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Strategies and Resources for Funding Your Scholarly Activity

Contributed by: Santana Shipley
Published: Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:00 AM
Locating and securing project funding is becoming increasingly competitive. Ball State University subscribes to Pivot™, a comprehensive source for funding information that provides timely updates and recommendations tailored to your scholarly profile. University Libraries and the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) are combining forces to provide an overview of Pivot™, how it may be used to find funding and collaboration opportunities, and how Library resources can be used to support your scholarly endeavors. Learn more.

Diversity This Week Unity Week 2020

Contributed by: Lisa Love
Published: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 9:00 AM

Diversity this Week

A message from the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Doing the work of creating an inclusive culture here at Ball State University

Importance of Diversity Quote: “Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”-Jacqueline Woodson

This Week in Diversity Now…

Unity Week here at Ball State. To find out about all of the events happening please visit here.

Wednesday, January 22

Reel Inclusion Film Series-A Lot Like You, AJ 175, 5:30 p.m.
As part of Unity Week 2020, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, Ball State University Libraries, Friends of Bracken Library, the Multicultural Center, and the Office of the Provost invite you to attend a screening of the film A Lot Like You as part of Reel Inclusion: A Film Series. This Unity Week program takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. in AJ 175.

Queer Monologues, Pruis Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Spectrum presents a free, theatrical performance of coming out stories. Stories will address humorous, challenging, heartbreaking, and real experiences many folx in the Queer Community face. All Welcome!

Thursday, January 23

Unifying Through Understanding: DOMA as Gateway to the World of Art, The David Owsley Museum of Art, 4:30-6pm

For Ball State Faculty and Staff, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, in Partnership with The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA), invites you to explore the campus’ engaging art collection through a lens of diversity and inclusion. Make new friends or re-connect with others in this inspiring setting. Take a docent led tour that shares the rich diversity of cultures, perspectives, and ideas. Watch for ways that you can help choose the tour topics. Leave with ideas on new ways to connect the museum to your work, your classes, and your life. Come and learn about these affinity groups and others that are in the process of being formed. Co-hosts include the newly formed LGBTQIA+ and Allies Affinity Group and the Black Faculty and Staff Association. Light refreshments provided.

Thursday, January 23

Tunnel of Oppression, Student Center Third Floor, 6:00 p.m.
Tunnel of Oppression is an opportunity for individuals to experience a snapshot of the kind of oppression that people with historically marginalized identities may experience on a daily basis. Though this is a guided tour, students, faculty, and staff members will have the opportunity to explore a variety of unique and interactive booths designed to help people observe a simulation of oppression. Those who complete the simulation will have the opportunity to debrief about their experience. This is designed to help people explore empathy and understanding as it pertains to all forms of oppression.

Friday, January 24
Latinxpalooza, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Join the fun in this long-standing and annual non-competitive talent showcase hosted by the Latinx Student Union. Come for the variety of talents—dancing, singing, and more. Stay for the cultural and community appreciation!

Friday, January 24
Friday Night Film Works, Pruis Hall, 9:00 p.m.
University Program Board’s Friday Night Filmworks presents: Harriet. This film is a dramatization of the true story of Harriet Tubman, the American abolitionist known for her antislavery activism through the Underground Railroad. This film tells her story from how she escaped slavery and transformed into an American hero, who freed hundreds of slaves.

Saturday, January 25
March on Late Nite, Student Center, 9:00 p.m.
Late Nite @ Ball State offers a series of free high-energy events which provide quality entertainment for Ball State University students every Saturday night. Late Nite events are hosted by students, for students and always include great food, awesome activities, and tons of fun!

Sunday, January 26
Unity Pageant, Pruis Hall, 7:00 p.m.
The Unity Scholarship Pageant originated in 1968. Completely student run, this event is presented by the Black Student Association. The pageant strives to promote unity and hosts over 400 people annually as the Mr/Miss/Mx Unity are crowned.

Expand your horizons…

Live-Beneficence…I see the Beneficence in you
Beneficence challenge: o help create a more inclusive campus make sure you use a persons correct pronouns. Learn more 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.

