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Forb's 30 under 30: Media, alumni Ford coming to campus Monday, March 27

Contributed by: Juliann Kasza
Published: Friday, 24 March 2017 9:00 AM
Forb's 30 under 30 list is hard to get into than Stanford and Harvard. Join Excellence in Leadership and Ball State alumni Ashley Ford as she discusses tips to creating connections in college she used to shape her success in the professional world.

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Apply now for marketing and communication immersive learning class Jacket Copy Creative!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Thursday, 23 March 2017 1:00 PM
#BallState students: Are you interested in gaining valuable professional experience in marketing and communication? Want to create and execute marketing strategies in collaboration with other students for real clients? Need to build out your portfolio with lots of compelling materials? We have a fantastic immersive learning opportunity to tell you about!

Jacket Copy Creative is an immersive learning course in the English Department that handles a variety of marketing and communications tasks for the English Department and other organizations around campus. We do event promotion, marketing campaigns for campus clubs and organizations, graphic design and branding for campus clubs and organizations, social media management and blogging for the English Department, and much more! Past clients have included the Indiana Writing Project, the Digital Writing Studio, the Writers’ Community, the College of Sciences and Humanities, and the Honors College.

We are currently taking applications for both Summer 1 and Fall semesters. In Fall, Jacket Copy Creative will be divided into 2 sections. The first will handle event promotion, marketing campaigns for clubs and organizations, and graphic design and branding. The second will handle primarily writing tasks, including social media management, blogging, e-newsletter writing, and marketing copywriting. You are invited to apply for either section or both sections.

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Exciting Opportunity: French Canadian Field Study

Contributed by: Angel Tuttle
Published: Wednesday, 22 March 2017 4:00 PM
A French Canadian Field Study will be taking place from May 21 to June 1, 2017. This course introduces students to French Canadian culture and history. Students will learn about the history and culture of Quebec with assignments tailored to each student's particular area of study. Learn more.

Two Potential Online Elective Courses for Summer

Contributed by: Angel Tuttle
Published: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 3:30 PM
The interior design program is offering two online elective courses for the summer semester. Learn more.

Adult Cooks and Eaters Wanted!

Contributed by: Sara Niccum
Published: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 2:00 PM

Free food and gift card for attending discussion at Kennedy Library.

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Youth Summer Design Forum

Contributed by: Angel Tuttle
Published: Thursday, 16 March 2017 4:30 PM

Once again, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences will be offering a ten day summer workshop for high school students interested in pursuing interior design at college level. Participation in this workshop will assist students to make their final decision before committing to four years of rigorous studying in this field. It will further helps to have a smooth transition to college and experience campus life.

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24 Hours of Service Event - Looking for Volunteers

Contributed by: Jim Hague
Published: Thursday, 16 March 2017 3:00 PM
The Student Action Team (SAT) is excited to announce this year’s 24 Hours of Service Event, scheduled for Friday, April 7th at 5pm through Saturday, April 8th at 5pm. We are looking for volunteers to make this year’s event a GREAT SUCCESS! See the attached flyer for more information.

This year, SAT has partnered with over 20 organizations and agencies that will provide service projects to students and other volunteers over the 24 hour period of time. Volunteers are NOT expected to volunteer for 24 hours, but rather 2 or 4 hour time frames. Please consider volunteering by completing the Service-Volunteer Sign-Up Form:

Service-Volunteer Sign-Up Form:
Each student, faculty, or staff member interested in volunteering during 24 Hours of Service should complete this form. Please be sure to specify the time(s) you are available to volunteers and your preferences on the type of service. If you are part of a student organization or group, please make sure to note that on the form so we assign you to the same service location. Sign-Up Link CLICK HERE: The deadline to sign-up is April 1st.

• Need Transportation? SAT will be providing limited transportation to students who need a ride to and from their assigned service site.

• Service Hours? SAT will provide documentation, if requested, of students’ participation at 24 Hours of Service for class or organization requirements.
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Focus Group Invitation

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 3:30 PM
This is your opportunity to inform how future online courses will be offered at Ball State University. Learn more.

Diversity Research Symposium Networking Sessions and Call for Proposals

Contributed by: Linh Littleford
Published: Monday, 13 March 2017 10:00 AM
Register now to attend networking sessions at the 9th Annual Diversity Research Symposium (DRS, September 22nd and September 23rd, 2017 at Ball State University) to explore collaborative research and other opportunities. Available networking sessions:
• Community organizers and researchers
• Community organizers and students
• Researchers and students
• Graduate programs and students

Registration for the networking sessions is free. Due to limited seating, registration is required.

