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50,000 words. One month. NaNoWriMo.

Contributed by: Cathy Day
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017 4:00 PM
Have you ever wanted to write a novel but weren’t sure how to get started? Do you have ideas floating around in your head, but you’re not sure how to piece them together?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then NaNoWriMo is for you!

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Agents of Innovation: A Gathering of Social Entrepreneurs

Contributed by: Erin Moore
Published: Wednesday, 18 October 2017 9:00 AM

Are you a Ball State student or alum interested in starting a social venture as a means of bringing about social change? (Or do you know one?)

At Indiana Campus Compact’s first Agents of Innovation Gathering on Saturday, November 4th, budding social entrepreneurs will interact with business and community leaders who are working to effect change within our local communities.

Participants will learn about our micro-lending to support their work and have the opportunity to network and brainstorm ideas.

Date: November 4
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Anderson University Flagship Center, Anderson, I

Student, Administrator, Faculty, or Professional Staff: $35 per person
Alum: $45 per person

Register here by October 29

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October 31 - Halloween, Learn how a graduate degree in CICS might be the best treat you ever earned

Contributed by: Kirsten Smith
Published: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 1:00 AM
Are you SCARED about what you will do when you graduate? Is it CREEPY to think about what comes next? Are you AFRAID you don’t have a clear path to success? Then come to an informational open house at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences to learn how you, with whatever undergraduate degree you are earning, can maximize your career potential with our in-depth, 11-month master’s degree focused on technology, business, and leadership.

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A Graduate Course on Categorical Data Analysis Using R

Contributed by: Jun Xu
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 1:00 PM
SOC684: Advanced Sociological Data Analysis
Modern Regression Analysis Using R

Dr. Jun Xu
17.15-20.00 M
Spring 2018

Why did someone vote for one particular presidential candidate instead of another? How likely does a student from disadvantaged background graduate from college? How to predict the number of clinic visits that a middle-class Caucasian female usually has in a year? What predicts people having poor health? Between black and silver cars, which color sells better and who is more likely to buy silver? What is the most likely commuting strategy that a typical New Yorker takes to get to the workplace? Why would Canadians live a healthier and longer life than Americans? Are people living in an area with a higher level of PM2.5 (fine particle) in the air or radon in the lower level of their residence more likely to have heart/lung disease than those living in areas with better air quality?

All these fascinating questions can be addressed using categorical and limited (non-continuous) dependent variable models, including binary (logit and probit), ordered (ordered logit and probit), multinomial (multinomial logistic), count (Poisson and negative binomial), and survival regression models. For the past few decades, there has been a tremendous outgrowth of these models, largely attributable to significant advances in computational capabilities. Since models covered in this course are non-linear in nature, interpretations are usually less straightforward than those in classical general linear models. This course focuses on conceptual understanding and post-estimation of these models. As such, we will employ textual, tabular, and graphical approaches, focusing largely on the interpretation and presentation of results. Computer exercises primarily using R offer experience with the use of such substantive post-estimation analysis. Students taking this course should have a solid understanding of regression models for continuous dependent variables and should be comfortable with a software package using syntax files. In addition to covering traditional frequentist statistical framework for estimation (i.e., maximum likelihood estimation), this course incorporates discussions of applied Bayesian statistics, the most up-to-date, and yet once-ostracized statistical paradigm/philosophy. Together with some basic discussions of Bayesian methods, this course primarily covers techniques about how to DO Bayesian data analysis of the models aforementioned using BUGS-like software (BUGS, JAGS, and Stan).

The instructor of this course, Dr. Jun Xu, is a professor of sociology at Ball State University. As a statistically-minded sociologist, Dr. Xu has published works on applied statistical techniques or substantive works using these techniques, including a co-authored book on ordered regression models forthcoming at Taylor & Francis and several papers on categorical data analysis. He is also the author or co-author of several software components using R or Stata. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Xu at or 765-285-4488.

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Diversity This Week

Contributed by: Lisa Love
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 8:30 AM
Diversity this Week
A message from the Associate Provost 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
Screening the documentary Dark Girls
October 18 at 7:30pm in AJ 175
Organized by the Ball State English Department and the Alliance of Black and Latinx Teachers (ABLT). This documentary highlights the consequences of equating beauty with whiteness, as well as the ways in which this fallacy imperils the self-esteem of dark-skinned girls and women around the world.

Expand your horizons…
  • October 19 Diwali- The Hindu, Jain and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the power of light.
  • October 20: The Birthof the Bab, a holiday celebrated by the Baha’i recognizing the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith. This celebration starts on October 19 and ends October 20.
  • October 22 marks the beginning of Dussehra (Dasera), a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil.
Find more dates on the OID Diversity Calendar here

& looking back. This week in Diversity in 1968

On October 17, 1968, Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony.Along with Harry Edwards, one of their professors at San Diego State University, Smith and Carlos had organized a group called the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) that tried to encourage African-American athletes to boycott the Games.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Embracing Rejection: De-Stigmatizing Submissions and Purifying Your Writing Process

How your opinions about rejection can infiltrate and sabotage How to dial down the internal editor
Can't view the resource? Be sure to register. Ball State University faculty and graduate students can register at

Contact OID Phone 765-285-5316 Carmichael Hall, Room 104
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Call For Papers- World Conference on Transformative Education

Contributed by: Cresta Hancock
Published: Monday, 11 September 2017 1:00 PM
The Global Institute for Transformative Education and The School Project Foundation- in conjunction with the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology- are organizing a World Conference on Transformative Education in Kakamega, Kenya, on July 26 - 28, 2018 under the theme: "Rethinking, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Research in Africa."

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Black Women Writers Needed for Research!

Contributed by: Linh Littleford
Published: Saturday, 26 August 2017 10:00 PM

Ball State University IRB Approval #: 1088011-1

Have you ever experienced subtle slights that are offensive or insensitive towards you as a Black woman? I am interested in interviewing Black women who use writing as a coping strategy when dealing with microaggressive experiences. Research has linked racial microaggressions to negative psychological and physical health (Lewis & Neville, 2015; Nadal et al., 2015; Wong et al., 2013). My goal for this study is to identify ways to decrease the detrimental effects gendered racial microaggressions on Black women. If you are a Black woman, a writer, are 18 years or older, and you are willing to share your experiences with me during a one-on-one interview (approximately 1.5-2 hours), please contact Alexcia M. Kilgore at

Warm regards,

Alexcia M. Kilgore

Cognitive & Social Processes Master's Candidate

President of Black Graduate Student Association

Ball State University | 2018

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Storytelling: The Must-Have Career Skill

Contributed by: Cathy Day
Published: Sunday, 23 April 2017 8:00 PM
We live in such a noisy world, so many voices trying to get our attention.

But who captures our attention?

That’s easy: whoever tells the best story.

Storytelling is the new must-have skill in business, advertising, marketing, and public relations. Even Forbes agrees.

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Celebrate and workshop creative writing at the Writers' Community!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Thursday, 16 February 2017 3:00 PM
Calling all creative writers! Real life can be overwhelming and sometimes we need a break. For anyone who enjoys community and creative writing, there is the Ball State Writers' Community. Join us on every Monday at 8:00 PM in RB 295 to share your current work, listen to others share their work, give feedback, and receive feedback. Come to one of our meetings to escape reality for an hour by getting the creative juices flowing with a writing prompt, and sharing ideas with people who are just as passionate about creative writing as you are! Learn more.