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Ball State Graduate Kalyn Melham Crowned Miss Indiana

Saturday, June 29, will be a day that Ball State University graduate Kalyn Melham, ’23 MS ’24, remembers for the rest of her life. After a week of arduous competition in the 83rd annual Miss Indiana pageant, Ms. Melham stood on stage at the STAR Bank Performing Arts Center in Zionsville, Ind., waiting for her […]

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Ball State Speech Pathology Clinic Once Again Named SPEAK OUT! Grant Program Recipient by Parkinson Voice Project

Parkinson Voice Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the voices of people with Parkinson’s, named the Ball State University Speech Pathology Clinic a 2024 SPEAK OUT! Grant Program recipient. Grant recipients include hospitals, universities, private practices, and other organizations providing speech therapy across the United States and abroad. Each Clinical Education grant recipient receives […]

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Enjoying Her Dream Job: Classics Professor Reaches 40 Years of Service at Ball State University

Dr. Christine Shea

Dr. Christine Shea knew she wanted to be a classics professor since she was a teenager. It was her dream, an aspiration literally spelled out for the world to see. It was printed under her high school senior photo: “wants to be a classics professor.” She has been living that dream for decades. At the […]

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Ball State Recognized Again for its Top-Tier Academic Program in Risk Management and Insurance

Group photo for ISS Global Centers of Insurance Excellence Renewal

Ball State University’s Risk Management and Insurance program, an academic offering within the University’s Miller College of Business, has received a rare, praise-worthy recognition. The program has been re-certified for its Global Centers of Insurance Excellence (GCIE) designation by the non-profit International Insurance Society (IIS). Granted to very few schools, the GCIE designation is widely regarded as […]

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Robert Koester: 50 Years of Trailblazing Green Energy

Robert Koester

Robert Koester, director of the Center for Energy Research, Education, and Service (CERES) and professor of architecture within the Estopinal College of Architecture, has had a career spanning half a century at Ball State University. It’s impossible not to be awestruck by the depth of his experiences and contributions. From his beginnings as an assistant […]

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Architecture Professor, Former Associate Dean Michel Mounayar Celebrates Ball State Milestone

Michel Mounayar headshot

Michel Mounayar, ‘82, a registered architect, tenured professor of architecture, and former associate dean of the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (ECAP), remembers his first days on the campus of Ball State University as a graduate student 40-plus years ago. “It feels like it was like yesterday,” he said. “I can’t believe it has […]

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Chasing Northern Lights and Exploring Culture

A view of the Northern Lights captured by Ball State Professor, Sundeep Rayat

Ball State Students, Faculty View Northern Lights in Yellowknife, Learn About Arctic Life Instead of hitting tropical beaches or lounging poolside during their Spring Break, a group of 10 adventurous Ball State University students in March donned heavy parkas and embarked on a journey to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada—a 14-hour plane trip away. Their aim? […]

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Laura Means: Forty Years of Tech and Tenacity

Laura Means

Laura Means, ’98 MS ’01, senior project manager and enterprise systems analyst, has devoted 40 years of her professional life to Ball State University, carving out an esteemed career in the Information Technology Services (ITS) department. She has even remained in the same building—the Robert Bell Building—the entire time. “I’ve walked these same floors for […]

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Empowering Students and Enriching Muncie: Virginia Ball Center Seminar Projects in LGBTQ+ History and Culture

Honors college students pictured with Dr. Silas Hansen after their Virginia Ball center Seminar project showcase at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Students have been hard at work all semester on their Virginia Ball Center (VBC) Seminar projects. These projects, primarily for students in the Honors College, are innovative in their approach. One team, guided by professors Emily Johnson and Silas Hansen, the seminar brought together students from diverse disciplines to work on projects related to LGBTQ+ […]

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Unveiling the Superpowers: Dr. Sarah Ackermann’s Journey of Resilience and Innovation

Dr. Sarah Ackermann, Outstanding Community Service Award Winner

Dr. Sarah Ackermann is a dedicated educator who has made significant contributions to the field of education, particularly in the areas of online learning and art education. As the executive director of teaching innovation within the Division of Online and Strategic Learning (DOSL) at Ball State University, Dr. Ackermann’s leadership has brought about exponential growth […]

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