Carolene Mays who graduated in 1985 with a degree in management and a minor in marketing, credits her ISU experience for helping her become a successful business woman.
She worked several jobs while attending ISU, but still found time to be a Sycamore cheerleader, and she was active in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. "Getting involved in college helps tremendously," she said.
Mays 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.
"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."