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Ball State Graduate Helps Design 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Floor

By: Marc Ransford— Indianapolis, IN—On social media, the NCAA unveiled a design for the basketball court that will host the 2019 men’s basketball Final Four in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The design was developed by Connor O’Malia, a 2013 Ball State graduate, who is a designer at Section 127, a full-service creative and marketing agency located in downtown Indianapolis. Section 127 is partnering with the NCAA to provide design work for the organization’s national championships. O’Malia, who graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High…

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‘Dialogue Across Differences’ Presentation By Karla Scott To Take Place March 25th At BSU

By: Kiera Helm— Muncie, IN— Karla Scott, director of African American studies at Saint Louis University, will present “Communication, Identity and Context: What We Bring to Dialogue Across Difference,” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Ball State University’s Art and Journalism Building, room 175. Scott’s presentation—which is free and open to the public—will examine the process of human communication with a specific focus on social identity. The award-winning author and professor of commnication will share specific strategies to facilitate…


Women Working in Technology Conference To Be Held March 22 at Ball State

By: Bailey Brianne Shrewsbury— Muncie, IN— Women and male allies are invited to the 11th Annual Women Working in Technology Conference from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Ball State University Alumni Center. With a theme of “Continuous Improvement,” panels and presentations focus on self-empowerment and advancing equity and inclusion within the technology sector. Conference founder Kirsten Smith said the day offers professional and personal development for women working in technology and emerging media fields, with an emphasis on…


Thank A Journalist Day Set For March 13, 2019

By: Jillian Wilschke— Muncie, IN– Thank a Journalist Day, a nationwide campaign initiated by a team of Ball State University advertising and public relations students, will recognize the work that journalists do to empower their communities around the world. Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed March 13 as Thank a Journalist Day, in conjunction with Sunshine Week, a national, non-partisan initiative held annually to focus on the importance of open government, the public’s right to know on local, state and national levels,…


Ball State College of Communication, Information, and Media Celebrates Proud Past, Bright Future

By: Kate Elliott— Muncie, IN — Ball State University’s College of Communication, Information, and Media (CCIM) is hosting a series of dynamic speakers and interactive events to engage Muncie neighbors and the Ball State community in dialogue about issues and trends in journalism, strategic communication, and information technology. As part of its Centennial Celebration, the University spotlights an academic college each month. In March, the university lifts up CCIM’s lasting and innovative impact throughout Ball State’s 100-year history. CCIM Dean…


“Thank a Journalist Day” To Spark Discussion About Local Journalism

By: Eddie Metzger— Muncie, IN—When I was young, I remember crawling around newsroom floors, crumpling wads of paper and tossing them over the cubicle walls of hard-working journalists. I didn’t know then what they were doing or why they were doing it. All I knew was these were good people and they cared about me. They took the time to learn who I was and what made me laugh. Of course, my mom was the editor, so maybe they felt…


Sandra Chapman, WTHR Investigative Reporter, To Be Keynote Speaker During Ball State University’s 2019 Sunshine Week Activities

By: Lisa Renze-Rhodes— Muncie, IN—Investigative journalist and Ball State alumna Sandra Chapman will share her experiences about a multi-year investigation into childhood cancer occurrences in Johnson County, Indiana, as part of 2019 Sunshine Week activities at the university. The results of Chapman’s work include a decision by the United States Senate to direct $1 million in funding for further investigation into the cancer’s reach in the community, along with continued calls by lawmakers and others for the Environmental Protection Agency…


AAUW Offers Scholarship For Nontraditional Students

By: Sheryl Swingley— Muncie, IN—Applications for the American Association of University Women, Muncie Branch, nontraditional student scholarship are due Monday, April 1. The form to apply for the scholarship must be secured no later than Monday, March 25. The scholarship is worth $1,500 and is available for the 2019-2020 academic year, effective Aug. 1, 2019, through July 31, 2020. The scholarship must be used for tuition, health fee, books, and other classroom-related expenses for the year, including summer session. To apply, applicants…


2nd Annual T. Norman Van Cott Lecture in Political Economy and Liberty

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN— The Department of Economics will host the 2nd Annual T. Norman Van Cott Lecture in Political Economy and Liberty on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the Arts & Journalism building, Room 175 on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  Joseph Butz, Chief Operating Office, Kaiser Permanente, will discuss Free Markets and Health Care. Joseph T. Butz serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Delivery System Operations for…


Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Taps Recent BSU Grad to Design His Cleats

By: Nick Werner— Muncie, IN—First Sydney Noland screamed. Then she cried. “I’m sure my downstairs neighbor thought I was out of my mind,” she wrote on her blog. Noland’17, was not out of her mind, but she was overwhelmed with emotion after receiving a text message from a colleague who worked for the Seattle Seahawks. “Guess what? Russell Wilson chose you to design his cleats.” The star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks drafted Noland,to create a design on his shoes…