On October 26, Ball State University Statistics Group celebrated the 2017 United Nations World Statistics Day. The Colloquium Speaker was Dr. Mir Masoom Ali, the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Statistics Emeritus, who founded the Statistics program at Ball State in 1971. He talked about the history of the Statistics program: among other things, he specifically talked about the success of the students and growth of the statistics program, now in its fifth decade. The day ended with a discussion session between Professor Ali and the statistics faculty and students.