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New Alumni Leader Shares Why Staying Involved Is So Important

Mike Earley, ’78 Mike Earley, ’78, brings a lifetime of leadership experience to his new role as chair of the Ball State Alumni Council. The Council serves as the governing body of the Alumni Association and as a representative voice of the University’s 201,000 alumni. Looking back at his Ball State experience, Earley says his involvement in organizations and leadership positions […]

Partnership Encourages Kids’ Emotional, Social Growth

Classmates at South View Elementary interact in a social and emotional learning classroom that is among the first in the MCS school district. In times past, conventional wisdom held that when students came to school, they left their emotions at the door to focus on learning. These days, however, extensive research shows that helping children […]

Student Explore, Share What It Means to be a Midwesterner

Students and professors break for a photo while assembling the Minnetrista exhibit. Most Americans outside the Midwest have a fixed impression of the region—sensible, rural, conventional. But people who live here know the reality is more complex. Over two semesters, 32 undergraduates explored myths, misconceptions, and truths about the Midwest and its people. Their investigations […]

As Miss Ball State, She Delivered Messages of Hope

Miss Ball State Anastasia Sharp-Keller found a sense of purpose in sharing her experiences to encourage mental health awareness. Don’t be misled by her smile that outshines her sparkly crown. Miss Ball State Anastasia Sharp-Keller, ’21, takes her role seriously. As Miss Ball State, Sharp-Keller—a first-generation Psychological Science major who graduated in May—adopted a new initiative this […]

Alumna Artist Celebrates Football, Muncie

Kori Bethea is passionate about teaching but maintains a lifelong interest in making art. (Photo by Bobby Ellis) Kori Bethea, ’18, is a world history teacher by day, and an up-and-coming artist by night. Last Fall, the University tapped her growing abilities in digital art to capture the Cardinal football team , which on New Year’s Eve 2020 […]

Student Dancers Align Mind and Movement

Indya Childs (at right) looks on as students work on choreography fueled by online discussions with invited guests. (Photo by Ceth Williams) For Atlanta-based artist Indya Childs, the COVID-19 pandemic and last Summer’s social unrest fueled a passion for urging fellow artists to speak out. “As artists, we must reflect the times,” Childs said. She […]

Ball State Preserves Ginn Woods For Decades To Come

Stephanie Schuck, MS ’12, greets an old friend, a sugar maple tree, in Ginn Woods. (Photo courtesy of John Taylor) Indiana’s second-largest protected old-growth forest officially became a state nature preserve thanks to Ball State University. The Indiana Natural Resources Commission established the 161-acre Ginn Woods as a nature preserve after the Board of Trustees approved the […]