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"Reconsidering Business Planning and Venture Development: Does it Matter?"

Contributed by: Brennen Charles
Published: Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:00 AM

“Reconsidering Business Planning and Venture Development: Does it Matter?”

5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Cardinal Hall
Discussion and reception to follow, Music Lounge

Business planning is pervasive in entrepreneurship education today. However, academic debate about the value of business planning is longstanding. In this presentation, Marvel discusses the major challenges in business planning research. Using recent data collected from new technology-based startups in the Midwest he advances a new perspective in business planning research—while considering if, and when, planning promotes venture development.

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Las Libres: The Story Continues

Contributed by: Julie Eiser
Published: Thursday, 26 February 2015 8:30 AM

The Office of Institutional Diversity at Ball State University (BSU) is pleased to invite you to the film screening of the documentary Las Libres: The Story Continues (2014) directed by Gustavo Montaña and produced by Deborah Billings and Verónica Cruz Sánchez.

This event is a precursor to “Women’s Week” celebrated at BSU. The screening will be held on Thursday, March 19 (Whitinger Business Building, Room 144) at 6:00 pm. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles (duration 95 minutes).

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Making Sense of Motivation Terminology, featuring Associate Professor of Educational Psychology S. Serena Shim, Ph.D.

Contributed by: Sherri Beaty
Published: Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:00 AM
Join us for the final presentation of the 2014-15
Teachers College Dean's Sabbatical Lecture Series

Making Sense of Motivation Terminology
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Johnson Executive Seminar Room, Teachers College Room 1008

Featuring S. Serena Shim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

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Jewish Studies Summer Workshop

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Tuesday, 24 February 2015 8:00 AM
Course Development Summer Workshop for Faculty and Teaching Graduate Students Learn more.

Director of immersive learning Jennifer Blackmer places second in national playwright competition

Contributed by: Gail L. Werner
Published: Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:00 AM
Jennifer Blackmer, director of immersive learning and associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been nationally recognized for her skills as a playwright. Blackmer’s play, Unraveled, was selected as second place winner from 150 submissions made to the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)’s Award for Excellence in Playwrighting. Learn more.

University presents immersive learning awards to faculty

Contributed by: Gail L. Werner
Published: Wednesday, 18 February 2015 4:00 PM
Five faculty members were honored Feb. 17 for their mentoring of student teams that completed outstanding immersive learning projects in the last two years. Learn more.

Register for the Great Lakes Counseling Psychology Conference at Ball State University

Contributed by: Kerry Smith
Published: Tuesday, 17 February 2015 2:00 PM
We invite you to Register for the Great Lakes Counseling Psychology Conference at Ball State University! The Conference will be held Friday and Saturday March 27th and 28th in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Register Here by March 15th and receive the discounted rate of $65 for Students and $90 for Professionals. Registration includes a Friday evening social hour, and a Saturday breakfast and lunch. The conference features Keynote Speaker Dr. Michael Mobley, President of the Society for Counseling Psychology and Invited Speakers on Military Psychology, Suicide Prevention, Health Service Psychology, Ethics, and LGBT issues. 3 CEUs are available for licensed psychologists and mental health counselors for an additional $30. Learn more.

Publications and Intellectual Properties Committee Spring Deadline

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Monday, 16 February 2015 7:30 AM
Ball State University’s Publications and Intellectual Properties Committee
(PIPC) is a Standing Committee of the University Senate. PIPC receives requests
for support for faculty-authored publications and makes funding recommendations
to the Provost. Manuscripts must be completed for consideration.

The next deadline is Monday, March 15, 2015.

Consultation with the Committee Chair, Steve Ratchford or SPO Director Dr. Justin Miller, is highly advised prior to application submission.

Please see program guidelines and application form.
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Scholarship Forms are now available.

Contributed by: Tamara Edwards
Published: Thursday, 12 February 2015 5:00 PM
Forms are now online at the Modern Languages and Classics Web Page. Learn more.

Advanced Placement Summer Institute registration now open

Contributed by: Raychelle Wilson
Published: Sunday, 08 February 2015 10:00 AM
Registration is now open for The Indiana Academy 2015 Advanced Placement Summer Institute, which will be held July 13-16 & 20-23. Nineteen sessions will be held in a variety of disciplines. For more information, visit or contact Raychelle Wilson at This APSI is endorsed by the College Board. Learn more.

Swaziland Food Security Project

Contributed by: Karee Buffin
Published: Friday, 30 January 2015 2:00 PM
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management is offering a unique global learning experience in Mhlosheni, Swaziland during Summer 2015. The six-week field experience will take place from May 11-June 19, 2015 (*tentative dates*).

The Swaziland Food Security Program will connect Ball State students with members of the Mhlosheni community, University of Swaziland students and faculty, and representatives of SOHO to assess dietary needs in the community and design a sustainable agricultural system to meet those needs. Students will also consult with community residents regarding product development and other opportunities for income generation built around the agricultural system. Course credit will be offered for NREM 357 International Community Development and NREM 304 Sustainable Agriculture. Students from all departments are welcome to participate and academic credit may be arranged, accordingly.

Please Contact Megan Sharp at: for more information on this opportunity.
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Save the Date - March 19, 2015

Contributed by: Julie Eiser
Published: Thursday, 29 January 2015 9:00 AM

Do you want to improve the science laboratory experience of ALL students, especially those with mental health issues?

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Undecided? Check out a dozen majors in business!

Contributed by: Victoria Meldrum
Published: Wednesday, 28 January 2015 2:30 PM
The Miller Connections Program allows you to get to know each of the 12 majors offered by the Miller College of Business.  Discover what a degree in business can do for you!
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Senior Research Grants Program

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Thursday, 15 January 2015 7:30 AM
Organization Issuing Grant: Indiana Academy of Science
Grant Title: Senior Research Grants Program
Abstract/Summary: The Indiana Academy of Science Senior Research Grants Program makes awards of up to $3000 to Academy members or students they sponsor to purchase supplies, support travel and field expenses, pay research assistants, and provide other items required to conduct novel scientific research. The deadlines for the submission of proposals to the chair of the Research Grants Committee are 15 September and 1 March of each year (see below for deadline details).
If you have questions e-mail
Award Amount: Maximum $3000
Deadline: March 1 (Next Cycle Due on September 15)
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policies and procedures regarding students with disabilities

Contributed by: Courtney Jarrett
Published: Sunday, 28 December 2014 9:00 AM
Ball State has a long and proud history of being a welcoming and accessible campus for students with disabilities, and over 650 students used at least one service from the office of Disability Services last year. I ask that you please review the information below regarding policies & procedures in working with students with disabilities. Please contact me (; 285-5293; Student Center 116) if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of these items.

Thank you,
Larry Markle, Director
Disability Services
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