Each year the A. Jane Morton Award honoree is selected from a group of nominated active full-time exempt and non-exempt staff personnel who have been university employees for at least five years. The award recognizes a continual demonstration of outstanding efforts of one person to all segments of the university community.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 A. Jane Morton Award.

  • Please find the nomination form here
  • Complete nomination packets are due by 4:00 pm, February 14, 2018.
  • Please send completed nomination packets to:

A. Jane Morton Award Committee
C/O Adam McLachlan
Hargreaves Music Building (MU), Room 205
Ball State University

A. Jane Morton was employed by the Office of Academic Research and Sponsored Programs (now the Sponsored Projects Administration) and demonstrated outstanding service to all segments of the university during her 25 years of service. Jane was more than dedicated to her job responsibilities and had extensive knowledge of virtually all the academic disciplines on campus. Besides being a mother of two, she was active in numerous Ball State organizations. Jane developed a format for an in-service training program for new employees; helped revise the Secretarial Procedures Handbook; was concerned with salary and employee benefits of staff personnel; was involved in church activities; and, also volunteered many hours to WIPB and Ball Hospital. Her legacy to Ball State University is an award that annually recognizes one staff employee for best emulating her expectations of excellence through service.

Christine Edgeman

2017 recipient
of the A. Jane Morton Award.

Christine is the Admin coordinator in the Department of Communications Studies.


Previous award recipients include:

2016     Andrea Sadler, Dept. of Theater and Dance
2015     Kate Murray, Advancement Services
2014     Melinda Wagner, Graduate School
2013     Shawna Sewell, Dept. of English
2012     Maggie Ailes, Dept. of Marketing & Management
2011     Marilyn Waldo, Dept of Biology
2010     Dina Byrnes, Emens Auditorium
2009     Phyllis Dornberger, Dept. of Elementary Education
2008     Danny Taylor, University Libraries
2007     Theresa Best, Dept. of Information Systems and Operations Management
2006     Sharon Hillman, English Department
2005     Adrian Adams, Chemistry Department
2004     Sylvia Ewert, Accounting Department
2003     Helen Stephenson, Leadership & Service Learning
2002     Virginia Hall-Moore, School of Physical Education
2001     Donna Rae Garrett, Counseling & Psychological Services
2000     Judy Motley, School of Physical Education
1999     Carolyn Sue Conaway, Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts
1998     Marsha Weaver, Architecture Department
1997     Deborah Governor, School of Continuing Education
1996     Lu Whitehair, Urban Planning
1995     Kimberly Hiatt, Anthropology Department
1994     Glenda Johnson, Office of Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
1993     Beulah Miller, Payroll and Employee Benefits
1992     Harriet Kruger, English Department
1991     Debbie Bear, Accounting Office
1990     Lois Keller, Accounting Office
1989     Allen Winters, Biology Department
1988     Sylvia Powers, University Libraries
1987     Helen Ayres, University Libraries
1986     Brenda Ayers, Academic Research and Sponsored Programs
1985     Elaine Tripi, Office of Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
1984     Ethel Evans, LaFollette Dining Services
1983     Betty Payne, Mathematical Sciences Department
1982     Janet Arnold, Office of Vice President for Business Affairs
1981     Doris Edwards, Career Services
1980     Marge Jones, Graduate School

A wooden plaque with these names is permanently displayed in the Sponsored Programs Office. The A. Jane Morton Award honoree also receives a framed and engraved print entitled "Between the Buildings...is the Life" and a monetary award of $1000. All nominees receive a complimentary ticket for the Staff Recognition and Retirement Award Program in the spring where they each receive a book of their nomination and support letters.

Any university employee (co-worker, supervisor, faculty, retiree, etc.) may nominate an eligible staff member for this prestigious award. Each nomination requires the completion of a nomination form, letters of recommendation from the nominee's supervisor, and supporting letters from up to five other people. Your nomination materials should be sent directly to the A. Jane Morton Committee.