On Oct. 5, John R. Emens Auditorium lost its first director of 25 years, Earl Williams. Williams, 85, passed away at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Williams started his career at Emens in 1964, bringing Broadway shows, concert symphonies, comedians and musical artists to its stage. He retired in 1989, in which the Ball State trustees renamed the Emens lobby in his honor. This was to commemorate his leadership and contributions to the auditorium's success during the first 25 years. 

He donated his signed photos of past performers to the university's collection in 2002. 

In celebrating Emens's 50th anniversary, Williams was recently recognized at the dinner on Sept. 27.