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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) is the highest award that may be bestowed on an alumnus by the Ball State University Alumni Association (BSUAA). The award selection criteria shall be based upon the nominee’s (1) overall accomplishments (professional achievements and community service), (2) BSU Alumni Association and University involvement (BSUAA Alumni Involvement Index), and (3) consistent support of the University (through financial and/or volunteer efforts). This award shall be all-inclusive and not tied to any one profession. 

It is the desire of the Alumni Council that this award is over and above any other program in operation, such as the university policy of granting honorary degrees; recognition programs in the colleges and constituent societies; the Benny Award for service, and the Alumni Association Coach-of-the-Year Award.

The recipient must hold a degree from Ball State University; however, this requirement may be waived if a qualified nominee has attended Ball State, receives a recommendation from the DAA committee and receives approval of two-thirds of the Alumni Council. 

A maximum of three Distinguished Alumni Awards may be awarded in any one year. The DAA committee is not compelled to award the maximum number annually. Members of the Alumni Council, alumni serving on constituent society boards, Board of Trustees, and Foundation Board members will not be eligible to receive the DAA while serving on their respective boards.

To nominate an alumnus or alumna for the Distinguished Alumni award, please fill out an online nomination form or download a form to print and mail in. For more information, contact Debbie Linegar.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and will remain in consideration for three years.
To be considered for the current year, applications should be received by February 1.


Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2016 Recipient
Dick Moake, ’’72, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Dick Moake is chairman, CEO, and cofounder of Moake Park Group Inc., a regional provider of architectural planning and design solutions for the environment. His firm has won several design awards in recent years, including three regional Building Contractors Association (BCA) Excellence in Construction Awards for the Jorgensen Family YMCA Outdoor Aquatic Center (New Construction Under $6 Million, 2014), the Parkview Warsaw YMCA (New Construction Over $6 Million, 2015), and the Steel Dynamics Rail Development Research Center (Renovation Under $2 Million, 2016).

During his tenure on the Ball State University Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2007, Mr. Moake offered guidance throughout the construction of several campus landmarks. He served as the chief architect for Ball State’s North Quadrangle Building renovation, dedicated in February 2012; Noyer Centre dining renovation, completed in August 2012; and renovations to the First Merchants Ballpark Complex (part of the Cardinal Commitment: Developing Champions campaign), celebrated in April 2016. Moake Park Group is currently designing the new men’s and women’s golf indoor practice facility.

For his impact on the profession and his investment in Ball State, the College of Architecture and Planning recognized Mr. Moake, an Indiana-registered architect since 1975, with its Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011. The Ball State University Alumni Association presented him with the Benny Award, its top honor for service to the university or alumni association, in 2007.

The Indiana native serves on the Cardinal Network for Higher Education, a group that encourages alumni and friends, particularly legislators, to support the goals and needs of Ball State, and the Campaign Planning Committee, which determines appropriate goals and effective strategies for the university’s next capital campaign. He is also a member of the Fellows Society and Leaders & Loyals.

Mr. Moake is an avid fan of Ball State athletics, having held season tickets to men’s basketball and football for nearly 20 years. He is also a member of the Cardinal Varsity Club and regularly participates in golf outings, pregame events, and organized trips to games.

Equally passionate about advancing his community, he has served The Arc of Allen County and the American Arbitration Association. He has also served on boards for the Salvation Army and Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

His wife, Dianne, is the director of student assessment, accountability, and data analysis for Southwest Allen County Schools. The couple’s son, Scott, is in charge of design visualization and marketing for Moake Park Group.