Inspiring others to become involved in the life of Indiana State University Give Now!
Skip Navigation Links
Learn more about gift planning, ways you can give, donor societies and read inspiring stories
Skip Navigation Links
Sycamore Athletic Fund
Read about how funds are used, how your gift directly impacts athletes, read inspiring stories, and how you can make a difference.
News & Events President's Scholars Golf Outing Schedule of Events In the News   Skip Navigation Links
About the Foundation
Read the Chairperson's message, look up Foundation staff members, see financials and contact info
Skip Navigation Links
Board of Directors
View a directory of Board members
Skip Navigation Links
Visit websites for other areas of ISU
ISU Athletics sponsor program manager moves to ISU Foundation

Jeremiah Turner named new development officer for Sycamore Athletic Fund

The Indiana State University Foundation announced today the hiring of Jeremiah Turner as a development officer. Turner will be a part of the Sycamore Athletic Foundation team and focus on major gift fundraising for ISU Athletics.


 “I am absolutely ecstatic about bringing Jeremiah on board. He is a true professional with a demonstrated record of success,” said Phil Ness, associate vice president for development and Sycamore Athletic Fund. 


“I have a passion for Sycamore Athletics. I am excited about the opportunity to directly impact the success of our student athletes and our programs by sharing that passion with our fans and supporters,” said Turner.


As a development officer, Turner will be responsible for building relationships with ISU former athletes, alumni and fans as well as the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of athletic donors.


“It is such an exciting time for Sycamore Athletics. With the support of President Bradley, the vision of Athletic Director Ron Prettyman, and the leadership of his administrative team and coaches, there is so much positive momentum in our program right now,” he added.


Turner previously served as the general manager for Nelligan Sports Marketing at Indiana State. In this position, he was responsible for a nearly 30 percent increase in total advertising revenue during his three years with the company.


“Jeremiah has proven his abilities to contribute in many ways to Indiana State University and to Sycamore Athletics,” said Prettyman. “He brings a wide range of professional experiences to this new position that will serve him and Sycamore Athletics well.”        


Prior to joining Nelligan and Sycamore Athletics, Turner spent nine years with the Tribune-Star in a variety of leadership roles, including publisher and advertising director. Turner is also involved with numerous community organizations and serves on the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College board of trustees and the Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries board of directors.


“Many of our athletic donors are a part of the Terre Haute community, and Darrin Barton’s departure left this void,” said Ness. “Jeremiah’s local knowledge, relationships and skill set are incredible assets. He will keep us moving towards the top of the Missouri Valley Conference in terms of support for our Sycamore teams.”


Turner believes that his community involvement and relationships will help him in his new role with the ISU Foundation.


“So many of our corporate sponsors also provide philanthropic support and vice versa, and being able to understand those dynamics will be very helpful as we move forward,” said Turner.

New ISU Foundation development officer returns to Wabash Valley

The Indiana State University Foundation has hired veteran fundraising professional Ken Menefee to serve as a development officer for the organization and assist with philanthropy for the College of Arts and Sciences.


Menefee brings nearly 35 years of fundraising experience to the position and his experiences in healthcare development will provide the foundation with some different perspectives, foundation President Ron Carpenter said in announcing the appointment.  


Menfee has spent the majority of his career in healthcare fundraising, serving as the first director of the Union Hospital Fouindation from 1986 to 1990. Most recently, he was director of development for Good Shepherd Hospice in Lakeland, Fla. where he was responsible for enhancing the organization’s overall fundraising efforts.


“I believe that my background in building relationships and major gift fundraising will help in meeting the philanthropic needs of Indiana State,” said Menefee. 


He has also served as the lead fundraiser for Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla. and the Parkview Hospital Foundation in Fort Wayne. For both entities, Menefee raised more than $20 million for various fundraising projects and priorities.         


“Ken is an experienced fundraising professional with a proven track record of success,” Carpenter said. “With his skill set and ties to the community, we are all excited to have Ken joining our fundraising staff.”


Menefee said he is looking forward to being back in the Wabash Valley and near family and friends. 


“I am looking forward to renewing relationships,” said Menefee. “Plus, many great things are in the future for Indiana State, and the opportunity to be involved with the growth of the university is exciting.”

New ISU Foundation development officer returns to Wabash Valley

By: Dave Taylor, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
December 5, 2013

A $3 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will allow Indiana State University to build job readiness skills into its curriculum and expand its Career Center.

The grant is part of a $62.7 million initiative by the endowment aimed at helping graduates of 39 accredited colleges and universities in the state find meaningful employment in Indiana.

Indiana State will use its funding to expand its Focus Indiana initiative by introducing employment awareness early in students' college careers through its existing Foundational Studies program, Freshman Transition course and Sycamore Career Ready Certificate activities. The grant also will fund expanded internship opportunities and support new employer relations staff who will work with targeted growth and high need industries.

