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Though long known for the quality of its telecommunications programs (CBS Late Show host David Letterman got his first serious training on campus radio station WBST in the 1960s), Ball State burst into the technology spotlight nationally in 2005, when after a coast-to-coast survey Intel Corp. named the university the nation's No. 1 wireless campus.

About the same time, creative Ball State students and faculty were completing films and programs that earned back-to-back student Academy Awards and added to the university's impressive haul of 39 Emmy Awards. Meanwhile, researchers in the university's Center for Media Design (CMD), generously funded by successive $20 million grants from the Lilly Endowment Inc., were developing new insights on consumer media use while also creating and testing new digital technologies for businesses, education, the home, and other environments both real and virtual.

The convergence of technology and talent at Ball State is evident in an ever-growing number of immersive learning projects. Our research and our teaching have increased both the university's emerging media expertise and exposure:

Muni Wi-Fi lives
Computer World
June 12, 2012
Jay Gillette, a professor at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, wrote an article: “Riverside, California, using a municipal broadband network to overcome the digital divide and mobilize various sectors of the community, won the coveted 2012 Intelligent Community award last week.” Note: This story was also posted by several bloggers and other sites.

Campaigns get tech-savvy to connect with voters
Indianapolis Star
June 10, 2012
Political science professor Brandon Waite wrote a column: “Savvy politicians and their advisers are often the first to take advantage of new technologies to convert followers into voters. In the 1930s and 1940s, it was radio. In the 1950s and 1960s, television took over. Now, in 2012, we have social media, smartphones and tablets.” This column also appeared in The Reporter (e-edition) in Vacaville, California, on the same day.

WSU prof tracks eye movement to discern racial bias in suspect lineups
May 10, 2012
Weber State professor Sheree Josephson recently published a study that shows eyewitnesses struggle when trying to identify a suspect of another race, and whites and blacks react differently when trying to identify suspects of their own race from a photo array or lineup. Josephson’s study was conducted with Michael E. Holmes of Ball State University.

Designer furniture for the Center for Media Design
April 11, 2012
iMADE designed, fabricated, and installed custom machined plywood and aluminum work pods for the Center for Media Design unit at Ball State University. The geometries are informed from a zero-waste strategy of cutting small undulating strips from full plywood sheets, eliminating plywood off-cut waste.

Google's Marissa Mayer makes search predictions
March 29, 2012
At the MediaPost Search Insider Summit in 2010, college students led by then Ball State University project manager Michelle Prieb redesigned Google into a personal assistant. Fast-forward two years, and the students may very well get their wish.

Ball State prof studies college students’ phone use 
Jim Romenesko (blog)
Feb. 22, 2012
The blog presents some findings from Ball State University’s just-released study on college students and smartphones.

College students: mobile ads are annoying
Media Post
Feb. 22, 2012
New research from Ball State's Institute for Mobile Media Research shows smartphone ownership within this group went from 27 percent to 69 percent in the last three years.

Mobile ads
Feb. 13, 2012
Michael Hanley, a professor at Ball State University who teaches advertising and journalism, says that while smartphone ownership has increased among college students he has polled (69 percent this year, up from 27 percent in 2009), so has their annoyance with mobile ads. According to his most recent survey of Ball State students, 67 percent of smartphone owners say they’re annoyed by mobile ads, up about 20 percent versus 2009.

Wrapping up with thoughts on Super Bowl XLVI (Peter King’s column)
Sports Illustrated
Feb. 7, 2012
This was not only an accommodating host city. It was a progressive one. Last Wednesday, I was taken on a tour of the Super Bowl Host Committee's Social Media Center. Five Ball State students sat at big computer monitors, monitoring all sorts of social media sites.

NFL using "social media command center" to manage Super Bowl chatter
Yahoo News
Feb. 4, 2012
Dubbed the “Super Bowl Social Media Command Center” by Raidious CEO Taulbee Jackson, the Indianapolis digital marketing firm will be handling all communication regarding the Super Bowl with 16 full-time employees and 30 volunteers, mostly journalism students from Butler University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Ball State University.

