Happy November cardinals and welcome back to our Good News outlet! With the year coming to a close, we’ve got all sorts of awards, events, and even volunteer opportunities to close out the semester. The Ball State campus is bustling like never before!


  • Emerson Lenmann (SJSC) was nominated for an Emmy, winners will be announced in December!


  • The Ball State Sports Link team produced two ESPN shows this week, covering the close of the women’s volleyball season. Featuring Tristan Fluhr as producer and Jovanni Alcantar as director. Lexi Eblen, Dominick Liacone, and Emma Potter are the announcer team for the broadcast.
  • The Ball State Daily News was one of only 19 newspapers in the country to earn a Pacemaker from the Associated Collegiate Press. This is the fourth year in a row that the Daily News has earned a Pacemaker.
  • Ball Bearings Magazine became recognized as the country’s second-best Four-Year School News Magazine by the College Media Association.
  • The McKinley Avenue Agency earned a first-place Pinnacle Award, given by the College Student Media Association.
  • In this piece about college students’ feelings on campus following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, The Washington Post partnered with several college newspapers across the country to garner student responses, including The Ball State Daily News.

Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. Adam Kuban, Professor of Journalism, has been elected as the Board Member of Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Representative for District 4, representing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Dr. Kuban’s two-year term begins in April 2023 at BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas.
  • Beth Messner (Communication Studies) and colleagues Kendra Lowery, Kiesha Warren-Gordon, WaTasha Barnes-Griffin, and Robbie Lowery, recently presented their research in social justice activism to the Fall Retreat of Community-Engaged Alliance (formerly Indiana Campus Compact). Their presentation, entitled “Black Hoosiers’ Excellence and Resistance,” detailed the results of a pilot study that involved a multi-day field trip to sites important to Black history in the state of Indiana (funded by Indiana Campus Compact).
  • CCIMOutreach.com is now live! The name change from bsujournalismworkshops to ccimoutreach has been months in the making, and we are so happy to finally showcase all the outreach and student success programming they are coordinating for the college. There are still tweaks and updates being made, but this is a huge step forward — and we’ve already heard from some high school teachers about how happy they are to see the expansion in services!
  • SJSC faculty Gabriel Tait is selected as a member of Board of Directors for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) , incoming Chair of AEJMC Professional Freedom & Responsibility Committee and fellow for the 2022-23 class of AEJMC’s Institute for Diverse Leadership in Journalism and Communication (IDL).
  • CICS faculty Edward Lazaros received a grant from Governor’s Workforce Cabinet as Principal Investigator for his proposal entitled “Professional Development for Career and Technical Teachers with Workplace Specialist I Certification” in the amount of $135,000.00.

CCIM Units

  • Counselor Connection Day this past November 14th was a huge success, we welcomed nearly 50 counselors to our College and BSU Tonight put on a faux show highlighting our areas. Counselors got to get involved with the production in all crew positions, as well as, reading commercials directly from the teleprompter. This goes to show, when we work together, we can create a truly memorable experience!
  • Ball State aims to support all of its students, including first-generation college students, with a network of resources. On November 8th Ball State hosted a first-generation student get together which was a huge success! Learn more about Ball State’s Inclusive Excellence Plan.
  • Ball State PBS and Indiana Public Radio present the premiere of Comfort and Joy: An IPR Radio Drama Retrospective at 8 p.m. Dec. 11. The documentary will premiere simultaneously on the radio and TV stations. What began as a one-time offering of Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds in 2008 became a now annual tradition enjoyed by all ages. This documentary tells the story of a unique collaboration — among the stations, community members, Ball State faculty, and Ball State students — to create a nostalgic storytelling experience that pays homage to “theater of the mind” radio programs of the 1940s.

Upcoming Events

  • On December 12th the Ball State Alumni Association will be hosting its annual holiday reception, for more information check out their Facebook!
  • Indiana Public Radio Theatre proudly presents an authentic radio drama on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, live on-air and before an audience in Sursa Performance Hall!
    • Tickets for General Public/Faculty/Staff/Senior are $15 and Student/Child tickets are $5 and are sold through the College of Fine Arts Box Office located at Sursa Hall.
      • Phone: (765) 285-8749
      • In-person: Monday through Friday from Noon to 5 p.m., or starting 1 hour before the performance at Sursa Hall
  • Fall Commencement is on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 10 a.m. in Worthen Arena. Tickets will not be required, so all are welcome to come and support our students. Fall Commencement will be live-streamed on this website on the day of the event. bsu.edu/live
  • Super Party will be here sooner than you think! Save the date for Wednesday, January 18, 2023, from 6-7:30 p.m., more details coming soon.
  • Join fellow Ball State alumni in places like Switzerland, Iceland, Venice, and more! There are 9 different tours in 2023, available for all former majors. Explore the trips and book today!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Kate Elliott is looking for 50 volunteers from CCIM to start their morning reading to kids at South View Elementary School, one of our 8Twelve partners. The event, Stop, Drop, and Read will be on Monday, December 5 from 7:30-8:45 a.m.
  • Do you want to support CCIM and your graduating seniors? Join Kim McClure as a commencement volunteer on Saturday, December 17 from 8 a.m.-Noon.
  • Interested in volunteering at Super Party? Let Amy Clevenger know if you’d be willing to help out with setup, registration, food, games, or clean up on Wednesday, January 18. Volunteer times will be between 5-8:15 p.m. depending on the job.
  • Muncie Habitat has open volunteer opportunities at their ReStore. Restore proceeds help to fund Muncie Habitat’s work throughout the community, while also offering affordable home supplies for low-income families and keeping things out of landfills, allowing students the opportunity to have a direct impact on our community without lifting a hammer.
    • Students can volunteer at ReStore on a walk-in basis Tuesdays-Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Muncie Missions the faith-based agency that has brought hope and healing to the homeless and needy of Delaware County for over 80 years is currently seeking volunteers in various areas:
    • Serving community lunch
    • Sorting clothing donations
    • Construction – painting, installing fencing, etc.
    • Janitorial work
    • Detailing vehicles
  • Landscaping/Mulching
    • For more information contact Muncie Missions at (765) 288-9122 or on their website.

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