Tiara Thomas
Tiara Thomas sits down with President Mearns to record a podcast.

Inspiration, entertainment, and much more can be found in Ball State University’s recently launched pod-cast, “Our Call to Beneficence,” hosted by President Geoffrey S. Mearns.

By Landa Bagley

President Mearns with Renae Conley

The podcast features conversations with graduates and friends of Ball State who embody the spirit of Benefi-cence through professional success and personal service.

“One of the best parts of my job is that, virtually every day, I get to meet people who are doing remarkable things with their careers and their lives. And I want to share these stories with a wider audience,” President Mearns said. “I hope that our listeners come away feeling entertained, informed, and inspired by these conversations.”

The guests featured in the first season of the podcast include graduates Vince Bertram, ’91 MAE ’98 EdS ’01 EdD ’06, CEO of the educational non-profit Project Lead The Way; sports journalist Don Yaeger; author Ashley C. Ford, ’18, whose first book made the New York Times Best Sellers list; Renae Conley, ’80 MBA ’82, first female chair of the Board of Trustees, and singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas, ’12, who won a Grammy and an Oscar in 2021 for two songwriting collaborations with fellow singer-songwriter H.E.R.

“Our Call to Beneficence” is available through numerous streaming platforms and at bsu.edu/president/pod-cast