Ball State students are curious and passionate. Experience the stories of students and young alumni who’ve faced challenges head-on to prepare for bright futures. They learned about their disciplines, about collaboration, and about themselves.
Immersive + Alex
Alex Kartman’s work was on display in millions of living rooms and offices before he even earned his bachelor’s degree. Through his experiences with Sennheiser and the immersive learning program Sports Link, Alex, ’11, telecommunications, worked with Fox College Sports, CBS, and ESPN. He’s covered the NFL and March Madness, all as a student.
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Vibrant + Ben
For Ben Clark, ’11, musical theatre, adapting the novel The Circus in Winter into a musical was a dream come true that challenged him to stretch his skills in composing, singing, and acting. Ben and the other students on his team collaborated with novelist Cathy Day, Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster, and other professionals to bring the story about a circus family in a small Indiana town to the stage.
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Curious + Abby
The world is the classroom for Abby Shemoel, ’11, a landscape architecture major, a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, and a Udall Scholar. Abby is passionate about finding solutions to environmental and social problems created by urban growth. Her curiosity has led her to study urban landscapes and sustainability issues in Europe, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Brazil. Abby has also worked on sustainability plans for Ball State (through Building Better Communities Fellows) and for a Muncie firm.
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Digital Design + Brody
Spend any time with the characters at sesamestreet.org, and you have seen the work of Brody Bernheisel, ’10, telecommunications. He is living his dream, bringing lovable Elmo, Big Bird, and their friends to life on the Sesame Workshop website and interactive properties. He says his experience in Digital Corps, the mentorship of professors, and access to state-of-the-art equipment helped him stand out in his profession and land a job at a company that has entertained preschoolers for generations and throughout the world.
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Passionate + Ryan
Ryan Smith, ’07, journalism/graphics, is “living his passion.” He was recently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. His boss, Dan Swenson, a 1995 Ball State alumnus, won the Pulitzer Prize for his journalism graphics work covering Hurricane Katrina. Ryan learned the power of story integration while working on podcasts at The Ball State Daily News.
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Innovation + Phylecia
Phylecia Thompson, ’10, electronic art/animation, is an innovative entrepreneur. Her early love of animation and her collaborative experiences in high school with the young adults program at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago paved the way for a scholarship at Ball State. Here, she led a student team that created an iPhone app. Ball State Digital Corps Director Jonathan Huer mentored the group.
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Ideas + Sarah
Sarah Conant, ’09, exercise science, found and solved a real-world data error for the U.S. Army Research Institute. Because she saved her team years of re-creating research on soldiers, she was awarded the Commander’s Coin—the only student ever to receive this honor. Her experience at the Ball State Biomechanics Laboratory working with faculty and other students such as John Hill, a veteran who is also a research assistant at the lab, and her Honors College project led to her student experience at the institute.
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Immersive + Janet
Working with real-world partners, Janet Kamiri, ’10, health education, wrote the curriculum for Project 18 that is fighting childhood obesity across the state and possibly the nation. In addition to this experience, Janet traveled with an interdisciplinary Ball State team in the summer of 2009 to conduct field studies in Kenya on child psychology.
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