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Closing Exhibitions and More at the David Owsley Museum of Art

Contributed by: Hailey Beard
Published: Thursday, 03 September 2015 2:30 PM
The David Owsley Museum of Art

Meditation Led By Dr. George Wolfe
     Friday, September 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Join George Wolfe for meditation and meet in the David Owsley Gallery of Asian Art for one or both 30-minute sessions. Dr. Wolfe is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration
     Extended through Sunday, September 6

Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration is on view May 16 – September 6. The exhibition employs participatory photography as a tool for public engagement, advocacy, skill building, and social innovation to respond to these questions. After viewing the recent exhibition Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, and learning new skills from visiting artist and photographer Eric Gottesman, a group of young people photographed the places where they are heard in the city of Muncie. These local youth, ranging in ages from 8 – 18, worked with Ball State graduate students as part of an immersive learning project to produce this experimental exhibit.

Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration is presented in part to honor Muncie’s sesquicentennial by highlighting the voices and talents of young students in our community. Visitors can also contribute to the conversation by adding to the interactive listening map found in the maker space. They will be asked to think about where we listen to each other in Muncie, and how we can open a dialogue with local youth.

We are grateful to the young photographers from the Muncie’s Boys and Girls Club, Friends of the Conley Inc., Motivate Our Minds, and Roy C. Buley Center, as well as the program leaders who helped them share their voices. The photographers in the exhibition are: Kieya Byrd (age 14), Khalie Hawkins (age 8), Adrian Jeter (age 10), Jaliyah Moore (age 15), Ramon Parrott (age 18), Liam Robertson (age 9), Tyler Robertson (age 11), Paige Ullman (age 11), and an anonymous young artist.

The exhibition was organized by Tania Said, director of education, David Owsley Museum of Art with Dr. Ruby Cain, assistant professor, Ball State University, and her EDAC 698 students Kyndra Haggard, Jan Miller, Joe Morris, and Whitney Troxell.

Gift of David T. Owlsey
     Playing in the Brown Study Room through Sunday, September 6

"This documentary tells the story of how an ordinary town came to have an extraordinary museum, and the man who made it all possible." This quote is featured at the beginning of a documentary detailing the life of David Owsley and the museum that bears his name. The largest donor in the history of Ball State's art museum, he has had a monumental impact on the collection.To learn more about David Owsley, the Ball family, the history of Muncie and to hear interviews with Mr. Owsley, the staff at the museum, and students at Ball State, watch the documentary "Gift of David Owsley."

The credit line Gift of David T. Owsley appears on hundreds of labels throughout the museum. Now it is the title of a new video documentary directed by graduate student Shane Dresch under the supervision of Professor Robert Brookey, director of the Digital Storytelling Master’s Program in Telecommunications at Ball State.

Through a series of candid interviews of faculty, students, and museum supporters, Gift of David T. Owsley describes the namesake’s remarkable donations and their impact on both the university and the city of Muncie. The thirty-minute film also features David T. Owsley explaining his fascination with art, his canny collecting strategies, and his love of beautiful objects. It outlines his long career as curator and patron, including moments from a personal tour of galleries in the museum and his art-filled New York apartment.

The film will play in the Brown Study Room for museum visitors through September 6. Several of David T. Owsley’s most recent gifts will be exhibited next to the museum’s screening room, including a handsome eighteenth-century French portrait of a musician painted by Guillaume Voiriot (1713-1799) and a sublime nocturnal harbor scene attributed to the Neapolitan painter Carlo Bonavia (act. 1755-1788). These, and many other works donated by David T. Owsley to Ball State University, the State of Indiana, and the museum that bears his name, continue the legacy of Ball Family beneficence initiated by his maternal grandfather Frank C. Ball and grand-uncles Lucius, William, Edmund, and George.
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Volunteers needed for Living Lightly Fair!

Contributed by: Barb Stedman
Published: Wednesday, 02 September 2015 9:30 PM
Student volunteers are needed at the Living Lightly Fair – a FREE fair that offers ideas and inspiration for living more sustainably – from 7 am - 5 pm on Saturday, Sept. 19.

To volunteer, please email Michael R. Mayfield ( no later than Friday, Sept. 11. Be sure to give him your hours of availability
. Mike will then email you with your shift assignment.
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New print management initiative: Print Smart

Contributed by: Gail L. Werner
Published: Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:00 AM
In response to the concerns expressed by the university community, President Ferguson requested that we reevaluate our print management initiative across campus. We have heard your concerns related to cost, print management control, and departmental niche needs and have made significant changes to the initiative. As we move forward with the newly named and newly designed Print Smart initiative, please know that we are dedicated to improving our communication across the campus. Learn more.