January 13, 1968: Muriel Siebert becomes the first woman to sit on the US Stock Exchange. Needing a sponsor to buy the seat Muriel asked 10 men to sponsor her but the first 9 refused until December 1967 when the 10th one agreed. Learn more about all the things this powerful female did here.

January 13, 1990: Douglas Wilder takes office to serve as the first African American elected governor of a US state. A Korean War veteran and lawyer. Learn more about this politician here.


Visit the Inclusive Excellence Facebook Page to learn about inclusive efforts, events and information around and on the Ball State University Campus. To stay informed please go here.

Self-Care Taking care of yourself can lead to a better mental state. Learn about 20 different ways here.

Keeping Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a forethought…not an afterthought

Meyer’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Spectrum Tool can be found here.

Contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence Phone 765-285-5316 Email Applied Technologies AT101

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2020 Student Symposium Registration

Contributed by: Santana Shipley
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 11:00 AM
Registration is now open for the 25th Annual Student Symposium at Ball State University!

The Symposium will take place on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center, 2nd floor.
Learn more.

Engaging Students Without Using Technology

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 10:00 AM
The "Engaging Students Without Using Technology" workshop on Wednesday, January 29th has been moved to Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00 - 12:00 in Teachers College Room 411.
Learn more.

Engaging Students With Technology and Without

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Friday, 17 January 2020 3:30 PM
Various easy ways to engage students.
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Entrepreneurial Funding - Deadline 2/29

Contributed by: Krystal Geyer
Published: Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:30 AM
The Entrepreneurship Center is pleased to offer pre-seed funding opportunities to all students at Ball State University. These grants are designed to assist students who are in the early-stages of venture creation and enable venture development.

To be eligible for the grants, a maximum of $2,500 per student, per semester, applicants must be registered Ball State University students. Pre-seed funding can be used to advance venture development and reach milestones including, but not limited to securing intellectual property, prototype development, product validation, or competing in external venture competitions to raise awareness or additional funds for their venture.

Our next deadline is February 29, 2020.

Applicants interested in applying for the grants must include (1) Background on venture concept and progress thus far, (2) The requested award amount and what the funds will be used (i.e. budget), (3) When the funds will be used (i.e., timeline), and (4) Anticipated outcomes (i.e., how this will progress venture development). Applications cannot be for expenses already incurred and pre-authorization is required.

ALL students pursuing entrepreneurial ventures are encouraged to apply. Check out the video and further details at Questions can be directed to
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Call for Immersive Learning Faculty Award Nominations

Contributed by: Robbie Mehling
Published: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 1:00 PM

Call for Immersive Learning Faculty Award Nominations

Nomination Deadline: February 28, 2020

It is time to submit nominations for the 2020 Immersive Learning Awards! The purpose of these awards is to recognize faculty for demonstrating excellence in the creation, mentoring, and execution of immersive learning projects. Four faculty awards will be presented during the immersive learning showcase on April 27, 2020. Award recipients will receive $1,000 in cash or deposited into a tax-free Research Incentive Account.

Learn more.

April 2020 Conference presentations and attendance opportunities in Indianapolis

Contributed by: Ruby Cain
Published: Monday, 13 January 2020 1:20 PM

Here are two excellent conference opportunities, close to Muncie.

April 1, 2020, Indianapolis Ivy Tech, Penthouse Conference Room

Indiana Council for Continuing Education (ICCE) Annual Conference

Theme: Pathways to Indiana’s “Next Level” - Aligning Education, Job Initiatives, and Workforce Development

April 2-4, 2020, Indianapolis Embassy Suites Downtown
23rd Annual Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) Conference

Theme: Disrupt the System...Move from Access to Success for the Non-Traditional Student

Learn more.

Honors College Lecture January 27

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Tuesday, 07 January 2020 7:00 AM

This once-monthly lecture series welcomes students and faculty to come together and explore a current topic of interest to the Honors College community. All persons within the Ball State University community are welcome to attend and participate. Join us on Monday, January 27, at 4PM in AJ 175 for a discussion with the Reed D. Voran Distinguished Professor of Honors Humanities and Professor of English, Dr. Alex Kaufman, about “Robin Hood Political Memes and the Far Right’s Appropriation of the English Outlaw”

Learn more.

