Student and Faculty Stories

Outstanding people. Outstanding experiences. Outstanding opportunities.

Debbie Davis  Professor is a Practitioner: As a part-time independent PR consultant and a full-time faculty member, Deborah Davis brings real-time trends of the industry to her students.
Bethany Singer  Online Master’s Helps Make Her Math Ready: Kindergarten teacher Bethany Singer says the education she received from Ball State gave her a foundation to teach math to students of all ages.  
Alma Ahmetovic  Bachelor’s Means Advancement: A missed promotion led Alma Ahmetovic to Ball State’s RN-to-BS nursing degree completion program, offered fully online, and a second chance at a job she wanted.  
Tyler Wilson  From Biology to Business: An undergraduate who once had dreams of doing stem cell research, Tyler Wilson now sees himself as a business entrepreneur. 
Matt Califar  Driven, motivated, goal oriented: MBA alum Matt Califar helps manage multiple power plants and oversees cash compliance, investor relations, treasury issues, and funding decisions.  
Marcie Baird, graduate of Ball State’s online doctorate of nursing practice program. Nursing Faculty Have Her Respect: Marcie Baird pursued Ball State’s DNP because she knew the professors were masters of the online classroom and fully supportive of students working in the online format.  
Kristen Bitzegaio, graduate of Ball State’s online master’s degree in executive development for public service Back to School: Going back to school led Kristen Bitzegaio to the Back to School Teachers Store as the nonprofit’s new executive director.
Carly Shappard ‘Perfect Program’ for Studying Behavior: Carly Shappard wanted a credential that would prepare her to counsel families concerning their child’s development issues. 
Teresa Gross, graduate of the master’s in elementary education program, science teacher, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Teaching Excellence is Rewarded: Ball State graduate Teresa Gross says her recent teaching award from President Obama is testament to her mentors and “the amazing students who fuel my passion every day.” 
Master’s Degree is Win-Win: Business and marketing education grad Adam Coats says master’s degree was a win-win proposition for him and his middle school students.
A. Eversten Preparing for a job in the family firm: When Angela Evertsen enrolled in the bachelor’s in business administration program, she already knew which firm she wanted to work for—even though it did not yet exist.    
Andrea McMurtry  Alum re-thinks physical education: Junior high teacher Andrea McMurtry put her focus on everyday wellness and lifelong fitness and won a National Association of Sports and Physical Education teaching award in the process.
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