazine, “Annual.”
Recent research suggests that 60 percent of all business majors and 88 percent of all marketing majors begin their professional careers in a sales-related role. Indiana State graduates are achieving a 100 percent placement rate within three months of finishing their degree.
Business Engagement Center Grant Helps Empower Entrepreneurs
April 19, 2017
VentureWell has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Business Engagement Center at Indiana State University to promote entrepreneurship and solve a social problem.
The Business Engagement Center is an outreach between Indiana State and the community and helps for-profit and not-for-profit businesses grow and launch by lending the expertise of its students and connecting potential small-business owners and entrepreneurs to resources. The center receives referrals from the Small Business Development Center, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation and Launch Terre Haute.
Last year, the Business Engagement Center worked on 49 projects and spent more than 5,000 hours on projects and student activities.
Outstanding Junior and Senior Awards go to Networks Scholars
April 12, 2017
Trent Lunsford and Kyle Varble were awarded the Rankin Award for Distinguished Seniors, while Jak Kramer and Allison Crick were awarded the Landini Award for Distinguished Juniors at the recent Outstanding Junior and Senior Awards ceremony.
The Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior Award recognizes outstanding men and women of the senior class who have contributed to the betterment of Indiana State University. Award recipients demonstrate dedicated leadership on campus and in community organizations. They show the desire and commitment to improving Indiana State and continue to live up to the ideals and values of Indiana State University. Indiana State students with a 3.25 grade point average and more than 94 credit hours are eligible for the Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior Award.
The Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award recognizes men and women for their outstanding achievement and service to their campus and community. Award recipients represent and reflect favorably on the ideals and values of Indiana State University. Students with a 3.25 grade point average and between 63 and 93 credit hours are eligible for the Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award.
Trent Lunsford, Jak Kramer, Kyle Varble and Allison Crick
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Indiana State is Among the Best Online Master's Degree Programs in Educational Leadership
April 11, 2017
Indiana State is among the best -- and most affordable -- online master's degree programs in educational leadership and criminology for 2017.
The Best Master's Degrees ranked State sixth out of 231 online programs for a Master's of Educational Leadership and sixth out of 145 schools for a graduate degree in criminology.
"As a public institution, Indiana State University has worked tirelessly to keep our programs affordable without sacrificing academic quality," said Ken Brauchle, dean of extended learning at State. "All of our online degree programs are taught by the same faculty as our on-campus classes and offer the same high-touch student support services. We are very proud of the educational value we provide to our online students."
Alumni Profile: Neily Stough, '16
April 1, 2017
In her senior year at Indiana State, Neily Stough worked on a project with MasterBrand Cabinets to gain “real-world experience.”
She also visited the business on spring break as part of the Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) program at Indiana State. “The experience and connection gave me a competitive advantage, I feel, in the market place,” said Stough, who graduated cum laude in May 2016.
It certainly did. Stough was hired as a buyer for MasterBrand Cabinets of Jasper, one of the largest cabinet manufacturers in North America.
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12th Annual Ethics Conference Creates Discussion
March 2, 2017
The 12th annual Ethics Conference took place on Wednesday, bringing Indiana State University students together to discuss and learn about ethical topics and issues.
Marc Nichols, Rolls Royce legal counsel and director of Compliance-Americas, spoke about ethics within the business realm and the rest of society.
Nichols titled his speech “Ethics in a Post Truth and Reality TV World.” Nichols spoke about the prominent issue of today — the 2016 election. He made sure to let the audience members know that his speech was not intended to be a political statement, only that ethics is everywhere, especially in politics. He questioned if one’s ethical decision making skills are corrupt, what would that do to one’s political decision making skills?
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Alumni Profile: Joyce, ’80, Gr ’95, and David, ’79, Boeglin
February 28, 2017
Ask David Boeglin to share some special memories of his years at Indiana State, and he has some great ones. Start with those exciting Sycamore basketball games when legendary Larry Bird and teammates dominated the floor.
“Numerous times I was able to scramble to the front row of the student section after spending the afternoon at the Ballyhoo with several friends and/or fraternity brothers to witness Larry Bird and his tremendous teammates put on a show,” David said.
Born in Huntingburg, David always knew he wanted to work in something business-related. “In the banking, insurance or real estate industry,” he said. “I attended ISU primarily because ISU’s reputation of having a good business school, in addition to the fact I liked the size of the campus and student-to-faculty ratio.”
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National Elevator Pitch Competition Winner to Offer Expert Tips
February 24, 2017
Author, business coach and keynote speaker Chris Westfall is the U.S. National Elevator Pitch Champion and will deliver a speaking seminar tailored to his book, "The NEW Elevator Pitch," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at Indiana State University.
"Value starts with your story," Westfall said. "That's my focus: creating a more powerful conversation, in a way that's authentic, clear and compelling."
The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will immediately follow Westfall's presentation. During this time, hosts will offer free refreshments and a limited number of Westfall's books to attendees.
Westfall will also be at the Scott College of Business the day before talking to our students.
‘What Would You Do?’ is Focus of 12th Annual Ethics Conference
February 17, 2017
The Networks Professional Development Program within the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University will be asking Sycamores "What Would You Do?" at the 12th annual Ethics Conference on March 1 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union.
