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Each month a Difference Maker will be chosen and presented an award in recognition and appreciation of their overall excellence as an employee at Ball State University.

If YOU know of a deserving Difference Maker that is an employee at Ball State University, feel free to nominate them here.

 

2017 June Difference Maker is:
Laura Mulligan

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Laura Mulligan. Mulligan is the Information Services Librarian at Bracken Libraries at Ball State University. She creates custom research workshops for many students and programs at the University. Using her skills to decide which databases to use for a specific project, Mulligan is able to really benefit those students in her workshops. She’s also always available for 1 on 1 help when needed and has become a very important resource herself when it comes to higher learning.

 

Congratulations to the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!

 

   
2017 May Difference Maker is:
Donna Carlos Williams

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Donna Carloss Williams. Williams is an Instructor of Elementary Education at Ball State University. She is retiring this Spring after many years of tireless work and extreme love, care and support of the many students, both young and old, that she has researched and taught the importance of educating young children. Her respect for others is phenomenal and lends her to becoming a forever friend with anyone she meets.

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2017 April Difference Maker is:

Max Norris
The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Max Norris. Norris is the Women’s Tennis coach at Ball State University and was named the Coach of the Year at the 3rd annual student-athlete awards show, The Chirpies, held at Emens Auditorium, for his contribution in leading the team to the 2016 MAC championship and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA championships. Norris joined the team 4 years ago and regularly leads the team to greater and greater achievements both on and off the tennis court. Congratulations to the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!

2017 March Difference Makers are:

Josh Sims (left) and Nate Robert-Eze (right)

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Makers of the Month, Josh Sims and Nate Robert-Eze. Sims and Robert-Eze are students in the Urban Planning program at Ball State and their mutual love for design drove them into business together, creating a brand called 2eze. Sims and Robert-Eze sell their brand online and in the Atrium to fellow Ball State Students. 2eze was created to promote unity as it’s not geared toward one nationality or race and to give back to the community by creating opportunities for Sims and Robert-Eze to talk to area groups about entrepreneurship. Congratulations to the Ball State Difference Makers of the Month!

2017 February Difference Maker is:
Paige Waters
The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Paige Waters. Waters is an Instructor of Telecommunications at Ball State as well as an advisor for many students in the Telecommunications major. She always goes above and beyond to help her students connect to the business world by bringing in speakers from fields they would like to pursue after college. Waters also keeps close relationships with community partners to bring real-world opportunities into the classroom.

Congratulations to the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!

 

2017 January Difference Maker is:
Scott Pattison
The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Scott Pattison. Pattison is a Professor at Ball State in the Department of Chemistry who received the 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award at Ball State’s Fall Faculty Convocation. Teaching a complicated subject such as Biochemistry, Pattison continually receives many praises from his students who find his simple approach, personable demeanor, and engaging stories very helpful in mastering the subject. Congratulations to Scott Pattison, the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!
2016 December Difference Maker is:
Darolyn Jones

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Darolyn Jones. After winning the Excellence in Teaching Award, Jones was able to redesign a course of her choice, so she developed Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature. This course provides a more direct focus on social and educational justice, while providing students with an immersive learning experience.
Congratulations to Darolyn Jones, the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!

2016 November Difference Maker is:
Janie Fulling

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Janie Fulling. Fulling is a senior at Ball State who took the initiative to create her own major in digital storytelling and cultural narratives. Through the Medallion Scholars program and the Honors College, Fulling is really making the most of every opportunity at school while blazing her own path along the way. Congratulations to Janie Fulling, the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!

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2016 October Difference Maker is:
Ross Walter

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Ross Walter, who has spent 27 years at Ball State as the Superintendent of Building Maintenance and will be retiring this November 1. Ross has spent his time at Ball State helping administrators, faculty, staff, service employees and students while working on various projects and maintenance. He has made a positive difference around campus and has been an asset to the Ball State community during his time. Congratulations to Ross Walter, the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!

2016 September Difference Maker is:
Clifton Snorton
The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Clifton Snorten, a two-time graduate student at Ball State University. Snorten was recently named the President of the National Black Graduate Student Association, a group he participated in as he pursued not one but TWO graduate degrees. A key benefit of an NBGSA membership is the support system it created for Snorten and other black grad students, whose membership allows them to network with peers across the country. Snorten credits his success to the relationships he has cultivated during his academic pursuit. Congratulations to Clifton Snorton, the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!
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2016 August Difference Maker is:

Lisa Rubenstein
The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Lisa Rubenstein, an assistant professor of educational psychology at Ball State University. Rubenstein originally wanted to be a doctor, but she also wanted the personal ties that being a doctor couldn’t provide. But in her Development of Creative Thinking class, she and students discuss what creativity is, how you develop it and, for teachers, how you teach and evaluate it. Rubenstein has finally found the personal connection she so desired. Her ability to combine her passions and focus on connections brought her Ball State’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award!
Congratulations to Lisa Rubenstein, the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!
2016 July Difference Maker is:
Megan McNames (pictured on the left)

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Megan McNames, an instructor of journalism at Ball State University. McNames has taken it upon herself to revamp all of the public relations classes she teaches from their original old school format to a more holistic and independent approach. This teaching method has not only been successful for the classroom, but has been utilized by her students to guide them into success in their careers. 

