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Presentation: "Rhetorics of Whiteness in a 'Post-racial' Era"

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016 2:00 PM
The Writing Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Krista Ratcliffe to campus to present "Rhetorics of Whiteness in a 'Post-racial' Era." In this presentation, Ratcliffe will discuss her recently submitted co-edited collection,Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education.

When: Friday, Feb. 26, 12:00 P.M.
Where: Robert Bell (RB) 125
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Reminder - 2016-17 Interactive Learning Space Initiative Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016 12:30 PM
Applications for the 2016-17 Interactive Learning Space (ILS) Initiative teaching and scholarship opportunity are now being accepted. The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, February 29, 2016.
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Reminder - 2015-2016 Creative Teaching Grant Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:00 AM
The Office of Educational Excellence is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Creative Teaching Grant. Proposal deadline is THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Learn more.

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: Ecological Changes and the Development of Environmental Policies to Conserve Lake Tahoe

Contributed by: Teresa Case
Published: Wednesday, 10 February 2016 2:00 PM

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: Ecological Changes and the Development of Environmental Policies to Conserve Lake Tahoe



Dr. Sudeep Chandra is an Associate Professor of Limnology and Conservation Ecology at the University of Nevada, Rene. He is also the Director of the Castle Lake Environmental Research and Education Program which holds the longest running mountain lake ecology data set in North and South America. He served as a Director for the Ecosystem Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. Sudeep graduated in 2003 with a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California- Davis with Dr. Charles Goldman. As a postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin- Madison he evaluated the restoration potential of salmonids and impacts of nonnative species in large river and lake ecosystems. He has classical training in limnology evaluating the impact of human disturbance (e.g. climate change, invasive species, nutrient loading, land use change) on freshwater ecosystems. Sudeep’s laboratory primarily focuses on how to restore and conserve aquatic ecosystems with a goal of providing scientific studies develop public policy from scientifically based investigations. They take an ecosystem-based approach and evaluate how invasive species alter water clarity, affect native species, and may prevent the restoration potential of native fishes such as Lahontan cutthroat trout. His graduate students have recently completed studies that predict how climate change and the modification of the nearshore environment at Lake Tahoe contribute to the spread of invasive species (largemouth bass, blue gill), the expansion of nonnative crayfish and their impacts to lake ecosystems, the potential for new invaders (New Zealand mudsnail, quagga mussel) to colonize the lake, and how quagga mussel is impacting the fishery and bottom ecology of Lake Mead.

Sudeep has been a strong advocate of cooperative international research and conservation. His interest in international research began in 1997 when he participated in the Tahoe-Baikal Institute environmental exchange. After this exchange he continued to study contaminant loading in the Selenge River Delta, Lake Baikal. In 2003, he codeveloped a research project that investigated the impacts of mining on the water quality and fisheries habitat in upper watershed of Lake Baikal in Mongolia. This work led to the development of a 5 year project to use faith based and scientific approaches to conserve the world’s largest trout in Mongolia. Through support from NATO he co led a project to improve protein sources for local communities via hatchery production in newly formed irrigation lakes in Uzbekistan. His current efforts through the US AID and State Department programs are to develop capacity to protect Central America’s largest lake, Lake Atitlan, by transferring scientific and policy information from the lakes in the Pacific Rim (Lake Tahoe and Crater Lake) to academicians and government institutions.

Dr. Sudeep Chandra

University of Nevada, Reno



Tuesday, February 16

4:00PM

CP350

Sponsored by the Environmental Sciences PhD Program

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Hosts Needed for African Leadership Program

Contributed by: Nick Sabato
Published: Wednesday, 10 February 2016 9:00 AM
Ball State University’s Center for International Development (CID) has been selected for the third consecutive year to host the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP), a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This dynamic and selective program will bring together 72 African high school students and adult mentors between three groups in 2016. While in Muncie, the participants will focus on developing an entrepreneurial venture to implement back in their home communities. Along with academic sessions on campus, they will actively volunteer and meet with government officials to learn about democracy and social justice.

To help the students experience the life of an American teenager, we are seeking families and individuals to serve as homestay hosts from March 30 – April 12. The 24 participants are from Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The other two groups will visit from August 10-23 and October 12-25.
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Experience Latin America 1st Summer 2016

Contributed by: Lori Pence
Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2016 1:00 PM
VISIT: Uruguay; Argentina; Brazil; Peru; Guatemala just to name a few (14 cities total)
 
May 16 – June 14, 2016 (30 days, first summer session)
 
EARN 6 credit hours
 
·         Meet, interview and learn from Latin American architects.
·         Enhance portfolio and design communication through recording of papers, models and sketches
·         Interdisciplinary learning, scholarship of integration, outreach and collaboration
 
Information meeting with Ana de Brea
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10 at NOON in the Architecture Building, room 403 (architecture large conference room)

 
Questions contact: adebrea@bsu.edu or Morganne Walker mewalker@bsu.edu
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The 2016-17 Freshman Common Reader

Contributed by: Melinda Messineo
Published: Monday, 08 February 2016 10:00 AM
The First Year Experience Committee is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Freshman Common Reader:

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas

You are invited to attend the moderated conversation with Anand Giridharadas and Rais Bhuiyan on September 20, 2016 7:30pm Emens. The event is free and open to the public.

