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Sept. 15, 2003

ISU NetWorks Scholars receive laptop computers
as part of welcome to campus

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Eighteen Indiana State University freshmen from across Indiana and Illinois received state-of-the-art laptop computers during a recent ceremony celebrating their arrival to campus and their participation in elite scholarship programs in the School of Business.

NetWorks Scholars, Gongaware Scholars and President’s Scholars in the School of Business received the Dell computers as one of the perks of being among the elite group of students.

“We wanted to do something special for the first class of NetWorks Scholars. We think the computers are an appropriate gift that the scholars will really be able to put to good use as they study and become more involved in the NetWorks program,” said Bruce McLaren, associate dean, undergraduate programs.

The NetWorks Scholars Program, funded by part of a $20 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., provides chosen students with a $20,000 four-year scholarship. NetWorks Scholars are expected to participate in one paid internship, an international experience, work with faculty and executive mentors and participate in leadership development opportunities.

Danielle Thompson, a freshman from Terre Haute, said the computers are a nice “extra” to the scholarship program.

“With the new wireless system that’s in the School of Business, which is very state-of-the-art for us, I think it will help tremendously with our class work and all of the portfolios and assignments we have,” she said. “It will be great for in the classroom too. We’re instantly connected to everybody in class.”

Nevin Ashley, a freshman from Bruceville, said the laptop computer presentation came just in time for him and his parents.

“I didn’t know until about 15 minutes before we were going to go out and buy one that I was going to be getting a computer,” Ashley said, adding that he is looking forward to the experiences he will gain by being a NetWorks Scholar.

“The NetWorks Scholars program will prepare me in many different ways for a career after college,” he said. “It’s going to help me in my leadership skills, my communication skills and all sorts of different attributes. I can put what I’ve been through — including internships and studying abroad — to the test in the real world. You can’t get anything better than hands-on experience. So once you go into your job, you’ll already be a couple steps ahead of everybody else.”

Daniel Quintero, a freshman from Seymour, agreed that being a NetWorks Scholar will help him achieve success in college so he can continue to be successful in his career.

“I was pretty excited when I found out I was in the first class of NetWorks scholars,” he said. It’s an elite group. ISU is trying to build future leaders … and they’re including me in that group. Being chosen made me feel special.”

Ronald F. Green, dean of the School of Business, congratulated the scholars and wished them success in their first academic year.

“I am pleased to finally have the first class of NetWorks Scholars on campus and attending classes,” Green said. “They are part of a very special group of students who will provide leadership to campus, the financial services industry and other parts of corporate America. It is exciting to think of their potential and I look forward to working with them throughout their years at Indiana State.”

First class of NetWorks Scholars:

  • Nevin Ashley of Bruceville
  • Ashley Cameron of Rushville
  • Brock Dalton of Brazil
  • Jocelyn Gohman of Dana
  • Tressman Goode of Bainbridge
  • Michael Haseley of Argos
  • April Huey of Oblong, Ill.
  • Britta Johnson of Walkerton
  • Mallory Lopeman of St. Charles, Ill.
  • Dustin Newlin of West York, Ill.
  • Heather Peebles of Lebanon
  • Daniel Quintero of Seymour
  • Stephanie Schleter of Fort Branch
  • Danielle Thompson of Terre Haute

Freshman Gongaware Scholars:

  • Amanda Hountz of Batesville
  • Krystal Smith of Valparaiso
  • Jacqueline Zuerner of Terre Haute

Freshman President’s Scholars:

  • Bradley Belles of Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Ashley Cribelar of Martinsville, Ill.


Ron Green, dean, ISU School of Business, (812) 237-2000 or or
Bruce McLaren, associate dean, undergraduate studies, (812) 237-2086 or

Jennifer Kearns, assistant director, public affairs, (812) 237-8037 or

ISU Public Affairs:
(812) 237-3773 or