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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The counties that include Indiana and Ball State universities are listed as the highest-risk locations for coronavirus infections on the state health department’s updated county-by-county map. The agency on Wednesday also added 12 more confirmed or presumed coronavirus-related deaths to the state’s toll, raising it to 3,472, including confirmed and presumed coronavirus cases since mid-March.

Ball State Postpones All 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Sep 10, 2020
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Ball State University is postponing all graduation ceremonies this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The university previously postponed spring and summer commencement plans, rescheduling both for a ceremony on October 10.  Now Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns says that ceremony and one scheduled for December to honor winter graduates will not be held.

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A study from Ball State University found that the majority of the country’s most successful companies have less parental leave for fathers than mothers. That can have negative effects on growing families.

Ball State Moves Big Event Weekends And Graduation May Be Next

Aug 28, 2020
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Ball State University is postponing large scheduled fall gatherings as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the country.

Mid-American Conference Cancels Fall Football Due To Virus

Aug 8, 2020
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The Mid-American Conference has become the first league at college football's highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19. MAC schools rely heavily on revenue from road games against power conference teams. Most of those games were canceled when the Power Five went to exclusively or mostly conference schedules. Without them, the strain became too much of trying to keep players and staff safe during a pandemic.


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A study by Ball State University has used cell phone location data to show how people’s habits changed during the early portion of the coronavirus pandemic. Hoosiers began staying in when COVID-19 turned deadly in the state.

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As state officials work to figure out how to address tax revenue losses due to COVID-19, local governments are facing shortfalls of their own.

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Classes will begin August 24 on the Muncie campus.  Ball State University Provost Susana Rivera-Mills says Fall Break will be cancelled and classes will be held on Labor Day.

“All of this together would allow us to achieve our goal to provide 13 weeks of on-campus instruction before Thanksgiving break, and then continue with online education to the end of fall semester.”

Ball State Commencement Rescheduled For October 10

May 15, 2020
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Ball State University will hold a mid-October commencement ceremony to honor graduates who completed degree requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.

President Geoffrey Mearns says a survey of the university community showed an overwhelming desire to hold an in-person ceremony, rather than virtual.

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Ball State University says it will likely reschedule graduation ceremonies cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions for either the summer or the fall, depending on what state recommendations are still in place.

When Ball State cancelled its early May spring commencement, it sent out a survey on what to do next.  The school says the more than 4,000 responses overwhelmingly showed people wanted an in-person ceremony, not a virtual effort.

Ball State Cancels Spring Commencement Ceremonies Because Of COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020
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Ball State University has cancelled its scheduled May commencement ceremonies as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an email, President Geoffrey Mearns says it is following “increasingly aggressive guidelines” from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local emergency plans.

Mearns says he understands the disappointment as a parent.  Two of his children are college seniors at other schools, and he says their commencements were also cancelled.

Ball State To Suspend In-Person Classes For Rest Of The Semester

Mar 11, 2020
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Ball State University is the latest college in Indiana to suspend in-person classes in response to the coronavirus.

In a letter from university president Geoff Mearns sent Wednesday night, he says Ball State does not have a case of COVID-19.  But to prevent possible spread of coronavirus, the Muncie school will begin online-only classes on March 16 and continue through the rest of the semester.

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana university says a white professor accused of discrimination after he called university police to his classroom because a black student refused to change seats won't teach for the remainder of the semester.

The Star Press reports that Ball State University didn't provide specifics in its statement Thursday.

No formal charges or disciplinary action were immediately taken against Shaheen Borna in the wake of the Jan. 21 classroom incident.

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Hoosiers are split down the middle on abortion in the annual Ball State Hoosier Survey. And a vast majority support some gun regulations.

But there's a disconnect between those survey results and opinions in the state legislature.

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More Hoosiers approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance than disapprove, according to the latest edition of Ball State’s Hoosier Survey.

President Trump came out ahead in the poll of 600 Hoosier adults, better than results in many other states and nationally.

Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University managing director Charles Taylor notes Trump did win Indiana in 2016 by 19 points.

Ball State Cuts Costs To Stay Out Of The Red

Jun 13, 2019
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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University says it was forced to eliminate 25 positions, curb travel and reduce supplies to avoid ending fiscal year 2019 with a budget shortfall.

The school's board of trustees was given the update on Wednesday before the board approved a $391.2 million 2019-20 general fund budget that calls for an increase in tuition and fees of 1.25%.

The reductions of 25 positions, travel spending and supply expenditures saved $4.5 million.

Former HQ For Licensing Garfield To Be Auctioned Off

Jun 9, 2019


ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — The former Indiana headquarters of the company that oversees licensing for the lasagna-loving cartoon cat Garfield will be auctioned off this month.

PAWS Inc. employees have moved out of the complex in the eastern Indiana town of Albany, but the business is still in operation.

Garfield creator Jim Davis donated PAWS Inc.'s former headquarters to the Ball State University Foundation, which will receive the proceeds from the online June 24-26 online auction.

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says one of seven people shot at an off-campus party near Ball State University in Indiana has died.

Governor To Ball State Graduates: Please Stay In Indiana

May 4, 2019
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Ball State To Build Indoor Athletics Practice Facility

May 3, 2019

Ball State University will build an indoor practice facility for its athletic teams. As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, school trustees call it a “game changer.”

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Ball State says it hasn’t hired an architect for the project yet, but initial plans show it to be a regulation-size football turf field inside a shell-style building, with batting cages, storage, and restrooms.

Gov. Holcomb To Deliver Ball State Commencement Address

Apr 8, 2019

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb is set to become the first Indiana governor to deliver a spring commencement speech at Ball State University.

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Indiana’s public universities made their funding requests to Senate legislators Tuesday as that chamber’s budget hearings are underway.