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The Graduate School takes a look back at 2016

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The year 2016 was full of highs and lows not only in our state, country and around the globe, but also in our world here at the Graduate School. We mourned a great loss and celebrated accomplishments both in our office and across campus.

We were heartbroken to learn in November of the passing of our fearless leader, Dr. Robert Morris, who at the time was serving the university as its chief academic officer. Here at the Graduate School, we will cherish the advice, memories, jokes and leadership of Dr. Morris. We are grateful for the work and leadership of Dr. Carolyn Kapinus, now the Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. With grace and poise, Dr. Kapinus has accepted the challenge of continuing the great work of the Graduate School on the foundation Dr. Morris created.

Throughout the year, we’ve shared stories on our blog of some of the great work being done by graduate students, faculty and staff. Below, we’ve highlighted some of our brightest stars. We hope you’ll take some time to explore the great work that we have and will continue to tackle in the coming year. If you have a story to share, we’d love to hear it.

Award winner tapped mentoring to increase opportunities for minority students

It’s apparent based on her work that Dr. Robin Phelps-Ward, who earned both her graduate and doctoral degrees from Ball State, recognizes the power of mentoring for all students, but particularly the difference it can make it the lives of underrepresented minority students.

Passion for football coaching drives grad student’s thesis work

Ball State graduate Dan Tracy knew when he came to Muncie to pursue a master’s degree in Sports Administration that he also wanted to continue pursuing his passion for coaching football.

Grad student’s creativity, passion for teaching earns him Graduate Assistant of the Year

Ball State University offers graduate assistantship positions for nearly 1,000 students on campus each year. And every year from that pool of students, one is chosen to receive the Graduate Assistant of the Year award.

Ball State grad’s final project aims to improve lives of Chinese citizens through landscape architecture

Ball State University alumnus Chenyuan Gu opted to study more than 6,000 miles from his home—a small island near Shanghai, China—but he was able to connect his final project in the Master of Landscape Architecture program back to the region where he’s from.

Admissions specialist’s work with students fulfills dream of becoming a teacher

At the Staff Recognition and Retirement Awards Program, Graduate Admissions Specialist Linda Jones began to wonder what was going on when she realized her son and many of her colleagues in the Department of Educational Psychology, including John Jacobson, dean of the Teachers College, were all in attendance.

Tireless recruiting efforts pay off for CICS director

If you meet Steve Jones, director of the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, in line at the grocery, be careful—you might be recruited to the center’s graduate program. His spirit, hard work and abilities to cultivate relationships earned him recognition from the Graduate School as the recipient of an Exemplary Recruiter Award.

Educational psychology professor leads department toward success in recruiting

It’s important for us at the Graduate School to recognize excellence, but even more important is to share knowledge and support within the university community. So each year, when we give a program director in the Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM) program the Excellence in Recruiting Award, or GEMMY Award as we call it, we also ask the winner to share insights in a training for other leaders in the GEM program.


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