The Freshman Connections Common Reading and Common Writing programs are part of the Nationally recognized First Year Experience Program at Ball State University.
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Assigned Leave Presentation: The Model of the Model Minority?

Contributed by: Melinda Messineo
Published: Monday, 08 February 2016 9:30 AM
Please Attend the Spring 2016 Special Assigned Leave Presentation

by

Dr. Fang Gong

The Model of the Model Minority? Explaining Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Outcomes Among Asian Americans

March 18th 12-1pm
Student Center – Room 301
Dept. of Sociology
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Managerial Ability and Credit Rating Change | Research Colloquium

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Monday, 08 February 2016 9:00 AM

MILLER COLLEGE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM


Managerial Ability and Credit Rating Change

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

RSVP before February 15, 2016


Presented by Kris Kemper
Assistant Professor of Finance


Managerial Ability and Credit Rating Change

This study examines the relation between managerial ability and credit rating change. We predict that firms with more able managers are more likely to receive upgrades in their credit ratings. We find a significant and positive relation between managerial ability and change in credit ratings, suggesting more able managers can take effective actions to improve their credit ratings. However, we also find that small changes in managerial ability do not influence credit rating. Similarly, we find that changes in managerial ability do not alter Credit Watch warnings. We do find evidence to suggest that the ablest managers are able to recover a lost credit rating in the year following a downgrade.



About Kris Kemper

Kris Kemper, Assistant Professor of Finance, received his Ph.D. in Finance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. His current research interests include capital structure, credit ratings, debt heterogeneity and inflation hedging.

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Building (Cooperative) Community Capital in Northeast Minneapolis

Contributed by: Keith Taylor
Published: Friday, 05 February 2016 1:00 PM
Leslie Watson
-Member-Owner and Consultant, CDS Consulting Cooperative
-Founding organizer and board director, Northeast Investment Cooperative, member of The Cooperative Principal
-Board member of the Eastside Food Co-op

Friday, February 12, 12pm
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Aspire Undergraduate Student Grant Programs

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Thursday, 04 February 2016 6:00 PM
ARE YOU…

Working on a thesis or major project? Planning to present at a conference or exhibition?

Then look to the ASPiRE Internal Grants Program as a funding resource!

The University Research and Creative Arts Committees would like to encourage students to consider applying for an ASPiRE Undergraduate student grant. Funds can be utilized to assist in project costs such as travel or supplies. Please note: All student projects require the support of a faculty mentor or advisor.

Undergraduate Student Competition:
Research: February 10 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the discovery of new insights, theories, or application of research to solve problems within the discipline or in society.

Creative Arts: February 10 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the creation of original works of creative arts.

Student Travel Grants:                  
15th of the month prior to travel date
For professional presentations of papers and/or posters, performances, etc., at meetings, conference or competitions.

See our website for detailed guidelines and application forms.
For questions regarding the Aspire Internal Grant Program, please contact the Aspire Program Manager at: aspire@bsu.edu.
Learn more.

Discover Printing Toolbox

Contributed by: Anna Beyer
Published: Wednesday, 03 February 2016 2:00 PM
Upload Your Own Photos, Discover More Design Options in Printing Toolbox
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Multicultural Center Events - February

Contributed by: Ro Anne Royer Engle
Published: Tuesday, 02 February 2016 8:30 PM
Join us for these cultural events. Learn more.

Morris, Kapinus to fill leadership roles as university moves forward

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Monday, 01 February 2016 4:30 PM
Ball State University Acting President Terry King has appointed Robert Morris as acting provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, while Carolyn Kapinus has been named acting associate vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School. Learn more.

Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz – Langston Hughes Project

Contributed by: Ro Anne Royer Engle
Published: Sunday, 31 January 2016 1:00 PM
Celebrate Black History Month with Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods For Jazz - Langston Hughes Project. Learn more.

Rethinking Black and Children's Young Adult Literature

Contributed by: Darolyn "Lyn" Jones
Published: Friday, 29 January 2016 7:00 AM
In the Fall semester, 2016, Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones from the Department of English will be teaching a special topics immersive course, Rethinking Black Children’s and Young Adult Literature. See the course description below. Dr. Jones encourages interested students to register for this immersive course for the Fall of 2016.

299X: Rethinking Black Children's and Young Adult Literature Course
A three-credit hour course open to English majors, creative writing majors, elementary and secondary education majors and any other humanities student interested in the African Diaspora. We will read, study, and analyze critical children's and young adult literary works.
In addition, we will partner with black children and young adults in the Muncie community through the MP3 program. Together, we will feature and write new pieces of literature for Volume 4 of the Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature digital magazine. (www.rethinkingkidlit.com)
Design students from the Unified Media lab in the Department of Journalism will assist with graphics, technology, and magazine design and layout.

