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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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Indiana Summit for Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions

Contributed by: Sherri Beaty
Published: Monday, 23 May 2016 6:00 AM
The Indiana Summit for Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions takes place Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Horizon Convention Center. Lunch is provided. Registration is free, reservations ARE required.

The summit features two morning sessions, a keynote/lunch presentation, facilitated topic tables, and afternoon Coalition Breakout sessions including:
  • Cultivating early childhood champions
  • Building local coalitions
  • Leveraging existing and new financial resources & braiding funding
  • Using data to make informed decisions and evaluating impact
Hosts and sponsors include: BY5 (Ready for K. Set for Life. Go!); Partnerships for Early Learners/Early learning Indiana; ReadyNation (strengthening business through effective investments in children and youth; and Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee.

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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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Professor To Host Music Production Summer Camp

Contributed by: Patrick Stauffer
Published: Monday, 25 April 2016 9:00 AM
Robert Willey, director of Music Media Production will be leading a Music Production Summer Camp in audio recording from July 11–13, 2016 in the Music Media Production and Industry studios at Ball State University. High school students ages 14–18 will learn the basics of recording, editing, and mixing using Studio One software. The camp runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each of the three days.
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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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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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DesignWorks Summer Academy to be held July 10 - 22

Contributed by: Lori Pence
Published: Monday, 04 April 2016 10:00 AM
DesignWorks Summer Academy, for high school sophomores and juniors, has been called “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 be expert faculty from the College of Architecture and Planning.

Field trips, participating in competitive projects, learning from profession speakers, AND earning 3 hours of college credit are included in the fee. For admission requirements, dates, and to apply go Questions? Contact Melanie Smith at (765) 285-5862.
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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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