For Leslie Adriance, a senior majoring in architecture with a minor in environmental policy, Ball State’s beautiful campus feels like home. The Paw Paw, Michigan, native came here for the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (CAP), and through its first-year program built a solid foundation in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning before settling on one discipline and declaring a major.

I love that we have a really strong sense of community on campus, especially in CAP. That last week before a big project is due, people bring in food, and it’s a community feast. I remember one time, someone’s mom had 20 pizzas delivered and we all just forgot for a little while that we had this huge project due in 24 hours.

Leslie counts the many student organizations and activities on campus among the reasons she loves Ball State, and has seized the opportunities to play ultimate Frisbee, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and serve as media chair, secretary, and now vice president of Emerging Green Builders.

Last spring, Leslie became the 10th Ball State student since 2005 to be named a Udall Scholar. The national award, a $7,000 scholarship, recognizes students for leadership, public service, and commitment to the environment or Native American nations.

She plans to become a licensed architect and promote sustainable communities through her work. Her dream is to design carbon neutral, net-positive buildings and encourage others to do the same.

About Leslie

Class of 2017
Hometown: Paw Paw, Michigan
Major: Architecture
Minor: Environmental policy
Activities: Vice president of Ball State Emerging Green Builders, Habitat for Humanity volunteer


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