November 4, 2013
I next visited the website of Ball State University. I was interested in Ball State because it claims to offer "…the only PR master’s program certified by the Public Relations Society of America." I’m a PR guy, so that got my attention. I’m pleased to say that BSU’s website experience delivered on its "Education Redefined" tagline. In fact, the school tells its story through the eyes of a successful graduate, Colleen Bormann (who redefined her career path thanks to the Ball State education). BSU didn’t have to sell me on its cost/benefit ratio. One of its graduates did. That’s no b.s., just smart marketing.
Note: Associated Press distributed this story nationally.
October 21, 2013
“I am hugely proud of my Midwestern roots,” Ahrendts, 53, and the current CEO of Burberry said via email this weekend. “Growing up in Indiana, I learned that everything truly begins and ends with people, and the compassion, trust and respect for others that define this part of the world have given me a tremendous professional foundation.” And those Indiana roots and values will soon be following Ahrendts to tech giant Apple when she takes over her new post as senior vice president of expansion plans and retail operations. The Ball State University graduate and mother of three was named to the position last week.
October 15, 2013
The mother-of-three, a committed Christian who reads the Bible every day, has spent the last two decades working her way up in the fashion industry after gaining a merchandising and marketing degree from Ball State University.
February 6, 2013
Burberry's CEO on Turning an Aging British Icon into a Global Luxury Brand
Angela Ahrendts, Ball State alumna penned a guest column. On the surface, I might have seemed an unlikely CEO for a company that was considered quintessentially British. I was raised in a small town in Indiana and educated at Ball State University. I was a classic midwesterner—something the Financial Times had fun mocking when I first took the job. But I’d been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some of the most inspirational leaders in the fashion industry, from Paul Charron to Donna Karan. And I had 25 years of experience on my side.
February 6, 2013
Professor Garfield Foundation and FTC Family of Companies Announce New Partnership
The Professor Garfield Foundation, (an educational initiative of Paws, Inc. and Ball State University), and FTC Family of Companies, are pleased to announce their partnership in integrating the Professor Garfield "G-Cubed" game as part of the Teacher Gaming Network platform. Note: PR-Newswire distributed this story nationally.
December 2, 2012
Ballet, Rock, the Blues and Acting Share Honors
The Kennedy Center bestowed its highest honor Sunday on actor Dustin Hoffman, the ballerina Natalia Makarova, the blues guitarist Buddy Guy, the talk-show host David Letterman and Led Zeppelin.
December 1, 2012
David Letterman: 2012 Kennedy Center Honors
In the late ’60s, David Letterman hosted a madcap radio program at Ball State and then was the booth announcer and weekend weatherman for a local TV affiliate. He couldn’t get hired out of the market, so in 1975 he moved to Los Angeles, intent on eventually succeeding Carson, his boyhood model of adult male coolness.
December 1, 2012
Photo Flash: Tony Yazbeck, Melissa van der Schyff and More in Drury Lane's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN!
The production is directed by Bill Jenkins (chair of Ball State’s Department of Theatre and Dance, winner of the MATC Fellowes Award for Outstanding Achievement and Director of Drury Lane Theatre’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). Through his leadership, Jenkins has elevated Ball State’s theatre and dance program through impressive professional affiliations. This includes the original Ball State musical The Circus in Winter being selected to participate in the 2012 NAMT (National Alliance of Musical Theatre) Conference in New York. He also co-directed the department’s recent production of The Drowsy Chaperone with multiple Tony Award winner Sutton Foster.