Congratulations to Megan McNames, the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!
2016 June Difference Maker is:
Jennifer Blackmer (pictured on the right)

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Jennifer Blackmer, an associate professor of theater and associate provost for entrepreneurial learning at Ball State. Blackmer, a recent recipient of the $75,000 Tribeca Film Institute-Sloan Filmmaker grant, is realizing her dream of being a filmmaker by using her grant to explore making her screenplay, “Human Terrain” into a feature film.

2016 May Difference Maker is:
Lynne Stallings

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Lynne Stallings, an associate professor of English at Ball State. Stallings works closely with the Muncie Community Schools’ English as a Second Language program to offer those classes to parents and caregivers of the students taking the ESL classes as a way to get them involved with their child’s schooling.

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2016 April Difference Maker is:
Conner Edwards

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Conner Edwards, a senior in Special Education for Intense Interventions at Ball State. Edwards has been named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year by the National Council for Exceptional Children for his volunteering, student teaching and exceptional leadership.

2016 March Difference Maker is:
Samantha Hunt

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Samantha Hunt, a senior Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising dual major at Ball State. Samantha started her own clothing business, Knots for a Kause, to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children.

 
 
2016 February Difference Maker is:
Kristen McCauliff

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Kristen McCauliff. McCauliff credits her hard work and mentors as being the reason she recently received Ball State’s 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award for her student-centered approach to teaching. McCauliff leads some of her department’s toughest classes and continues to see positive responses from both the faculty and her students.

2015 December Difference Maker is:
Drew Vidal and Michael Elliot

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Drew Vidal and Michael Elliot. Vidal and Elliot worked with students from the theatre and dance departments to blend original movement and music into a new "Frankenstein." Their project won Ball State's 2015 Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award. In the future, they hope to scale down the production so that it will appeal to theater festivals or even take it to a professional theater.

2015 November Difference Maker is:
Dan Boylan

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Dan Boylan. Professor Boylan teaches over 1000 students a semester in Personal Finance at Ball State. Under his leadership, the school has won "best in the nation" for students committing to save for the last 3 years. Boylan is no stranger to winning awards as he is the "teacher of the Year" for Miller College.

2015 October Difference Maker is:
Carolyn Dowling

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Carolyn Dowling. Carolyn is an associate professor of geology who recently spent 90 days enduring powerful winds, frigid temperatures and sensory deprivation in Antarctica so she could study virtually untouched rocks and sediment.

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2015 September Difference Maker is:
Edie Fisher

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Edie Fisher. Edie works 30 hours a week managing the Muncie Delaware Senior Center thrift store, serves on the board of directors, helps with all of the fund-raisers and special events, and directs the annual style show. The most amazing part is Edie will soon be 96 years old.

2015 August Difference Maker is:
Lee Florea

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Lee Florea, an assistant professor of geology at Ball State. Florea physically trained to prepare him for the high altitudes of Mount Rainier in Washington state as part of a research team that will study life in glacial caves at the top of the volcano.

 
2015 July Difference Maker is:
Sarah Ashcraft

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Sarah Ashcraft, a psycology student at Ball State University. Ashcraft received a chance to meet Katie Couric after winning a scholarship seeded by the journalist herself.

2015 June Difference Maker is:
Ronald Kaitchuck

The Ball State Difference Maker of the Month is Ronald Kaitchuck, director of the new Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State. Kaitchuck and his team have developed several free planetarium programs open to the public during the summer. Congratulations to the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month.

2015 May Difference Maker is:
Paul Gestwicki

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Paul Gestwicki. Gestwicki led his students in creating a space themed video game for children. The game is designed to teach math and science in the setting of the international space station.


2015 April Difference Maker is:
Timothy Berg

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Timothy Berg, an Honors Humanities professor at Ball State.  Berg has been leading his students in an immersive learning class focused on building a new mobile app for the David Owsley Museum of Art. The app features interactive prompts in order to engage museum goers, instead of the typical audio tour. 

2015 March Difference Maker is:
BSU Dance Marathon

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month the BSU Dance Marathon.  The BSU Dance Marathon committee, volunteers, and donors raised over a half million dollars this month for Riley Hospital for Children, surpassing their goal for the year.The Dance Marathon was a culmination of  a year's worth of hard work on the part of Ball State students and alumni who make up the BSU Dance Marathon committee.  All of the funds raised go directly to Riley Hospital for Children to support the Magic Castle Cart and Palliative Care Program. A room in the hospital has also been named in honor of BSU Dance Marathon and stands as a reminder of the dedication Ball State University has shown to insure excellent care is provided for children at Riley.

