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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.

Beginning Sign Language and Conversational Spanish Non-Credit Classes

Contributed by: Diane Watters
Published: Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:00 AM

The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center offers six-week, non-credit courses in Beginning Sign Language and Beginning Conversational Spanish on Wednesdays, March 15-April 19, 7-9 p.m. The cost is $85 per course. You may register and pay online at or call 765-285-8975.

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Opportunity to Host an African Student

Contributed by: Hanna DelaGardelle
Published: Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:00 AM

Ball State University's Center for International Development (CID) has been selected for the fourth consecutive year to host the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP), a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. We are seeking families and individuals to serve as homestay hosts from April 12 - 25, 2017. The 25 students and three adult mentors are from Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. If you are interested in being a host family, please contact Hanna DelaGardelle at or 765-285-2685 for details.

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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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Call for Proposals: Engaged Scholarship Consortium

Contributed by: Erin Moore
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017 3:00 PM

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium is calling for proposals for its 2017 conference, “This is Engagement: Best Practices in Community-Engaged Scholarship,” in Birmingham, Alabama.

As a member of ESC, Ball State faculty, staff, community partners, undergraduate/graduate students and administrators are invited to submit proposals for posters, paper presentations, roundtable presentations, and/or workshops.

Proposals for presentations and posters are due on March 15, 2017. See the full ESC Call for Proposals and online submission link.

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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.

February 27 Digital Feed: Mapping and Spatial Analysis

Contributed by: James Connolly
Published: Tuesday, 14 February 2017 8:00 PM
The Ball State University Digital Scholarship Lab invites you to its next Digital Feed on Monday, February 27, 2017 from Noon-1:30 PM in the Schwartz Digital Complex in Bracken Library. We’ll provide you lunch and a chance to explore new tools and methods for mapping and spatial analysis. Learn more.

Announcing two online courses, beginning March 14 of Spring 2017 semester

Contributed by: Dr. Ruby Cain
Published: Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:00 PM

Are you interested in increasing knowledge and understanding of adult learners? These courses may be for you. Contact me for additional information at or 765-285-9126

EDAC 634-820 29806 The Adult As Learner (online) March 14 – May 5

An overview of adult learning. Theories, approaches to learning, and current research for the effective education of adults.

EDAC 635-801 355401 Strategies for Teaching Adults (online) March 14 – May 5

Focus on teaching strategies, techniques, and methods suitable for adult learners that are supported by research and tested in practice, including preparation of model teaching units, lesson plans, or activities; testing and evaluation procedures; and learner-assessment techniques.

Dr. Ruby Cain

Assistant Professor of Adult & Community Education

Director, M.A. Degree Programs in Adult & Community Education Program and in Executive Development for Public Service Program

Director, Graduate Certificates in Adult Education and in Community Education

Director, It Is Well With My Soul

Department of Educational Studies

Ball State University - TC 845 Muncie, IN 47306

(765) 285-9126 (Office) (765) 285-5489 (FAX)




LinkedIn Group: Ball State University M.A. Degree Programs in Adult & Comm Ed and in Exec Dev for Public Service

Care more than others think is wise, Risk more than others think is safe, Dream more than others think is practical and Expect more than others think is possible.”

African Proverb

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Seeking Host Families for International H.S. Students

Contributed by: Brandy Reichle
Published: Tuesday, 14 February 2017 8:30 AM

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities continues to grow its international student program. This fall, we will welcome 10 new high school juniors from all over the world who will need host families for the 2017-2018 academic year.

To become a Host Family for next school year, complete your application at Once the application process is complete, host families may view detailed student stories, see pictures, and read teacher and parent letters, before being matched.  This opportunity is especially convenient for families living nearby or those already commuting to Ball State or the surrounding area since we are located on-campus, near the Student Center and Burris Laboratory School.

Host families:
  • Come in all shapes and sizes: Non-Academy families, younger/same age/older children, empty-nesters, college-age or adult children, no children, singles, etc.
  • Host a student in their home throughout the academic year (August 2017-May 2018)
  • Provide food and transportation to/from school (students pay for their own extracurricular activities, clothing, healthcare, etc.)
  • Treat the student as their own child (rules, love and support, guidance, etc.)
  • Do not need any previous hosting experience! Anyone interested in becoming a host family is encouraged to apply.
If interested, contact Brandy Reichle at or (765)285-8130 for more details. Also, please kindly share this information with others who might be interested in this unique cultural opportunity.

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Honors College Lecture February 27

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Monday, 13 February 2017 3:00 PM

Honors College February lecture will be held on Monday, February 27, at 4PM in AJ 175. Speakers Alyssa Bennett and Bruce Geelhoed will discuss their new book 1707 West Riverside: A History of the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Honors House and Its People, 1935-Present. Join us following the lecture for a reception at the Honors House.

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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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BSU 2017 Summer Field School in India

Contributed by: Robert Phillips
Published: Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:00 PM
The department of Anthropology will be offering an ethnographic field school in India in the summer of 2017. The course is titled "Ritual and Belief in India" and will be led by Dr. Robert Phillips.

The course will include a one-week study tour of west and north India including stops in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra as well as a two week stay at the University of Hyderabad.

Tentative dates: July 23-August 13, 2017

Cost: ~$3884 (in state undergraduate) - includes roundtrip airfare (Indianapolis - Mumbai), one-week study tour (housing, travel, meals), room and board at the University of Hyderabad, three credits of tuition, and fees. (Passport and visa are extra).

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Robert Phillips<>
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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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