Parent Advisory Council



Parents serving on the Parents Advisory Council assist the university in many ways. Fostering communication between the University and parents of all Ball State students is the group’s number one goal.

Members meet twice a year and also:

  • advise university administrators on issues of concern and interest to parents
  • identify and cultivate support for the university
  • help raise money for the Parents Fund and make recommendations for allocating money from the fund to one or more of the following programs:
    • The Jack Beyerl Student Emergency Aid Fund, which provides financial assistance to Ball State student who experience accidents, illnesses, financial hardships, or other emergency situations that jeopardize their education
    • Late Nite, a popular weekend activities program that offers students safe and alcohol-free entertainment and ways to spend their free time away from their studies
    • University scholarships, which are offered to students who have not received other private scholarships but who have demonstrated leadership abilities


Each year, the Parents Advisory Council awards scholarships to recognize students for past leadership contributions and future potential as a leader.

The Office of Student Life sends postcards inviting students to apply. Applications are completed in the Spring—usually March.

Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and not be a recipient of a Presidential, Whitinger, or Emens scholarship.

A committee selects the scholarship recipients by mid-April. 

How to Join

We are continually looking for parents who want to be part of a growing community of people who have a special place in their hearts for Ball State.  We welcome anyone who would like to participate.

In selecting council members, we work to balance many factors, including students’ hometowns and academic majors and the parents’ willingness to participate in regular meetings and other activities. We also strive to include families with diverse interests and backgrounds.


Parent Advisory Council Members

Linda Boling
Goshen, IN

John and Elaina Foster
Summitville, IN

Jennifer Gillespie
Muncie, IN

Ashley Long
Indianapolis, IN

Jenice Myers
Indianapolis, IN

Brian Osner
Muncie, IN

Alyssa and DaVanna Seifert
Fort Wayne, IN

Joseph Smedley, Ph.D.
Noblesville, IN

Staci Vincent
Orange Village, OH


To learn more about the council, please email us.

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