Hello everyone and welcome to our monthly Good News outlet. 2022 has officially arrived and we’ve already gone full swing into the new year!


  • The award winning, Emmy nominated television host and Ball State alumnus, Brandon Pope, spoke to our Ball State community January 18th, in honor of MLK Day.
  • Ball State graduate Kaitlyn Helmer ’17 and Marcy Meyer, an Associate Professor of Communication Studies, have just been accepted for publication of a Book Chapter they co-authored.


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Faculty and Staff

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

  • Minnetrista is hosting a kick-off celebration for Black History Month on February 5th at 10am. One of our faculty members, Beth Messner, is a member of the MLK Dream Team at Minnetrista and has helped plan the event!
  • Come out and support Dean Turner in the Dean’s Shoot Out on February 15th in Worthern Arena at 7PM!  Dean’s with students from their college will race to shoot the most free throws for half time activities. Bring your friends, wear your CCIM shirt, and cheer on the College of Communication, Information, and Media!
  • The Ball State University Student Symposium challenges students to present a creative or scholarly project while competing for scholarship awards and gaining valuable insight from faculty and staff judges.
    • The Student Symposium will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, on campus at Worthen Arena from 1–4 p.m. The Ball State community and the general public are invited to attend to browse the presentations.
    • Registration will run throughout February 2022. The symposium team will send out a link to the registration form and a list of guidelines at a later date. All entries will require the support of a faculty mentor.
  • The “Women Working in Technology Conference: Resilience” was held virtually in support of all diverse people in technology. Produced by the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) and supported by their alumni and tech organizations it was a day reflecting the WWiT goals to connect, educate, and inspire this and the next generation of women and all diverse people in technology.  Most of the sessions were led by CICS alumni such as Krista Ewing, Kaitlin Franke, Katie Meloche, and Kasia Majkowski and the Closing Keynote was alumna Karen Mangia, VP Customer & Market Insights, Salesforce.
  • Sunshine Week is back the week of March 21st! This national initiative of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Reporters Committee celebrates and maintains awareness of the importance of access to public information necessary to maintain an informed citizenry.
  • The 100th anniversary of the Ball State Daily News will be celebrated with an Open House-type event on March 31, 2022. Please come down and celebrate with us! They also secured a proclamation from the Statehouse to mark the occasion!
  • The Vernon C. Schranz Distinguished Lectureship in Public Relations, the nation’s first endowed public relations lectureship, is proudly hosted by Ball State University’s School of Journalism and Strategic Communication.Join us March 30, 2022 as we celebrate the work of the nationally recognized Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at the University of Alabama. Plank Center Director Dr. Karla Gower is our keynote speaker and the Plank Center’s founding director, Dr. Bruce Berger, will be honored with our National Public Relations Achievement Award.Follow this link to register and learn more details.
  • Ball State’s renowned journalism conference is growing! CCIM’s JDay+ will feature all the things you’ve grown to love about this one-day, in-person workshop, but will now include even more hands-on, engaging sessions taught in collaboration with Ball State’s Emerging Media Design and Development, eSports, the Department of Media, Communication Studies and the Center for Information and Communication Sciences! More info is coming soon, but until then, save the date for April 29th, 2022.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Attend a game: Not many parents and friends are able to make games at 3:15 p.m. Come cheer on the girls during one of the following contests (masks required inside school buildings):
    • Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 3:15 p.m., West View Elementary, 3401 W. Gilbert St. 
    • Thursday, Feb. 3, at 3:15 p.m., Longfellow Elementary, 1900 E. Centennial Ave.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 3:15 p.m., Grissom Elementary, 3201 S. Macedonia Ave.
    • Thursday, Feb. 10, at 3:15 p.m., West View Elementary, 3401 W. Gilbert St. 
    • Tournament TBD: February 15/17, 22/24 (if available, email kelliott@bsu.edu, and she will share details when she get them).
  • Send an encouraging message: These girls are working hard to learn this new skill. Let’s motivate them with encouraging messages, quotes, etc. Email or text (765-283-6946) videos or messages. Consider one of the following:
    • Take a quick video of your class cheering on the West View All-Stars.
    • Record a short video of you sharing a quote or encouraging words. 
    • Ask a student-athlete in one of your classes to record a short, motivational video message.
    • Email kelliott@bsu.edu a message or a handwritten note via campus mail, and she will share it with the team.
  • Snacks: About 15 girls are on the team, and 12 or so of them never have snacks after school. “We don’t have food at home,” a few of them told me yesterday. I am bringing extra granola bars or crackers, etc. to practice, but if you are at the store this week and want to grab a bag of pretzels, granola bars, fruit snacks, cracker packs, etc. … Kate will gladly bring them to after-school games and practices.
  • Contact Kate Elliott for more details about volunteering with Muncie Community Schools or the 8Twelve Coalition.
  • Currently, West View Elementary is looking for student, faculty, and staff volunteers to help in various ways:
  • If you are interested in volunteering with Muncie Community Schools, you must be vaccinated, masked, and approved by Safe Hiring Solutions.
  • Speak as a representative for the College of Communication, Information and Media at Ball State’s Preview Days. Contact Brea Cunningham (brea.cunningham@bsu.edu) for more information.
    • Upcoming Spring 2022 Preview Days
      • Saturday, March 19th, 2022
      • Saturday, April 23rd, 2022

What to Watch

Did you know?

  • Did you know that for the past 27 years, the Student Symposium has encouraged interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about the topics that are most engaging to them? The symposium also provides an opportunity to discuss work with a broader audience than what is usually found in the classroom!

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