Super Bowl Host Committee scores with social media
Feb. 3, 2012
The center, located above the Hard Rock Café in downtown Indianapolis, is filled with volunteers from Ball State, IUPUI, and Butler.

Social media to play large role in Super Bowl
Indianapolis Business Journal
Jan. 25, 2012
Raidious’ staff of 16 is teaming with a group of volunteers to monitor the communications hub—and add to the conversation. All told, about 50 people will spend time in the command center, including researchers from Ball State University’s Center for Media Design, Butler University and IUPUI.

Super Bowl gets social-media command center
Jan. 23, 2012
Researchers from Ball State University's Center for Media Design will conduct a study of the command center, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses. Michael Holmes, director of the center's Insight and Research, wrote in an e-mail that the command center is an example of the "the ubiquity of social media and the absolute necessity for companies, organizations and communities to use these tools to improve their relations with their customer, audiences and citizens."

Super Bowl first: Social media command center
Jan. 23, 2012
The team—which includes about 50 people, led by Raidious' staff of 16 and students and journalism/telecommunications students from Ball State University, Butler University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis—will work in the command center 15 hours a day. (Not all at once!)

Super Bowl 46 gets its own Social Media Command Center
Fox 59 (Indianapolis)
Jan. 23, 2012
“We've also partnered with Ball State University, Butler, and IUPUI, their journalists and telecommunication groups have pitched in,” said Taulbee Jackson, president and CEO Radius Marketing. (This story was also broadcast by Fox 40 in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 24, 2012)

BSU to test e-textbook program
Inside Indiana Business
Jan. 11, 2012
Ball State University plans to launch a year-long e-textbook pilot program with Flat World Knowledge. Students will be able to access content through Indiana-based Courseload and Barnes & Noble. (Note: The Times of Northwest Indiana published this story on Jan. 12.)

Amazon will begin collecting Indiana sales tax
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Jan. 10, 2012
Amazon.com, has agreed to start collecting and remitting Indiana sales tax on Jan. 1, 2014. Indiana loses an estimated average of $77 million in sales tax annually as a result of e-commerce with retailers that don’t collect it, according to a report by the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

From more time in front of screens and less in bed, the American lifestyle promotes added pounds
Orlando Sentinel (Florida)
Jan. 5, 2012
On average, U.S. adults spend more than eight hours a day in front of screens, whether sitting at a computer, watching television or playing a video game, according to a 2009 study by Ball State University's Center for Media Design. The average American spends more than five hours a day in front of the television. Such inactivity is particularly a problem in children.

Ind. lawmaker: Online tax could replace estate tax
Chicago Tribune
Jan. 4, 2012
A top Indiana lawmaker is floating the idea of using an online sales tax to help replace revenue that would be lost if a proposal to eliminate the state's inheritance tax becomes law. A November study by the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and Ball State University estimated that Indiana loses about $77 million a year by not collecting sales tax for all online purchases.  (Note: This story was published by The Times of Northwest Indiana on Jan. 3. It was distributed by the Associated Press and appeared in news outlets across Indiana.)

CT Innovators reunion: Where are they now? 
Campus Technology
Dec. 28, 2011
Campus Technology followed up with past Innovator Award winners, including Ball State's Digital Corps, to find out how their projects have fared. Ball State's use of trained and certified students to increase expertise on campus in digital media software is still going strong. Recent additions include training for PHP, JavaScript, and HTML; development of an iPhone game and a campus map app; and the use of apprentices in a new tech center at the main library to give participants experience in working with university clients.

Ball State launches new Android app for students
Campus Technology
Dec. 12, 2011
Ball State University has launched bConnected, a new student-focused mobile application for Android and Google TV.

Ball State University Center for Media Design to host TVOT NYC intensive workshop session, "Researching the second screen and social viewing: Two recent studies" 
Interactive TV Today
Nov. 29, 2011
The workshop will see CMD researchers summarizing the findings from: 1) an eye-tracking study of viewers' distribution of visual attention between the TV and second screen during use of two commercially released second-screen apps and 2) a study of show-specific Twitter traffic rates during programming and ad pods for multiple episodes of three shows from different genres.

