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Building on the Future

 The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass
The past five years have brought about significant campus transformations that demonstrate Ball State’s mission to nurture vibrant living and learning environments. Visual arts students welcomed 10,000 square feet of creative space with the opening of The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass in fall 2010. Creating opportunities for students and reconnecting the community to its glassmaking heritage, this natural light-filled facility contains a classroom and undergraduate and graduate studios as well as faculty offices and photo documentation and exhibit areas. A visiting artist program, community outreach, and a biennial competition of art glass also are part of the university’s overall plan for this new campus resource.

The university was abuzz in September 2007 when CBS Late Show host David Letterman, ’69, arrived on campus to dedicate the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, a $21 million complex that supports four departments and houses Indiana Public Radio. The household name for late-night laughs has long been giving to the university, including the endowment of a scholarship bearing his name, since his first $10 pledge in 1976.

The 75,000 square feet of classrooms, faculty offices, and studio suites—including a $1 million postproduction complex—advance transformative learning experiences by providing access to the latest production and postproduction technology for students and faculty. In 2009, the facility was awarded an Emmy for technical achievement.

Expressing deep appreciation for David Owsley’s significant donations over time, the university renamed its art museum the David Owsley Museum of Art as a lasting tribute to his leadership, service, and dedication to expanding the cultural horizons of students and faculty, the citizens of Muncie, and campus visitors from across the country. The museum, one of the nation’s largest and oldest of its kind, will undergo a major expansion, with four new galleries opening in 2013—creating about 50 percent more gallery space to showcase its collection.

“I am greatly flattered and honored by the university naming the museum after me, and I hope to continue my long-standing interest in the museum of art,” Owsley says. “It is gratifying to know that all of this is appreciated and used by students, Ball State’s academic community, and the residents of Muncie and Indiana.”