Put aside the pandemic for a few minutes and take a trip down memory lane.
The seemingly distant past captured below represents the many beloved highlights of the academic year—friends embracing amid triumphs, packed football stadiums, and the elation and excitement of starting a new life at college.
An empty campus, though, provided a bittersweet opportunity for Ball State University’s photographers. With human life absent, campus’s natural beauty took center stage.
These are some of the best moments the captured during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Let There Be Light
Beneficence appears to hold the sun in her hand during a spring morning in 2020.
On to New Beginnings
Move-in Day is always a momentous occasion for new students and their families. In a matter of hours, the quiet calm of summer on campus bursts to life as everyone carries, pulls, pushes, and shoves their belongings into their homes for the school year.
Yoink! No You Don’t
A cord pulls back a student – a little surprisingly – while running in an inflatable bungee race. The game was part of Welcome Week activities for new students to become familiar with campus and get to know their classmates.
Ball State Police Lieutenant Terrell Smith emerges after plunging into the icy pool of a dunk tank. The police department hosts Dunk-A-Cop at the beginning of the academic year as a fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children.
Look to the Stars
Ever the night owl, “Frog Baby” looks up to the stars on a late summer evening.
Still Time to Celebrate
Ball State Field Hockey Forward Michelle Shampton receives hugs from her teammates as they celebrate their 1-0 win against Appalachian State University in the final 39 seconds of the game.
Windows of Opportunity
With its glass facades, the back side of the new Health Professions Building is a marvel of modern architecture. The building opened in 2019 and is the home of Ball State’s College of Health.
Clear Skies on the Horizon
Blue sky and red end zones create a colorful panorama during the Family Weekend football contest against Florida Atlantic University on Sept. 14.
Going strong since 1987, Air Jam is Ball State’s most popular student Homecoming event. Student organizations dance and compete in the annual lip-sync competition.
The evening horizon glows with a final goodbye as the sun sets behind Shafer Tower and the Letterman Building.
Bathed in autumnal radiance, the Pride of Mid America Marching Band led the Homecoming Parade with a flourish of drumbeats.
She Has the Voice
Alumna Lauren Hall, ’16, returned to her alma mater to perform at halftime of the women’s basketball game on November 20. Hall, who played soccer at Ball State, was a crowd-favorite contestant on season 17 of NBC’s The Voice.
First Gen Pride
Aaron Lor proudly participated in the University’s “I Am First” celebration in L.A. Pittinger Student Center, showing he is among the first generation in his family to go to college. Aaron is a master’s student in student affairs administration in higher education and an assistant residence hall director.
What’s up, Doc?
Winter Commencement speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski III receives an honorary doctorate degree from Ball State University on Dec. 14, 2019. Hrabowski is the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. President Barack Obama nominated Hrabowski to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and he is currently chair.
Moment of Reflection
Ball State students ventured to Toronto, Canada in early November to visit Toronto’s various maker spaces as part of a fellowship with Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. Students created various printed pieces and a documentary of their research.
Sunlight glows upon the cool ground near the Administration Building during a crisp day on the Quad.
Just Keep Swimming
Ball State’s women’s swimming and diving team defeated Indiana State 159-141 on January 18 at Lewellen Aquatic Center.
United We Stand
Ball State students, plus faculty and staff members, showed their support for diversity, inclusivity and solidarity at the MLK Unity March on January 20. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day procession was part of the 39th annual Unity Week celebration on campus.
The Board of Trustees posed with President Geoffrey S. Mearns after electing new officers in January 2020. Renae Conley (shown front row, second from left) succeeded Rick Hall as chair and is the first woman to serve in the position.
A member of the Ball State Gymnastics Team performs a balance beam routine during the final home meet of the 2019-2020 season.
In Tune with His Surroundings
Alessandro Riccardi was drawn to Ball State to be a piano assistant, which lets him teach plus play for ballet classes. The Italian native expects to graduate in December with his artist diploma in music performance.
A February 2020 snow creates a peaceful scene with these evergreens nestled up to the eastern branch of York Prairie Creek on campus and the walking bridge over it near Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
Jarron Coleman celebrates after scoring two of his 19 points against Eastern Michigan at home Feb. 22. It was the guard’s second-best point total this season. Coleman, redshirted as a freshman, was an Indiana All-Star as an Indianapolis high school senior.
Hugs All Around
Tired but happy, students celebrate the success of the 13-hour Dance Marathon that raised $566,207.20 for Riley Hospital for Children this year. In 2008, Ball State Dance Marathon became a campuswide student organization. Ball State University is one of more than 150 universities and high schools around the country to host a Dance Marathon for a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
Mike Prater, associate professor of art education, conducted Spring semester 2020 classes from his home office after COVID-19 resulted in a campus shutdown. Here, he works with a painting student using a video camera to show strokes and progress on art work.
Bell of the Ball
Dedicated in 2002, Shafer Tower rises 150 feet in the air and is home to 48 custom-made carillon bells. Here, the tower stands tall over a blooming yet empty campus on May 1, 2020.
Wanna Be Friends?
“Hey, where did everyone go?” might be a question on the mind of this campus-loving squirrel who seems overjoyed to glimpse the human who snapped this photo. Don’t worry, guy, we’ll all be back soon!
The One and Only
A single purple tulip stands out in a flower bed full of yellow ones in March 2020.
Good for the Goose
A Ball State bus sports a colorful WE FLY message, but this waterfowl stays put. April is typically the time when the birds arrive on campus. The most common among them, the Canadian goose, can be territorial and hostile during its nesting season—behavior that inspired the Ball State police to post a good-natured “notice of trespass” for the birds on Facebook.
Development of the new East Quad continues with the construction of the Foundational Sciences Building just to the south of the new Health Professions Building. The $87.5 million, five-story structure will be the home of the chemistry and biology departments and is a significant step in the University’s plan to meet the growing demand for STEM professionals in Indiana.
Shafer Tower synchronizes with the afternoon sun for an image that would be suitable for accompaniment by a grand symphony.
A fading sun casts orange and red colors in the sky behind Teachers College Building in April 2020. The photo, taken from the McKinley Avenue Parking Garage also shows an empty Scramble Light during social distancing.