On the morning of the conference, the 8 a.m. session hosts business professionals in the Wabash Valley as well as State faculty and staff for a corporate keynote breakfast event to listen to Marc A Nichols Esq., legal counsel and director of compliance-Americas at Rolls-Royce North America. Rolls-Royce is a Fortune 500 company providing highly efficient integrated power systems used for aerospace, marine, energy and off-highway applications
Zachary Wittmann Awarded President's Medal
February 10, 2017
Zachary Wittmann, who graduated in December, received Indiana State's President's Medal, which is awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated a passion for service, leadership and academic excellence and has made community service an integral part of his or her college experience.
During his time at Indiana State, Zach was involved in many activities, which he says "helped make campus very small by getting to know so many people." He was a member and later an officer of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, a Student Government Association senator as well as serving as director of finance in the executive branch. He also worked as a as a supplemental instructor economics.
"Receiving the President's Medal for Leadership, Scholarship and Service was the perfect cap to the end of my time at State," Witmann said. "This honor was the result of a lot of dedication to the school and organizations. With so many outstanding students that could have been chosen, I am humbled to be the recipient."
Zach, who majored in Finance with a minor in Economics, said that “Blue is being able to walk across campus and recognize a lot of friends you pass by. Blue is making today better than yesterday!” One of his professors during his nominations for the 2014 Faculty Scholarship in 2014, wrote that “putting a “+” on an “A” in grading never made any sense to me until Zach came along.”
Zach is starting a career with Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane Naval Base as a Financial Management Analyst.
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Alumni Profile: Nick Spencer, '16
February 9, 2017
Spencer also got a big boost on his career path while at Indiana State. Although he recently received his degree in business management, Spencer is already a top performer for Sigstr. He started working for the company in August 2016 as a business development representative.
“Sigstr is a SAAS (Software as a Service) company based out of Indianapolis,” Spencer said. “Our main focus is unlocking employee Email Signatures as an owned marketing and content distribution channel. Indiana State is a Sigstr customer.”
Spencer’s job is to present high quality opportunities to the sales team. “I mainly prospect organizations and reach out through email marketing campaigns.”
While at Indiana State, Spencer was active in the Kappa Alpha Order, was vice president of the Interfraternity Council and was sales ambassador for Scott College of Business. Among the professors who greatly influenced him, Spencer said, are “Dr. David Fleming, one of best professors out there; Dr. Evan Kubicek, because he opened my eyes to tech startups; and Bo Mantooth, an incredible leader and role model.”
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The Sweet Life
February 1, 2017
The folks at Indiana State University’s Business Engagement Center who have stepped up to help Seth Vicars, a fellow Sycamore and manager of Brooke’s Candy Co. in Terre Haute, as he takes to new heights the business started by his aunt, Brooke Schmidt, and his mother, Dana Vicars.
Seth, ’15, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in financial planning and started working at the shop before its grand opening last August.
After opening 13 years ago as a small candy, toffee and gluten-free baking mix company in Dana, Brooke’s Candy Co. expanded its business to Terre Haute last year, setting up shop next to the Indiana State University Foundation office and bookstore at 5th and Wabash.
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Tom and Sandi Druley Receive Distinguished Alumni Award
January 30, 2017
At the recent Florida alumni receptions Tom and Sandi Druley were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards by our president, Dan Bradley.
Tom and Sandy have been long-time supporters of their alma mater and have graciously hosted many events for the ISU Foundation Board and others.
Tom, a 1963 graduate, came to Indiana State fresh from the Army and credits his Indiana State education with providing him the foundation needed to be successful in business.
Sandi, a first-generation college student, picked Indiana State for a business education degree because of the reasonable tuition and the support and encouragement she received. She graduated in 1964.
The two met on a blind date arranged by friends. They always had a strong interest in owning their own business and took the opportunity in 1971 to buy a packaged liquor store. They will open their 34th store this spring and now operate in four counties in northern Indiana. Tom has served as president of the National Association of Beverage Retailers and the Wine and Spirits Guild of America. In 1993, he was named Indiana Retailer of the Year.
Image: Sandi and Tom Druley at a CAPA Benefit in December. Naples Daily News
Brian McLeish is this year's State Farm Circle of Influence Speaker
January 10, 2017
Brian McLeish will present “The Power of Needs and Nods” on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in the Heritage Ballroom in Tirey Hall at 5:30 pm. (Download event PDF)
He will describe how the needs assessment technique can be used in creating client relationships along with how the simple nod can enhance your connections. His presentation will be followed by a student who has completed a sales internship sharing how understanding the needs of clients played into their experience.
Brian was born and raised just north of Terre Haute in Clinton, IN, and graduated from Saint Joseph College with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. He also lettered 3 years in baseball for the Pumas. He began his career at State Farm in 1989 as an Auto Underwriter in Bloomington, IL, and moved to Paris to be a State Farm agent in 1996. In 2001 Brian transitioned into Agency Leadership and is currently the Sales Leader for West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois. He and his wife, Jami (who works at State Farm in Systems Department) have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. The McLeish’s are passionate about helping kids, and so Brian has served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Community Recreation Center in Clinton, IN since 2005.