If you have questions about the course, please email Dr. Jones at ljones2@bsu.edu.


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Ben Highmore: Mass Observation and the Practice of Democracy

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Wednesday, 27 January 2016 3:00 PM
Cultural studies researcher Ben Highmore is traveling across the pond from England to speak at Ball State this Monday, 2/1 at 7:30 p.m. in LB 125.

His presentation will cover topics relating to research and observations of everyday life studies and mass observation, with special appeals to those in the Departments of Anthropology, English, History, Journalism Sociology and Telecommunications.

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Ball State University launches free digital literary magazine promoting diversity in children’s and young adult literature

Contributed by: Darolyn "Lyn" Jones
Published: Tuesday, 26 January 2016 3:00 PM
We are shaped by the stories we read as children and retell as adults. Diversity in children’s and young adult literature is critical in creating and sustaining culture and community.

Rethinking Children's and Young Adult Literature is a result of the collaboration between Ball State University professor, Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones and her teacher education, creative writing, and English students and George and Francis Ball Distinguished Professor, Dr. Jennifer Palilinos and her journalism media students.

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, we have married story, art, and media as a way for your readers to experience the inclusiveness of stories that focus on topics promoting social justice.

In this special themed edition on LGBTQ, join us in hearing from and reading new works from celebrated children’s book writer Leslea Newman, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Newman, Adam Silvera, and Robert Munsch, checking out supporting teacher strategies and resources, and reading original children’s and young adult works which allow the reader to rethink gender and orientation. Syd the Fella is a parody of Cinderella where Syd is looking for a prince, subtext is a play about adolescents experiencing romance and crossed wires, Bell Tower, where an African American girl confronts the church and her community about her identity, and Tiffy's Story, a children’s picture book that explains transgender.

Download the free app, BSU NOW, on your Apple or Android phone or tablet today.

Check out our website and learn more about future submissions at www.rethinkingkidlit.com

Join the conversation!
Twitter https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit
Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit

Please share this with your audience, readers, writers, colleagues, and students! Email Dr. Jones at ljones2@bsu.edu for a full press release that can be shared electronically.

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Jewish Studies Summer Workshop

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Tuesday, 26 January 2016 9:00 AM
Jewish Studies Course Development Summer Workshop Learn more.

Online programs earn top U.S. News rankings

Contributed by: Nancy Prater
Published: Friday, 15 January 2016 2:00 PM
For the fifth consecutive year, Ball State’s online programs topped almost all their peers in 2016 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Learn more.

Aspire Student Grant Programs

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Thursday, 14 January 2016 4:00 PM
ARE YOU…

Working on a thesis or major project? Planning to present at a conference or exhibition?

Then look to the ASPiRE Internal Grants Program as a funding resource!

The University Research and Creative Arts Committees would like to encourage students to consider applying for an ASPiRE Graduate or Undergraduate student grant. Funds can be utilized to assist in project costs such as travel or supplies. Please note: All student projects require the support of a faculty mentor or advisor.

Graduate Student Competition:
Research: January 20 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the discovery of new insights, theories, or application of research to solve problems within the discipline or in society.

Creative Arts: January 20 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the creation of original works of creative arts.

Hollis Fund:
The Joseph W. and Marcella S. Hollis Fund supports research in psychology. Proposals from any department are eligible, as long as the project is psychology based.  (Graduate Students only)
Award Amount: $400
Deadlines: April 1


Undergraduate Student Competition:
Research: February 10 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the discovery of new insights, theories, or application of research to solve problems within the discipline or in society.

Creative Arts: February 10 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the creation of original works of creative arts.

Student Travel Grants:                  
15th of the month prior to travel date
For professional presentations of papers and/or posters, performances, etc., at meetings, conference or competitions.

See our website for detailed guidelines and application forms.
For questions regarding the Aspire Internal Grant Program, please contact the Aspire Program Manager at: aspire@bsu.edu.
Learn more.

2016-17 Interactive Learning Space Initiative - Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Thursday, 14 January 2016 9:00 AM
Applications for the 2016-17 Interactive Learning Space (ILS) Initiative Teaching and Scholarship Opportunity are now being accepted.
Learn more.

2015-16 Creative Teaching Grant - Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Wednesday, 13 January 2016 8:30 AM
The Office of Educational Excellence is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Creative Teaching Grant. Proposal deadline is THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.


Learn more.

Concussion Management IPE Opportunity

Contributed by: Jenny Johnson
Published: Friday, 11 December 2015 2:00 PM
The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC) is pleased to offer a FREE Interprofessional Education Student Workshop, Concussion Management On and Off the Field. This event will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9:00 AM-1:30 PM at 1819 Carew Street at the Huntington and Trine University Campus in Fort Wayne, IN. Transportation to and from the event will be provided to Ball State students courtesy of the Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC). Faculty facilitators (van drivers) are also needed. Registration costs for student participants and faculty facilitators are sponsored by the NEI-AHEC. Learn more.

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