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Join the "Pride of Mid-America"

Contributed by: Janelle Cunningham
Published: Friday, 29 April 2016 10:00 AM
Missing band? There’s a place for you at Ball State! Join the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band this fall! Open to all majors!

How Do I Join???
Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Color Guard:
Enroll in MUSC 340/140 2D

Woodwinds and Brass:
-No Audition Required

Drumline Audition/Experience Camp:
-April 30th, noon-5pm
-Email to reserve your spot
-Materials found at

Color Guard Auditions
-April 16th or 23rd, 2-5pm
-Email to reserve your spot
-More information at

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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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Invitation: Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award and Outstanding Research Award Lecture

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Monday, 25 April 2016 5:00 PM

You are cordially invited to the Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award and Outstanding Research Award Lecture.

Friday, April 29, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Student Center Forum Room, 2nd Floor


Michael Elliott and Drew Vidal

Department of Theatre and Dance

2015 Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award

Building a Monster: The Creation of Ball State Theatre’s Frankenstein


Susan McDowell

Department of Biology

2015 Outstanding Research Award

Developing Alternatives to Antibiotics


All are invited to attend the reception following the lectures. Please RSVP:

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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.

Summer Concert Band

Contributed by: Janelle Cunningham
Published: Monday, 25 April 2016 12:00 PM
Dear Students:
If you are in or around the Muncie area this summer and play a band instrument, I want to invite you to participate in the BSU Summer Concert Band. This is a fun and rewarding experience that has continued to grow for the past few summers.
For those of you not familiar with the Summer Concert Band, here are some of the details:
1) The ensemble rehearses four times and presents one concert.
2) Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:30pm in MI 152. Our first rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, May 17. Subsequent rehearsals will be held on May 24, May 31 and June 7.
3) Our concert will take place on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:30pm in Sursa Hall. We will share the concert with the Summer Jazz Band.
4) The atmosphere is light and we have a great time making music and enjoying the process. We typically play a wide variety of music (standard repertoire, movie music, popular charts, musicals, marches, etc.)
Here are a couple of answers to frequently asked questions:

If you have to miss a rehearsal (or part of a rehearsal) due to vacation plans or something else, that's fine. So long as you are able to participate in a majority of the rehearsal time, you are more than welcome to join.
BSU students may enroll for credit (MUSC 340C) if desired, but this is not a requirement to participate.
You can participate in both the Summer Concert Band and Jazz Band if you wish.
If you would like to participate, please contact or call 765-285-9178 as soon as possible, so we can make a folder for you. Please indicate your instrument and provide your contact information.
I hope to see many of you this summer!
Dr. Thomas Caneva
Director of Bands
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Summer Workshop: Integrate Common Reader into Class

Contributed by: Melinda Messineo
Published: Sunday, 24 April 2016 4:30 PM
We are eager to connect with faculty who would like to pursue integrating the 2016-17 Freshman Common Reader, "True American" into their freshmen enrollment course experience during fall 2016.

The three session summer workshop will guide participants through the review and assignment creation process. Participants who complete the process are eligible for stipends. Please contact Melinda Messineo for more details.

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2016 Read and Lead - Discussion Group Leaders Needed

Contributed by: Melinda Messineo
Published: Sunday, 24 April 2016 4:00 PM
The First Year Experience Committee is seeking discussion group leaders for the 2016-17 Freshman Common Reader "Read and Lead"

The book: "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas
E-mail Melinda Messineo at to sign up and to receive your copy of the book.

The preparation: Review and prep sessions will be available in early August.

The event: The 45 minute discussions with incoming First Year students occur the afternoon of Sunday August 21st immediately following Convocation.

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Spring Semester Online Evaluations Now Available

Contributed by: Anna Beyer
Published: Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:30 PM
Online course evaluations for the spring semester are now available. We strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback on your classes before the evaluations close at 3 am. Saturday, May 7. Visit Learn more.

Grants available through Indiana Campus Compact

Contributed by: Erin Moore
Published: Monday, 18 April 2016 10:00 AM

Ball State faculty and departments are eligible to apply for Indiana Campus Compact grants for student service projects, course development, and strengthening a culture of service and engagement. Additional information is available online.

Engaged Campus Grants

Service Engagement Grants

Conference Scholarships

If you plan to apply for one of these grants, Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement would love to know about it! You can contact us at (765) 285-2773 or

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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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Indiana Academy: Educational Opportunity

Contributed by: Jo Tuite
Published: Wednesday, 06 April 2016 10:00 AM
Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
Nonresident Early College Program
Now Accepting Applications for 2016-17

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Online Grant Writing Course

Contributed by: Megan Shufelt
Published: Monday, 04 April 2016 4:00 PM
Online Grant Writing course to be offered Summer semester 2016.
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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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Introducing the Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:00 AM
In Fall 2016, the English Deparment will be launching a brand new minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Are you interested in a career in teaching English abroad? Want to work with linguistically and culturally diverse people? The new minor in TESOL offers the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching English to non-native speakers of English both domestically and internationally.
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