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Language Night

Contributed by: Huda Al Herz
Published: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 10:00 AM
Language Night will be on March 31st from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the Yuhas Room of the Rinker Center for International Programs (Student Center, room 102). Learn more.

ARCH 407: Fourth World Theory On-line Couse Description

Contributed by: Olon Dotson
Published: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 9:00 AM
ARCH 407: Fourth World Theory - On-Line Offering (Summer Semester 2017)
For Undergraduate Students Interested in topics of Social and Environmental Justice
CRN# 800 36540

We have documented and reinforced evidence of America’s position as the wealthiest and most powerful country on earth, but have limited knowledge of the scale and magnitude of our nation’s poverty and degradation. The extent of the distress and abandonment in the cores of our cities resulting from de-industrialization, historic segregation and discrimination patterns, suburban sprawl, erosion of a viable tax base, racism, inability to embrace the concept desegregation and civil rights legislation, fear, despair, crumbling infrastructure systems, disinvestment in our urban school systems, and environment justice issues defines our “Fourth World” status. Sustainability is currently at the forefront of our discourse as part of a larger global imperative; however, the value of ‘green’ is inconsequential when continued sprawling development practices are dictated by historic discrimination and segregation patterns and societal ills.

Through Critical Geography, Fourth World Theory synthesizes these issues collectively with the social construction of race at its core. In critical geography discourse, Bobby Wilson discusses DuBois positions on the danger of application of class politics without “modification of thought” (Bauder and Engel-Di Mauro 287) to the unique American circumstance. “We must situate race, not only in a historical context, but also in a historical geographical context. We must expose the skeletons of places and plant the flesh of black experiences on those bones as well. Social practices are not only historically specific but geographically or place-specific, even in the age of globalization.” In the United States, a general reluctance to confront the social construction of race undermines productive dialogue on the matter.

Fourth World Theory argues that the social construction of race is at the core of the above-mentioned physical, political, socio-economic and institutional abandonment. This elective will demonstrate how this social construction has, and continues to, systemically undermine each and every aspect of the overall quality of life in the American city.
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Edmund F. and Virginia Ball Endowed Chair Presentation

Contributed by: Tim Pollard
Published: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 8:00 AM
Dr. Vanessa Ament, Edmund F. and Virginia Ball Endowed Chair and Professor of Telecommunications present her annual presentation entitled, "What Do We Do In Foley Class?:  The Performance of Film Sound" on Thursday, April 6, 2017, starting at 7:00pm, in AJ 175.
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SPA Colloquia Series: Compliance Considerations – Human Subjects Research

Contributed by: Alicia Kelly
Published: Monday, 27 March 2017 12:30 PM
Mark your calendars for this week's SPA Colloquia Series presentation. Learn more.

Become a Host Family! BSU Campus High School

Contributed by: Brandy Reichle
Published: Monday, 27 March 2017 8:00 AM
The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities is ranked the #1 public high school in the state and the #3 public high school in the U.S. by The Academy is conveniently located on Ball State's campus, right next to Burris. This fall, our international program will include up to 20 new and returning exchange students from various countries. Four new international juniors are already waiting to be matched with local host families and host applications are now being accepted for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Once you complete the application process, you can view their detailed profiles and stories, read teacher and parent letters, view student photos, and be matched!  Join us!

View our informational flyer here: Host Family Opportunity Info!

Questions or to hear more? Contact Brandy Reichle at or (765)285-8130.
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Contributed by: Angel Tuttle
Published: Friday, 24 March 2017 3:00 PM
THE FCFA 481 Fashion Promotions class is in need of models for their annual fashion show on April 30th. Learn more.

Mathematical Sciences Faculty and Graduate Research Colloquium

Contributed by: Susan Bourne
Published: Wednesday, 22 March 2017 5:00 PM
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Faculty and Graduate Research Colloquium

"The Intersection of Japanese Family Crests and Mathematics"
Dr. Felicia Tabing (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

Thursday, March 30, 2017
1:00-1:50 p.m.
RB 449
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2017 OEE Colloquia Series

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:00 AM
The Office of Educational Excellence is pleased to announce its 2017 Colloquia highlighting the previous year’s award winners for Ball State’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Creative Teaching Grant. During the presentation, the award recipient discusses his/her enhanced course or grant project. Learn more.

“Serendipity as a Career Tool“ with Ball State Alumna Janet Arias-Martinez

Contributed by: Sandi Garcia
Published: Wednesday, 22 March 2017 7:30 AM
You are invited to join the Department of History and the Career Center as Ball State alumna Janet Arias-Martinez presents “Serendipity as a Career Tool: Making the Most of Opportunity” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29th, in TC 120.

Ms. Arias-Martinez will discuss her experience working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the non-profit outreach field, as well as the unexpected opportunities that led her down the path to her current career. She will show the career possibilities that exist for humanities degrees & how students might contribute to public service and community organizing.
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Contributed by: Kara Duquette
Published: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 5:00 PM

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Entrepreneurial Learning are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Provost Immersive Learning Grant recipients. In this round, eleven projects were selected for funding.

