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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…


Public Forum for Muncie Community Schools Board Applicants Set for June 12

By: Ball State University — Muncie, IN — Ball State University will have a public forum June 12 in connection with the selection process for the new Muncie Community Schools (MCS) board. The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Muncie Central High School, 801 N. Walnut St., and it will be livestreamed at bsu.edu/live. Finalists for the school board will share why they are interested in serving. The Ball State Board of Trustees will meet June 25, 2018, to…


Ball State Professor to Introduce Movies During Turner Classic Movies ‘Mad About Musicals’

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Ready to sing, dance and learn? Film lover and Ball State telecommunications professor Vanessa Ament will provide on-air film introductions in June when Turner Classic Movies (TCM) pays homage to Hollywood musicals during “Mad about Musicals,” which is part of a free online course created by the university. Ament, the Edmund F. and Virginia B.Ball Endowed Chair of Telecommunications, will introduce films during the first week of June with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz and promises her…


Ball State Hires UConn Executive As New Athletics Director

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN – Geoffrey S. Mearns, the president of Ball State University, has selected Beth Goetz as the new Athletics Director. Ms. Goetz will join Ball State in June after serving as the chief operating officer of the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) athletics department since 2016. She will succeed Mark Sandy, who is retiring. President Mearns said he selected Ms. Goetz after a thorough national search, noting her extensive leadership experience, including key positions held at Butler…


Community Comes Together As Ball State Takes Historic Step For Muncie Community Schools

By: Ball State University— Muncie, IN — The Ball State University Board of Trustees passed a resolution today to accept the responsibility to appoint a new school board to manage the Muncie Community Schools (“MCS”). The community is already showing its support by collaborating with Ball State to help MCS thrive. Rick Hall, chair of the Board of Trustees, noted that this is the first time a public university has assumed such a responsibility for local public schools. “Ball State…