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October 17, 2009

Couple donates $1.35M to ISU Foundation



In the current Trading Room, students can watch two screens at once at each workstation. News feeds keep them abreast of current market conditions. When classes are taught in the room, the professor’s presentation appears on one of the screens.

Creating the new Financial Trading Room takes much more than bricks and mortar. “The biggest challenge is keeping up with technological changes,” Randy Minas explained. With the endowment, ISU will be able to stay on the cutting edge of the market and change as quickly as change occurs.

“ISU has become a place for other schools to come to learn how to set up their own Financial Trading Room,” Dean Merritt said. “We have hosted schools from Indiana, Ohio and even from across the globe.”

The Minases’ vision for the expanded Financial Trading Room goes beyond ISU, as well. Plans are in the works for Continuing Education night classes for the community as well as guest speakers. High school classes may have opportunities, as well, to work in the trading room.

Why are the Minases so passionate about financial education at Indiana State? It’s a family affair. Randy is a 1975 management alumnus (cum laude) with a minor in accounting. Now, he serves the university on the Board of Trustees and Nancy is helping the ISU Foundation as a member of the National Campaign Committee. Their second daughter, Dawn, earned degrees in business administration and psychology from ISU in 2003 and is currently a member of the Alumni Board. Their son, Randy, is currently working on an MBA and works in the College of Business. The Minas family believes in the importance of education to prepare graduates for the work force.

Randy Minas, CFP, is senior vice president with City Securities Corp., a private client group with headquarters in Indianapolis (his office is located in Crown Point). He and Nancy make their home in Crown Point.

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