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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.

 

2018 October Difference Makers are:
Dr. Joshua Gruver
 

 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Dr. Joshua Gruver. Dr. Gruver is finishing a three year, grant funded project that created the Muncie Food Hub – an affordable, travelling market meant to bring locally grown, FRESH produce to the more food impoverished areas in our city. Currently on sabbitcal, Dr. Gruver is using this time to further his research into the current food-scape and how to make our farming future brighter.

Congratulations to the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!

 

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2018 September Difference Maker is:
 
Greg Lane
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Greg Lane. Lane is a former US Marine and a current Nursing student at Ball State University. As a student, Lane is combining both his past career with his future career as he has helped start a brand new mentorship program that assists veterans on campus through college life as well as aspiring to better the VA health care program long term.

 

2018 August Difference Maker is:
 
Hannah Fluhler
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Hannah Fluhler. Fluhler is an Honors College student at Ball State who is majoring in nursing and pre-dance/movement therapy. As part of her fellowship in honor of the late Dean Ruebel, Fluhler has proposed a pilot study to examine the effects of movement and music therapy for newborn infants suffering from drug withdrawal. This study would potentially happen at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital after approval by the proper research oversight committees. Congratulations to the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month!

2018 July Difference Maker is:
 
Dr. Christina Jones and Dr. Shannon Powers
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Makers of the Month, Shannon Powers and Christina Jones, assistant professors at Ball State University and co-founders of Cardinal Zumba, a free, open to the public fitness program they helped launch in 2017 in connection with Ball State’s College of Health. This program is community centered and aimed at increasing a wide variety of health outcomes for the citizens of Muncie. They meet every Monday and Thursday at the Harvest Christian Church and help Muncie citizens focus not only on physical activity but also nutrition.

2018 May Difference Maker is:
 
Shireen Kanakri
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Shireen Kanakri. Kanakri is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design in Ball State’s College of Architecture and Planning who leads the Healthy Autism Design Lab on campus. This lab helps Kanakri and her undergraduate assistants alike to observe children’s reaction to different environments in order to research ways to build autistic centers that better support those children and their needs for an improvement in their quality of life.

2018 April Difference Maker is:
 
Kerri Misiewicz
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Kerri Misiewicz. Misiewicz has worked at Ball State for 43 years and currently serves as the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Architecture ALONG WITH being the Coordinator for Strategic Planning process at the special request of President Mearns. Over those 43 years, she has held various positions at the University under many administrations and has always done so with grace and poise. Her ability to edit written materials, welcome people, and make sure that everything gets done made her an obvious choice for President Mearns’ special committee.

2018 March Difference Maker is:
 
Dr. Elizabeth Bell
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Dr. Elizabeth Bell. Dr. Bell won a 2018 Immersive Learning Award for her "Bilingual Short Stories in Muncie City Schools" project. Ball State Students joined Sutton Elementary School first graders to write Spanish/English short stories and bind them into an anthology at Book Arts Collaborative. MCS teachers and students helped BSU students expand Spanish skills, and build their awareness and cultural competency.

2018 February Difference Maker is:
 
Braydee Euliss
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Braydee Euliss. Euliss is a 2011 Ball State University Graduate that serves as the new Executive Director on the Muncie Arts and Culture Council. After graduation, Euliss was pleased that she got to stay and work in Muncie, the city she has called home her whole life. Under her guidance, the M.A.C.C. is undertaking two big projects that are aiming to make Muncie a more creative and beautiful place to live.

 

2018 January Difference Maker is:
 
Delaina Boyd
 

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Delaina Boyd. Delaina Boyd is the Interim Associate Vice President of Community Engagement for Ball State University. She was recently awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Business Unlimited. This award is given to a woman who has dedicated her life to being a leader and a role model. Boyd is just that, she often drives those she works with to reach beyond their own ideas and expertise in order to encourage their growth as an individual.

2017 December Difference Makers are:

Patricia Clark and Eva Zygmunt

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Patricia Clark an Eva Zygmunt. Clark and Zygmunt are both Professors at Ball State University that worked together to turn the story of the Schools Within the Contest of Community immersive learning project into a book titled, "Transforming Teacher Education for Social Justice". The book outlines how to prepare culturally responsive teachers, a trait that is necessary in the modern education climate. The book was published in 2016 and has already received accolades: winning the 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

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2017 November Difference Maker is:

Simon Balto

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Simon Balto. Balto is an Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University who has successfully ressurected a very missed minor - African American Studies. With his hard work in brining this minor back to Ball State, making the university only 1 of 6 public Indiana universities to offer it, students of every ethnicity in any discipline now have the ability to learn about this all important topic in order to make intelligent choices in their own lives.

2017 October Difference Maker is:

Lawrence Judge

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Lawrence Judge. Judge is a professor of Kimesiology at Ball State University who has successfully coached medal winning Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Bringing this excellence into the classroom not only helped Judge secure the Outstanding Faculty Award at the Fall Opening Convo this year, but not Judge's students are able to learn from a man who has REALLY helped top athletes perform at their best and that is no small feat.

2017 September Difference Maker is:

Melinda Messineo

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Melinda Messineo. Messineo is a charperson for the Department of Sociology and an interim associate provost for diversity who has been taking students to Muncie's most vulnerable residents to help them work towards self-sufficiency for the past 5 years. Providing these families with food, homework help for the kids, and jod and education advice for the parents allows Messineo and her students to touch many lives right here in our own community. 

2017 August Difference Maker is:

Elizabeth Flynn

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Elizabeth Flynn. Flynn, a Ball State Univeristy Child Development graduate, wasn't like most college seniors: instead of taking on an internship, she took on the role of creating and leading a brand new Preschool program at the Ross Community Center in Muncie. Since her graduation, she has stayed on at the center to help thse preschoolers become prepared for their next step, Kindergarten. She does all of this with hands on learning and a classroom full of fun.

2017 July Difference Maker is:

Carma Shawger

The Ball State Federal Credit Union salutes the Ball State Difference Maker of the Month, Carma Shawger. Shawger is the Upper Division Advising Center Coordinator at Ball State University. She has spent her career advising students in MANY of the majors that Ball State offers, both in the arts and sciences. It’s not just the students she helps, however, as she advises many of the faculty and academic advisors at the University also. Her extraordinary advice and knowledge has helped a lot of current students and graduates alike fulfill their dreams.

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.

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.

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!