Topics: Scholarships, Honors College, College of Communication Information and Media, College of Sciences and Humanities, College of Architecture and Planning

May 6, 2011

Spring semester academic recognitions at Ball State also include Truman Scholarship winner Megan Whitacre, '12, and Goldwater Scholarship recipients William Jay, '12, and Jennifer Strong, '12 — the first time in university history that two students have earned the Goldwater award in the same year.

Meanwhile, three soon-to-be Ball State graduates have secured Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships and will spend the summer in Colombia, Germany and Poland:

  • Wes Fribley, '11, is a German and telecommunications double-major from Goshen, Ind. The Honors College student and active member of Ball State's Digital Corps is headed for his assistantship in Germany.
  • Destined for Colombia is Andrew Kern, '11, a Spanish and sociology double-major from Bloomington, Ind. He is a former Marine Corps infantry squad leader who served two tours of duty in Iraq and now plans a career in the Foreign Service or law enforcement. 
  • Lauren Petersen, '11, an urban planning and development major from Bluffton, Ind., will be teaching in Poland. She has served as a legislative intern with the Indiana General Assembly and in 2009 was selected both Miss Ball State and BSU Homecoming Queen.

Also, recent alumna Lydia Spotts, '08 — currently pursuing her master's degree in library and information sciences at Indiana University-Indianapolis — has received a Fulbright research grant to Germany, where she will analyze and chronicle the development and influence of Buchwissenschaft or "the study and knowledge of the book."  She is a past winner of Ball State's Joe and Carol Trimmer Award for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis.

And Megan Hoppe, '11, a Fulbright finalist from Fishers, Ind., has been awarded a French Government Teaching Assistantship. Also an Honors College student, she plans a professional teaching career.