Register today for the conference experience of a lifetime – Saturday, September 19, at BSU Student Center

Contributed by: Ruby Cain
Published: Monday, 31 August 2015 3:40 AM

Innovative Research Conference at BSU Student Center – Saturday, September 19, 2015

3rd Annual Research Conference in Adult, Community, and Higher Education (ARCACHE): Culture of Education: Connecting Culture, Community and Campus.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8:00-2:00 pm at BSU Student Center.

Early Registration by 9/4/2015: $25 Student Rate: $10

Late Registration: $40 Student Rate: $25

For more information, please contact Conference Co-Chairs Dr. Ruby Cain at or 765-285-9126 and Dr. Bo Chang at

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

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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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Ball State Brand Listening Sessions To Be Conducted in September

Contributed by: Gail L. Werner
Published: Friday, 28 August 2015 4:30 PM
The Division of Strategic Communications is conducting public sessions on the new proposed brand elements for Ball State. Please join us for one of the following listening sessions. Learn more.

Faculty Learning Community on Community Engagement - Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Friday, 28 August 2015 4:00 PM
“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian

The Office of Educational Excellence is sponsoring a Faculty Learning Community on Community Engagement beginning fall semester 2015 and concluding summer semester 2016. In 2015, Ball State received Carnegie’s voluntary Community Engagement Classification. Our goal is to continue to discuss and debate the strengths and weaknesses of community engagement in an academic setting and to increase the number of faculty involved in community engaged teaching and research practices.

Participation is open to faculty members holding tenure track or contractual appointments in any academic unit of the university including Burris Laboratory School and the Indiana Academy teaching staff.

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Webinars with Distinguished Music & Arts Scholars

Contributed by: Patrick Stauffer
Published: Thursday, 27 August 2015 9:00 AM
Students, faculty, and staff of Ball State University are invited to attend any of the following webinars with distinguished music and arts scholars from around the world. The lectures will last approximately one hour each, and audience members will have opportunities to ask questions of the speaker. Learn more.

Phased Retirement

Contributed by: Jacquelyn Buckrop
Published: Thursday, 27 August 2015 8:30 AM
Faculty members wishing to participate in Phased Retirement beginning in Spring semester 2016 must make the request in writing by September 16th. More information about Phased Retirement, including the Request to Participate form is available at:

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2015-16 Diversity Associates Program

Contributed by: Julie Eiser
Published: Friday, 21 August 2015 8:00 AM
The Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) invites faculty to submit applications for the 2015-2016 Diversity Associates Program. Once again, we invite submissions in the areas of research, inclusive pedagogy, immersive learning and undergraduate research, diversity dialogue workshop, or grant project.

The Diversity Associate application deadline is September 11, 2015.

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Plan Your Class-Related Museum Visit Today

Contributed by: Tania Said
Published: Monday, 17 August 2015 9:30 AM
The David Owsley Museum of Art provides free guided tours for any Ball State class or community group. Self-guided and special object study visits are also available. To plan your visit select your topic, date, and time, and then schedule it online. Group visits should be scheduled at least 2 – 3 weeks in advance. Learn more.

Fall 2015 Exhibition Preview

Contributed by: Hailey Beard
Published: Monday, 20 July 2015 8:30 AM
Fall 2015
Exhibition preview

September 24 – December 27, 2015

With Watercolor: Content via Technique
Guest curated by Brian Gordy
(Special Exhibitions Galleries)

This exhibition displays a selection from the David Owsley Museum of Art’s notable collection of watercolors that have inspired contemporary Indiana watercolorist Brian Gordy. This show focuses on the transparency of the watercolor medium and explores the powerful connection between technique and content. Gordy will also present public demonstrations of a variety of watercolor techniques.

Being There / Presence
Guest curated by Professor Mark Sawrie
(Brown Study Room)

Professor Mark Sawrie explores the concept of human presence and experience in a place of palpable ambiance through the medium of photography. Being There / Presence is part of a new series of guest-curated exhibitions by Ball state University faculty members that routinely utilize the David Owsley Museum of Art’s collection as an integral component of the classroom experience.
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Piano Instruction, Fall 2015

Contributed by: Becca Braun
Published: Monday, 06 April 2015 4:00 PM
The School of Music will offer piano instruction for all ages during the fall 2015 semester through the Piano Pedagogy Program. All lessons and classes are in the Hargreaves music building.

Individuals interested in participating in the program will need to schedule a short interview. Children will need to have at least one parent present for the interview. For more information, please contact Dr. Lori Rhoden, coordinator of piano pedagogy, at 765-285-5449 or
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