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Contributed by: Jenny Johnson
Published: Wednesday, 25 May 2016 1:00 PM

The AmeriCorps Program, part of the State Office of Volunteerism within the Department of Health and Social Services, is seeking applications for a new member to serve as an Instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid in East Central Indiana beginning September 2016.
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Midwest Writers Workshop is coming to Ball State July 21-23—scholarships to attend still available!

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:00 AM
For more than 40 years, the Midwest Writers Workshop has helped aspiring writers improve their craft and get published. Held annually at Ball State in association with the university’s Department of English, the event takes place Thursday, July 21-Saturday, July 23 in the Pittenger Student Center.

Registration is currently open for all writers interested in attending the conference, which is an opportunity to network with publishing professionals (editors and agents), receive feedback on their work, and learn more about the craft.
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2016-17 NEH Summer Stipends

Contributed by: Augusta Wray
Published: Monday, 16 May 2016 8:30 AM
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Eligible projects typically result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.

An outright award of $6,000 is provided for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. In accordance with NEH guidelines, Ball State may nominate two faculty proposals.

Ball State internal application deadline is August 26, 2016.

Deadline for final submission to the NEH is September 29 for projects beginning May 2017.

Click here for full guidelines on the NEH website.

Materials to submit for the internal review:
1. The Ball State NEH Summer Stipend Internal Application Cover sheet
2. A single copy of the application, including:
a. 3-page (single-spaced) narrative
b. 2-page (single-spaced) resumé
c. 1-page (single-spaced) bibliography
d. 1-page appendix (graphical materials or edition/translation sample, if applicable)

You do not need to include reference letters at this time.
You do not need to have obtained University approvals.

Two selected proposals will be submitted electronically through by the September 29 deadline.

Please submit your completed internal application package in PDF form to Augusta Wray by August 26.
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Seeking Host Families for Michael, Yeqi, Amy and Tony (Indiana Academy AY 2016-2017)

Contributed by: Brandy Reichle
Published: Monday, 09 May 2016 2:00 PM
The Academy is pleased to announce that our international student program continues to grow. This fall, there will be 16 exchange students enrolled in our school. As we head into spring, please think about becoming a Host Family for the upcoming school year.

Four incoming international juniors are currently waiting to be matched with local Host Families. Their names are Yeqi, Amy, Tony and Michael. They are from China, Vietnam and South Korea. Read more about each of them - here. Once you complete the application process, you would be able to view their detailed profiles, read teacher and parent letters, view pictures of them, and be “matched.”

Check out this flyer and contact Brandy Reichle to hear more. And feel free to share this message with any other locals who might be interested.
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Enroll Now in ENG 299x: Literary Citizenship!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Thursday, 28 April 2016 1:00 PM
Want to get involved at the Midwest Writers Workshop? Interested in professional experience as well as credit? Looking for a summer class? Enroll in ENG299x: Literary Citizenship!

A literary citizen is an aspiring writer who understands that you have to contribute to, not just expect things from, the publishing world. This course will teach you how to take advantage of the opportunities offered by your local, regional and national literary communities, and how you can best contribute to those communities given your talents and interests.

Enrolled students will also organize and participate in the Midwest Writers Workshop national writing conference, from July 21-23.

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Looking for a Summer Class? Take ENG 206: Reading Literature!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Monday, 25 April 2016 1:00 PM
Will you be in Muncie this summer? Are you looking for classes to take? Look no further. ENG 206: Reading Literature with Vanessa Rapatz will take place during Summer Session 2. This course will expose you to a wide range of exciting literature—everything from Shakespeare to Vonnegut. Even better, you can get UCC Tier 1 Humanities credit for ENG 206! Sign up now via Banner! If you have any questions, Dr. Rapatz ( is always happy to answer them. Learn more.

2016-2017 Virginia B. Ball Center Fellows (Updates)

Contributed by: Laura Huffman
Published: Wednesday, 13 April 2016 4:00 PM
2016-2017 Virginia B. Ball Center Fellows (Updates)
The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry is pleased to announce four fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year. In keeping with the experimental nature of VBC, this year’s fellows will work in two yearlong partnerships, creating their interdisciplinary products over two semesters of investigation.

Check out the Press Release on

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2016 Student Symposium Award Winners

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Wednesday, 13 April 2016 1:30 PM
This 2016 Student Symposium at Ball State University took place this past Friday on the second floor of the LA Pittenger Student Center. The event included a poster session and moderated paper presentations throughout the afternoon. The day ended with a keynote address from Sue McDowell, professor of Biology and current Ball State Researcher of the Year, and the presentation of the Keys/Litten/Smith Awards.

