The Philanthropy Education Council (PEC) is a student-run organization whose mission is to reach students and teach them about the importance of giving whether that be of time, talent, or treasure. Their goal is to share what philanthropy is and what the benefits are of giving back, even as a student.

One of the major responsibilities of the PEC is to facilitate and promote many of the on-campus and virtual events that occur on One Ball State Day. This year, the PEC is extremely excited to both bring back activities from last year such as the Cardinal Cab and introduce fun and new ways to engage the student body. They will be facilitating a Campus Spirit Parade throughout campus with the University Singers, partnering with Steak ‘n Shake for a “Shakes and Shirts” event, hosting “Dash & Splash” where 24 pre-selected participants will race across Lewellen Pool on adult-size inflatable ducks for a chance to win $1,000 to the fund of their choice, and much more! The PEC has been hard at work since last year combining both student and community feedback in order to create the best One Ball State Day possible.

Payten Romig is currently the Vice President of the PEC. Her responsibilities include working directly with the president and staff advisor to make sure the council is on track to meet their goals as well as working with the communications and outreach teams. Her role is is flexible, which is something she has loved as it has allowed her to see many different aspects of what the PEC does. Payten has been personally impacted by OBSD and all the various ways it supports students, which is a huge reason why she is so passionate about the work the PEC is doing.

“I could not live my life without Ball State. I loved the flexibility it has given me to take my studies seriously, while also growing as a leader through campus organizations such as PEC.” 

When asked why students should participate in OBSD, she said “Ultimately, the money you give or help raise comes right back to you. It helps improve Ball State’s academics and facilities overall and it supports individual students having access to an education here. Even if it is just the money you would spend on a cup of coffee for the day, it could have such an impact.” 

Want to see the One Ball State Day event schedule? Click here. For more information about One Ball State Day and how to give back, click here.