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Ball State to Honor Indiana Women of Achievement on March 25

By: Melissa Kraman— Muncie, IN — Ball State University will honor six leaders as Indiana Women of Achievement on Wednesday, March 25, with a panel presentation and dinner. Recognized for their excellence in education, research, and women’s advocacy, these women have enhanced the lives and learning experiences of many and continue to inspire through their admirable work. A panel discussion, “Empowering Women: A Conversation with Indiana Women of Achievement,” will be held at 3 p.m. in L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Room 301….

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New Scholarship Initiative to Benefit Ball State Undergraduate Students From Indiana

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications— Muncie, IN – The George and Frances Ball Foundation and Ball State University are partnering to create an endowed scholarship initiative that will significantly increase financial assistance for undergraduate students from Indiana. The George and Frances Ball Scholars Program also provides incentive for new donors to support Ball State students by matching each dollar raised by Ball State up to $5 million. The initiative will be the largest single investment in student scholarship funding…


NBA to Use Ball State Prof’s ‘Elam Ending’ as Part of All-Star Game

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN – The NBA’s All-Star Game will have a new twist when a new scoring system  created by and named after Ball State University professor Nick Elam becomes part of the nationally-broadcast contest on February 16. The league unveiled its adoption of the Elam Ending last week to its All-Star format as part of its efforts to honor the Kobe Bryant, the 18-time All-Star  who recently perished in a helicopter accident. The Elam Ending…


Ball State Trustees Extend President’s Contract And Elect New Officers

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN — The Ball State Board of Trustees took steps today to maintain the positive momentum of the University by unanimously extending the contract of President Geoffrey S. Mearns and electing new officers, including Renae Conley as chair. His extension is through June 30, 2027. “Ball State is stronger than ever,” said Rick Hall, ’89, who served as Board chair from 2014 until today. “In extending President Mearns’ contract, the Board has taken…


Owsley Museum at Ball State to Feature Modern Paintings by Mexican Artists

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN — The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) at Ball State University will host “Mexican Modernity: 20th-Century Paintings from the Zapanta Collection,” highlighting some of the most significant modern Mexican artists, from January 30 to May 3. Organized chronologically, the exhibition includes Early Masters, Mexican Muralists, Second-Generation Muralists, Introspective artists, the Rupture generation, and the Oaxacan Movement — all groups that represent dynamic moments in the evolution of 20th-century Mexican art. The exhibition…


Ball State Transforms Campus, Launches New Commercial With ‘We Fly’ Refresh

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN — With a campus adorned in bold, new banners and signage, eye-catching billboards on the interstates, an exciting new commercial, and more, Ball State University is building on the success of its We Fly marketing campaign. Ball State launched We Fly two years ago. The goals are to increase awareness of the University’s prestige and quality, emphasize academic strengths, celebrate its perfect size, showcase creativity, and differentiate Ball State from other institutions….


Former Spelman College President To Speak At Ball State In Honor of MLK Jr. Day, Unity Week

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications— Muncie, IN–Dr. Beverly Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, will visit Ball State University on January 21 to as part of the campus’s MLK Jr. Day and Unity Week observances. “A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Pruis Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Ball State’s Excellence in Leadership, Housing and Residence Life, Multicultural Center, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Online and Distance…


Ball State Students Create Sensory Play Wall to Help Children With Disabilities

By: Gabrielle Glass— Muncie, IN – Ball State University students are creating interactive play furniture at the Children’s Foundation in Carmel to help children with disabilities improve coordination, problem-solving, and other skills. Children’s TherAplay provides physical and occupational therapies on horseback for children with diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, and developmental delays. The immersive learning course, led by Dr. Shireen Kanakri, associate professor of interior design, was a continuation from the previous semester,…


Ball State Seeking Ideas to Enhance University’s Strategic Plan

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications— Muncie, IN — The Ball State University Board of Trustees approved today the President’s Strategic Imperative Fund — a $5 million investment to support initiatives that will expedite the implementation of the institution’s strategic plan, Destination 2040: Our Flight Path. During a presentation to the Board, Chief Strategy Officer Sue Hodges Moore described the process by which members of the campus community have been invited to submit proposals that align with any of the plan’s strategic imperatives….


New Study: More Jobs Might Mean More Flu 

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Nearly everyone who wants a job has one, but with the flu season upon us, many workers are getting sick. A Ball State University researcher says that businesses should take precautions in advance of the annual flu season to keep sick workers home and reduce infection rates that send people to physicians in droves. “The Effects of Employment on Influenza Rates” found that a 1 percentage point increase in the employment rate correlates with increases in…