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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.

Exploring Valence and Word Choice in Childhood Obesity-Focused Advertising | RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 9:30 AM


Exploring Valence and Word Choice in Childhood Obesity-Focused Advertising

12:00 - 1:15 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2020
Whitinger Building room 145, Molinaro Hall of Fame Conference Room

RSVP by January 27

Presented by Dr. Mark Mayer
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Exploring Valence and Word Choice in Childhood Obesity-Focused Advertising

Obesity—affecting both adults and children—has developed into a worldwide health epidemic over the past several decades. Public health officials and other stakeholders attempting to combat this trend through mass communication (e.g., advertising) have some key messaging decisions to make in order to craft an ad that is accepted by, and motivating for, target audiences. We first explore extant literature on two of these elements: 1. valence (whether to frame the ad positively or negatively), and 2. the choice of word or phrase describing the condition. Based on the literature and real-world evidence, it would appear that the jury is out on what valence and word choice combinations would be most effective in obesity reduction advertising, both for adult and childhood obesity settings. This represents an important opportunity for academic research to aid public policy practice in crafting effective advertising to combat these phenomena. We focus our initial efforts in the context of childhood obesity. Also, worthwhile would be to examine possible differing effects on disparate audiences (e.g., the general public versus obese individuals, or in a childhood obesity setting, parents with children that are obese). It is obvious that childhood obesity leads to adolescent obesity and on to adult obesity, and obesity can lead to social marginalization, with disadvantages in employment, education, healthcare, and interpersonal relationships. We know the outcomes, and we hope that the program of research we suggest might allow us to know how to better avoid them. (Note: Preliminary findings of experimental investigations into these dynamics will also be discussed.)

About Mark Mayer

Dr. Mark Mayer is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. Mark’s educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University, and a B.S. from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Post-M.B.A., he was a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods and at Wyeth Healthcare, managing brands including Planters Nuts, Nabisco new products, and Advil pain reliever. Prior to joining Ball State, Mark spent seven years on the marketing faculty of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business where he won a number of awards for his teaching and service, including the IU Trustee’s Teaching Award, the Excellence in MBA Teaching award, IU Athletics Outstanding Professor, and the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award. Much of Mark’s academic research focuses on understanding audience responses to advertising elements like humor and threat. His most recent experiments with co-authors explore best practices in designing health communications, including childhood obesity reduction efforts. Mark’s research has been published in academic journals including Marketing Letters, International Journal of Advertising, and Health Communication, and he has presented at academic conferences, including American Marketing Association (AMA) and Association for Consumer Research (ACR).

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Upcoming School of Music events

Contributed by: Patrick Stauffer
Published: Tuesday, 21 January 2020 8:30 AM
Here are some of the events coming up in the School of Music. More details and up-to-date information on all School of Music offerings can be found on our online Calendar of Events.
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Victim Advocate Candidate Open Forums and Presentations

Contributed by: T.J. Brecciaroli
Published: Saturday, 18 January 2020 12:30 PM
Please join us for our Victim Advocate Candidate Open Forums and Presentations

Amy Ross
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Student Center, Forum Room

Rosangela Ponce
Friday, January 24, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Student Center, Forum Room

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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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NEEDED: Graduate Student Feminist Research Panel Participants

Contributed by: Courtney Jarrett
Published: Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:00 AM

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is seeking graduate students to present their research at our first ever Graduate Student Feminist Research Panel during our 2020 Women’s Week. Research for this panel should revolve around any number of feminist issues in any graduate program or research field!

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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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2020 A. Jane Morton Award Nominations

Contributed by: Shelby Harris
Published: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 2:00 PM
Nominations for the 2020 A. Jane Morton Award for Excellence in Staff Performance are now being accepted. Learn more.

Fourth Monday: Informal Conversations about Important Ideas

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Tuesday, 14 January 2020 9:00 AM

Sponsored by LEAP Indiana, Fourth Monday: Informal Conversations about Important Ideas is an opportunity to meet virtually with colleagues from across the state to address innovative ideas and practices.

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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

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Additional and beneficial ways to help your students succeed this semester

Contributed by: Elizabeth Zurzolo
Published: Monday, 13 January 2020 9:00 AM

Have any of your students voiced frustrations with their writing skills or finding materials online through the library, or even concerns over anxiety and their mental health?

Throughout the semester, the Division of Online and Strategic Learning will be hosting several livestream presentations geared to help online students succeed in a number of ways, from academics to mental health and more.

Learn more.

Creative Teaching Grants

Contributed by: Shawna Sewell
Published: Friday, 10 January 2020 3:30 PM
The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs would like to remind you that the Creative Teaching Committee is accepting applications for creative teaching grants. Creative teaching grants support intensive development of pedagogical resources for a course, a program, or a curriculum component. Learn more.

Policies & procedures for students with disabilities

Contributed by: Courtney Jarrett
Published: Friday, 10 January 2020 12:00 PM

Disability Services assists faculty by determining if students qualify for reasonable and appropriate disability accommodations as outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended in 2008. I ask that you please review the information below regarding policies and procedures in working with students with disabilities. Please contact me (; 285-5293; Student Center 116) if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of these items.

Thank you,

Dr. Courtney Jarrett, Director

Disability Services

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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”

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Creative Teaching Grants

Contributed by: Shawna Sewell
Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2019 4:00 PM
The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs is excited to announce that the Creative Teaching Committee is accepting applications for creative teaching grants. Creative teaching grants support intensive development of pedagogical resources for a course, a program, or a curriculum component. 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.

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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.

Learn more.

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.