For Toni Werner, teaching was what she was meant to do with her life. After getting her degree in elementary education from Ball State in 1999, Werner spent 23 years teaching in an elementary school for DeKalb Central Schools.
It was Maria Fitch’s 3rd birthday. Jason Newman, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Muncie, was a preschool teacher in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood at the time. Before the school year started, he paid visits to his students and their families. For Fitch, her visit coincidentally fell on her 3rd birthday — Sept. 11, 2001.
When Maddy Hamp, Ball State exercise science graduate student, first heard about COVID-19, she said, even walking outside during the early days of the pandemic scared her.
When Brock Spahr stepped onto Ball State’s campus as a freshman in 2019, he carried his passion for cross country running with him. Now, as a junior, Spahr belongs to a community of runners with Ball State’s Run Club — an organization that allows people of all paces and abilities to get together and run.
Nate Howard has never taught a class at Ball State or at the university level, but he has 17 years of experience in Latin America that prepared him for instructing his first college course.
After most summer activities and camps were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are making a return this year as cases continue to drop and restrictions are lifted.
New Harmony, Indiana is a town on the edge of the state, right by the Illinois border, with a population of just more than 800 people. New Harmony was founded in 1814 to experiment with the use of utopias, and has been a hub for growth in politics, music and art.
PathStone Corporation of Indiana held their annual community partnership event June 10 over Zoom, where the corporation gave awards to individuals and organizations in the community. Guests also heard from keynote speaker, Karen Hemberger, vice president of the United Way of Madison County.
Fourteen months after Ball State’s campus shut down and all university-sponsored in-person events and activities were postponed, members of the classes of 2020 walked across a stage and received their diplomas at commencement.