March 03, 2011

Recap of the 2011 CCIM Student Kaleidoscope Symposium

This year’s CCIM Student Kaleidoscope Symposium was an immersive experience filled with the work of some of Ball State’s best and brightest student researchers. Held in the Letterman Building Lobby on February 24, the symposium highlighted the work of undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Communication, Information, and Media whose research focused on diverse ideas, cultures, and perspectives from both a national and international perspective.

In attendance were 17 presentation groups that each had a unique and creative twist in showcasing their work. In addition to visual displays, participants gave informal verbal descriptions of their research to numerous students, faculty, and staff who were also in attendance.

Three judges were present at the event and evaluated each presentation. This year’s judges were John Emert, Associate Dean of the Honors College; Patricia Lovett, Director of for the Multicultural Center; and Willow King Locke, Assistant Director of the Career Center. Criteria for judging included students’ ability to tie their research into the overall theme of diversity, the visual display of their work, and oral presentation of their data. Winning recipients were rewarded with a small cash prize.

Below is a full list of this year’s student projects. Winning presentations are indicated in parenthesis.
  1. Daniel Cooper, Sarah Brannan, Kevin Grazioli, Jack Meyer, and Jeffery Holiday: "Ball State Goes to China" (winner)
  2. Tayln Cox: "Japanese Religions: A Journey in Real and Virtual Worlds" (winner)
  3. Paula Truex: "Falling Whistles" (winner)
  4. Amy Yount & Megan Burkett: "Cross-Cultural Classroom" (winner)
  5. Kait Buck, Allison Mast, Meagan Sigman, Ben Cronk, and Jordan Dimit: "Powering Innovation and Creativity through Diversity"
  6. Lisa Cappa: "Culture Clash"
  7. Ebony Chappel: "Personalization"
  8. Jessica Choquette: "The Dismissal of Juarez Femicides: Media Framing Analysis"
  9. Joe Clemons, Ebony Chappel, Brad Gray, and Krystal Highbaugh: "Fire Burning, Higher Learning: The Unexamined Story of the Black Student at Ball State University"
  10. Seth Davis: “It’s (Queer) Barbie Bitch!: The Evolution of Nicki Minaj"
  11. Kenzie Grob: "Building Tomorrow at Ball State University"
  12. Brandon Loshe: "Multicultural Center"
  13. Eric Marty & Taylor Ellis: "Finding Common Ground"
  14. Amberly Pressler: "Beyond Hunger: Starving Minds of Central America"
  15. Seth Tanner: "Black Man Can’t Shoot—The Malik Perry Story"
  16. Ben Wagner, Kyle Binder, & Jarrod Jones: "Basketball Beyond Borders"
  17. Lucia Bustabad Lagoa: "Innovation of Modern Languages and Classics Department"


To see more student interviews, visit our SPO YouTube Channel.

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