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Angels for Life - Ball State University Blood Drive

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Friday, 18 May 2018 3:00 PM
The hospital in Santa Fe asked us for help and we immediately responded with a shipment of blood and platelets. Learn more.

Ball State to be honored at Engaged Scholarship conference

Contributed by: Erin Moore
Published: Wednesday, 16 May 2018 9:30 AM

Ball State University will be honored with the inaugural Excellence in Faculty Engagement Award at the 2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference, Transforming Higher Education through Engaged Scholarship, October 2-3, 2018 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minnesota. The award specifically recognizes the Department of Elementary Education’s “Schools with the Context of Community” program for its exemplary contributions to scholarship and the practice of engaged scholarship.

Early registration is now available; special pricing includes an ESC member rate and a group discount for those attending with five or more colleagues from one institution.

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Give Your Gift of HOPE at the Angels for Life Blood Drive May 24th!

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Friday, 11 May 2018 9:00 AM
Hospital patients depend on volunteer blood donors to help them continue their fight! Boost the Supply for Memorial Day Weekend!! If you aren't able to give, ask a friend to give for you! It will make you both feel good and will save three lives. Learn more.

New faculty development programs coming this fall

Contributed by: Erin Drennan-Bonner
Published: Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:30 AM

Strategic Learning (which contains the former iLearn and Office of Educational Excellence) will be rolling out new and engaging experiences in 2018-2019. Activities will include online learning opportunities, workshops, Faculty Learning Communities, techniques and tools, and more.


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Canvas Training Sessions

Contributed by: Erin Drennan-Bonner
Published: Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:30 AM
Learn the basics of Canvas, how to migrate your information from Blackboard, and how assignments and grading works. For any questions or inquiries, please visit bsu.edu/canvas, email us at: stragiclrn@bsu.edu, or call us at (765) 285-1581. Learn more.

Invitation to Join the Summer Chorus

Contributed by: Patrick Stauffer
Published: Thursday, 19 April 2018 9:00 AM
Ball State's Summer Chorus is open to students, faculty, staff, and community singers. This fun, invigorating music experience is led by Ball State conducting faculty. Each series holds Monday night rehearsals, then performs a light concert in Sursa Performance Hall. Students may register to earn credit for the course (MUSC 351) or participate as an extra-curricular event. Learn more.

DesignWorks Summer Academy for high school sophomores and juniors

Contributed by: Lori Pence
Published: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:30 AM
DesignWorks Summer Academy has been called an “immersive, intensive, team-driven, college level experience."

If you know a high school sophomore or junior, who dreams of building skyscrapers, or enjoys nature, or is a champion of causes, then we invite them to attend DesignWorks Summer Academy from July 8 - 20.

Students will experience hands-on creative projects led by expert faculty from the College of Architecture and Planning who encourage them to expand on their ideas. The “let’s try it” environment of DesignWorks Summer Academy is similar to our first year program for new college freshmen and includes a variety of activities in a college studio setting, plus field trips, living on campus, presentations, lectures, and more.

Additional information and the application can be found at bsu.edu/cap/designworks.
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Improvements to University Libraries Search Tools/CardCat Changes

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Monday, 16 April 2018 10:30 AM
Ball State University Libraries is improving the ability to discover and locate library resources to best meet the needs of our students, faculty, and community of learners.

Early this summer, CardCat (our online catalog of print and electronic book/journal subscriptions) will merge with OneSearch (a vast collection of materials that already encompasses CardCat offerings, plus full-text articles and citations from databases and online collections).
Learn more.

Join the Women’s & Gender Studies Program!

Contributed by: Courtney Jarrett
Published: Thursday, 12 April 2018 8:00 PM

Not sure if a Women’s and Gender Studies major or minor is right for you? OR never heard of it? No big deal.



Women’s and Gender Studies is an academic program here at Ball State University that explores the ways in which a person’s gender, sexuality, race, disability, age, or socio-economic standing impacts their life experiences. While you may not think that your future career has anything to do with Women’s and Gender Studies, you’d be surprised. Do you plan to work with people in the future? This is an excellent opportunity to learn about your future audience, consumers, clients, and colleagues. Being informed about social constructions and their societal impacts can help you get a leg up on your competition and keep from making mistakes that alienate or harm the people you are attempting to serve or work with.

Women’s and Gender Studies also provides students with the opportunity to engage with and contemplate feminism and efforts to obtain gender equality in our society. Yes, you read that right. The big F word…feminism. It’s 2018, a lot of your faves are feminists! After Beyoncé’s 2013 Superbowl performance and Alan Rickman’s 2015 quote supporting male feminists the spectrum for what a feminist looks like has never been larger. Surely everyone fits somewhere between Queen B and Severus Snape, right?



The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program offers a 36-credit hour major and an 18-credit hour minor. Seems like a lot? Maybe not. Many of the courses included in the major and minor are classes you will already be taking! Ever find yourself in a history, psychology, sociology, social work, English, foreign language, art, anthropology, or criminal justice class? You may be able to apply it to your WGS major or minor. Check out our course requirements to see how many credits you already have towards your WGS major or minor!



Having trouble getting a seat in our Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS 210) class as a freshman or sophomore? We’re on it! A special section of WGS 210 is being offered in the Fall of 2018 specifically for you. The class will meet Tuesday/Thursday from 2-3:15PM CRN: 19657



Questions? Email us at wgs@bsu.edu or stop by our office in Burkhardt Building 108!

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Are you a freshman or sophomore and passionate about equality?

Contributed by: Courtney Jarrett
Published: Monday, 09 April 2018 12:00 PM
Are you a freshman or sophomore and passionate about equality?

The Women’s & Gender Studies program is offering a course just for you! This fall (2018) an Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies course (WGS 210) will be offered specifically for underclassmen! Taught by our doctoral assistant, Ashleigh “Bing” Bingham, the class has been thoughtfully designed to cover as much from women's voting rights to Beyonce as possible. The class will meet Tuesday/Thursday from 2-3:15PM CRN: 19657

Not sure what Women’s & Gender Studies is? Check out our website (http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/wgs) and Facebook (Facebook.com/BSUWGS) for more information!
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