Student and Faculty Stories

Outstanding people. Outstanding experiences. Outstanding opportunities.

Marcie Baird, graduate of Ball State’s online doctorate of nursing practice program. Nursing Faculty Have Her Respect: Marcie Baird pursued Ball State’s DNP because she knew the professors were masters of the online classroom and fully supportive of students working in the online format.  
Kristen Bitzegaio, graduate of Ball State’s online master’s degree in executive development for public service Back to School: Going back to school led Kristen Bitzegaio to the Back to School Teachers Store as the nonprofit’s new executive director.
Carly Shappard ‘Perfect Program’ for Studying Behavior: Carly Shappard wanted a credential that would prepare her to counsel families concerning their child’s development issues. 
Teresa Gross, graduate of the master’s in elementary education program, science teacher, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Teaching Excellence is Rewarded: Ball State graduate Teresa Gross says her recent teaching award from President Obama is testament to her mentors and “the amazing students who fuel my passion every day.” 
Master’s Degree is Win-Win: Business and marketing education grad Adam Coats says master’s degree was a win-win proposition for him and his middle school students.
A. Eversten Preparing for a job in the family firm: When Angela Evertsen enrolled in the bachelor’s in business administration program, she already knew which firm she wanted to work for—even though it did not yet exist.    
Andrea McMurtry  Alum re-thinks physical education: Junior high teacher Andrea McMurtry put her focus on everyday wellness and lifelong fitness and won a National Association of Sports and Physical Education teaching award in the process.
Monica Spahr Spahr Finds Right Track: Our RN to BS nursing completion track improved  Monica Spahr management skills to advance her career.
Amy Kitzman Chicago Businesswoman Finds MBA Portable: Amy Kitzman, a business administrator for Northwestern University’s medical center, made the Ball State MBA part of her carry on.
 Job Search Has Happy Ending: One of six full-time teaching opportunities returned Sarah Hong to her hometown as lead prekindergarten teacher for an accredited, private preschool.
Playroom Becomes Classroom: Amanda Cleary, a master’s in elementary education graduate, had imagined being a schoolteacher ever since she taught her teddy bears.
Sportswriter’s Goals GrowJonathan Batuello was a traditional journalist before discovering literary journalism courses in Ball State’s master’s in journalism.
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