Communications Center
Skip Navigation LinksHome

Top stories

Diversity This Week

Contributed by: Lisa Love
Published: Monday, 18 June 2018 10:30 AM
Diversity this Week
A message from the Associate Vice President for Diversity
Doing the work of creating an inclusive culture here at Ball State University

View the complete Diversity This Week Here

This Week in Diversity Now…
There is still time to sign up for a new class. Max Felker-Kantor will lead History 210 which will explore the history of black people in the United States from the slave trade to the present, with emphases on the ways that black Americans' aspirations for freedom and equality have been articulated, realized, and challenged.

Expand your horizons…
The month of June is LGBT Pride Month. Read more about a sampling of gender diversity in other cultures here and here.

Live-Beneficence…I see the Beneficence in you
Beneficence challenge. Learn about the challenges LGBTQ community face here. Learn more about the complex role that empathy and rational compassion play in decision making here.
Share examples of the Beneficence you see in others – email your nominations to Please include your name, the person's name and the way in which they embodied the Beneficence Pledge.

…& looking back. This week in Diversity in 1932 and 1983
On June 18, 1932, Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane. And on June 18, 1983, Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space. Learn more about women in flight here.

Featured Diversity Scholarship
An opportunity to showcase faculty publications 2017-18
Molly Ferguson Assistant Professor of English
Wes Gehring George & Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Telecommunications

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD and President, National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity shares her advice for under-represented faculty starting out the tenure track. Read the article here. Can't view the resource? Be sure to register.
Ball State University faculty and graduate students can register at

Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity
Phone 765-285-5316
Teachers College 409
Facebook BallStateOID
Twitter @BallStateOID
Learn more.

Reminder: Major Events in June

Contributed by: Lena Tompkins
Published: Tuesday, 12 June 2018 9:00 AM
June promises to be an exciting month at Ball State University. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to our Centennial Birthday Celebration on June 15, and we will host our first Community Campus Experience on June 16 for members of the Muncie community. On June 18, we will host the “Spreading Our Wings” Community Forum as part of our strategic planning process. Learn more.

Free Public Planetarium Programs - Summer 2018

Contributed by: Dayna Thompson
Published: Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:30 AM

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium
Free Public Programs
June - Aug. 2018

Into the Darkness
Presented live by Pltm. Asst. Dir. Dayna Thompson
Fridays – June 8, 15, 22 @ 6:30 p.m.
People often peer into the darkness of the night sky and wonder what is there. These seemingly dark regions are actually filled with nebulae, star clusters, and other galaxies. Come learn how to navigate the sky by using bright stars and constellations, and discover what fascinating objects exist deep in space.
Best suitable for all ages 8+

Tombaugh’s Planet
Produced by BSU
Fridays – July 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
In 1930, after years of searching, a Kansas farm boy discovered Planet X. This object was later named Pluto. This program tells of Clyde Tombaugh’s remarkable achievement and the amazing discoveries made when the New Horizons space probe beamed to Earth the first close-up images of this small frozen world.
Best suitable for all ages 10+

Planet Nine
Produced by the Adler Planetarium
Fridays – Aug. 3, 10, 17 @ 6:30 p.m.
In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto. The New Horizons flyby was big news, and the pictures it sent back to Earth reveal a world far more complex than anyone realized. Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds whose orbits take them deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? Join us on the hunt!
Best suitable for all ages 12+

Planetarium Information:

  • Planetarium shows are free of charge.
  • No tickets or reservations are required, but plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • We do our best to open doors 30 minutes before show time.
  • Shows run 45-60 minutes.
  • There is no food or drink allowed in the planetarium.
  • Children 17 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, at 2000 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie.

For directions and parking information, as well as general policies, please visit our website at

Learn more.