"We want Indiana State to be at the forefront of innovation for connecting our graduates to meaningful employment in Indiana," said university President Dan Bradley. "The endowment's support will enable us to pursue student and employer engagement strategies more proactively, which is good for our students' future and the future of our state."

More than 85 percent of Indiana State's undergraduate students are from Indiana and more than two-thirds of those students stay in the state upon graduation, Bradley noted.

The Endowment's Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations has been in place for more than a decade.

While progress has been made, particularly through expanded internship opportunities and more robust career placement offices, Indiana college graduates continue to have difficulty finding jobs within the state that are suitable to individuals holding a bachelor's degree, Endowment officials said.

"Despite a steady supply of four-year college graduates, Indiana ranks very low among the states in the percentage of its adult working-age population that has a bachelor's degree, and the state's average per capita income ranking also is unacceptable," said Sara B. Cobb, vice president for education at the endowment. "The endowment has become increasingly concerned about the implications of these statistics and their potential impact on the state's future prosperity."

A 2011 study by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, which was funded by the endowment, found that Indiana lags the nation in the availability of high-skilled jobs and that many graduates do not have the required majors or other credentials for the high-skilled jobs that are available. The study suggested actions that colleges and universities could take to prepare and connect their graduates better to high-skilled jobs and help increase the state's demand for educated workers.

In 2012 the endowment provided planning grants to Indiana colleges and universities that enabled them to review Battelle's findings, study the problem from the perspective of each institution's mission and context, understand more deeply the experiences of their graduates in seeking employment in Indiana, and develop school-specific strategies to address the initiative's aim. Many schools also used the planning period to research best practices at peer institutions around the state and country.

"The endowment has seen firsthand that colleges and universities have the ability and desire to help improve the job prospects of college graduates in Indiana, and we wanted to give them the resources to be even more strategic and ambitious," added Cobb.

Indiana State's Career Center has already shifted its focus and is reaching out to students from the time they first set foot on campus, rather than waiting for students to seek its assistance, which generally doesn't happen until they near graduation, said Nancy Rogers, associate vice president for community engagement and experiential learning.

"Most of our students are first-generation college students and can especially benefit from the expanded early outreach that this grant will enable," Rogers said. "To our students, a college education means gaining access to upward mobility. This grant will help us enhance the already life-changing experience of an Indiana State education."

The Career Center, through its new employer relations specialists, will develop strategic partnerships with employers in manufacturing; transportation and warehousing; health care; and professional, scientific, and technical services, said Darby Scism, the center's executive director.

"We selected these industry clusters because we already offer a strong employment program in other clusters," Scism said. "While we are centrally focused on educating our students so they can obtain positions within growing industries in Indiana, it is important to note that we will not ignore the other industries that also are significant to the health of our economy. We will utilize marketing materials to communicate with employers about Focus Indiana and its objectives."

Indiana State expects the initiatives made possible by the Endowment grant to increase the number of its graduates landing meaningful employment in Indiana by more than 1,100 during the next five years.

Media contacts: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or; Ronni Kloth, communications director Lilly Endowment, 317-916-7304 or

   Alumnus to be recognized with honorary degree

By: Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
November 27, 2013

Indiana State University will recognize alumnus and benefactor Michael Simmons with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during its upcoming winter commencement.

The 1964 graduate of what was then known as Indiana State College began his career as a biology teacher at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis and taught data processing at Indiana Vocational Technical College (now Ivy Tech Community College).

After several years of teaching, he went to work for IBM. He later served as a senior executive of American Fletcher National Bank in Indianapolis, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, Bank of Boston and Security Capital Group. He then formed his own consulting firm and worked with several start-up companies as a board member or advisor.

A member of the Indiana State University Foundation board of directors and a life member of the ISU Alumni Association, Simmons received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

A co-founder of the Homecoming weekend Sycamore Tricycle Derby, Simmons served as grand marshal of the 2012 Blue and White Homecoming Parade along with co-founders Tom Bareford and Debbie Hulman Bareford.

Simmons has been a significant donor to Indiana State. The Michael Simmons Student Activity Center is named in his honor due to his generous support of that outdoor facility that serves as the site of trike and tandem races. He also made a large planned gift to the ISU Foundation's March On! Campaign. The gift established a student team activity endowment with a goal of fostering development of leadership, communication and teamwork.

Now retired, Simmons divides his time between Brownsburg and Punta Gorda, Fla. He collects, restores and shows cars from his collection.

Indiana State's winter commencement is scheduled for noon Dec. 14 at Hulman Center with the processional of graduates beginning at 11:45 a.m. Admission is free and tickets are not required. The ceremony will also be streamed live at


Media contact: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or


Site Map   |   Privacy Policy   |   Disclaimer   |   Contact Us |   Career Opportunities

Indiana State University Foundation                     

30 North Fifth Street                                            101 West Ohio Street, Suite 1175

Terre Haute, IN 47809                                        Indianapolis, IN 46204

(812) 514-8400  |  (800) 242-1409                      (317) 673-4290  |  (317) 673-4297, Fax