2015 February Difference Maker is:
Dr. Bryan Byers

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month Dr. Bryan Byers.  Dr. Byers is spearheading a project where his students, in conjunction with the Crime Stoppers organization, rework local cold case files to organize the information and possibly help detectives uncover new leads. Juniors and Seniors in Dr. Byers class are the first college students to take on a project like this where they work closely with local law enforcement, witnesses, and victims' families. This innovative project also involved the students in making PSA announcements to invite the public to share information that could be valuable in bringing closure to victims' families.

2014 December Difference Maker is:
The Freedom Bus Team

WLBC and the Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Dr. Beth Messner (pictured), Tim Miles (pictured), and the team behind Muncie’s Freedom Bus.  Dr. Messner is the Project Facilitator leading an interdisciplinary team of Ball State students in restoring a retired MITS bus and turning it into a mobile museum of local civil rights history. Tim Miles, Assistant Director of Transportation at MITS, has overseen the mechanical restoration of the bus and the upkeep.  The bus was recently outfitted with a temporary display that is allowing the team to test and tweak the design before giving it a more permanent display. Messner and Miles are hopeful that the Freedom Bus will be ready for touring by 2016, thanks to the help of many local organizations. Some of the organizations that are helping make this dream a reality include: The MLK Dream Team, MITS, The City of Muncie, Muncie Human Right Commission, Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, and the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.


 
2014 November Difference Maker is:
Kirsten Nicholson

WLBC and Ball State Federal Credit Union salute the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, professor Kirsten Nicholson, in the Geological Sciences department. Professor Nicholson is leading a team of students and scientists in the Himalayan Sustainability Initiative to bring clean drinking water to villagers at the base of Mt. Everest. Through continued trips to Nepal, Professor Nicholson has been able to gain the trust of the local people and give them hope for a life without the fear of contaminated drinking water. Congratulations to the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Kirsten Nicholson.

2014 October Difference Makers is:
Bill Scholl
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Bill Scholl, former Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Scholl led eight athletic programs to postseason games during his time in Muncie. We are thankful for his support of our Ball State athletes.

2014 September Difference Makers are:
Dr. Darolyn Jones, Dr. Elizabeth Riddle, and Larry Markle

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Difference Maker of the Month.  Ball State’s first Autism Symposium led by the efforts of Dr. Darolyn Jones, Dr. Elizabeth Riddle,  and Larry Markle, will enrich our community with ways to better serve our autistic students.  The team organized a comprehensive workshop for educators from all over the state that included tips and techniques for teaching students with autism.  The highlight of the symposium was the breakout session hosted by a panel of students with autism. The session was standing-room only while those students shared their own experiences in the classroom.

2014 August Difference Maker is:
Kelli Huth

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Kelli Huth, Director of the Building Better Communities Fellowes. Under her guidance, various community organizations are partnered with Ball State students for valuable immersive learning projects. Huth meets personally with community organization leaders and matches them with student and faculty groups. The projects are a wonderful interdisciplinary learning experience for students, as well as, an opportunity for local organizations to grow from students’ ideas.

2014 July Difference Maker is:
Andrew Crow

We salute the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Andrew Crow, Director of Chorale Activities. Crow leads a Ball State choir comprised of students and area residents for a project called Musica in Situ or Music on Site. The project was created out of Crow’s passion for music and interest in architecture and seeks to explore the various ways choral music can be performed and heard in historical Indiana venues.


2014 June Difference Maker is:
Marilyn Buck
 

We salute June's Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Marilyn Buck, Associate Provost and Dean of University College. Buck currently spearheads Ball State University’s Interactive Learning Space Initiative, which was created to enrich the learning environment with technologically advanced classrooms. The learning spaces have been created with meticulous attention given to every detail and are furnished with innovative desks and chairs that promote interactive learning. With the help of Buck and her team, Ball State University is poised on the cutting edge of interactive learning space research, faculty training, and classroom design.

