Keeping the connection with Ball State after graduation is a great way to stay enthusiastic about your alma mater. The Young Alumni Council (YAC) plans special activities like professional networking, social events, service projects, and other experiences geared to the interests and needs of alumni who have graduated in the past 15 years.

During these uncertain times, YAC officers are taking advantage of Zoom meeting to continue to plan future events and projects. Their main priority is to help young alumni keep the connection no matter what.

YAC President Ben Yoder, ’07, loves serving his alma mater because Ball State is a very special place to him. It has made such a huge impact on his life. He is very pleased with the growth of YAC and the things they have accomplished for the University. He has big plans for the future of the group even during these unknown times.

“My hope is that the Young Alumni Council continues to find new and innovative ways to engage young alumni in the service to Ball State University,” Yoder said. “With such a talented and dedicated group of people working on this council, I have no doubt that we will be able to do just that!”

Betsy Mills’, ’08 MA ’10, entire family attended Ball State, so naturally it’s one of her favorite places in the world. The YAC vice president has worked with the other council members to develop a vision for the future.


“Personally, I want to keep sharing the story of Ball State – what an incredible institution it is, and what it has meant to me and so many others,” Mills said. “I also want to continue to encourage my fellow young alumni to get involved with our alma mater, and to give back in any way that we can.”


Cory Spaulding, ’06 MBA ’09, who serves as the Alumni Council Representative, says he loves staying involved with other alumni and the Alumni Association team. Along with the other YAC members, Spaulding is working to grow virtual engagement among alumni so they can stay connected wherever they live.

“I see more virtual engagement, at least in the short term, and a focused approach to engaging with the University and current students to share the benefits of being engaged alumni,” Spaulding said.

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