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Campus Invited to Retirement Reception for Dr. Marilyn Buck on May 16

Contributed by: Melissa Kraman
Published: Thursday, 18 April 2019 1:00 PM
A retirement reception to honor Dr. Marilyn Buck will be held Thursday, May 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Cardinal Hall, Student Center. She has served Ball State for 30 years. Learn more.

Spring Semester Online Evaluations Now Available

Contributed by: Emily Gralak
Published: Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:00 AM
Online course evaluations for the spring semester are now available. Learn more.

REMINDER: Omega Dinner Tickets

Contributed by: Melissa Kraman
Published: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:00 AM
Tickets are still available for the Omega Dinner until Friday, April 19. Learn more.

Retirement Reception Honoring Wayne Zage and Dolores Zage

Contributed by: Kim Bechdolt
Published: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 8:30 AM

Please join us in wishing Wayne and Dolores the best at the Emens Auditorium, Ball Brothers Foundation Hospitality Suite on May 1, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and in thanking them for their 77 years of service to Ball State University.


Wayne Zage and Dolores Zage are retiring after summer 2019 with a combined 77 years of dedicated service to Ball State University. They have worked as a team in the Computer Science Department and are the recipients of external funding in each of the last 33 years, leading to over 70 BSU student graduate theses and creative projects related to their research.

For the last 18 years, Wayne and Dolores served as the Director and Research Coordinator respectively of two National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRCs). The Software Engineering Research Center (SERC) was headquartered at BSU under their leadership from 2001 until it transitioned into the Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC), funded by NSF in 2010. The S2ERC continues today under their leadership with BSU as the lead institution, along with Virginia Tech, Georgetown, UT-Dallas and the University of Oulu in Finland. The Center’s diverse group of affiliates includes federal government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and local industry.

Wayne is retiring after 42 years at BSU as the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. Wayne received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Ball State. He and Dolores are founding members of the Computer Science Department at BSU, established in 1982. Wayne has been conducting research in the S2ERC and previously in the SERC since it began in 1986. His research in design metrics and models has led to the Zages' design metrics appearing in a classic software engineering textbook and being used at Center industrial sites as indicators of good software design, to identify error-prone modules during the design phase of development, and as indicators of where to place effort during software testing. Wayne won three university awards: the Outstanding Young Faculty Award in 1981, the Outstanding Research Award in 1994, and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2002. He received the title of Distinguished Professor in 2014. In 2007, Wayne and Dolores were co-recipients of the National Science Foundation I/UCRC Association’s Award entitled the Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation for their work in software design metrics, bringing national recognition to BSU. Wayne was also the recipient of the 2008 Mira Award from the State of Indiana in the category Education Contribution to Technology – Individual.

Dolores is retiring after 35 years at BSU as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. After earning a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Ball State and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Purdue, Dolores’ research focused on software metrics and models and their application during the design, testing and maintenance phases of software development. She has been a co-principal investigator on over 40 projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Motorola, Telcordia, Northrop Grumman, Computer Sciences Corporation, Harris Corporation, Magnavox Electronics Systems Division, GTE Data Services, NASA, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, iconectiv, Beulah Works, Cisco Systems, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Air Force Research Lab and the US Army Research Lab. Dolores has taught many different computer science classes and especially appreciates the fact that she was able to integrate her research into her software engineering undergraduate and graduate classes. She often marvels at how much faculty can influence the lives of so many good students who go on to benefit society. Dolores and Wayne also assisted in the curriculum development for the Master of Science in Software Engineering degree at BSU.

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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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Lab Seminar Series Continues Friday

Contributed by: Chay Reigle
Published: Monday, 15 April 2019 11:00 AM
Every other Friday during the spring 2019 semester, students in the lab sciences will deliver public presentations on their scientific research. Learn more.

Diversity This Week, April 15-April 21, 2019

Contributed by: Lisa Love
Published: Monday, 15 April 2019 8:30 AM

Check out the complete issue of Diversity This Week Here

Highlights include:

This Week in Diversity Now…

Active Minds will be hosting a “Stress Less” event April 23rd from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Park Hall's MPR. Come play with puppies.

…& looking back

The first American School for the deaf was established in Hartford, Ct on April 15, 1817. Read more here.

Check out *New* Resources…

Explore this link to learn why it is important to identify your own strengths and then encourage your friends to do so as well.

Contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence
Phone 765-285-5316
Teachers College 409

Facebook BallStateOID
Twitter @BallStateOID

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Dr. Ramon Avila Golf Outing - April 25th from 6-9pm

Contributed by: Julie Eiser
Published: Friday, 12 April 2019 9:00 AM
Feeling stressed at the end of the semester? Want to let loose and experience a night of fun, food, and entertainment? Then we have the event for you!

You are cordially invited to the

1st Annual Dr. Ramon Avila Golf Outing
Date: Thursday, April 25th
Time: 6-9 pm
Place: TopGolf - Fishers, IN

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Robert Kvam Retirement Reception

Contributed by: Angie Zahner
Published: Thursday, 11 April 2019 2:00 PM

Please join us in celebrating Dr. Robert Kvam's 22 years of dedicated service as Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Professor of Music.

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Volunteers needed for Commencement on May 4

Contributed by: Jennifer Criss
Published: Thursday, 14 March 2019 9:30 AM

The Office of the President is in need of volunteers for Spring Commencement on May 4.

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AAUW Work Smart Online

Contributed by: Lisa Love
Published: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 8:30 AM

Now You Can Work Smarter

By this point, you’ve likely heard about Work Smart Online, the American Association of University Women offers a free, one-hour training that helps women negotiate for higher pay and become better communicators. Now, the tool is even easier to use. We’ve improved it so you can navigate directly to the topics that interest you — whether that’s pay gap facts or negotiating tips — rather than being required to move through the course sequentially. Customize the learning experience to meet your needs!


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

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Accepting Nominations for the Perham Scholarship

Contributed by: Amanda Kavars
Published: Tuesday, 12 March 2019 3:30 PM
Ball State University's College of Sciences and Humanities is seeking nominations for the 2019 Bernadette H. Perham Scholarship. Learn more.


Contributed by: Laura Huffman
Published: Thursday, 14 February 2019 2:00 PM
The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry is pleased to announce the new fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Read about their upcoming seminars, and contact the Fellows below to apply to be a part of the projects:
  • Fall 2019: Jill Christman, English - "Rape Culture in the Age of #MeToo"
  • Fall 2019: Laura Romano, English - "Makerspaces: Opportunities for Cultural Identity in Post-Industrial Cities"
Learn more.

Spring 2019 Commencement: College Ceremonies

Contributed by: Emily Gralak
Published: Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:00 AM
Here are the times and locations of the Spring 2019 Commencement ceremonies. Learn more.