We dedicate this newsletter issue to Beneficence. When I arrived at Ball State in Summer 2021, I was familiar with the notion of Beneficence as a social worker who values the inherent dignity of all persons. I now see beneficence as centered in everything I do as Dean of the College of Health. All members of the Ball State community believe in the Beneficence Pledge. We pledge to uphold high standards of scholarship and excellence, practice academic honesty, act socially responsible, and value the intrinsic worth of everyone.

Beneficence takes many interpretations, but for me, it’s come to mean being grateful to be part of a community that lifts one another up for the good of all. You’ll see many examples of Beneficence from the College of Health in the stories below, but here are a few to get started.

Tiffany Norman was named 2023 MSW Student of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. This honor comes with a scholarship for a student who exemplifies the values, ethics, goals and missions of the profession.
Andrea Taylor McMurtry, Program Coordinator of the Health, Physical Education Teacher Education in the School of Kinesiology, was selected for the Leadership Award from Indiana Shape! The award recognizes an individual who is outstanding in their profession with long and distinguished service to health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or allied areas.
Eric Klosterman, Associate Lecturer of Sport Administration and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Sport Administration Program, was named Ball State’s Outstanding Advisor for 2022-2023.

Following the Homecoming bed races along Riverside Avenue in front of the Health Professions Building, we had a great time celebrating the state of the art building’s fourth birthday with many varieties of cupcakes.
We are grateful to many Alumni and Friends engaged with our students in clinical and field education to usher in new healthcare professionals in every nook and cranny of Indiana.
“We are grateful for the Beneficence of our Alumni and Friends who are benefactors to the College of Health. On October 20, the University launched “Our Call to Beneficence: The Campaign for Ball State University,” our university’s largest-ever campaign running through June 2027.” Our College Development Officer, Ryan Vaughn, and I would be happy to share ways you might help us achieve our goals, which are centered in three pillars: Ensuring Student Success, Enriching the Academic Experience, and Expanding Campus and Community Impact. We also look forward to reaching out for One Ball State Day on April 3, 2024.