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Emens Auditorium
Experience the power of live performance.

Ball State University's sixth president, John R. Emens (1945-1968), had a dream. He envisioned a "campus of the future" complete with an auditorium "large enough to house most college functions as well as major symphonies, Broadway productions, ballets, and other forms of entertainment for Muncie and east central Indiana audiences." 

 

 

For over 50 years, John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium has fostered a greater appreciation for the performing arts in East Central Indiana, inspiring lifelong learning, multicultural literacy, and creativity. With a diverse array of artists, productions, and celebrities, Emens continues to present entertainment from the traditional to the innovative. Help us continue this legacy by donating to the performing arts to enhance and enrich the lives of our campus and community. 

 

“I will always consider Emens the beginning of my choice of a music career and of BSU as my university! I attended Mid America Music Camp in the summerof 1965- took a voice lesson with Don Neuen and immediately decided to become a music educator! We did our concerts in Emens that summer and then I received both my BS and MS in Music Education from Ball State. I was in University Singers for 3 years and will always remember our performances there- Spectacular and with few with visiting celebrities. Those were wonderful memories both onstage and in the audience!“

– Julia Ann Church/Scherer

“As a child growing up in Muncie, my parents worked for BSU. We went to a lotof shows. My HS Graduation was held there. Now I share shows with my grandchildren. Blue man, Stomp, Jeff Irwin. Looking forward to Sound of Music.” – Terre Varner

“My favorite memory in Emens was winning Air Jam with my Pi Beta Phi sisters and the brothers of Theta Chi in 2016! It was especially exciting to win because it was a "three-peat" win for Pi Phi! I have always loved dancing and performing, so it was a blast to have an experience like that on the Emens stage!” – Chloe Babusiak

 

 

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First 5 Challenge!
Theatre & Dance, CICS, Special Education, Comm Studies, and School of Music are the winners of an additional $500 in challenge funds!
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Brunch Leaderboard
The five areas that raise the most money from 10 a.m. - Noon each receive $1,000 in challenge funds
Rank Prize Area Raised
1 $1,000 Men's Tennis $11,320.00
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $6,379.00
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $5,260.00
4 $1,000 Gymnastics $4,645.00
5 $1,000 Men's Golf $3,605.00
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Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Area Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 1,006
2 $1,000 College of Fine Arts 666
3 $1,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 618
4 $1,000 College of Sciences and Humanities 617
5 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 512
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Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red. Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $5,000 from the Alumni Council to Ball State's greatest needs.
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Young Alumni Challenge
Gifts from 50 young alumni (graduated 2013-2023) between noon and 4 p.m. unlocks $500 to Student Scholarships!
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Morning Donor Challenge
Brittanie Davis won $1,000 for Spectrum in challenge funds Paaige Turner won $1,000 for Comm Studies in challenge funds Mary Spillman won $1,000 for the Journalism Department Marilyn Chalupa won $1,000 for the Career Center Riley Harman won $1,000 for the Counseling Psych, Social Psych, and Counseling Dept.
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I Spy Charlie
I Spy Charlie campus treasure hunt: Find a Charlie Cardinal plush hidden around campus for a chance to designate $250 to the fund of your choice! Follow @BSUFoundation on Instagram for details.
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Dash & Splash Winners
Dash & Splash: Top two racers receive $1,000 each to designate to the fund they represent.
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LinkedIn $1,000 Challenge
Share a One Ball State Day post on LinkedIn on April 5th for a chance to designate $1,000 to your favorite Ball State area! Use #OneBallState and tag the Ball State Foundation!
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Morning Leaderboard
The three departments/units/teams with the most donors by 10 a.m. receives $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Area Donors
1 $2,500 Theatre & Dance 138
2 $1,500 Indiana Academy 60
3 $1,000 Communication Studies 51
4 Soccer 33
5 School of Kinesiology 30
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Non-academic/Non-athletic Leaderboard
The two non-academic/non-athletic areas with the most donors each receive $1,000.
Rank Prize Area Donors
1 $1,000 BFSA: Dr. Charles R. Payne Scholarship 92
2 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 86
3 Student Emergency Aid Fund 78
4 Cardinal Kitchen 63
5 Indiana Public Radio 59
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OBSD Video Challenge
Share any of the official One Ball State Day videos on Facebook and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
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Evening Leaderboard Challenge
The five areas with the most donors between 8-10 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Area Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 74
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy 53
3 $1,000 Communication Studies 38
4 $1,000 Men's Golf 28
5 $1,000 Field Hockey 26
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International Alumni Challenge
Daniel Vidal from Puerto Rico was the first international alum to Men's Tennis!
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Last Hour Leaderboard
The area that rasises the most money from 11 -11:59 p.m. will receive $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Area Raised
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $4,550.00
2 Field Hockey $1,424.98
3 Indiana Academy $870.00
4 Black Alumni Council $835.00
5 Sociology $725.00
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Foundation Employee Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby and Ray Allen will give $500 each.
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Dash & Splash Fan Favorite
Dash & Splash event: Fan favorite receives $250 to designate to the fund they represent.
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