National Humanities Call for Proposals

Contributed by: Erin Moore
Published: Friday, 20 December 2019 3:00 PM

2020 National Humanities Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana
November 5 - 8, 2020

Deadline for submitting proposals: February 21, 2020. View the call online.

Learn more.

Tucker Autism Research Grant Opportunity for Undergrad & Grad Students

Contributed by: Jody Leddy
Published: Wednesday, 11 December 2019 8:00 AM
The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) in coordination with BSU’s Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is pleased to offer the Terry and Sandra Tucker Family Autism Research Grant program for undergraduate and graduate student research related to autism spectrum disorders. These grants are made possible through the generosity of Terry and Sandra Tucker and their understanding of the importance of supporting research in the field of autism.

Learn more.

Course Enhancement Grant: Open Educational Resources - Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Monday, 09 December 2019 4:30 PM
Have you considered trying out Open Educational Resources (OER) to replace your class textbook?

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce student costs, the Provost’s Office, University Libraries, and Online and Strategic Learning are interested in supporting faculty working with OER as a means of reducing student textbook costs. The Division of Online and Strategic Learning is now accepting applications for ten $500 grants for faculty who wish to implement Open Educational Resources (OER) into their undergraduate course as a replacement for a traditional textbook.

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MAC Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success

Contributed by: Ashley Burnett
Published: Thursday, 14 November 2019 12:00 PM
Overview of the MAC Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success

The 2019-20 academic year represents the inaugural year of the Mid-American Conference Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. This first of its kind award will recognize one full-time faculty member nominee from each MAC institution that has demonstrated a dedication to student success and will honor one nominee that has gone above and beyond in their dedication to student success as the winner of the Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success.

On an annual basis, the selection committee will review the nominees. The winner will be announced on March 14th, 2020 during the MAC Basketball Championship and will be invited to attend the MAC Honors Dinner, along with one guest, on May 27th, 2020.

Nomination Eligibility / Criteria
1. Each MAC full member university will have the opportunity to submit one (1) nominee for this award on an annual basis.
2. Nominations from each university must be signed by the school’s Provost (or his/her selected designee).
3. Each nominee must be a full-time faculty member engaged with undergraduate and/or graduate students and demonstrate commitment to the following criteria:

Student Success
  • Demonstration of commitment to student success and lifelong learning
  • Demonstration of predominantly outward focus on student success, rather than inward focus on personal teaching/research success
  • Demonstration of a commitment to student support and development
  • Demonstration of enhancements to the student experience (curricular and co-curricular)
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Development or support of an inclusive environment/culture
  • Demonstration of a commitment to inclusion
  • Active participation in the promotion and educational awareness of inclusion
Appreciation for the MAC Core Values including:
  • Academic Achievement
  • Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Sportsmanship
  • Student-Athlete Well-Being
Nomination Submission Guidelines
To submit a nomination, please adhere to the following submission guidelines:

Nominations should include the following:
  • 500-word statement from nominee addressing the criteria
  • A current vita – limit 3 pages including the most relevant information/experience related to the award criteria
  • Three letters of support
    • At least one letter must be from a student
    • At least one letter must be from a Dean or Chair/Director
3. Submit your Nomination(s) to Thalia Mulvihill, Ph.D., Professor of Higher Education and Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow at no later than 5:00pm, Monday, January 27, 2020

Award Announcement Timeline
November 13, 2019: Ball State Office of the Vice Provost will solicit Nominations
February 7, 2020: Ball State delivers campus nominee to the MAC Office
March 1, 2020: MAC Office Awards Committee selects the Award Winner
March 14, 2020: Award Winner announced at the MAC Basketball Championship
May 27, 2020: Award Winner recognized/honored at the MAC Honors Dinner/Award Winner (+1 guest) invited
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Participants Needed

Contributed by: Kyla McKillip
Published: Friday, 13 September 2019 3:00 PM

Researchers at Ball State University need participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are between 12 and 22 years of age to participate in a study. The purpose of the study is to identify the physical activity behaviors and fitness needs of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to establish a better understanding of how to improve physical stamina and overall wellbeing. Participants will be issued a heart monitor and iPad and will be asked to do a workout routine. Participation is entirely voluntary and requires multiple visits to Ball State University’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Each visit will last between 25 minutes to 45 minutes to limit fatigue to the participant.

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