Honorary Alumni Award

The Honorary Alumni Award is the highest honor given to individuals who are not graduates of Ball State University and who have made significant contributions to Ball State's welfare, reputation, prestige, and pursuit of excellence. This honor is given to those that have shown uncommon support for the University over a considerable period of time. Recipients are selected and recommended by a committee of the Alumni Council on behalf of the Ball State University Alumni Association.

Marianne Glick was the inaugural recipient of the award.


Marianne Glick, Board of Trustees Member Marianne Glick
Marianne began serving as a member of the Ball State University Board of Trustees in 2006. She is president and owner of GlickArt and director at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation.

Marianne recently retired as president of Glick Training Associates, a firm she founded in 1986 to assist organizations in enhancing employee productivity and effectiveness. She is an accomplished artist with paintings being accepted into juried competitions and winning awards in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Florida. Marianne often contributes her paintings to assist non-profit organizations such as the Children’s Bureau, Girls Inc., Dress for Success, Planned Parenthood, United Way, and Women’s Fund. She was honored as an Indiana Woman of Influence in 2010 by Ball State University, and in 2011 by Girls Inc. as a Touchstone award winner.

Marianne was chairman of the Campaign for United Way of Central Indiana in 2011 and co-chairman in 2012. She is also on the board of directors for the Gene Glick Company, United Way of Central Indiana, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation. She has served on the board of the Women’s Hospital, Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Fund, and Prevent Blindness Indiana.

Marianne is the daughter of Eugene and the late Marilyn Glick who generously funded the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass. The Center opened in September 2010 and was built to support and promote the practice of the contemporary glass arts at Ball State University and in the East Central Indiana Region.