Star Pro QB Drafts School of Art Alum to Create Cleats for a Worthy Cause

First Sydney Noland screamed. Then she cried. “I’m sure my downstairs neighbor thought I was out of my mind,” she wrote on her blog. Noland ’17, was not out of her mind, but she was overwhelmed with emotion after reading a text message from a colleague who worked for the Seattle Seahawks. “Guess what? Russell […]

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 […]