2016 Student Symposium Keys/Litten/Smith Award Winners

Display Winner

Jelena Petricevic (Biology) and Maren Orchard (History)

Title: Work- Family Conflict in American Women: Association with Health Risk Behaviors and Health Outcomes

Mentor: Jagdish Khubchandani (Physiology & Health Science)

Content Winners

Cody Bennett (Biology)

Title: Glycogen Metabolism in Mice Generated by the Cre-Lox System

Mentor: Bartholomew Pederson (Medical Education)

Josh Bock (Kinesiology)

Title: Establishing the Reliability of Several Consumer-Based Physical Activity Monitors

Mentor: Alex Montoye (Kinesiology)

Seth Higgins (Kinesiology)

Title: The Influence of Incline Walking and Stair Ascending on Lower Extremity Mechanics in Older Adults

Mentor: Henry Wang (Kinesiology)

Christopher Indovina (Biology), Sarah Engle (Biology), Ashleigh South (Biology), and Jacob Davis (Biology)

Title: Determining Genes Required for Degradation of Translocon-Clogging Proteins

Mentor: Eric Rubenstein (Biology)

Samuel Lawson (Psychology), Sarah Birkhead (Psychology), and Alexis Hamilton (Psychology)

Title: Using Twitter to Examine Male Aggression in Culture of Honor States

Mentor: Thomas Holtgraves (Psychology)

Daniel Smith (Chemistry)

Title: The Role of Glycogen in Hypoglycemia-induced Memory Loss

Mentor: Bartholomew Pederson (Medical Education)

Jeremy Walls (Biology)

Title: Exploring Environmental Controls on Toxic Algal Blooms to Promote Problem Solving and Quantitative Reasoning Skills in STEM Courses

Mentor: Allison Rober (Biology)

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Contributed by: Laura Huffman
Published: Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:00 AM

Students, are you interesting in getting involved in an immersive learning project? Consider applying to one of the upcoming Virginia B. Ball Center seminars. Recruitment is currently underway, and we're seeking student participants for involvement this summer, and throughout the entire upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. (Students who get involved during the summer semester will have the opportunity to apply to continue their involvement in the project into the fall semester.) Review the upcoming VBC projects below, and then contact the Fellows for additional information.
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2016-17 Diversity Associates Program

Contributed by: Julie Eiser
Published: Monday, 04 April 2016 10:00 AM

The Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) invites faculty to submit applications for the 2016-2017 Diversity Associates Program.

Materials to submit for consideration are:

The Diversity Associate Cover Sheet with chairperson signature

• A two page summary of the project*

• A one page summary of project goals/expected outcomes

• A copy of your Curriculum Vitae

The Diversity Associate application deadline is September 2, 2016.

Materials should be sent to Please contact Dr. Charlene Alexander,, if you have any questions.

The deadline for submission of the completed 2016-17 Diversity Associate project is May 1, 2017.

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Check Out These Great Immersive Learning Courses from the English Department!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:00 AM
The English Department is now the home of three--that's right, three!--immersive learning courses. If you're interested in publishing, editing, graphic design, digital humanities, marketing, publicity, or professional writing, one of our immersive courses might be right for you! Even better, we can work with you to figure out how any of these courses fits into your own program of study.
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New Immersive Course: Jacket Copy Creative!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Monday, 28 March 2016 2:00 PM
This Fall, the English Department (in conjunction with the Professional Writing minor) is going to be launching a brand new immersive learning course: Jacket Copy Creative!

Jacket Copy Creative will be a team of students like you working to manage the public communications of two real-world organizations: Whitely Community Council and the Ball State English Department.

If you become a part of Jacket Copy Creative, you’ll work with your peers and me to produce promotional materials, manage social media, maintain websites, edit blogs, conduct focus groups, and much more. This is an incredible opportunity to gain valuable professional experience in a variety of fields, including editing/publishing, content marketing, public relations, graphic design, web development, strategic communications, and social media management.

For more information on Jacket Copy Creative, check out our blog post all about this new opportunity.

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2016-2017 Virginia B. Ball Center Fellows

Contributed by: Laura Huffman
Published: Thursday, 24 March 2016 5:00 PM

Summer 2016 & Fall 2016: Water Quality Indiana
Adam J. Kuban (Journalism)
Lee J. Florea (Geological Sciences)

Fall 2016 & Spring 2017: Book Arts Collaborative
Sarojini Johnson (School of Art)
Rai Peterson (Department of English)
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