As a Teacher and Alumnus, Ben Yoder Encourages Potential

Ben Yoder ’07 As a Music Education major at Ball State, Ben Yoder, ’07, remembers when his professors outlined an approach to teaching that spoke directly to his future. The idea: create independent musicians—ones able to learn on their own. Yoder shifted his focus to how to go about cultivating self-reliant musicians—a focus he now applies as […]

How On-Campus Experiences Unlock Students’ Potential

Ro-Anne Royer Engle Ro-Anne Royer Engle, who played a crucial role in organizing Ball State’s response to COVID-19, is grateful for online options that helped the University continue operating during the pandemic’s most challenging months. The experience also laid bare an unshakable truth for Royer Engle , vice president of Student Affairs: “If there is one thing […]

Ball State Grad’s Software Company Builds on Muncie’s Bright Future

Adam Unger, ’02 Adam Unger, ’02, president of Muncie-based Accutech Systems, sits at the helm of a rapidly growing company. In recent years, he’s heard some well-meaning advice: “If you want that growth to continue, you need to move the company to the Indianapolis area.” His response speaks volumes. Accutech , a leading software company for […]

In Her Research Lab, Tayla T.C. Lee Teaches Skills With Lasting Impact

Tayla Lee Tayla T.C. Lee is determined to provide high-impact educational experiences that will change the lives of her students and the people they may help after graduation. The assistant professor of Psychological Science also identifies herself as a Hoosier intent on giving back to the people of her native state. As a first-generation college student who […]

Ball State Grad and Donor Mike Ray Supports Students’ Bright Futures

Mike Ray ’83 Mike Ray, ’83, will never forget the investment his father made in him not long after he graduated from high school. He sees it as the foundation of his fulfillment in the business world and his enduring commitment to philanthropy. A member of the Ball State Foundation Board of Directors since 2016, Ray also recalls […]

Student Jordyn Blythe Discovers Many Ways to Affect Change

Jordyn Blythe For Jordyn Blythe, embracing future challenges also means learning from the past. One such lesson hit home for the Honors College student last Summer, when Blythe learned from her father the story of her first-born brother’s death decades ago as an infant. “The doctor was very dismissive and told my parents to wait until Monday […]

Student Trustee Rebeca Mena Met Challenges With Innovation

Rebeca Mena ’21 Rebeca Mena, ’21, has zero doubts about Ball State’s ability to boldly meet whatever challenges lie ahead. That confidence is the product of her experience as a student representative on the Board of Trustees during a time when the University faced challenges in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that interrupted normal life across the country. “You […]