Discovering Ball State University


If you have not visited the campus in the new millenium, you will find that the landmarks have changed.  McKinley Avenue is the new gateway to BSU.  Driving south on McKinley, you can't miss seeing Shaffer Tower, complete with carillon.  To the west of the tower is the David Letterman Media and Telecommunications Building.


David Letterman’s campaign to rename Ball State’s football stadium in his honor was fought almost as hard as his campaign to appear on Oprah. He also suggested that Indianapolis rename its I-465 beltway Dave's Interstate. On September 7, 2007, the state of the art David Letterman Communication and Media Building was dedicated. It was one of Dave’s proudest moments…and he didn’t even have to ask!

Letterman Building Dedication Photo from

Another new addition to the BSU campus is the Music Instruction Building located on the southeast corner of Riverside and McKinley Avenues. The MIB houses the 600-seat Sursa Performance Hall. The auditorium itself is “tunable”; it houses a 50-stop Goulding & Wood pipe organ.

Inside the Music instruction building is a wall of light. First Symphony is a 23’ x 40’ x 1’ combination of light, glass and stainless steel. This art form is called a lightpainting, and represents the first new art form of the 21st Century.  Artist Stephen Knapp says First Symphony was created to reflect the music in the building and to inspire creativity and collaboration among the arts at Ball State.

The Music Instruction Building at night, with Stephen Knapp'First Symphony in view. (photo from Wiikipedia)


Emens Auditorium continues to host everything from award winning Broadway plays to local high school graduations.  If you plan a special weekend getaway to Muncie, don’t forget to check out their calendar of events.


Christie Woods is a familiar landmark at the corner of Tillotson and Riverside Avenues. Both an arboretum and botanical garden, it was part of the original land gift to the State of Indiana from the Ball Brothers in 1918. Two new structures in the woods are accessible from University Avenue.  The Glick Center for Glass houses working glass studios and the atrium is open to visitors.  The Rinard Orchid Greenhouse is home to the Wheeler Orchid Collection.  Visit the new facility which contains over 1,200 plants from over 85 genera, represented by 500 different species and 100 hybrid orchids.


Ball State Football

McDowell-Nearing House proudly supports the BSU Cardinals! Because we are within easy walking distance to Scheumann Stadium you can get a good night's rest, eat a hearty breakfast, and catch the Cardinals in action without fighting traffic and paying for parking.

Ball State’s football team now has a home it can be proud of. Renamed after a loyal alumnus, the Scheumann Stadium now offers additional fan seating and corporate boxes, and the stadium has one of the best facilities for the press in the MidAmerican Conference.



View from the President's Box