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Ball State Kicks Off Centennial Celebration

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, Indiana – From the “Cardinal” red carpet entrance by former Ball State presidents and other dignitaries, to an emotional rendition of “We Fly” to a heart pounding conclusion with a fireworks display, the campus community came together Thursday, September 6, to kick off a yearlong celebration of University’s 100th anniversary. Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns pointed out that while many things have changed in the University’s first 100 years, the constant has been the values…


BSU Student Proposes Study to Help Drug-Dependent Newborns

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Hannah Fluhler wants the crying to stop. Because of a first-of-its kind fellowship, the Honors College student is assembling a research team to determine if soothing lullaby music combined with gentle rocking will aid newborns suffering from drug withdrawal. Hannah is proposing a pilot study to be conducted in the neonatal intensive care unit at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie after approval by research oversight committees. The study hopes to examine the effects of movement and…


Ball State Athletics, Woof Boom Radio Renew Contract to 2023

By: Shawn Sullivan, Ball State Athletics, Associate Athletic Director of Marketing and Fan Engagement— Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Coaches’ Shows Now on Dedicated Frequencies Muncie, IN. – Ball State University and its athletics multimedia rightsholder, Learfield, announced today a renewed agreement with Woof Boom Radio through the 2022-23 collegiate athletic season. As part of the extended broadcast relationship, the respective Ball State programming carried by Woof Boom stations will be on their own dedicated stations. The new line up begins this…


Ball State To Make Standardized Tests Optional for Admission

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN— Ball State University is making an important change in its admissions process. Ball State will make submitting SAT or ACT scores optional for its next upcoming recruitment class, who will begin their college education in the Fall of 2019. The University is making the change after a deliberative process that began in the Spring of 2017. Ball State is taking this innovative approach to have the flexibility to attract more students who are likely to…


New Look For Ball State’s Scheumann Stadium

By: Kim Rendfeld— Muncie, IN — When Cardinals football fans visit the Ball State campus for the Aug. 30 opening game, they will see Scheumann Stadium, the nearby Alumni Center, and other buildings sporting a new look as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration. Brand new banners, including 80-foot-tall creations at the stadium, were placed on the buildings this week, July 17-18.    


Ball State Roadshow Extends Centennial Celebration Beyond Campus

Muncie, IN—Ball State University is taking its Centennial Celebration to communities throughout Indiana, starting in July. Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the Ball State Centennial Celebration Roadshow will have cupcakes, giveaways, fun for families, and a community service project—assembling literacy kits for local families in partnership with local United Ways. The first stop will be in Gas City on July 24. The roadshow will come to South Bend on September 7 and Valparaiso on October 21, and several more visits…


Ball State Announces New Social Work Master’s Program

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—From the opioid epidemic to aging baby boomers, new and emerging societal challenges have created a dire need for licensed clinical social workers in Indiana and across the nation. To help meet this demand, Ball State University has created a new Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The recently approved program in the Department of Social Work will provide advanced clinical and management training for students starting in Fall 2019. “This new degree reflects the University’s…


Ball State University Appoints New Muncie Community Schools Board

By: Marc Ransford— MUNCIE, Indiana — Today, the Ball State University Board of Trustees appointed a new seven-member board to govern the Muncie Community Schools (“MCS”). “I am grateful that these seven leaders are willing to assume this important new responsibility of overseeing the future of our local schools. I am confident they will serve with skill, courage, civility, and compassion,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “Each member of this new board has a passion for Muncie and…


Ball State Selected as Finalist For Community Engagement Scholarship Award

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—In recognition of its extraordinary community outreach initiatives, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today selected Ball State University as one of four regional winners of the 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. As regional winners, Ball State, University of Florida, Texas Tech University, and Virginia Tech will represent and compete for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which will be announced during the APLU Annual Meeting November 11-13…


Help Shape Ball State’s Next Strategic Plan. Please Take Our Survey

By: Geoffrey S. Mearns— As president of Ball State University, I am pleased to report that our faculty, staff, and students have been hard at work laying the groundwork for our University’s new strategic plan—a plan that will shape the vision for what Ball State will become in our second century. Our strategic planning process, titled “Spreading Our Wings,” got underway earlier this year. Throughout the Spring, we held eight open forums on campus, each focusing on a different strategic…