April 10, 2013

Open Sessions on Supplemental Compensation

Three opportunities are scheduled to address questions about the supplemental compensation policy.

Supplemental Compensation Open Sessions – Bracken Library 215
a.       Tuesday, 4/16/13           11:30 am to 1:00 pm
b.      Wednesday, 4/17/13     11:30 am to 1:00 pm
c.       Thursday, 4/18/13          3:00  to 4:30 pm

This will be an open format for Q&A, as well as discuss policy basics. There will not be a formal presentation.  As time and attendance permit, specific individual scenarios can be reviewed.

These sessions are directed for faculty and professional personnel, individuals who enter supplemental compensation payments, as well as Chairs and Directors who approve supplemental compensation. 

Prior to attending a session, individuals should review the current policy located at http://spo.iweb.bsu.edu/supcomp/SupCompPolicy.pdf.
Supplemental Compensation is defined as “all compensation beyond the employee’s base salary, whether originating internally or externally, and processed through University Payroll and Employee Benefits.” This includes summer teaching.

Please refer all questions to: 
Jacqueline S. Davis, MA, CRA
Proposal Manager and Supplemental Compensation Coordinator
Sponsored Programs Office
Ball State University

April 03, 2013

Selected Grantweek updates from the Grants Resource Center for the week of April 1, 2013

Federal Budget Progress (No April Fool’s Joke)
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed budget plans for FY 13 and FY 14 recently, leaving GRC members one step closer to knowing the future landscape of Federal funding opportunities. It was the Senate’s first budget in four years. The Senate plan calls for almost $1 trillion in tax increases while cutting spending by roughly the same amount over the next decade. The plan addresses higher education by fully funding the Pell Grants Program, increasing aid for existing education programs, and increasing institutional and research support.

According to the Washington Post, the GOP-led House plan would lead to a “radical” reduction in the size of government, making large cuts in healthcare and social programs. The House plan hopes to move funding for higher education away from financial aid to policies that develop more innovative institutional options for students and their families.

Of course, neither of these plans will be implemented as is. Instead, they will set the boundaries for the coming debate. The real battle begins as Senate and House leaders meet to reconcile their competing visions and try to come up with something both chambers can approve and send on to President Obama.

April 02, 2013

Internationally Attended Conference Examines Print Culture

By: Margaret Cude On Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, 2013, researchers from around the world met at the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center for the “Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis Conference,” hosted by the Center for Middletown Studies. “The animating idea of the conference is to explore the ways that printed material was produced, consumed, circulated, and encountered in smaller cities, provincial districts, rural settings, colonial outposts, and comparable contexts,” said Dr. James Connolly, Director for the Center for Middletown Studies and Professor of History.

April 01, 2013

From the NCIIA: E-Team Program for Faculty and Students

Next E-Team Stage 1 Deadline: May 10, 2013

Click here to meet our Fall Stage 1 E-Teams

NCIIA is pleased to announce a NEW E-Team Program, launched in fall 2012. The program provides early-stage support and funding of up to $75,000 for collegiate entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions.
Since 1995, our E-Team grants have been funding collegiate student and student/faculty teams to move ideas out of the lab and classroom and into the marketplace. The 2012-13 E-Team Program enhances this opportunity by providing expert entrepreneurial and venture coaching, experiential workshops, and a potential investment opportunity to help realize the commercial success of the technology inventions and innovations that come through our organization.
Selected E-Team Program participants may also be invited to exhibit their technologies at Open Minds, the annual showcase of breakthrough technologies from NCIIA's top student teams. The 2013 Open Minds exhibition will be held March 22-23 in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, hosted by hosted by its Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

From NCIIA: Course and Program Grants (Deadline May 10th!)

Course and Program grants strengthen existing curricular programs or build new courses and programs in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship.

Upcoming submission deadline: May 10, 2013

Program overview
Course and Program grants are awarded to NCIIA member institutions for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs or building new programs in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Successful Course and Program grant proposals present creative pedagogical approaches that generate and deploy E-Teams*, bringing real-life applications into the classroom setting and beyond.
*What's an E-Team?NCIIA defines an E-Team  as a multidisciplinary group of students, faculty, and industry mentors working together to bring a technology-based invention (product or service) to market. The "E" stands for entrepreneurship.