The Department of Sociology currently has two initiatives that would benefit from your help!


The first is the Detroit Field Study, through which students build a greater understanding of race relations and urban transformation in America. During this experience, students engage in hands-on work with their Ball State instructors and Detroit community partners, take guided tours of museums and neighborhoods, and meet with leaders of grass-roots movements that are changing the city. An advance team of instructors and students established connections and demonstrated feasibility this spring; our first-ever fully developed trip, which will be connected with course credit, will occur this summer. The total of transportation, lodging, and fees for this week-long experience is about $320 per student. Your help will enable more students to have access to this experience by reducing their out-of-pocket costs. We welcome your assistance in this pioneering effort to build inclusive excellence through community engagement!


Our second initiative involves one aspect of our comprehensive career preparation program. In any job search, little things can make a big difference… Like knowing how to highlight your strengths at a reception, knowing how to network with a diverse team, and even knowing which fork to use at the closing interview meal. Hiring managers tell us that having soft skills matters and we know not all students have had opportunities to learn these unspoken rules or, even if they have, they may not feel especially confident in these formal settings. How do we help students develop these soft skills? Through practice at the Career Center Job Search Etiquette Dinner. Your donation of $15 can sponsor a student to attend the dinner and give them that interview edge. You might ask, does $15 really have an impact? Students tell us that $15 represents a significant portion of their food budget. As a result, many opt out of the Career Center Job Search Etiquette Dinner experience and this further widens the gap between students who have the background and confidence and those who do not. Bridge the gap and give the edge… little things can make a big difference!

Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Associate Professor, Elizabeth Agnew, for winning $2,000 to donate to Religious Studies!
1 / 1 Gifts
1,918th Gift
The 1,918th gift will unlock $20,000 for student scholarships!
1,918 / 1,918 Gifts
Ball State Unit or Org with the Most Gifts
The Ball State unit/org with the most gifts on April 9 will receive an additional $6,000 for their department/org 2nd place = $3,000 3rd place = $1,500
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $6,000 Theatre & Dance 747
2 $3,000 Athletics 623
3 $1,500 Ball State's Greatest Needs 168
4 Greek Life 119
5 Student Scholarships 88
Academic Dept Participation Leaderboard
Which academic department will have most gifts on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your department to help keep them at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Departments Gifts
1 Theatre & Dance 747
2 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 88
3 Communication Studies 68
4 Telecommunications 62
5 Journalism 60
Amount Raised Leaderboard
Which area will raise the most on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your favorite area of the University to help keep them flying high at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Campus unit/fund Raised
1 Athletics $66,023.77
2 Theatre & Dance $19,328.27
3 Ball State's Greatest Needs $16,322.32
4 Charles W. Brown Planetarium/Physics & Astronomy $11,680.00
5 Teachers College $10,963.32
1,000 Gifts
1,000 gifts will unlock a gift of $1,000 from ’06 grad, Scott Wenclewicz.
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
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