Topic: Administrative

September 10, 2018

President Mearns and Jennifer Mearns hand boxes of items to people
Ball State University President Geoffrey S. Mearns, his wife, Jennifer, and Ball State Trustee Brian Gallagher hand over literacy kits to Laura Jensen, president and CEO of the United Way of St. Joseph County. The kits will be distributed to local families.

The United Way of St. Joseph County received more than 200 literacy kits assembled by volunteers who attended the Ball State University Centennial Celebration Roadshow in Downtown South Bend on Friday, Sept. 7.

“We thank our guests for joining us in supporting the United Way’s goal to help end the cycle of generational poverty through early childhood education and literacy,” said Delaina Boyd, director of the Office of Community Engagement.

“Social responsibility is a core Ball State value. It’s so important to us that it’s part of the Beneficence Pledge that we encourage every member of the University community to follow. Since our founding in 1918, Ball State has done more than educate students. We’ve served our neighbors.”

Guests also enjoyed cupcakes and giveaways as they got to know Ball State better. The South Bend event is part of Ball State’s yearlong Centennial Celebration. The roadshow’s next stop is in Valparaiso on October 21.

For more about the Centennial, visit