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Scholarships designed for emerging media students

Part of Ball State’s Emerging Media Initiative (EMI) encourages and enables more student involvement in emerging media, starting with establishment of a new scholarship: The Pond Family Emerging Media Scholars program to recruit talented students.

Pond, a 1977 graduate of Ball State, is executive vice president of operations for Cisco Systems in San Jose, California. His recent $1 million gift to Ball State Bold will underwrite the new scholarships.

“With the complexity of today, having a cross-functional or multidisciplinary view of business is so much more important that we’re actually paying people more to move horizontally within the company as opposed to always up the vertical stack,” says Pond. “We’re interested in breadth, not depth, and so the earlier one gets those kinds of exposures, those kinds of experiences, the better off he or she is going to be served.”