2014 May Difference Maker is:
Angie Cravens
 
The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Angie Cravens, Commencement Coordinator for Ball State University. Cravens dedicates countless hours each year to ensure that Commencement is a memorable time at Ball State for graduates and their families. Cravens plans the event with extreme attention to detail and implements her plan with the help of people from all parts of the university.
2014 April Difference Maker is:
Christopher Flook
 
The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Christopher Flook, Instructor in the Department of Telecommunications. Flook and his students traveled across the Midwest to film and produce a documentary about the rich Native American heritage in the region. Their work is making our state’s history accessible to all through social and digital media.
2014 March Difference Maker is:
Professor Harry Eggink
 
At a time in history when sustainability has never been more important, Professor Harry Eggink is on the cutting edge of what it means to be truly "off the grid."  Professor Eggink teaches students in the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University about the importance of designing buildings and structures that are not only self-sustaining, but that can also solve some very critical real world problems.  Eggink has gained acclaim in media across the country for his grad-level curriculum that challenges students to re-purpose retired airplanes into homes, offices, and safety structures.
2014 February Difference Maker is:
Dr. Jo Ann Gora
 
The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month Dr. Jo Ann Gora.  Dr. Gora has decisively led the Ball State community for the last 10 years.  During her administration, students have experienced Education Redefined with hands-on, immersive learning programs allowing them to practice their craft while bettering the surrounding community.
2014 January Difference Maker is:
Department of Facilities Planning & Management

Most recently, the Facilities Department has been working tirelessly through the bitter cold to keep students and faculty safe and warm through the winter.  Part of these efforts include installing the largest geothermal heating system every implemented on Ball State’s campus.  The new system is on the largest scale known to be in existence and is an eco-friendly alternative to coal burning.

2013 December Difference Maker is:
Nancy Carlson - Associate Professor of Telecommunications

Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Difference Maker of the Month, Nancy Carlson.  Nancy has been touching the lives of students in Ball State University’s Telecommunications Department for over 30 years.  In addition to her service as a professor, Nancy also devotes many hours volunteering on the board for Back to School Teacher’s Store.

   

 


 

2013 November Difference Maker is:
Robert Myers - Director of Emens Auditorium
Robert Myers is the Director of Emens Auditorium and Pruis Hall. Emens Auditorium is set to embark on its 50th season with Robert paving the way and bringing an endless stream of local and national talent to perform in Muncie. Robert, or "Bob" as he likes to be called, has been serving the Ball State and Muncie community since January of 1990.  His passion for live entertainment and Emens Auditorium has motivated him to bring world-class talent, such as David Letterman, Louis Armstrong , and the musical Les Miserables, to Muncie.
2013 October Difference Maker is:
Chris Ulm - Director of Marketing & Promotions
(Director of Fun)
The self proclaimed "Director of Fun" for BSU Athletics.  From his humble beginnings as a Ball State University student and basketball manager, he has grown into an important position within the Athletics's Marketing and Promotion's Department with a never ending amount of enthusiasm for his Alma mater.  In addition to heading the school's marketing and promotions efforts, Ulm serves as the secondary sports supervisor for field hockey, gymnastics and men's and women's golf.  He also supervises the Ball State cheerleaders and Code Red Dance Team.
2013 July Difference Maker is:
The Department of Special Education
The Department of Special Education has over 1300 majors in its programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Programs include, among others, teacher licensing in mild and severe disabilities, Deaf education, Special Education Administration, and the online M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis with Emphasis in Autism. Dr. John Merbler has served as Department Chair since 1989 and joined the BSU faculty in 1980. Some recent projects in the department include the new Autism Center directed by Dr. Susan Wilczynski (Plassman Distinguished Professor); the Autism Summer Camp directed by Dr. David McIntosh (Meeks Distinguished Professor and Director of Programs in ABA and Autism); and the High Riding Equestrian Camp for children with disabilities directed by Dr. Ruth Jones (Assistant Professor and Shafer Immersive Learning Fellow).
CLASS OF
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2013 May Difference Maker is:
The Ball State University Class of 2013
Ball State Federal Credit Union extends their hearty congratulations.  They have reached an important goal by hard work an dperseverance.  We know they will take their work ethic into their careers and have great success.  The Ball State University Class of 2013 is a Difference Maker!
April 2013 Difference Maker is:
Joel Walton
Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Joel Walton.  He is recognized as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Coach of the Year.  In his 15th season as the head coach of the Ball State Cardinals Men's Volleyball, Joel Walton has led the Cardinals to a 20-5 overall recorded and 9-5 mark in the MIVA Conference.  Joel is a Difference Maker!
 
 
 
 
 
March 2013 Difference Maker is:
Jennifer George-Palilonis
Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Jennifer George-Palilonis.  She's an extraordinary professor in teh department of journalism at Ball State!  On March 14, 2013, Jennifer was named the Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the year by the Scripps Howard Foundation.  The Scripps Howard Foundation's Nation Journalism Awards Competition honors and recognizes outsatnding college journalism and mass communication educators for excellence in teaching.  Jennifer will receive ten thousand dollars and the Charles E. Scripps Award at a dinner at the Waldorf  Astoria in Naples, Florida on May 9th, 2013. 
Jennifer Gelorge-Palilonis is a Difference Maker!
 
 
February 2013 Difference Maker is:
Mitchel Isaacs
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