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"Vampire Suicide," a Talk by Jeffrey Weinstock

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 1:00 PM
The Digital Literature Review presents "Vampire Suicide," a talk by Jeffrey Weinstock, a professor at Central Michigan University and enthusiastic monster scholar. His research spans topics of Tim Burton, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Edgar Allan Poe and many more terrifying topics. We hope to see you there!

When: Friday, March 31st, 4-5pm
Where: AJ 225
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Contributed by: Kara Duquette
Published: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:00 AM


The Office of the Provost and the Office of Entrepreneurial Learning are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Provost Immersive Learning Grant recipients. In this round, eleven projects were selected for funding including:

The Purple Cow: Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary Care of Children (Project Director: Stacey Allred / Elementary Education)

Media Analytics in Practice - Second Iteration: Eye Tracking Research (Project Directors: Robin Blom and YounAh Lee / Journalism)

Pathway to Success (P2S): Improving College Readiness for Indiana High School Students (Project Directors: Cindy Cash and Dan Jones / iLearn)

Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal (Project Directors: David Concepcion / Philosophy & Religious Studies)

Telling Muncie’s Stories with Geolocative Interactive Narrative Games ( Project Director: Paul Gestwicki / Computer Science)

Developing the Cardinal Weather Service: (Project Directors: Nathan Hitchens and Petra Zimmermann)

To the “Stars” and Back: Exploring Our Planetary Backyard - Summer Science Camp for Middle School Girls at Ball State University and Pre-service Teacher Field Experience for Multicultural Education (Project Directors: Susan Johnson, Sue McDowell, Patti Lang, Carolyn Dowling, Dr. Joel Bryan, Dayna Thompson and Keri L. Rodgers.)

Computer Science for Middle Schoolers (CS4MS) (Project Director: David Largent / Computer Science)

Light in the Space: An Exploration of Designing the Lighting System for a Theatre Renovation (Project Director: Raymond Marie / Theatre and Dance)

Betsy’s Best, Food Science and Nutrition Sensory Research & Development Project (Project Director: Deanna Pucciarelli / Nutrition and Health Science)

The Brownfields to Brightfields Project: Analysis of Solar Potentials for Brownfields in Delaware County, Indiana
(Sanglim Yoo / Urban Planning)

For project descriptions, see the Spring 2017 Provost Immersive Learning Grant Awards Recipients List. Thank you to everyone that participated in this round of funding and congratulations to award recipients!

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Indiana authors Douglas Manuel and Angela Palm to read from their new books!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Friday, 17 March 2017 2:00 PM
The English Department is proud to announce that Indiana authors Douglas Manuel and Angela Palm will be reading from their latest work in two events later this month. Both authors will be reading excerpts from their newly released books, so make sure to come out for a great time and some great literature!

Douglas Manuel: Friday March 24th, 7 pm, BL 104
Angela Palm: Thursday March 30th, 7 pm, SC Cardinal Hall C Terrace Lounge

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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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Enrichment Program for Middle School Students

Contributed by: Julie Tuttle Davis
Published: Tuesday, 07 March 2017 4:00 PM
In this FREE hands-on writing workshop aimed at middle school students, Indiana Academy instructor Dr. Margaret Smith will have students write their own poems of praise after learning about the anonymous praise poets of 8th century England and modern South American poet Pablo Neruda. 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.

Summer Academy for high school students to be held July 9 - 21

Contributed by: Lori Pence
Published: Friday, 24 February 2017 11:30 AM
DesignWorks Summer Academy, for high school sophomores and juniors, has been called an "immersive, intensive, team-driven, college level experience," and we'd agree.

Students will experience life as a college student while staying in the residence halls and attending college courses taught by faculty from the College of Architecture and Planning.

Field trips, participating in competitive projects, learning from profession speakers, are included in the fee. For admission requirements, dates, and to apply go to Questions? Contact Lori Pence at (765) 285-5879.
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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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2017 Conference on ASD at Ball State-Call for Papers and Registration Information

Contributed by: Evette Simmons-Reed
Published: Wednesday, 15 February 2017 7:30 PM
Postsecondary Options and Supports for Transitioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The purpose of this conference is to showcase best practices that allow students with autism to access, persist in, and graduate college and succeed in finding and maintaining meaningful, competitive employment. This conference is important due to the increase in students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are reaching transition age.
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Jewish Studies Course Development Summer Workshop

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Tuesday, 07 February 2017 9:00 AM
Christian Judaism/Islamic Judaism: Medieval Jewish Culture in Two Civilizations
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Indiana Academy Preview Days

Contributed by: Julie Tuttle Davis
Published: Thursday, 08 December 2016 4:30 PM
The Indiana Academy provides a world class education for high ability high school students. For the third year in a row has ranked us the #1 public high school in Indiana. We’re also ranked #3 best high school in the nation and our teachers are ranked #2. Learn more about attending the Indiana Academy at an upcoming Preview Day.
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