You are also invited to submit a proposal to present your diversity-related project at the. Proposals can be submitted between April 1 and June 1, 2017. We are seeking proposals that focus on creating brave spaces for inclusion, equity, and justice. Angela Davis (feminist & writer) will present the keynote address: "Institutional racism in the penal and criminal justice system." At the last DRS hosted by Ball State University, participants represented 81 academic sub-disciplines, 21 institutions & organizations, and 13 states.

For more information, to submit proposals, and/or to register for the networking sessions, visit

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Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Announces 2017-2018 Fellows

Contributed by: Laura Huffman
Published: Friday, 10 March 2017 12:00 PM

The Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry is pleased to announce the four fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Fall 2017: "American Women in Film Sound" - Vanessa Ament, Telecommunications
Fall 2017: "Fine Focus: Catalyzing STEM Opportunities for Minority Undergraduates" - John Mckillip, Biology

Spring 2018: "Muslims in Muncie" - Elizabeth Agnew, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Spring 2018: "Beneficence Records: Records for a Reason" - Daniel Porter, School of Music
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Campus invited to attend first Academic Excellence Grants Symposium

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:00 PM
Acting Provost Marilyn Buck invites the campus community to the first Academic Excellence Grants Symposium. The reception will be Monday, March 27. Reservations are required. Learn more.

Exciting Opportunity: French Canadian Field Study

Contributed by: Angel Tuttle
Published: Tuesday, 28 February 2017 4:00 PM
All students have an exciting opportunity to experience a French Canadian Field Study this summer from May 21 - June 1, 2017. Learn more.

Attn: All Students - French Canadian Field Study

Contributed by: Megan Shufelt
Published: Friday, 24 February 2017 5:00 PM
Students have the exciting opportunity to experience a French Canadian Field Study from May 21 - June 1, 2017. Learn more.

Call for Applications - Summer Entrepreneurial Learning Academy

Contributed by: Kara Duquette
Published: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:45 AM

Call for Applications - Summer Entrepreneurial Learning Academy 
Deadline to Apply - March 20th


The Office of Entrepreneurial Learning at Ball State University is now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Entrepreneurial Learning Academy, to begin May 15, 2017. Supported by an Academic Excellence Grant, the ELA is open to full-time teaching faculty (contract, tenure-track, tenured) in any Ball State college and department who will be teaching at least a 2/2 load during the 2017-2018 academic year. Faculty teaching courses in the Foundations, Tier I and Tier II of the University Core Curriculum are especially encouraged to apply.


We look forward to receiving your materials!


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12th Annual "In Print Festival of First Books" Coming in March!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Friday, 17 February 2017 12:00 PM
Mark your calendars for the 12th annual In Print Festival of First Books! A two-day event celebrating authors who published their first books, In Print XII will feature poet Iliana Rocha , fiction writer Sequoia Nagamatsu, and creative nonfiction writer Dan Reaburn. Rocha, Nagamatsu, and Reaburn will read from their work on Wednesday, March 15 at 8 PM in AJ 175. They will be joined by publisher/poet Mary Biddinger for a panel discussion about the publication industry on Thursday, March 16 at 8 PM in AJ 175.

Attendees will also receive a free copy of the 2017 issue of Ball State’s national literary magazine, The Broken Plate.
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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.

2017-18 Interactive Learning Space Initiative - Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2017 2:30 PM
Applications for joining the 2017-18 Interactive Learning Space (ILS) Initiative are now being accepted. The purpose of the ILS Initiative is to strengthen learning through pedagogy, learning space design, and technology.

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Faculty Breakfast Club starts Jan 27

Contributed by: Jackie Grutsch McKinney
Published: Friday, 20 January 2017 5:30 AM
Once again the Writing Center will host writing time for faculty on Friday mornings in the Writing Center from 7:30-9:30 AM. This is a time when the Writing Center is closed to students, but open for faculty to come and get some writing done. If you are trying to make more room in your schedule for writing or would like to get out of your department for your writing time, consider joining us (in Robert Bell 295). The sound level and space available is similar to a coffee shop--there's some ambient noise and sometimes we share tables. However, this isn't a social hour or a writing group: we come and write.

We call this the "Faculty Breakfast Club" in allusion to the 1980s movie about being in early morning detention--you've got to show up and do your writing time. We don't, unfortunately, provide breakfast.

You don't need to sign up to attend, but if you're interested in attending and would like to be on the email list for reminders, let us know ( We'll start on January 27th.

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