Selected photos are from the Oct. 15 homecoming festivities that celebrated the success of Drive to Distinction: The Ball State Stadium Campaign. Pregame and halftime ceremonies honored key benefactors who led efforts to raise $13.6 million, exceeding the original $12 million goal.
As the crowd in Alumni Hall looks on, Drive to Distinction Chairman John Fisher announces that the campaign has raised more than $13.63 million, surpassing the $12 million goal.
John Scheumann and John Fisher shake hands as Janice Fisher looks on.
Ball State alumni and supporters sing the fight song after the campaign total is announced.
The university presented decorated, commemorative footballs to major contributors to the Drive to Distinction campaign during a brief halftime ceremony. On the field for the ceremony were Bubba Cunningham, director of intercollegiate athletics; Don Park, vice president for university advancement; June and John Scheumann; John and Janice Fisher; Pat and Paul Kozel; Chip Jaggers, executive director of university advancement; and Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora.
John Fisher, Drive to Distinction campaign chairman, with his wife Janice and Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora. The university honored the Fishers for their long history of supporting Ball State, their gift to the campaign and Mr. Fisher's leadership of the campaign with the naming of the John W. and Janice B. Fisher Football Training Complex.
Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora presents a commemorative football to Pat and Paul Kozel, who provided a $1.25 million gift to Drive to Distinction. In recognition of their gift, the university announced the stadium's new press box and private suites will be housed in the Paul L. and Patricia L. Kozel Stadium Communications Center.
June and John Scheumann accept a commemorative football from Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora. The Scheumanns provided the largest single gift to the Drive to Distinction campaign, $4 million. In recognition of their gift and history of generosity to Ball State, the university announced the naming of John B. and June M. Scheumann Stadium.
A volley of fireworks completes the halftime ceremony.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony preceded the homecoming parade on McKinley Avenue. Taking part in the ceremony were: Tom DeWeese, president of the Ball State University Board of Trustees; Hollis Hughes, Secretary of the Board of Trustees; Ceola Digby-Berry, trustee; Tony Evans, E&B Paving; David McIntosh, former U.S. Congressman; Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora; Deane Rundell, Rundell Ernstberger Associates; and Rep. Mike Pence, R-District 6.