June 30, 2011

Deadline Nears for IAC's Technical Assistance Grant Application

From the Indiana Arts Commission: Arts:92:

Organizations interested in applying for the IAC's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) grants have until July 18, 2011 to complete the application process.

This is a two-year grant program which provides up to $5,000 each year to assist organizations in providing services to their constituents that would help strengthen them as community arts providers.

The TAP grants provide resources to eligible organizations with appropriate, realistic strategies for developing individual and

organizational skills that would strengthen the capacity to meet at least one of three core objectives: build stronger arts organizations; develop stronger communities through arts partnerships; or advance the role of the arts in public and private education and personal development.

Organizations are strongly encouraged to review the program guidelines by clicking here.

Applications must be submitted through the Indiana Cultural Grants Online no later than 4:30 p.m. (EDT) July 18, 2011.

June 28, 2011

"Redesigning Cancer": Hospital gowns with style and function in mind

The Family and Consumer Science Department donated several new and improved hospital gowns to the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in a ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the Ball State Museum of Art. The immersive learning project, titled "Redesigning Cancer," used a $17,000 grant to create 200 prototypes — 40 gowns for each of the five designs.

The design students interviewed patients in the oncology unit, getting their input on what the patients would like to see in a hospital gown and finding ways to incorporate the patients' medical needs, such as easy accessibility for nurses to IVs and tubing, with their desires for modesty and style.

As part of the immersive learning experience, the students are responsible for every aspect of the project, including ordering the hundreds of yards of material necessary for the gowns. Overseeing the "Redesigning Cancer" project are instructors Valerie Birk and Trenton Bush of the Family and Consumer Science Department.

Read more at TheStarPress.com, the BSU Daily News, and the BSU NewsCenter

June 22, 2011

BBC Fellows now recruiting for Fall projects

Building Better Communities (BBC) is currently recruiting students for fall 2011 immersive learning projects. BBC Fellows, Emerging Media Fellows and Health Fellows projects allow you to work with an interdisciplinary team to help address a specific challenge for an Indiana business or organization. If selected for a project team, you will gain valuable technical skills, network with potential future employers, and attend professional development training at no cost to you. Selected students are also eligible to apply for a Fellows Leadership Award. Students with leadership experience or special skills in emerging media may apply for this award, which involves a $1,000 scholarship to assist with tuition.

We are now accepting applications for the following projects:


  • CASA - Volunteer Training and Recruitment Strategies for Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Charter Schools: Patterns of Innovation - A New Architecture for a New Education
  • Hillcroft Services: Awareness through Marketing
  • Indiana Youth Institute: Positive Youth Development through Sport
  • Old Stories Made New - The Life of George Rogers Clark
  • Parkview Hospital: Planting Healthy Seeds

For more information about the projects listed above or to apply online, click here. Most Fellows projects are available for 3-credit hours, and the program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

June 06, 2011

Cohen Peace Fellowship Program: September 19

The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies is pleased to announce a call to submit proposals for the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship. The Fellowship provides support to conduct basic or applied research on topics related to peace.

For the 2011-12 academic year, Ball State faculty members AND graduate students are eligible to apply.

For 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.

For 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 September 19, 2011. 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 the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship website  or contact the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.