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Save the Date: 2020 Student Symposium

Contributed by: Santana Shipley
Published: Wednesday, 11 December 2019 11:00 AM
25th Annual Student Symposium at Ball State University
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, 2nd floor
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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.

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ASPIRE Proposals for Internal Funding

Contributed by: Santana Shipley
Published: Monday, 09 December 2019 11:00 AM
Do you have questions about preparing your proposal for ASPiRE internal funding? Do you have gnawing questions about the ASPiRE program you want to ask? Learn more.

Outstanding Awards for Faculty and Administrators

Contributed by: Shawna Sewell
Published: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 2:30 PM

Each academic year, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs receives nominations for nine outstanding awards that highlight colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to the university community. We are excited to accept nominations for the outstanding awards and, new this academic year, for the Rawlings Outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award and the Lawhead Award in General Education. Please consider nominating colleagues who have made a significant impact on the students, their fields, the university, and/or the community at large.

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Fall Semester Online Evaluations Now Available

Contributed by: Jennifer Criss
Published: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 9:00 AM

Course evaluations now open

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2020 A. Jane Morton Award Nominations

Contributed by: Shelby Harris
Published: Monday, 02 December 2019 12:00 PM

Nominations for the 2020 A. Jane Morton Award for Excellence in Staff Performance are now being accepted.

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Ball State Choirs - Find Your Voice

Contributed by: Patrick Stauffer
Published: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 10:00 AM
Did you sing in choir in high school? Were you a part of a church choir? Or do you just like to sing? Sign up now for Spring semester and join Ball State’s choral family! Choral Union rehearses only once a week on Monday evening, and is open to all students, regardless of major. No audition is required. Simply register for MUSC 351, section 2C to join the choir.
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Call for Spring 2020 Building Better Neighborhoods Grant Proposals

Contributed by: Robbie Mehling
Published: Monday, 18 November 2019 9:00 AM

Call for Spring 2020 Building Better Neighborhoods Grant Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Friday, December 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

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Call for Spring 2020 Provost Immersive Learning Grant Proposals

Contributed by: Robbie Mehling
Published: Friday, 15 November 2019 2:00 PM
Call for Spring 2020 Provost Immersive Learning Grant Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Ball State University's Office of ­the Provost and the Office of Immersive Learning are pleased to roll out a NEW Provost Immersive Learning Grant Program featuring two grant options: one for Pilot Projects and the other for Sustained Course proposals. Ball State faculty who have an idea for an immersive learning project are encouraged to apply. Funding can support travel expenses, materials and other costs associated with your project. This funding cycle will support projects expected to begin in fall 2020 or spring 2021. Completed proposals are due on or before 5 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020.
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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
Inclusion
  • 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 tmulvihi@bsu.edu 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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Outstanding Awards for Faculty and Administrators

Contributed by: Shawna Sewell
Published: Tuesday, 05 November 2019 10:00 AM
Each academic year, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs receives nominations for nine outstanding awards that highlight colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to the university community. We are excited to begin accepting nominations for the outstanding awards and, new this academic year, for the Rawlings Outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award and the Lawhead Award in General Education. Please consider nominating colleagues who have made a significant impact on the students, their fields, the university, and/or the community at large. Learn more.

Want to learn how to write Spoken Word? Edit, Design, and layout a book with local stories?

Contributed by: Darolyn "Lyn" Jones
Published: Monday, 14 October 2019 2:00 PM
Want to learn how to write Spoken Word? Edit, Design, and layout a book with local stories?

Then this class is for you!

Take ENG400, a special topics course titled, Sitting at the Feet of our Muncie Elders: Stories of Resistance and Resiliency. There is no prerequisite required for this Immersive Learning course.
Semester one students have gathered senior citizens stories about grit memories. And now you, a second semester student, will get to recompose those stories into different genres, including Spoken Word. And then you will learn how to edit, design, and layout the stories into a book that will be published. You’ll also learn how to successfully market the book and the April events we will hold in the community.

Email Dr. Jones at ljones2@bsu.edu if you have questions!
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New Cold War Exhibit from Archives & Special Collections

Contributed by: Laura Suman
Published: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 8:00 AM
Pulling Back the Iron Curtain: The Cold War - A New Exhibit from Archives & Special Collections

Beginning at the end of World War II and lasting until the early 1990s, the Cold War left one of the biggest impacts on modern history. The Cold War was a period of time characterized by increasing tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States and the threat of global thermonuclear warfare that threatened much of the world.
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