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Annual fall golf outing raises record funds for insurance student programming

November 5, 2012

The 15th annual Oktoberfest Golf Scramble raised a record $28,100 for insurance and risk management student programming at Indiana State University.

ISU students in the insurance and risk management program, along with Gamma Iota Sigma, the honor fraternity for students interested in careers in insurance and risk management and financial services, hosted the golf scramble on Sept. 27 at the Country Club of Terre Haute. The funds raised from the event are used for professional development opportunities, such as for students to attend conferences, study for certifications, attend industry networking events, and more.

"It was a great success," Brad Ketzner, a junior insurance and risk management major and Gongaware Scholar from Ferdinand, who helped organize the event. "That's been the largest amount ever netted from the golf outing."

Ketzner and fellow Gongaware Scholars Christena Hoopingarner, a sophomore financial services major from Columbia City; and Patrick Harpenau, a junior insurance and risk management major from Clinton, organized the golf outing. They planned the entire event, from logistics to outreach and soliciting sponsorships."The students and industry professionals look forward to the golf outing every year," said Maria Greninger, director of external relations for the Scott College of Business. She oversees the student team each year that plans the college's largest fundraiser. "It really is the difference between students receiving an internship or job or not getting one, because the industry representatives at the outing are so aware of the student team that organizes the event that it really catapults them into a leadership role once they leave Indiana State."

The event has grown over the years, in part because the participating companies have enjoyed the experience and have become regulars at the event. More than 90 insurance and risk management professionals, along with 16 ISU students and faculty members played in the golf scramble.

"This is one great opportunity for them," Ketzner said of industry representatives at the event. "A lot of insurance professionals like to golf, so it's a lot of fun for them to come out, meet our students and really network with them and look at students possibly for internships, or even jobs."

Photo: (ISU/Tony Campbell)Indiana State University students work the registration table at the 15th annual Oktoberfest Golf Scramble earlier this year. The event, which is organized and run by insurance and risk management students, raised more than $28,000 for student programming and professional development opportunities.

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