Online sales tax worth the debate
Indianapolis Star
Nov. 23, 2011
Fairness, additional revenue and no loss of business—such an ideal outcome may be debatable, but the subject must be discussed. That was the modest recommendation from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research. The legislature has no excuse not to take them up on it.

Other media organizations ran news stories on this subject and cited the research, including the Associated Press, The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana), the Times of Northwest Indiana, WTHR-TV13 (Indianapolis), WIBC-FM (Indianapolis), WLFI-TV (Lafayette, Indiana), and The Fiscal Times.

Colleges use mobile technology to students' advantage
U.S. News & World Report
Nov. 23, 2011
According to a 2010 survey by Ball State University, about 99.8 percent of college students have a cellphone. Additionally, almost half of these mobile devices are smartphones.

Indiana legislative panel endorses test of iPads
The New York Times
Nov. 14, 2011
An Indiana legislative panel endorsed a pilot program that would equip two General Assembly committees with iPads in the upcoming session as part of a push to cut the amount of paper used to print copies of bills for lawmakers. Research by a Ball State University technology expert who testified before the panel also concluded that on average 11,400 pages are printed for each bill considered by lawmakers as the legislation meanders through the process. (This story was distributed by Associated Press to news and information outlets across the nation, including CNN, ABC and CBS.) 

More legislators to test suitability of iPads for lawmaking 
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Nov. 14, 2011
State lawmakers already are provided with laptop computers, but Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Wheatfield, believes the ease of use and convenience of iPads could prompt the legislature to drop its requirement that all bills be printed on paper before a vote. That adds up to 11,400 pages for a typical bill's trip through the legislative process, or 250 pounds of paper for each of the 150 House and Senate members over a legislative session — at a cost of more than $500,000, according to estimates by Ball State University and the Legislative Services Agency.

You never write any more? Well, hardly anyone does
Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald
Oct. 8, 2011
"In the future old 'love letters' may not be found in boxes in the attic but rather circulating through the Internet, if people care to look for them," said Webster Newbold, a professor of English at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. (Associated Press story)

Glass museum re-created in Blue Mars
Hypergrid Business
Aug. 16, 2011
Using photos from University Libraries to guide them, designers for Ball State’s IDIA were able to simulate the conditions of factory life at the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Co. in Muncie.

State partners with BSU to promote tourism
Inside Indiana Business
May 9, 2011
With more travelers expected to stay closer to home due to escalating gas prices, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development is rolling out new summer promotions today. Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman will also unveil a series of high-definition videos, produced in partnership with Ball State University, that showcase eight Indiana tourism destinations.

Limiting screen time for your kids
Preschool Games
April 10, 2011
Do you feel your kids are spending too much time watching TV, playing video games and being on the computer? Do ever find it challenging to get them to turn off the TV or computer and go outside to play? If so, join the crowd! It seems our kids may be picking this behavior up from us! A 2009 study of adults media usage by Ball State University’s Center for Media Design and Sequent Partners reported that “In addition to the revelation that consumers in the 45-54 age group average the most daily screen time (just over 9 1/2 hours), the Video Consumer Mapping study found the average for all other age groups to be strikingly similar at roughly 8 1/2 hours.” TV accounted for the majority of that time.

Twitter murder mystery tonight
March 30, 2011
A Ball State Pop Culture and Communication class will host a Twitter murder mystery tonight, unraveling a crime story across 10 Twitter feeds for fictional characters.  The social media storytelling experiment will begin tonight at 7 p.m. EST, lasting about three hours.

Ball State students help with NCAA tournament coverage 
WIBC-FM 93.1, Indianapolis
March 29, 2011
While Butler is the university representing Indiana on the court during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, another university is representing the Hoosier state behind the scenes. Students at Ball State University are helping the NCAA with media coverage during the tournament. Ball State Sports Link students are helping with the March Madness on Demand program.

Monitoring the madness: Ball State students become tournament's social media maestros 
Indianapolis Star
March 28, 2011
Twenty-one Sports Link students and their instructor, Chris Taylor, work behind the scenes to keep social interaction flowing smoothly on the NCAA's official March Madness website, which rang up an estimated 26.7 million hits on the first weekend of the tourney.

