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Beneficence, affectionately called “Benny,” is Ball State's institutional icon. She symbolizes the generosity of the five Ball brothers whose land donation to the state of Indiana allowed Ball State to flourish.

Help Shape Ball State’s Next Strategic Plan. Please Take Our Survey

By: Geoffrey S. Mearns— As president of Ball State University, I am pleased to report that our faculty, staff, and students have been hard at work laying the groundwork for our University’s new strategic plan—a plan that will shape the vision for what Ball State will become in our second century. Our strategic planning process, titled “Spreading Our Wings,” got…


Brennan Baize, Karleen Bogart, Sebastian Brown, Kenny Coleman (top row); Alexis Detrich, Quin Fauquher, Morgan Hershman, Hannah Ridgeway (middle row); Michelle Scanameo, Blair Smith, Jaiden Turner, Joshua Vincent (bottom row)

More Community Foundation 2018 Scholarship Recipients

By: Kallie Sulanke, Community Engagement Officer— Muncie, IN—Congratulations to the following graduates: Brennan Baize, of Yorktown High School, is the recipient of the Charles W. and Jane (Klipsch) Thomas Scholarship. Baize plans to attend Florida Golf Coast University to study business administration. He is the son of Eric and Laura Baize. Karleen Bogart, of Nuames High School in Davis County, Utah,…



Ball State University Board of Trustees are pictured during the vote to pass the new resolution to appoint a new school board for MCS. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Public Forum for Muncie Community Schools Board Applicants Set for June 12

By: Ball State University — Muncie, IN — Ball State University will have a public forum June 12 in connection with the selection process for the new Muncie Community Schools (MCS) board. The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Muncie Central High School, 801 N. Walnut St., and it will be livestreamed at bsu.edu/live. Finalists for the school board…


Geoffrey S. Mearns, Ball State University's 17th president. Photo: courtesy of Ball State University

Join Us For Our ‘Community Campus Experience’ on June 16

By: Geoffrey S. Mearns, president of Ball State University— It is my pleasure as the president of Ball State University to invite you to join us on Ball State’s campus for the first Community Campus Experience from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. That afternoon, you can join us for an ice cream social on the lawn of the Ball State Quad/Arts…


Anna Allen. Photo provided.

Anna Allen of Yorktown Receives Ball State’s Provost’s Prize

Muncie, IN—Anna Allen of Yorktown, Indiana, received The Provost’s Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Work during Ball State University’s Commencement on May 5. “My most significant emotion is sheer gratitude,” she said. “I have worked with so many amazing faculty and students at this university and would not have had the research experience and opportunities had it not been for those…


Ben Mankiewizc and Vanessa Ament. Photo provided.

Ball State Professor to Introduce Movies During Turner Classic Movies ‘Mad About Musicals’

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Ready to sing, dance and learn? Film lover and Ball State telecommunications professor Vanessa Ament will provide on-air film introductions in June when Turner Classic Movies (TCM) pays homage to Hollywood musicals during “Mad about Musicals,” which is part of a free online course created by the university. Ament, the Edmund F. and Virginia B.Ball Endowed…


Kristy Thompson. Photo provided.

‘Excellence in Teaching Award’ Recognizes Wapahani High School Math Teacher

By: Jud Fisher— Muncie, IN—Ball Brothers Foundation (BBF) is pleased to announce that Kristy Thompson, a math teacher at Liberty Perry’s Wapahani High School has been selected as BBF’s 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award winner. The honor includes a $15,000 grant to support the school district, high school, and teacher’s classroom. Finalists for the award were Emily Shepherd, a math…


Academy students transform a classroom into a prehistoric cave for May Term. Photo provided.

Explore the “Cave of Time” at the Indiana Academy On May 23

By: Julie Tuttle Davis— Muncie, Ind. – Students at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities are currently involved in May Term, a unique two-week program that happens at the conclusion of every spring semester. May Term is a graduation requirement for Academy students and provides them with opportunities to take in-depth courses on special subjects, travel, and participation…


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Ball State Hires UConn Executive As New Athletics Director

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN – Geoffrey S. Mearns, the president of Ball State University, has selected Beth Goetz as the new Athletics Director. Ms. Goetz will join Ball State in June after serving as the chief operating officer of the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) athletics department since 2016. She will succeed Mark Sandy, who is retiring. President Mearns said…