Topics: Administrative, Board of Trustees, President

August 19, 2016

Terry King - Fall Convocation
Interim President Terry King speaks to Ball State faculty about the Academic Long Range Plan and Campus Master Plan, as well as other projects coming during the 2016-17 academic year.

Ball State University has a focused strategy for its next two decades, Interim President Terry King told several hundred faculty and staff at today’s Fall Opening Convocation.

He noted the recently adopted Academic Long-Range Plan and Campus Master Plan will guide the campus as it evolves to meet the needs of students and faculty.

“These plans are not prescriptive but rather guidebooks, as it means that we have a clear vision of where we are headed and how to get there,” said King, who noted the convocation was his 11th at Ball State. “The Academic Long-Range Plan allows us to organize our academic assets and talents to consolidate our strengths and prepare the institution to best serve our distinctive role in Indiana for the coming decades.”

He said the Campus Master Plan, the university’s first in 20 years, is a flexible framework that provides guidance to the physical environment of the campus for the next 15 to 25 years.

King also noted that the university has several major projects underway, including the renovations of the Applied Technology Building and Emens Auditorium as well as completion of the nation’s largest geothermal system of its kind.

Projects start next spring

The university also will begin work next spring on the East Mall, which will include a green, pedestrian and bicycle mall from the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center to the Village, plus the new $62.5 million Health Professions Building, home to the College of Health.

“It is very clear that the university is a great place to work, learn and live,” King said. “We continue to recruit good students and excellent faculty. We continue to enhance our facilities and resources while giving thoughtful analysis to the way we do things. Quite simply put, we are in a good place. We are well positioned in the state and in the nation and our momentum is both positive and steady. I thank you and I wish you the best for the coming year.”

King was joined by Rick Hall, chair of the Board of Trustees, who reminded faculty and staff that their roles as teachers and mentors will have a major effect on the lives of Ball State students.

“It was 31 years ago that I was a freshman. As I look back, I can measure all that is good and trace it back to Ball State,” Hall said. "This coming year will be filled with challenges, just like every other year is filled with challenges. I hope as you overcome those hurdles, you never lose sight of the fact that you’re changing lives.”

Faculty Awards

To conclude the convocation, Hall, King along with Bob Morris, acting provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, bestowed the university’s most prestigious honors to several top faculty members.

The outstanding educators, selected by their peers, received plaques from the Ball State University Alumni Association. Each was honored for outstanding contributions to students and to the university.

Outstanding Faculty Award

Lawrence Gerstein, counseling psychology

Outstanding Junior Faculty

Eric “VJ” Rubenstein, biology

Outstanding Creative Endeavor

Karen Kessler, theater

Outstanding Research Award

Rui Chen, information systems

Outstanding Teaching Award

Scott Pattison, chemistry

Excellence in Teaching (ExIT) Award

Adam Ballart, Spanish

Brittany Hendricks, music performance

Eric “VJ” Rubenstein, biology

Lawhead Teaching Award

Mary Clark-Flynn, English

Outstanding Administrator

Sushil Sharma, Miller College of Business

Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award

Eva Zygmunt, elementary education

Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

Tyler Smith, theater

Outstanding Faculty Service Award

Melinda Messineo, sociology

Rawlings Outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award

Troy Dobosiewicz, theater