Topics: College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Scholarships

January 3, 2007

<b>Joyce Rasdall</b>
A $30,000 scholarship gift from a Smiths Grove, Ky., couple will provide financial aid to students majoring in interior design at Ball State.

The Joyce O. Rasdall Memorial Scholarship was established by Rasdall and her husband, L.D., before her death in October 2006.

In August 2004, Rasdall began working at Ball State as an associate professor in the family and consumer sciences department.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences in 1965 from Western Kentucky University. She then earned her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate of philosophy in management, household equipment and housing from Ohio State University.

After finishing school, she returned in 1983 to Western Kentucky, where she eventually became an associate professor. In 2002 she began teaching at Southeast Missouri State University, where she was the internship coordinator for the interior design and housing program.

Rasdall was involved in numerous professional service organizations holding leadership roles at international, national and state levels. She was awarded more than 30 different awards and honors throughout her career.

She was a member of Smith's Grove Baptist Church since 1966. She was also involved in various community activities including the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Smith's Grove Women's Club.

By Jennifer Strempka