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David Owsley Museum of Art staff reflects on last week of pop art exhibit

For Robert La France, director of the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA), pop art represents hope during difficult times. The exhibition “POP Power from Warhol to Koons: Masterworks from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation” is a show La France thought could bring some joy to people as they feel safer visiting museums during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ball State spring 2021 graduates celebrate in-person commencement

Ball State had never hosted a commencement ceremony at Scheumann Stadium before May 7, but administrators chose the venue because of its ability to host people while still following COVID-19 health guidelines. Seats on Scheumann’s turf were socially distanced and sanitized between ceremonies. Graduates were limited to four guest tickets each. Guests were also socially distanced on the bleachers.


Ball State faculty, national statistics predict job market growth in COVID-19 recovery

More than 3 million students are expected to earn degrees from colleges and universities this spring, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those students will enter the job market as the nation continues to recover from the COVID-induced recession, which the National Bureau of Economic Research states began in February 2020. However, new and recent college graduates may be in a better position than other candidates seeking new careers.


Muncie Community Schools staff members discuss a unique program for gifted students

When Cindy Miller’s son, David Miller, was in kindergarten, she took him to the Levi Coffin House in Fountain City, Indiana, to learn more about the Underground Railroad and its history in Indiana. In school activities, David Miller, now 10 years old, participates in math bowls and writing camps as a student in Muncie Community Schools’ (MCS) High Ability Program.


Ball State community shares resources available for relieving food insecurity

Like most other Americans following the sharp increase of unemployment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lilyana Salazar’s work situations have changed. Salazar, senior biology major, is the executive director of Cardinal Kitchen, which has expanded its operation hours to provide students with food and toiletries as more people rely on food banks and federal assistance to get the help they need.


Ball State students discuss receiving COVID-19 vaccines

Only five hospitals and clinics in Indiana had received doses of COVID-19 vaccines the week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use in December 2020. Nearly four months later, more than 400 vaccine clinics have opened in the state.


Indiana 529 college savings plans increase in 2020

As many college students worry about paying off student loans, the average cost of college tuition in the United States has consistently risen at two to three times the rate of inflation each year, according to the College Savings Plans Network. The majority of federal financial aid comes in the form of loans, which increases the burden of student loan debt for graduates and families.


Ball State, Muncie community remembers graduate Eric Talley killed in Boulder shooting

How much power does a name hold? For Steve Jones, the name Eric Talley has been powerful enough to leave him in shock twice in his life. Once was in 2007, when Jones, director of the graduate program in Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS), was teaching classes in Australia for six months and received a three-page-long email from Talley.