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Ball State’s Fred Meyer Lecture Series to Feature Sharon Louden

By Audrey Barcio, Assistant Professor of Art— Muncie, IN—Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Visual Arts. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University,…

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Activist to Discuss Legacy of Landmark Civil Rights Case as Part of MLK Day

By BSU Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN—Activist Cheryl Brown Henderson will discuss the legacy of the landmark desegregation Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education on February 2 as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Unity Week observances at Ball State University. She is the founding president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research and a daughter of the lead plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. The virtual presentation begins at…


Miss Ball State: We Can Get Through This Pandemic Together 

By BSU Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN– As Miss Ball State, Anastasia Sharp-Keller is using her influence to encourage her peers to pay attention to their own physical and mental health as they endure the pandemic. Sharp-Keller, 21, is a senior and a first-generation student from Vincennes Indiana. She is studying psychological science with minors in autism spectrum disorders and sociology and expects to graduate in May 2021. Before transferring to Ball State, she attended Vincennes University. “’We should be one…


‘Christmas Star’ Celestial Event Coming Up on December 21 

By BSU Marketing & Communications— MUNCIE, Indiana – When Jupiter and Saturn appear close together in the night sky on December 21, their combined light might be what the Bible’s nativity story in the Gospel of Matthew called the Star of Bethlehem, according to faculty and staff at Ball State University. “People have long wondered if the Star of Bethlehem could be explained by natural celestial events. Some astronomers believe the ‘star’ may have been a series of celestial events,” said…


Ball State University Announces Gift to Construct ‘Brown Family Amphitheater’  

By BSU Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN – During its final Board of Trustees meeting of 2020, Ball State University announced an additional $2.8 million gift from Charles W. Brown that will fund an outdoor performance and gathering space named the Brown Family Amphitheater.   The Board approved a resolution to name the grand lawn amphitheater in honor of Brown, a 1971 graduate of Ball State and a longtime donor to the University.  “The beauty of our campus is one of the many reasons students choose Ball State University,” President Geoffrey S. Mearns said. “The Brown Family…


Expressions of Gratitude Can Lift Spirits During Holidays, says Ball State Professor 

By BSU Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN– While concerns about COVID-19 and other issues might have people feeling stressed this holiday season, a dose of gratitude could be the boost families need to lift spirits, according to a Ball State University professor. “Gratitude is a sincere expression of thankfulness and appreciation,” said Jill Walls, a professor of early childhood youth and family studies in Teachers College. “When we step into a grateful mindset, it increases our positive perceptions of our lives.”…


Parents Can Create New Halloween Traditions During Pandemic 

By BSU Marketing and Communications— MUNCIE, Indiana – If communities follow new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Halloween, families should consider creating new traditions that do not involve trick-or-treating, parties, and get-togethers, said Jill Walls, an associate professor of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies at Ball State University. On Monday, the CDC posted guidance for the holidays, including Halloween. The federal agency warns people to avoid higher risk activities, including door-to-door trick-or-treating; attending crowded,…


Mid-American Conference Honors BSU Journalism Professor Jennifer Palilonis

By BSU Marketing and Communications— Muncie, IN – Jennifer Palilonis, a journalism professor at Ball State University, is being recognized by the Mid-American Conference for her work in shepherding the next generation of communication professionals. Palilonis, the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Multimedia Journalism, is the recipient of the 2019-20 Mid-American Conference Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. The MAC announced the award Friday morning, October 23, 2020. The award celebrates the commitment of MAC universities to provide…


Four Events in Five Days: The Arts are Thriving at Ball State

By Sam Mumbower — Muncie, IN— There are many opportunities to celebrate the arts at Ball State University from September 24-29, including an exhibition of 20th-century women artists, a showcase of musical talent, a dance concert, and an orchestra concert. Ball State has many precautions in place to ensure the safety of the campus community members and visitors who attend these events in person. Masks are required in all campus buildings, and available seats will be marked to ensure physical…


Ball State’s Urban Planning Program Now Has Storefront at Muncie Mall

MUNCIE, Indiana – Students in Ball State University’s Urban Planning program have set up shop in the Muncie Mall to help community leaders develop a Comprehensive Plan for Delaware County. A former storefront now serves as a community design center where students can host meetings, conduct research and interact with residents as they help build a framework for the community’s future. Financial support for leasing the 8,900 square-foot space came from the City of Muncie, the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission,…