Hello everyone! My name’s Casey, and I’m excited to tell you a little more about myself today. Educationally, I’m a Cardinal through and through. I came to Ball State’s campus back in 2007 for my bachelor’s degree in psychological science, which I earned in 2011.
I also have a master’s degree in executive development for public service (2015), a graduate certificate in college and university teaching (2018). I’m currently working toward my doctorate of education (EdD) in higher education. Although my bachelor’s was completed on campus, every program I’ve pursued since has been online, or at least primarily online.
Why I Advise
I joined Ball State as a professional staff member in 2012. I became a student success specialist with Ball State Online in 2016 and a lead student success specialist in 2020. I also teach an online capstone course for general studies students.
I don’t think anyone grows up thinking, I’m going to be an academic advisor someday! Although, I may be mistaken. It certainly wasn’t a career choice on my radar growing up. But, my academic advisor, Sarah Haley, was such an integral part of my college experience when I was an undergraduate. She not only helped me schedule my classes, but she also helped me seek out opportunities to build my skillsets both in advising and teaching. We’ve long joked that I earned a “minor in Sarah Haley” due to the number of courses I took from her (Honors College Colloquia, independent studies, a teaching assistant role, and an internship).
That “minor,” however, has served me well! It helped me figure out my passion: making sure students working toward their degrees know they have a dependable resource and information to make the right decisions about their education.
As a student success specialist, the focus is right there in the name. I want my students to be successful, and I want to be a cheerleader, and sometimes a coach, for them on that journey. I’m not here to do it for you; I’m here to make sure you have all the skills and information you need to do it on your own! The biggest thing I want my students to know is that they can come to me for anything. I may not have all the answers, but I can certainly help you find the person who does!
Now the Fun Facts
Outside of my Lead Student Success Specialist role, I’m still a student myself. With a target graduation day of May or July 2025, that will continue to be a big part of my identity. I’m also a fur parent to an adorable, white cat named Betty June and an orange foster cat named Ellen Ripley. I say foster cat, but that’s just a formality. Ripley will be an official part of my household soon enough. I’m known to my niece as Auntie Cat and my nephew as Aunt Queso (cheesy, I know).
Throughout some of the unexpected downtime that came with 2020, I learned to crochet and to cook as well, thanks to a meal kit delivery service. I enjoy way too much (seriously, too much) reality TV, and I’m always in the market for a new podcast to listen to as I do things around the house. I’m ridiculously competitive and have been grateful for Zoom game nights with my family over the last year to pass the time and keep that competitive nature alive and thriving. I have a fabulous support system that empowers me to strive to be a part of a similar support system for all of my students!