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News & Events 2006

ISU Motorsports News:

Students get inside look at automotive industry as part of SEMA Internship

November 17, 2006

Two Indiana State University students and motorsports management minors recently served as interns at the 2006 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas and the experience opened their eyes to a whole new world of opportunities in motorsports.

Kyle Neisen, an Evansville freshman, and Kelly Waite, a Hobart senior - both enrolled in ISU's new minor in motorsports management (announced in April 2006) - worked as interns for the four-day event.

SEMA is known the world over as the premier automotive specialty products trade event. It draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products and typically attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries. The tradeshow specializes in aftermarket automotive, truck, SUV, marine and RV products.

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ISU motorsports interns bring good luck to GM

November 10, 2006

Four Indiana State University students hit the ground running at the Texas Motor Speedway as part of an intensive three-day internship experience Nov. 3 - 5 with General Motors and Chevrolet. (Chevrolet is the only General Motors division which races NASCAR.)

Students primarily enrolled in the university's new minor in motorsports management participated in the job shadowing activities. Their presence must have been a stroke of luck for Team Chevy because for the first time in Texas they swept the series, which included the Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350k, the O'Reilly Challenge 300 and the Dickies 500.

"It was all pretty overwhelming," said Jon Caughlan, a senior automotive technology management major and president of ISU's student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). "We got there and were granted so much access to everything. The Chevy people just grabbed a hold of us, and we jumped right in."

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GM makes major contributions to automotive, motorsports programs

November 9, 2006

GM EnginesGeneral Motors has rolled out extensive support for Indiana State University's automotive technology and motorsports management programs by donating 28 high-tech engines and a 2006 Buick Lucerne to the university.

GM's contribution includes 18 Saab 2.8 liter, V6, turbo-charged engines and 10 Ecotec engines. The Saab engines will be used as part of ISU's automotive technology management program and as part of its "Introduction to Automotive Engines" course - a required part of Indiana State's new motorsports management minor, which was launched last spring and went into full gear this fall.

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Pushing the Boundaries


More than 30 students are enrolled in Indiana State University's new motorsports management minor, which went into full gear this fall (2006), and the excitement is spreading statewide and beyond. And, through valuable student internships, a student drag race team and a hands-on classroom curriculum, students are learning all aspects of the industry.

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Motorsports Outreach Efforts at ISU


Indiana State University announced its minor in motorsport management last spring, and the university was the first such entity to join the Motorsports Knowledge Exchange out of the United Kingdom. These along with some initiatives with the Indiana Department of Economic Development are just some of the ways that ISU is showing how serious it is about motorsport partnerships, research and development, both here and abroad.

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New student organization to build, manage drag race team

November 3, 2006

The drag race teams at the Terre Haute Action Track will soon have to compete against Indiana State University students for the checkered flag. Through a new student organization, Team Sycamore Racing, ISU students will be operating, managing and driving a dragster at local speedways.

Kyle Neisen, a sophomore automotive technology management and business administration major, has been in high gear since January to make the idea of Team Sycamore Racing into a reality. "Team Sycamore Racing is a student organization that I've been working to create that will be operating as a fully professional National Hot Rod Association team," said Neisen, who serves as president of the organization which he founded. "It will be completely run by students."

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Four alumni honored with GOLD Awards

November 2, 2006

The Indiana State University Alumni Association has announced recipients of the 2006 Graduate of the Last Decade Award. This year's G.O.L.D. Award recipients include Michelle Cronk, Joe Crowley, Douglas Dillion and Daniel Tanoos. They will be honored at festivities Nov. 10.

Joe Crowley After graduating from ISU in May 2001 with a degree in recreation and sport management, Joe Crowley started his career in the fast lane. Crowley began working for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Racing League in the media relations department, where he served as an intern his senior year. He stayed with the IMS/IRL for three years before becoming a team and driver publicist for Bobby Labonte and Joe Gibbs and their sponsors, Interstate Batteries and ConAgra Foods.

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Indiana's Motorsports Initiative is topic for Sycamore Showcase

August 14, 2006

Race to Indiana State University to learn more about the Indiana Motorsports Initiative at ISU's upcoming Sycamore Showcase at Noon on Thursday, Aug. 24 in Dede III, Hulman Memorial Student Union.

Through presentations that begin at noon, attendees will receive an international perspective on the current state of the motorsports industry and its potential for growth in addition to learning about the Indiana Development Corporation's motorsports development program and its impact on the Hoosier economy. ISU's motorsports minor and how it is preparing students to meet the demands of the industry will be discussed.

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Funds for motorsport studies in budget plan

July 20, 2006

When Indiana State University submits its two-year budget proposal to the Legislature, it will seek funding for a proposed International Center for Motorsport Studies. The center is one of several quality improvement initiatives included in the budget. The center, still under development, is the latest effort by ISU to focus on the area of motorsports education.

"Motorsports education will be one of our academic priorities as we move forward on this campus," Provost Jack Maynard said during a board of trustees meeting Thursday. Motorsports is viewed by the state as a key area for economic development and job growth, he said. ISU has developed a new minor in motorsports management.

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Indiana State joins Motorsport Knowledge Exchange

June 30, 2006

Indiana State University has become the first institution from outside the United Kingdom to join the Motorsport Knowledge Exchange, an academic consortium that provides education and training to the motorsports industry at a variety of levels.

The exchange is based in the Motorsport Valley, a region of central and southern England that is home to some 4,000 motorsports companies, including six Formula 1 teams and dozens of suppliers to teams competing in Formula 1, Indy Racing League, Champ Car, Grand Am, NASCAR, NHRA and other series.

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Indiana State rolls out motorsports minor

May 16, 2006

Indiana State University is offering a new minor in motorsports management. Three ISU colleges (business, health and human performance, and technology) collaboratively will deliver a minor and are working together to study the industry to determine what other programs and initiatives are needed. The minor will draw on the expertise of faculty in these colleges to provide a motorsports emphasis that will complement a variety of degrees.

"Motorsports is a large and diverse sector of our economy and historically has provided employment for many of our graduates, especially from automotive technology management [the only four-year program of its type in the state]," said W. Tad Foster, dean of ISU’s College of Technology. "The industry is growing rapidly in size and complexity and, based on input from our advisory groups, we believe the time is right for the creation of degrees specifically designed for this industry."

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Mark Bennett: Indiana State takes position to help attract motorsports industry

April 24, 2006

Indiana should focus on developing more technology and supply businesses to service teams from the Indy Racing League, Champ Car, NHRA and USAC series, as well as train more of the state’s labor force to supply them with products and labor.

That was the message last week in Terre Haute, when Indiana State University unveiled a new motorsports management program that will offer students a minor degree in that field by combining related existing classes in its colleges of technology, business and recreation-sports management. "It’s designed to give students enough education in motorsports that they can see how their particular major fits into the motorsports world," said Randy Peters, coordinator for ISU’s automotive technology management program.

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ISU rolls out motorsports minor, other initiatives

April 18, 2006

The announcement of a new minor in motorsports management at Indiana State University is doing more than getting current and future students revved up about the possibilities. It's also showing that ISU is responsive to the needs of the motorsports industry - an area of growing importance, economically and otherwise, to the state of Indiana and the nation.

"One of the things that we have tried to do is find out exactly what employers are saying they need to be successful in this industry in this state, and that's one of the reasons that led to the development of the minor that we have rolled out today," said Ron Green, dean of ISU's College of Business.

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Indiana State University to offer minor in motorsports management

April 18, 2006

ISU announced it will offer a minor in motorsports management.

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