1969 Grad Looks at How the University Has Grown
By Chelsea Tuttle, Communications Intern
Remembering the Past
The university has certainly gone through several makeovers since Doris Albertson (BS '69) was a student back in the 1960s.
"When I was in school, there were not as many buildings or as much landscaping on campus as there is today. I used to cross fields to get to my math classes in the barracks," she says.
Doris started her college career as a math major, which was primarily a male-dominated field at the time. She frequently found herself "fighting with the guys" despite her skill in numbers and equations. She did some reevaluating and switched her major to elementary education through the Teachers College, recognized nationwide for its comprehensive programs.
"During my time at Ball State, the majority of students were here for teaching. It's so fascinating to return to campus and see all of the different career paths students can enter into now," Doris says.
Three days after graduating, Doris was offered a teaching position in Dekalb County, Ind. Eventually, her career path changed when she started work as a trust officer at a bank dealing with estate planning and charity. During her time working at the bank, Doris met her husband, Robert (BS '63).
Doris had a niche for working with foundations in the Fort Wayne area and had a passion for philanthropy. She also became actively involved in Ball State's DISCOVERY group, an organization of women who collaboratively grant funds to projects that impact Ball State students and faculty.
A Visit to Ball State at Present
It had been many years since Doris had been on campus when she attended the Ball State University Foundation's annual Summer Social for gift society members and retired faculty last summer. She was astounded at the way campus had grown in so many different ways.
At the event, Doris had a chance to mingle with college friends, enjoy cool refreshments on a warm day, and listen to a carillon concert from Shafer Tower. Another highlight was a tour of the David Letterman Building, including behind-the-scene views of Indiana Public Radio, as well as NewsLink, Sports Link, and WBST Public Radio Station, which are student-run media organizations.
Doris remembers hearing about the newest building on campus being named in honor of David Letterman. She recalls the late night host mentioning how incredibly impressive it was to see how great the building was in size and that they didn't have "that type of equipment in New York."
Planning for BSU's Future
Doris has always been dedicated to and continuously supported her alma mater. Watching Ball State develop into a nationally recognized university is something she is proud of as an alumna. To continue her support, she and her husband made the decision to leave an unrestricted gift in their will to help advance the educational mission of the university.
"I'm proud to be a part of the promising role of education to the next generation," she says. "Creating a bequest through your will is a simple way to support Ball State in the future. It's also flexible because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime and you can change your mind at any time."
Because of donors like Doris, Ball State is able to offer opportunities for students to have the best higher education possible - now and in the future.