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Cybersecurity Scholarship Opportunity for all Ball State Students

Contributed by: Stuart Sipahigil
Published: Friday, 19 April 2019 3:00 PM
Are you a student interested in a career in cybersecurity? Cyber FastTrack is a free online learning program sponsored by the Indiana Governor's Office to help college students quickly learn the skills they need to fast track their way to a cybersecurity career. As well as hours of free learning, students can earn scholarships for further study. Students who excel in the Cyber FastTrack program will be eligible to win a share of $2.5 million in scholarships for advanced cybersecurity training and be given introductions to employers in the field. Learn more.

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training

Contributed by: Valeri Caldwell
Published: Thursday, 18 April 2019 2:00 PM
Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters.
This 40-hour basic/intermediate training course covers:
-Basic interpreting skills
-Health care information
-Culture in interpreting
-Communication skills for advocacy
-Professional development

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Music and Audio Editing Workshop

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 8:00 AM
Music and Audio Editing

This workshop offered by Ball State University Libraries will provide an overview of the software available on library computers that can help you edit recordings of your performances or compositions. Software choices include Adobe Audition, Audacity, Finale, and GarageBand.

Monday April 22
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Bracken Library room 225
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Ethnography Working Group

Contributed by: James Nyce
Published: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 6:00 AM
A number of BSU faculty have an interest in ethnography. Given that we
are in different colleges, departments and disciplines, establishing a
university-wide ethnography working group has been a reasonable idea.
The working group has become a venue to share ideas, exchange literature
and present ongoing ethnographic research. The working group has also
become a forum to discuss the role ethnography and qualitative research
can play in immersive instruction.

The working group has met on and off for the last twelve years. The next meeting

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
301 Room: Schwartz Learning Pod Room Bracken Library
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

James M. Nyce, PhD
Professor Emeritus Anthropology
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School Violence/Youth Suicide Presentation

Contributed by: Barbara Irvin
Published: Friday, 12 April 2019 1:00 PM
The Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology and Counseling Department would like to announce two School violence and youth suicide presentations from Dr. Scott Poland. The Workshop is scheduled for May 17th, 2019 here on Ball State's campus. Learn more.

Introducing the Ball State University Libraries Office of Digital Research and Publishing, April 24 and 25

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Friday, 12 April 2019 8:00 AM
Would you like to learn more about digital scholarship, open access (OA), and open educational resources (OER)? Are you interested in making your own work and publications more available and accessible online? Do you have questions about copyright for the content you use and create? Learn more.

Disability Representation Matters!

Contributed by: Darolyn "Lyn" Jones
Published: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 9:30 AM
Why does disability representation matter in Children’s & YA Lit? Children read to learn, to escape, and to identify. Children look to books to find characters like them as well as different from them. Having access to books about individuals with disabilities is not only good for children with disabilities; it’s good for every child. Because it can help us understand all of the “characters” in our classroom, in our community, in our world. The 2016 Disabilities Statistics Annual Report shows that the rate for children living with a disability ages 0 to 17 is now 7.2% of the total population percentage of disabled individuals. Yet, According to Disability Scoop in 2011, out of the last 131 top literary Newberry Medal and Honor awards given for children’s books, only 31 from 1975 to 2009 included a main or supporting character with a disability. And onlyten of 500 award-winning children’s novels published between 1987 and 1991 had a disabled character. Ironically, even the leading organizations in the children’s literature field, rarely or do not at all, fund studies, feature, or host discussions surrounding the lack of disability representation. Disability is too often not recognized as part of the diversity culture.

What will you discover on the website, created by Ball State students in the Immersive course titled, Rethinking Disability Representation in Children’s & YA Lit? In the current edition—which is FULLY accessible with video, audio, text, and images— hear and learn from award winner and disabled writer, Cindy Baldwin and why disabled readers deserve book about characters like them and learn about her middle level novel, Where the Watermelons Grow, view featured book trailers from a variety of leading children’s & YA authors including Margarita Engle, Elana Arnold, Mark Hadden, Kathryn Erskine, and Cece Bell. Read original children’s and young adult works, which allow the reader to rethink disability representation including young adult poetry about mental illness stigma, a children’s picture book about childhood depression, a revision of the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bearsfeaturing a girl with a rare syndrome, Moebius, who befriends the bear, middle level poetry about having autism, among others. We also host a Student Speak section with critiques of book titles where we have concerns about how disability was represented. And finally, local K-12 students speak out about the need for diverse books.

See the full website at
And email Dr. Darolyn "Lyn" Jones at for a PDF or Image press release detailing more information about the website.

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