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 […]

Alums in Indy Turn Used Into Useful on a Big Scale

People for Urban Progress crafts used material, from the RCA Dome roof to Amtrak seats and seat belts, into items it sells—and makes Indy more sustainable.

Chris Walker, ’03, Partners With Ball State to Improve Muncie Central

Muncie’s high school has revived a STEM program and gotten more Ball State student teachers, thanks to the district’s ‘ partnership with the university.

Fine Dining & Fascinating History

Cailín Murray and Russell Irving met outside the historic Thomas Neely home four years ago during what can technically be described as an act of trespassing. For decades, the home had stood abandoned and in disrepair, an eyesore in Muncie’s historic Emily Kimbrough Neighborhood. Murray, a Ball State associate professor of anthropology , had assumed that the ramshackle home was uninhabited. She entered […]

Blinded in Combat, Businessman Leads Battle for Workplace Equality

Through the corner of his right eye, Jeff Mittman reads an email. Using a mouse, the retired soldier drags the cursor across the large computer screen magnifying the text as big as a handprint. At Bosma Enterprises in Indianapolis, Mittman sits with the attentive posture of a seasoned military veteran. Dressed smartly in a charcoal suit, his war-damaged eyes […]

Collaboration Empowers Area Residents to Make Healthy Choices

As a community, Muncie and Delaware County have some of the best clinical care options in the entire state. Out of 92 Indiana counties, Delaware is among the top-15 leaders in providing excellent medical care for patients struggling with diabetes, hypertension, mental health disorders, obesity, and more. However, when it comes to health behaviors that […]