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 […]

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 […]