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Ball State University
Ball State Business magazine

Excerpt: Imagine being three-fourths of the way through the semester and working hard on the final project. When you arrive at class you learn the due date must move up one full week.


Time to sweat? Maybe a little.


Time to panic? Not for the 15 students who enrolled in an immersive learning program through the Miller College of Business. For them, it was just another day at the office. Download PDF...


Excerpt: When Kent “Oz” Nelson cochaired as a student Ball State’s 1958 Campus Chest giving campaign, he had no idea the impact he would have on numerous organizations – including his soon-to-be alma mater – and hundreds of thousands of individuals through his charitable fund-raising efforts over the next 50 years. Download PDF...


American Legion Auxiliary
National News

Excerpt: When the Deraps family members gather for Sunday night dinners and holiday celebrations in their Jamestown, Mo. home they feel the love and presence of Marine Lance Cpl. Leon Deraps, who died last May in Iraq when his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb.


Deraps, the baby of the family, "came home" in mid-March by way of Utah, where an artist named Kaziah Hancock lovingly painted an oil portrait of him from pictures and information supplied by his family. "It’s the most beautiful thing," said Leon’s mother, Sandy Deraps. "She really captured him, his presence. It makes us feel like he’s right here with us."


Deraps' portrait hangs in the family dining room where his parents, many of his three sisters and two brothers and their families and other assorted relatives enjoy Sunday night dinners and Scrabble games. “We miss him so much. It’s such a blessing to have his portrait in our home,” his mother said.


Hancock, 59, has painted more than 300 portraits of military personnel who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001. All portraits are offered to families at no charge, but each costs $300 to $400 to produce and ship and is worth much more than that. Download PDF...

Indianapolis Monthly

Excerpt: Headed south on State Road 59, past the sign proclaiming that you’ve entered the "Mayberry of the Midwest," past the placard touting the achievements of the Imperial Regiment Marching Band, past Dave White Ford, Bob Burkle Chevrolet, and Bob & Angie's Hometown Café, you’ll spot what makes Clay City, Indiana unique: a mound of clay, 20 feet high, near a cluster of pole barns and brick buildings. Next to the American flag waving briskly in the wind, a faded sign reads Clay City Pottery.


You’d never guess from its modest appearance that the pottery's wares have been sold by major retailers across America – Pottery Barn, Eddie Bauer Home, Spiegel, Cracker Barrel – as well as at antiques stores, thousands of mom-and-pop gift shops, and in countries as far-flung as England, Italy and Japan. Clay City Pottery also sells its goods online. But in-the-know shoppers visit the 118-year-old pottery itself for the best deals, a bit of Indiana history and some honest-to-goodness Hoosier hospitality. Download PDF...