Dear Alumni and Friends:
Almost every day, a fresh story comes to me of a Ball State community member that makes me proud of our university. One especially powerful story is that of Dr. Jim Ruebel, former dean of our Honors College, whose lifelong dedication to students and scholarship we celebrated in memoriam at Sursa Hall on Oct 23. I was especially moved by senior Valerie Weingart’s remembrance of the impact Jim’s extraordinary mentoring and example had on her life.
“Yes, Dr. Ruebel was an intelligent man, a lifelong scholar. But, he was not just interested in books or research: He was interested in people, especially us, his students. We filled his mind and his life like his books filled his office. He knew — he taught me — that memories, people and experiences are what give places, or places in our lives, meaning.”
Valerie’s tribute is not uncommon in our supportive, close-knit community. Ball State stories of faculty mentoring and campus experiences motivated many of the 23,000-plus alumni and friends who supported scholarships and BSU programs in the 2015-16 academic year. Their generous commitments totaled over $18 million and helped enable 12,572 students attend Ball State through some form of financial aid.
In August, a near-record class of new Cardinals joined our community, bringing our total enrollment to more than 21,000 students. I am especially pleased by the strong academic profile (3.45 average GPA) and diversity of the class of 2020. Their Ball State stories are already unfolding.
For more Ball State stories, jump into the latest issue of Ball State University Alumni Magazine. Read about a great start for the new College of Health, the Book Arts Collaborative project in Muncie and the extensive documentation of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay by our TCOM and journalism students. Online, you will enjoy even more stories, videos and photo galleries that celebrate all that is Ball State, here at magazine.bsu.edu.
It is an honor for those of us who are members of the Ball State on-campus community to be building on the stories and generosity of you, our alumni and friends, including the gift of learning from mentors like Jim Ruebel.
Terry King, Interim President