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3 Ball State Programs Earn Top 25 Rankings In U.S. News & World Report

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Three Ball State University online programs finished in the top 25 in national rankings released recently by U.S. News & World Report. Since U.S. News started ranking online programs six years ago, Ball State has always had degrees in the top 25. Those recognized in the 2019 “Best Online Programs” are: 13th – Master of Business Administration (MBA) 13th – Graduate nursing 25th – Bachelor’s degrees Each program improved from its 2018 ranking. The MBA climbed…


First Amendment Expert To Speak at Ball State on January 23

By: Sheryl Swingley— Muncie, IN—Veteran journalist Gene Policinski, who is president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C., will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Cardinal Hall of the Student Center at Ball State University. The title of Policinski’s presentation is “The Real Threats to a Free Press: Bodies, Bytes and Benign Neglect.” Policinski’s presentation is part of Ball State University’s Department of Journalism’s 50th anniversary celebration and the university’s 100th anniversary. Ball…


Owsley Museum To Feature Centennial Exhibition On Hoosier Impressionist Couple

By: Rachel Buckmaster— Muncie, IN — The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) presents a special opportunity to view more than 90 works of art by Muncie’s most important Impressionist painters. “Impressions of Love: J. Ottis and Winifred Brady Adams, a Ball State University Centennial Exhibition” is on view from January 24 through May 19, 2019. Commemorating Ball State’s Centennial with this unique exhibition, “Impressions of Love” celebrates the art and marriage of the noted painters, whose art was fostered…


Creative Professional Travis Abels to Speak at Ball State

By: Sheryl Swingley— Muncie, IN—Travis Abels, a creative advertising professional, artist, editor and storyteller, who splits his time between Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles; and New York City, will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Ballroom of the Student Center at Ball State University. The title of his presentation is “Throw Away Process and Just Play.” The presentation is free and open to the public. His visit to Ball State is sponsored by the university’s Department of Journalism…


Ball State’s United Way Campaign Makes $267,000 Impact On Delaware County

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications—  Muncie, Indiana — Ball State University faculty and staff donated approximately $182,000 to support the United Way of Delaware County in 2018. With matching grants from the Ball Brothers Foundation and Indiana United Ways, the campaign’s impact is more than $267,000. The 2018 on-campus campaign, which took place from September 19 to November 30, exceeded the $157,000 raised in 2017. In 2018, a record 91 donors were leadership givers, who made contributions of $500…


Ball State Adds Online Master’s in Information and Communication Sciences

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications— Muncie, Indiana – To train American workers for technology-based jobs, Ball State University will soon offer an online version of its highly regarded master’s in information and communication sciences. Beginning with the Spring semester, Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) will launch its online master of science in addition to its on-campus degree. On campus or online, the 38-credit-hour program that can be completed in as soon as 18 months. The program features…


Ball State Student Interns For Intelligence Service

By: Jillian Wilschke— Muncie, Indiana — For Ball State student Nicolas Egierski of Granger, Indiana, a junior computer science major and ROTC cadet, putting his skills learned in the classroom to good use was just one of many unique opportunities offered through his internship with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which manages the United States’ intelligence satellites. “During my time as an intern last summer, I was placed in a special programs office that focused on delivering automated capabilities to discover,…


Ball State University Developing Incentive-Based Budget

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications— Muncie, Indiana – Ball State University’s Board of Trustees recently discussed implementing a more decentralized, incentive-based approach to budgeting designed to better align the allocation of resources with the priorities of a new strategic plan. “The new model will incentivize all colleges and units to promote student success, stimulate strategic growth, encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, and support academic excellence,” said President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “The current budget model has served us well for many…


Digital Marketing Summit Returns to BSU in 2019

By: Kari Wissel— Muncie, Indiana – The Center for Advancement of Digital Marketing and Analytics is once again hosting a Digital Marketing Summit at Ball State University’s Alumni Center on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Perfect for small business owners, non-profit staff, and marketing professionals, the Digital Marketing Summit is an affordable, educational opportunity for the Muncie community. CADMA’s Digital Marketing Summit will begin with a light breakfast and networking activities followed by the keynote speaker, Mitch Causey of Lessonly.  Causey will…


Ball State Researcher: When Giving Presents, Share Something You Like

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, Indiana—As the holidays are fast approaching, millions of Americans are hunting for the perfect present. There are two strategies, says Andy Luttrell, a psychological science professor at Ball State University: recipient-focused and giver-focused. “By being recipient-focused, you are looking for a present that that signifies the likes and dislikes of the person who will receive it,” he says. “For example, you buy a person a book by his or her favorite author.” With the second strategy, you seek a…