A New Face in the Front Office at CICS

Jul 23, 2021


This summer finds us adding another new face to the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, and we are thrilled to share our newest addition, Desiree Soptelean! 

Desiree joined The Center in June and serves as the Secretary to the Director. Desiree oversees many academic sectors, as well as planning the signature CICS events throughout the year.  

Desiree is no stranger to Ball State University or the Muncie community either. In 2011, she graduated from Ball State with a Bachelor of Sciences in Fashion Merchandising, Entrepreneurship and Psychology.  After graduation, she went to work for a clothing company and went onto be a department manager in Fort Wayne.  

In 2015, Desiree returned to Cardinal Country to pursue her Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education/ Executive Development for Public Service. During her master’s journey, she was also a graduate assistant for the Teachers College, assisting in research, grant-funding initiatives, and supported faculty in the classroom and online. 

In 2017, Desiree received her master’s degree from Ball State. Most recently, Desiree worked at the Horizon Convention Center as a sales and event coordinator – overseeing and coordinating all aspects of many events.  

Center for Information and Communication Sciences Director, Dr. Dennis Trinkle, states “We are delighted to have Desiree Soptelean join our team. She brings great experience organizing major events, working with diverse stakeholders, and managing large projects.  As a Ball State alumna, she is familiar with the university and the community. And, her energy and affability will make her a great representative for the Center with internal and external audiences!

Desiree noted she is thrilled to be a part of the CICS team and is excited to help students succeed through the program. “I try to surround myself with amazing human beings,” Soptelean said. “I have a lot of life experience, educational experience, and work experience. I want to be someone they are comfortable coming to. I want to be a safe place for students to come to because I personally know how crazy life gets as a graduate student, or someone who has transitioned careers when you feel incredible insecure and wonder if you made the right choice. I just want to be a sounding board for them. I want them to succeed.” 

Please join us in welcoming Desiree to the CICS family! We are so thrilled you are here!