March 2009


financial literacy conference educates community

ISU's chapter of the Financial Management Association, an ISU College of Business student organization, hosted its first-ever Financial Literacy Conference, Feb. 21.

The event featured professionals from the world of finance who gave presentations and answered questions regarding credit cards, mortgages and retirement strategies, among other topics.

Fiscal responsibility is hugely important because debt can spin out of control," said Brian Cain, a wealth management advisor from Old National Bank and graduate of the ISU College of Business.

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College of business center changes name

Our College of Business Career Experience Center has been hosting numerous events and activities to advance students' professional development, everything from panel discussions to internship workshops and executive dining experiences. To reflect this principal purpose and to distinguish the College's Center from the University's Career Center, ours has been renamed the Center for Student Professional Development.

For more, go to:  www.indstate.edu/business/cec

College of Business launches new website

The College of Business officially launched its redesigned website Jan. 5, 2009. Please visit us at www.indstate.edu/business. We'd love to hear what you think. As always, our website is a work in progress, and new content is being added every day. Please email Maria Greninger at mgreninger@indstate.edu with your feedback.

Experts project challenges, opportunities in coming year

The dismal economic climate is likely to get worse before it gets better, yet with those challenges come opportunities according to a panel of experts at the 13th annual Groundhog Day Economic Forecast Breakfast.

Business leaders from across Terre Haute and Wabash Valley gathered at Indiana State University Tuesday (Feb. 3) for the event, sponsored by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, ISU College of Business and Terre Haute Savings Bank. Panelists included Louis Joseph of Hospital Corporation of America Physicians Services; Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business; Brian Conley of Conley Real Estate Appraisals Inc.; and ISU economics professor Robert Guell. Nancy Merritt, dean of the ISU College of Business, served as facilitator.

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alumnus, retired wall street exec shares tips for success

Steven Pruett returned to his alma mater Tuesday (Jan. 20) to share his professional expertise with students from the College of Business at Indiana State University.

Pruett earned an accounting degree from ISU in 1978 and went on to a career working with U.S. power markets. He retired in 2006 as managing director of Goldman Sachs, a global investment banking and securities firm. He advised students to look at the market as a whole, which means understanding the financial climate not only of the United States but those in Europe, Asia and elsewhere around the globe.

"It's a global market," he said. "It's not U.S.-centered anymore."

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upcoming events:

insurance & risk management alumni panel

Indiana State University's Insurance and Risk Management Program will be hosting an alumni panel on Thursday, March 19, on the 11th floor of the College of Business. The panel discussion is set for 5 to 7 p.m. [Download flyer for posting at your location or sharing!]

Panelists will include:

For more information, go to:  www.indstate.edu/business/insurance/irmpanel.htm

Ethics conference approaching; register now

The Junior Class of Networks Professional Development Program will be hosting the fourth annual Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference on Monday, March 30, 2009. The conference will take place in the Hulman Memorial Student Union on Indiana State University’s campus.

This student-led conference will cover important topics of interest to students and professionals who want to further their understanding of ethical issues in today’s business world. This one-day event is free and open to the public.

For session and presenter information, go to:  www.indstate.edu/ethics

Gongaware Center Leadership Series kicks off March 24

State Farm Companies presents "The Art of Leadership and Being Led," a Gongaware Center Leadership Series presentation, March 24, 2009, in Dede III of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. The featured presenter will be Jack North, former senior executive vice president for State Farm.

North had a long career with State Farm and was one of five members of the Office of the Chairman. His successful career led him to start his own business to help companies develop the kind of leadership environment that he fostered on the job for over 25 years. His presentation will focus on trends and topics, such as:

Jack North* Empowering front-line leaders

* Enabling followers to fully collaborate

* Leading as well as managing

* Applying top-notch leadership at the front line

* Setting an example of leadership

CLICK HERE for more information.

Chris Whalen

save the date:  banking after the bailout

Join us on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 as Chris Whalen presents "The U.S. Banking Industry Post-Bailout" at Indiana State University.  This informative session will begin with a reception from 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. followed by Mr. Whalen's lecture with Q & A session from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Ballroom, Tilson Auditorium (Click here for directions).

Whalen is co-founder and managing director of Institutional Risk Analytics, with responsibility for sales, marketing and business development.  He has worked as an investment banker, research analyst and journalist for more than two decades.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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