Ever since stepping foot on campus in the late 60s, Frank Hancock has watched his alma mater grow into the beautiful campus it is today. The 1970 graduate says he can remember when Scheumann Stadium was first built and thinking, “It seems so far away.”
Now, instead of watching campus developments, Hancock is one of several Ball State alumni and friends who have helped to transform the campus. Those enhancements also include remodeling the stadium to make it a modern-day facility.
“It’s a beautiful campus,” he says. “It’s changed a lot, and it continues to evolve.”
A member of the Ball State Board of Trustees and owner of Sport Graphics in Indianapolis, Hancock has pledged $1 million to enhance campus life. His pledge is a part of the Ball State Bold: Investing in the Future capital campaign, which will allow the university to provide students with scholarships, immersive learning opportunities, world-class faculty, and leading-edge technology and facilities.
When Ball State Bold launched in the fall of 2008, Hancock put his talent and gift into action. With the help of his staff, he created several print materials for the campaign and the stadium banners hanging from Scheumann. Hancock’s creative end zone designs were seen on ESPN during the broadcast of the Ball State versus Navy football game. He also helped with the printing of the newly redesigned Ball State Alumnus magazine.
Although Hancock works with big-name clients such as the NCAA, professional sports teams, Super Bowl organizers, and Olympic teams, he says doing work for his alma mater is the icing on the cake.
“For me, to be doing that high-profile work all over the country and have an opportunity to do it at your own school, we can make Ball State second to none in visual enhancements,” Frank says. “I just think it’s the right time for Ball State to break out as it has over the last few years.”
Ben Hancock, vice president for university advancement, says gifts like Frank’s are valuable for the life of the university.
“Basically, Frank’s contribution will allow us to do some things the university wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” he says.
Frank comes to the campus to personally give input on the projects.
“Ball State is where I met my wife. My kids went to school there. I’m a trustee,” he says. “It’s just the right thing to do at the right time.”
Ben said Frank is an example for others to give.
“You don’t need a million dollar donation to make a difference," Frank says. “All gifts matter and create a foundation for further improvements in the future.”
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