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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

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JUDGE CARLTONAND

SUE SANDERS

committed a $700,000 gift to the

School of Business to create the Judge

Carlton and Sue Sanders Professional

Sales Center.

The center will utilize state-of-the-art

facilities, instruction and curricula to

draw high-ability students, prepare

them for selling as a career and

connect them with Southern Indiana

and Louisville metropolitan sales

professionals and organizations

via internships and other learning

opportunities.

“We know that this center will

directly benefit students who will be

exceptionally well-prepared for a career in sales,” Carlton Sanders said. “We are going to see a positive impact in

our business community for years to come because of this state-of-the-art facility and first-class, elite program.”

Programs of study have been developed for business majors, those majoring in areas outside of business, and for

non-degree seekers who wish to pursue a certificate program.

The Sanders, both IU Southeast School of Business alumni, have made many significant contributions to Indiana

University and IU Southeast over the years.

“We’re so excited to help establish such a unique learning center at the IU Southeast School of Business,” Sue

Sanders said. “One of the most critical challenges facing college graduates is the ability to transition and thrive in

today’s competitive marketplace. The Professional Sales Center will prepare students with the skills necessary to

fill the jobs that are in demand right now and equip them for long-term success.”

JERRYAND SHEILA

WHEAT

announced a $100,000 gift that will

create the Jerry E. and Sheila R. Wheat

Scholarship for IU Southeast School

of Business students. A gift match of

income from Indiana University doubles

the amount of funding this scholarship

will provide to deserving IU Southeast

students.

“As a business professor, one of the

things that hurts our economy terribly

is when these students come out of

school with so much debt that they can’t

afford to get married, can’t afford to buy

a decent car, can’t afford to buy decent

clothes,”JerryWheat said.“If I can make a contribution to help students finish school without being in so much debt,

maybe somebody else can, too.”

Jerry Wheat, ’64, was a professor of business administration at IU Southeast for 27 years. He was an Air Force

veteran and the dean at the School of Business for a decade before retiring in 2006. As vice chair, treasurer and

board member of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Jerry Wheat has pursued “citizen

diplomacy” in providing foreign business leaders with examples of American best practices. Sheila Wheat, ’81,

graduated with a general studies degree and enjoyed a successful career working in advertising agencies in

Louisville. She is now retired and enjoys gardening at the Wheats’ home in Corydon.

The Wheats are celebrating 50 years of marriage in 2016.