Student and Faculty Stories

Outstanding people. Outstanding experiences. Outstanding opportunities.

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.
“Get to Know Me”: W. Sierra Hoffman, who plans to use her PR master’s degree for a nonprofit, has already created a campaign for Down Syndrome Indiana.
PrippanT3 Ball State leaves an impression: A native of Thailand, a resident of Los Angeles, and now an interior designer in one of the nation’s top design firms, Prippan Tantiprasertchai says Ball State’s online master’s program in interior design was the “perfect choice.”
LKanu For the health of Houston: Texas doctorate of nursing student Laura Kanu used her capstone project to help women in her community face dietary and health needs.
Nthomas One career to give: At Fort Bragg, an autistic child inspired Noelle Thomas to pursue a master’s in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and changed her career plans forever.
mlamb3 She had her doubts: Michelle Lamb, master’s in coaching education alum, wasn’t sure about online education until she was welcomed by classmates and professors into Ball State’s progressive virtual classrooms.
India Samuels Graduate nursing student has goalsIndia Samuels heads toward the role of family nurse practitioner with an imagination full of health-related programs.
Ryan Osborn Teacher in transition: When Ryan Osborn found a teaching job he wanted, his academic credentials in progress through Ball State's online master's in business education helped make it happen.
Seth Conley Twins and Travel: The birth of his third and fourth children, international travel, and life as a busy college instructor is not keeping Seth Conley from his goal.
Rich Hargitt He knows his spread wing-T: Coaching education graduate Rich Hargitt is an authority on the high school football passing game.
Tony Upchurch He hopes to be head of the class: For adult learner Tony Upchurch, the desire to teach high school history put him back on a degree completion track.
Neumeister A textbook students can watch: Veteran online professor Kristie Speirs Neumeister has written a textbook that engages students in her favorite subject—gifted and talented education.
John Sparzo, M.D. MBA pays off for communityJohn Sparzo coupled his medical degree with a Ball State MBA to develop a combined fitness and medical services facility for the far west side communities of Indianapolis.
Colleen Borman Writing a new story: Telling great stories is what brought former TV news anchor Colleen Bormann to her new career and her pursuit of a master's degree in public relations.
Christine Davis She knew it was time: For Christine Davis the online RN-to-bachelor’s-degree completion program was a dream-completion program.
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