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Events raise more than $30,000 for business student programming

November 18, 2011

Two fundraisers for the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University raised more than $30,000 for business student programming and professional development.

The 14th annual Oktoberfest golf scramble earlier this semester netted $23,000 for Insurance and Risk Management student development, and the Scott College of Business' first Homecoming Hullabaloo, a networking event and Homecoming celebration, garnered $8,000.

"The funding raised by both of these events will be critical in developing future opportunities for our students," said Maria Greninger, the Scott College of Business' director of external relations. "The college and university have always emphasized the importance of experiential learning and student development -- development that occurs not only in the classroom but with external organizations and stakeholders, throughout the state and nation and sometimes internationally. These funds will help support these types of experiences."

The college's insurance and risk management program and Gamma Iota Sigma, the honor fraternity for insurance and risk management and actuarial science, hosted the Oktoberfest golf outing earlier this semester. More than 20 students volunteered to run the daylong event, which included nearly 100 participants from the insurance and financial services industry.

Students also planned and organized the event, which included getting sponsors and informing companies about different ways to participate.

"After months of hard work and countless phone calls and e-mails, it was awesome to see the success of this year's golf outing," said Andrew Graman, a junior from Bruceville who helped organize the event. "Bringing in more golfers and revenue than the previous year really reveals the hard work of numerous people. The success from this year sets a strong precedent for the next group to work on this important event for the insurance and risk management program here at ISU."

The event also provided an opportunity for students to network with professionals. Similar opportunities at previous events have led to ISU students receiving internship and job offers, Graman said.


The college's first Homecoming Hullabaloo provided an opportunity for alumni and friends of Indiana State to interact following a busy day of homecoming activities, including the parade, Tent City and home football game, which the Sycamores won over Western Illinois, 46-24. The event attracted 20 sponsors and more than 100 attendees. Nearly 100 items were donated for the silent auction.

"Our first Hullabaloo was a tremendous success thanks to the generous support of many alumni and friends and industry partners," Greninger said. "We look forward to even greater success next year in our new home in the heart of downtown Terre Haute."

By July of 2012, the Scott College of Business will move into the former Terre Haute Federal Building, which is undergoing a $20.5 million renovation to provide classrooms, a large trading room, conference space and community outreach facilities. For an update on the renovation, read the latest issue of the college's online magazine at

Photo: (ISU/Tony Campbell)
People at the Homecoming Hullabaloo hosted by the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University. The event raised more than $8,000, which will be used for student and faculty development initiatives.

Photo: (ISU/Tony Campbell)
Several attendees of Homecoming Hullabaloo peruse the items of the silent auction.

Contact: Maria Greninger, director of external relations, Scott College of Business, Indiana State University, 812-237-4357 or

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or