A Catalyst for Science: Trailblazing Chemistry Prof Park Wiseman Turns 100

Park Wiseman arrived at Ball State in 1947 expecting to spend a year there, maybe two. After all, Wiseman was a chemist with a doctoral degree, while Ball State Teachers College (as the University was known at that time) held only a marginal interest in science. The institution focused almost entirely on preparing educators for the […]

Teachers College: A 100-Year History of Innovation and Courage

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n 1918, the Ball brothers founded the school that became Ball State University to meet the need for more and better teachers. Today, Ball State is a world-class University with seven colleges. Yet throughout its 100 years, Teachers College has remained true to its mission: preparing educators for the classroom and beyond. Its graduates teach schoolchildren, lead […]

With Centennial Documentary, Students Learn About and Make Ball State History

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]istory came crashing down like a proverbial ton of bricks on at least one student during production of the documentary “From Normal to Extraordinary: Ball State’s First Century,” which premiered September 6, 2018, at Emens Auditorium as part of the official kickoff of Ball State’s Centennial Celebration . It happened to telecommunications major Henry Tegeler when he interviewed […]

New Centennial Book Reveals How Ball State Took Flight

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom the early days as a teacher-training school to its status as a comprehensive university, three Ball State colleagues have captured the institution’s history in a new book. “Ball State University,” a part of the Campus History Series by Arcadia Publishing, tells the University’s rich history through dozens of photos organized in six distinct eras, […]

President Mearns Builds on Ball State’s Accomplishments

Ball State’s strong foundation, including support from the community, has put the university in a very good place as it heads into its second century.