Monday, February 23, 2015

Ball State's Miller College of Business Turns 50

Founded in 1965 as part of Ball State's transition to a University, the Miller College of Business (named in 2003 after alumnus and benefactor Wallace T. Miller) has flourished as the home of some of Ball State University's most renowned academic programs. Ball State University Archives & Special Collections, a department of the University Libraries, has preserved the legacy of this College through a variety of paper and electronic archival collections.

Archives & Special Collections contains in its holdings over 15 individual paper collections documenting the history, activities, scholarship of the Miller College of Business faculty, departments, and students. The Ball State University Digital Media Repository, an online, open-access research repository containing over 200,000 archival resources, includes a collection of scholarship published by the Ball State's Center for Businesses and Economic Research.

In addition, collections in the Digital Media Repository include archival photographs, films and videos, newspaper articles, and other resources documenting the history of the College.

Ball State University College of Business students using duplicator machines, 1968

Before the completion of the Whitinger Business Building in 1979, Ball State's College of Business was housed in
the former Naval Armory Building at the intersection of McKinley Ave. and Neely Ave.
James R. Barnhart, Professor of Accounting, instructs student in mainframe computing applications, 1974. 

Ralph J. Whitinger at the dedication of the Whitinger Business Building in March 1980.  One of over 20,000 historic photographs of Ball State University housed in the Digital Media Repository.
Interview with Donald F. Kuratko, founding director of Ball State University's entrepreneurship program, 1991.  One of over 1,400 digitized films and videos documenting Ball State's history in the Digital Media Repository.
The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Digital Media Repository collection contains economic policy and forecasting research published by the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Ball State Celebrates 50 Years as University

Fifty years ago on February 8, 1965 through House Enrolled Act No. 1014, Ball State Teachers College became Ball State University as the institution was granted University status by the Indiana General Assembly.  Both recognizing the tremendous growth of the college from a small teacher training school to a large regional institution and facilitating further expansion in size and scope, this change set Ball State on a course to flourish as a major teaching and research institution.  

The Ball State University Digital Media Repository (DMR), a project of the University Libraries, provides free online access to a variety of digitized archival resources documenting this red letter day in Ball State history. Including photographs, films and videos, audio recordings, newspapers, and institutional records and reports housed in Ball State University Archives & Special Collections, the DMR includes over 200,000 digitized historic resources.

Sign maker Bob Robinson congratulates Ball State with a billboard.  One of over 20,000 digitized archival photographs documenting Ball State history
Ball State students celebrate sign change from "Teachers College" to "University", February 1965.
Ball State University President John R. Emens with Indiana legislators Rodney Piper, George Stephenson, and David Metzger and Lieutenant Governor Robert Rock at University Recognition Day ceremony, February 12, 1965
Ball State News headline from February 12, 1965 announcing University status change,
including a greeting and statement from John R. Emens
As Ball State's name changed, so did its campus.  The LaFollette Residence Halls complex (under construction here)
was one of major campus construction projects at Ball State in the mid-1960s.

An audio recording of the University Recognition Day program has been digitized and made available online in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository.