Each year the A. Jane Morton Award honoree is selected from a group of nominated active full-time exempt and non-exempt staff personnel who have been university employees for at least five years. The award recognizes a continual demonstration of outstanding efforts of one person to all segments of the university community.

About A. Jane Morton

A. Jane Morton was employed by the Office of Academic Research and Sponsored Programs (now the Sponsored Projects Administration) and demonstrated outstanding service to all segments of the university during her 25 years of service. Jane was more than dedicated to her job responsibilities and had extensive knowledge of virtually all the academic disciplines on campus. Besides being a mother of two, she was active in numerous Ball State organizations. Jane developed a format for an in-service training program for new employees; helped revise the Secretarial Procedures Handbook; was concerned with salary and employee benefits of staff personnel; was involved in church activities; and, also volunteered many hours to WIPB and Ball Hospital. Her legacy to Ball State University is an award that annually recognizes one staff employee for best emulating her expectations of excellence through service.


Any university employee (co-worker, supervisor, faculty, retiree, etc.) may nominate an eligible staff member for this prestigious award. Each nomination requires the completion of a nomination form, letters of recommendation from the nominee's supervisor, and supporting letters from up to four other people. Your nomination materials should be sent directly to the A. Jane Morton Committee.

Nominations for the 2020 A. Jane Morton Award have closed. The 2020 A. Jane Morton Award was announced at the Staff Recognition dinner on April 16, 2020.


Previous Recipients

Teresa Kennedy

Teresa Kennedy

2020 recipient of the A. Jane Morton Award

Teresa is the Administrative and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Accounting. 

Other previous award recipients include:

2019 Jennifer Eber, Unified Technology Support
2018 John Sadler, Dept. of Theatre and Dance
2017 Christine Edgeman, Dept. of Communications Studies
2016 Andrea Sadler, Dept. of Theatre and Dance
2015 Kate Murray, Advancement Services
2014 Melinda Wagner, Graduate School
2013 Shawna Sewell, Dept. of English
2012 Maggie Ailes, Dept. of Marketing & Management
2011 Marilyn Waldo, Dept of Biology
2010 Dina Byrnes, Emens Auditorium
2009 Phyllis Dornberger, Dept. of Elementary Education
2008 Danny Taylor, University Libraries
2007 Theresa Best, Dept. of Information Systems and Operations Management
2006 Sharon Hillman, English Department
2005 Adrian Adams, Chemistry Department
2004 Sylvia Ewert, Accounting Department
2003 Helen Stephenson, Leadership & Service Learning
2002 Virginia Hall-Moore, School of Physical Education
2001 Donna Rae Garrett, Counseling & Psychological Services
2000 Judy Motley, School of Physical Education
1999 Carolyn Sue Conaway, Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts
1998 Marsha Weaver, Architecture Department
1997 Deborah Governor, School of Continuing Education
1996 Lu Whitehair, Urban Planning
1995 Kimberly Hiatt, Anthropology Department
1994 Glenda Johnson, Office of Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
1993 Beulah Miller, Payroll and Employee Benefits
1992 Harriet Kruger, English Department
1991 Debbie Bear, Accounting Office
1990 Lois Keller, Accounting Office
1989 Allen Winters, Biology Department
1988 Sylvia Powers, University Libraries
1987 Helen Ayres, University Libraries
1986 Brenda Ayers, Academic Research and Sponsored Programs
1985 Elaine Tripi, Office of Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
1984 Ethel Evans, LaFollette Dining Services
1983 Betty Payne, Mathematical Sciences Department
1982 Janet Arnold, Office of Vice President for Business Affairs
1981 Doris Edwards, Career Services
1980 Marge Jones, Graduate School 

A wooden plaque with these names is permanently displayed in the Sponsored Programs Office. The A. Jane Morton Award honoree also receives a framed and engraved print entitled "Between the Buildings...is the Life" and a monetary award of $1000. All nominees receive a complimentary ticket for the Staff Recognition and Retirement Award Program in the spring where they each receive a book of their nomination and support letters.