As members of the College of Communication, Information, and Media community we are more than faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We are creators, innovators, and leaders in our fields. And as such, we want to create space for us to connect with one another and to continue to grow in our respective industries.

In the first event of its kind, CCIM, in partnership with the Ball State Alumni Association launched the CCIM Alumni Salons on August 12, 2021 with We Fly Drones at Ball State Launch Fishers. “We are really taking a forward step in supporting our alumni relations and because of that we have formed the CCIM Alumni Council where we bring the heads of each of the unit’s alumni groups together so that they can share ideas and that we can collaborate on things and events like this,” said Dean Paaige Turner in her opening remarks.

Professor Tim Underhill, along with recent graduate Shyanne McFadden and senior Paul Novosel, demonstrated drone technology, and even a few alumni took the controls to test their piloting skills. “Being able to attend the alumni event where I could showcase everything about drones was super fun! After taking the drone classes we have available here, I was able to become certified to fly commercially. Showcasing these skills to alumni helped me be able to network with a lot of them, as well as answer the many insightful questions they all had about drone operation!” said Novosel.

Everyone had a chance to reconnect and enjoy a campus favorite of Greeks, sponsored by Ball State alumni Rafael Domenech ’99 and Rob Sevening. “It was nice to catch up with department alumni, learning about what they do and how they do it. It provoked a nice conversation about how our curriculum has changed and evolved over the years. It solidified that we are headed in the right direction,” said Brian Hayes, Senior Lecturer of Journalism and Assistant Department Chair.

We have a robust alumni network and it’s important for us to have continued opportunities for professional development after graduation, which is why Ball State Fishers Center was the perfect place to start. The Ball State Fishers Center is a lifetime learning satellite center offering training programs to individuals and organizations interested in skillset improvement to fulfill their purpose and passion. In addition to professional development and personal interest programs, they provide talent assessments and interpretation such as CliftonStrengths, Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile, and the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ-i 360. If you are interested in hosting an event at the Ball State Fishers Center you can email Project Coordinator, Kayla Coates.

If you’d like to get involved with future alumni events, contact Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, Molly Burkhardt.