November 17, 2014

Reminder: GIS Day 2014 Mapping Workshops


On Wednesday, November 19, the Ball State University GIS Knowledge Group, in collaboration with Ball State University Libraries, will be hosting GIS Mapping Workshops in honor of National GIS Day.

All workshops will be held in Bracken Library room 224 (the GIS Research and Map Collection) and will be open to students, faculty, and staff. Reservations aren't required but would be appreciated. Please contact Angie Gibson at if you would like to register in advance.

11:00-11:45 a.m., ArcGIS Online
Instructor: Angie Gibson, Ball State University Libraries

This presentation will outline ArcGIS Online features available to faculty, staff and students and explain how to access them. During this session attendees will learn how to:
·         Obtain access to the BSU ArcGIS Online account and set up class groups
·         Add and search for content
·         Use analysis tools within ArcGIS Online
·         Find out what apps are available within ArcGIS Online (Business Analyst Online, ArcGIS Collector, Community Analyst, ArcGIS Pro)

1:00-2:00 p.m., ArcPad Basics
Instructor: Joel Bump, State of Indiana

This high-level demonstration of how to use ArcPad for field inventory will involve:
·         Defining an item that a user would wish to go in the field and inventory
·         Setting up a data file (shapefile) and related form
·         Setting up a basic map for ArcPad
·         Collecting data points
·         Finally bringing the data back to ArcMap

2:00-3:00 p.m., Advanced ArcPad
Instructor: Joel Bump, State of Indiana

This is a discussion on the more advanced topics of ArcPad; it will be more interactive with the audience to answer their questions. Topics may include (depending on the audience questions):
·         Custom Form/Code development
·         Alternative data sources (ArcSDE, ArcServer, ArcGIS Online)
·         Integration of photos and related tables
·         Integration of various hardware options (GPS pucks, range finders, data collectors)
·         Real time or post processing GPS corrections

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David Letterman Speaker - Brian Storm

We are pleased to announce this week's David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series presented by multimedia storyteller Brian Storm.

Storm will present at Ball State University in the Student Center Ballroom on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

November 14, 2014

Outstanding Awards 2014-2015 Call for Nominations

Each year a faculty selection committee selects recipients for nine very significant awards presented to colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to the university community. Please consider nominating colleagues that you know should be recognized by their peers for their important contribution to Ball State.

The coversheet for each category and the Nomination and Screening Process information can be found on the web page of the Office of the Associate Provost.

October 30, 2014

Ball State Research Week 2014
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Don't forget to RSVP your favorite sessions!

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October 23, 2014

Research Week 2014

 --Monday, Nov. 17 - Friday, Nov. 21 2014--

"Research Week 2014” is a week-long professional development opportunity for faculty and professional staff seeking to learn more about sponsored programs. Through a number of one-hour sessions throughout the week, participants will develop new skills, gain valuable knowledge about grantseeking, learn about potential sponsors, and professionalize their approach to the proposal development process.

Current Schedule as of November 17, 2014.
Additional sessions may be added.  LIKEus on Facebook for updates and check back often.

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To See Full (Tentative) Schedule in the SPO Blog click the page-jump:

October 20, 2014

Call for Proposals: Cohen Peace Fellowship

The call to submit proposals for the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship is now open! The Fellowship provides support to conduct basic or applied research on topics related to peace. Ball State faculty members AND graduate students are eligible to apply.

  • Faculty Members: Funds may be used for salary, supplies, expenses, and/or travel. Preference will be given to tenure track faculty members at Ball State University. 
  • Graduate Students: Funds may be used for assistantship stipend, supplies, expenses, and/or travel and may also include tuition remission during the academic time period of the fellowship. 
Completed applications and all required materials are due to the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) by 5:00 PM on November 3, 2014. SPO will route the University Clearance Sheet and forward the completed applications to the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. The Cohen Proposal Evaluation Committee will then review the proposals.

For more information on how to apply for the fellowship, visit:

Contact the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at 285-1622 or

October 14, 2014

Discovery Award Grant Application Now Available - Due 11/17


Discovery is a women's collaborative philanthropic group established to support projects and programs at Ball State University.

Discovery members are volunteers who pool annual contributions and work with university administrators to select the projects they support.

Discovery members encourage projects that significantly impact Ball State students, offer immersive learning opportunities, and have potential for other external funding in the future. The maximum grant request amount is $20,000.00.

Discovery will consider funding for: specialized equipment, student assistant wages, graduate assistantships, program administrative costs, and summer stipend (salary is capped at $2,500; plus additional fringe benefits).

Discovery will not consider funding for: faculty release time, computer equipment, general office equipment, or indirect costs.

For guidelines, cover page, and application please visit the Discovery Award webpage:

October 09, 2014

Publications Graduate Assistant position now available for the '14-'15 academic year and summer 2015: apply now! (Deadline: October 17, 2014)

Ball State University
Graduate Assistantship Available

The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) announces a full-time (20 hrs/week) graduate assistantship available for the Spring 2015 semester with potential for continuing in Summer Semester 2015 and beyond.

Position Title:                        Publications Assistant

Position Reportage:             The graduate assistant reports to the Director of the Sponsored Programs Office and designee, Proposal Manager / Research Editor.

October 08, 2014

Student Produced Documentary Premiers

On Thursday, September 25th, Ball State Telecommunications faculty member Chris Flook and a team of Ball State students premiered their documentary A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie. The documentary was presented to a standing room only crowd in the Indiana Room of Minnetrista Cultural Center. After the presentation audience member were introduced to the student production team and were given the chance to ask questions.

A Legacy Etched in Glass is part of a larger immersive learning project exploring community development initiatives in the City of Muncie. This project was funded by a generous grant from the Ball Brothers Foundation. An additional series about Muncie's quality of life efforts titled Primacy of Place and a short documentary series about non-profit organizations in Delaware County are being produced concurrently. Both series will debut fully in spring 2015.

The full film is available online at: To learn more about the project, please contact Chris Flook at or visit:

Outstanding Researcher and Creative Endeavor of the Year (2013-2014)

Tom Holtgraves
Researcher of the Year - "Understanding Ambiguity"
Professor of Psychology, Ball State University

Matt Mullins - 28:00
Creative Endeavor of the Year -
Assistant Professor of English, Ball State University

Each year, the Outstanding Researcher of the Year and recipient of the Outstanding Creative Endeavor of the year are announced at the annual faculty fall convocation.  The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) hosts a presentation event each year for the Research of the Year and Creative Endeavor awardee to lecture and display or discuss their work for the campus community.