Christine Ballengee-Morris retired Sept. 1, 2022, as full professor. Ballengee-Morris’ service to the department spanned 27 years, during which she served in numerous leadership roles including Director of American Indian Studies, Interim Director of the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, and Director of the Multicultural Center. Ballengee-Morris is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of art education, demonstrated by her robust body of research which includes numerous books and manuscripts, refereed articles and papers. Ballengee-Morris’ leadership posts include national and international organizations such as International Society for Education through Art (INSEA) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA). She has mentored countless students who have become leaders in the field. Ballengee-Morris has been instrumental in advocating for Ohio’s Earthworks to become UNESCO World Heritage Sites. She has funded research projects in support of Indigenous artists. A practicing artist herself, she has also conducted extensive research and advocacy for Appalachian arts and Vietnam War veterans. Ballengee-Morris is perhaps best remembered by her students for her mentorship — demystifying complex processes and making higher education and research accessible and inclusive of many voices who might not otherwise have been heard. The department held a retirement party the evening of September 6 at the Faculty Club to recognize her extensive accomplishments. Numerous faculty, staff, students and colleagues participated in an open mic to share their personal connection to Ballengee-Morris and the power of her contribution in guiding their research, leadership and career development. Her son, Jack Ballengee-Morris, a Grammy-nominated artist, performed several original bluegrass songs in her honor. AAEP once again wishes to thank Ballengee-Morris for her years of service and extensive contributions to the department. She was loved by the department and will be sorely missed. She continues to serve as professor emeritus.