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Gongaware Center announces restructuring, new staff

January 22, 2008

Indiana State University’s Gongaware Center is restructuring to reflect recent curriculum changes in the university’s College of Business.

Beginning last fall, the college introduced a new financial services major and minor. Students electing for that course of study must take Introduction to Insurance and Risk Management, Introduction to Financial Services, Business and Society (Ethics), Investments and Financial Institutions as core classes. Each student pursuing the new major has the option to complete 12 credit hours in accounting, banking, insurance and risk management, or investments.

In order to provide support for this broadened financial services program, student activities of the insurance and risk management program are being combined with those of the Gongaware Center, which has hired additional personnel, and is reallocating responsibilities among faculty and new staff members.

Maria Greninger of Terre Haute was hired in the fall as the director of external relations. She has worked at ISU for 17 years and moved to the Gongaware Center from her previous position as associate director of media relations. She works half-time for the Gongaware Center and serves in a similar external relations capacity half-time for College of Business Dean Nancy Merritt. One of her primary goals is to find ways to connect students and faculty with industry partners, particularly in connection with the Gongaware Center, College of Business advisory councils, the insurance and risk management program’s Leaders In Action Series and executive-in-residence visits.

The center also hired Rebecca Shorter of Terre Haute as director of career development. Her duties include directing activities related to scholarship programs, student recruiting and mentoring, career development, internships and job placement. Shorter graduated in 2005 from ISU, where she was a Gongaware Scholar, with majors in insurance and risk management and finance. She later earned her MBA from ISU in 2007. She also served as a Networks Graduate Fellow while earning her MBA. She has been a licensed associate for Nationwide Insurance since 2004, mainly focusing on personal lines property and casualty insurance, and she was an instructor for the College of Business during the summer and fall of 2007.

Students of ISU’s College of Business continue to benefit from the generous gift of Donald and Patricia Gongaware that established the Gongaware Center. In March 1998, Don Gongaware retired as chief operations officer at Conseco Inc. That same year, the Gongawares established at the Indiana State University School of Business, a center dedicated to the development of leaders in the financial services industry.

“As we recruit new top high school graduates into the program, work with our current student scholars, and place our students in industry internships and career positions, we are constantly aware that the financial support of the Gongawares and the involvement of industry advisory council members make the ISU program distinctive,â€Â said Terrie E. Troxel, the center’s executive director.

Photos: Maria Greninger Rebecca Shorter

Contact: Terrie E. Troxel, executive director, Gongaware Center, College of Business, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2442 or