Full Circle: Ball State Believed in Their Potential. Now These Alumni Are Giving Back.

People in Indiana come from all walks of life, and all deserve a chance to improve their lives through education. For decades, Ball State has been providing that chance.

4 Clever Ways Teaching Alumni are Keeping their Students on Track

Over the last several weeks, American K-12 classrooms have shifted from in-person instruction to online learning as the nation closed schools to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Ball State alumni leading these classrooms reacted quickly, moving from teaching in front of smiling faces to connecting with students online. These educators share their tips for shifting […]

Alumnus Works Around the Clock on Cure for COVID-19

Geoff Hutchinson, who studied biochemistry and pre-medicine, has taken the skills he gained as an undergraduate researcher at Ball State and applied them to the high-stakes work developing a vaccine for the new coronavirus.

Baseball Alum Zach Plesac Is Living His Dream in the Big Leagues

Ball State baseball has a long and proud history of sending players to the major leagues. Zach Plesac, ’17, is the latest and has shown the potential to be one of the greatest. Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 12th round of the 2016 MLB draft, Plesac spent two years in the minor leagues […]

Biology Alumna Fulfills Her Dream to Do Research on the High Seas

It’s a little after midnight aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus as Taylorann Smith, ’18, posts on social media: “This for sure makes the Top 10 Coolest Things I’ve seen in my lifetime.” What Smith is seeing, via a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) named Hercules, is a variety of scavenging creatures banqueting on the corpse of a […]

Alum Works Hand-in-Flipper With Her 500-Pound Best Friends

Neptune, a 6-year-old California sea lion, had a harrowing youth. In 2015, he was found stranded and starving on a California beach. Further examination showed hooks embedded in his front flippers and bullet fragments in his head. Neptune is now happy, well-fed, and in a forever home, thanks to the Georgia Aquarium and marine animal […]

The Cause of Justice

When Shelby Looper, ’16, learned she’d be given a U.S. Department of Justice award for her pioneering victim advocate work, she was flabbergasted. It’s the same way she felt when, a year earlier, she learned she’d been hired to take charge of the Muncie Police Department’s Victim Advocate Program . She was 23 then, just one year out […]