Premier Ball Jar Collection Was Kindled by Kinship

Jeff Harper shared a key personality trait with his great-grandfather. Ambition. Harper’s great-grandfather was Frank C. Ball, one of the five Ball brothers whose legacy is being celebrated during Ball State University’s Centennial. Jeff, too, was a successful businessman, having owned an industrial ceramic inspection and testing company. While Jeff had a Ph.D. in pharmacology, he […]

Facing Project Engages Storytelling to Spark Community Change

J.R. Jamison, ’01 MA ’03, has long known the value of telling a compelling story. As a Ball State undergraduate, he combined his geography major with a minor in creative writing , intending to one day become a travel writer. Now, he is collaborating with bestselling author Kelsey Timmerman on The Facing Project, using storytelling to help communities […]

Using Skills Honed at Ball State, Doug Jones Brings Astounding Characters to Screen

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]f all the parts in his prolific acting career, Doug Jones is proudest of Amphibian Man in the multiple Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water.” The film’s story — a lonely janitor (2018 Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins) falls in love with a humanoid fish god (Jones, ’82) held in a lab during the Cold War — […]

From Cardinals to Tigers: Four Music Alums Are Clemson Profs

Ball State and its School of Music have a robust connection to Clemson University, where four music alumni are performing arts professors: Paul L. Buyer, ’92 (director of music and percussion), Andrew Levin, DA ’93 (director of orchestral activities), Mark Spede, MM ’88 (director of bands), and Bruce Whisler, ’82 MM ’92 DA ’02 (director […]

To Be Read and Touched, Rare Texts Are Displayed at the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]all State University’s E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center is temporarily home to a rare collection of original historical books and texts, some dating back to the Middle Ages. Forty-five titles will be on display through the Spring 2018 semester. People usually must wear white gloves to peruse such texts, if they’re allowed to handle them at all. But for this […]

Rare Exhibition of 20th-Century Artist Diebenkorn Comes to Ball State

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n the gallery walls of the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA), visitors will literally see how an acclaimed American artist evolved in his early years. DOMA is the sole Midwestern venue for “Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955,” a traveling exhibition that includes many paintings and drawings that have never before been publicly displayed. It will be […]