Smart phones connecting major number of college students
Health News
March 28, 2011
For the first time, more college students are using smart phones than traditional feature phones, reports a new study from Ball State University. More than half of college students are using smart phones to send texts, access their e-mail, surf the Internet, and take and send photos, according to Michael Hanley, a Ball State advertising professor and director of the university's Institute for Mobile Media Research.

Pointing with your eyes, to give the mouse a break  
New York Times
March 28, 2011
On a handful of prototype PCs, your look is your command. There’s no more fiddling with the mouse on these computers. Just look at a particular location on the screen, and the cursor goes there instantly, ready for you to open a folder or to send an e-mail (at which point you need to use old-fashioned keys). Michael Holmes, a professor of communication studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., said the new eye-tracking PCs would benefit people with limited mobility in their limbs. “The present systems they typically use are expensive,” he said. “Anything that reduces the cost and complexity will benefit them and is important work.”

Consumers don’t like being tracked
Media Post
March 22, 2011
So what do consumers really want from online advertising? Do they care about being tracked, anyway? Those are a couple of the questions addressed in a panel looking at online privacy. Based on research done at Ball State’s Center for Media Design, Michelle Prieb said people’s attitudes about data collected about them online is situational but that they would rather have advertising that’s more targeted and tailored to their interests or preferences. There’s isn’t as much concern about being tracked in itself as to what happens to data collected about them.

Chamber supports market competition act
Camden (N.J.) Courier-Post
March 21, 2011
Today, consumers have choices in how they receive broadband Internet access, telecommunications services and access to cable television. However, companies regulated by the 1972 statute are hamstrung in their ability to compete with their unregulated counterparts. This bill remedies this situation by changing regulations in circumstances where there is competition. We know this model works in the telecommunications industry. A study conducted by Ball State University on the impact of Indiana's 2006 law deregulating the telecommunications and cable industries concluded that deregulation of the telecommunications industry alone resulted in $516 million in capital investment in the state and creation of 2,200 jobs in the 18 months following the law's passage. Broadband access grew by 75 percent in just one year.

Turner sports exec: Creating March Madness on Demand is like "good rock and roll" 
Fast Company
March 17, 2011
Every game is available for streaming online. The March Madness Social Arena features tweets by CBS and Turner TV analysts, such as David Aldridge and Seth Davis, as well as fans. With the help of students in the Sports Link program at Ball State University, Turner is monitoring and filtering March Madness discussions throughout social media to include the most relevant tweets.

The Grey Lady builds the brand
Fast Company
March 2, 2011
Felice Nudelman, executive director of education for the New York Times Company, said that recently the Times has partnered with universities, including Ball State. "We found an even larger audience for the courses when we did things like co-brand and partner with Ball State in an 'emerging media' certificate," she told the Chronicle's Josh Fischman in a podcast. There was a demand for courses taught both by university professors and professional journalists, and with the co-branding, the course "took off."

Mobile devices will dominate our lifestyles this year 
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Jan. 11, 2011
Michael Hanley, a Ball State journalism professor, penned a guest column, predicting that 2011 is the year of the tablet.

Ball State fulfills missing ‘link’ for sports networks 
January/February 2011
What began as a fledgling pilot academic program at Ball State is transforming into a highly regarded feeder system for some of the largest television and media outlets in the world. Ball State University’s immersive Sports Link curriculum allows students to receive intense hands-on training in sports broadcasting.

Ball State goes beyond viewing with iTV research project
Nov. 18, 2010
Media researchers at Ball State University are embarking on Viewing+, an initiative to explore consumer attitudes and behaviors as they relate to interactive television (iTV). Insight and Research Director Mike Bloxham and colleagues at the Center for Media Design (CMD) are pursuing four lines of enquiry: programming, advertising, interactivity in search and navigation, and the evolution of “T-commerce” (the buying of services or products via iTV).

Ball State U updates production studios to digital 
Campus Technology
Oct. 26, 2010
As part of a classroom renovation project, Ball State University has upgraded its video production systems. The Teleplex initiative includes a transition to digital production in its three classroom studios that handle production services for distance learning courses. As part of the upgrade, the university chose the Broadcast Pix Slate 2100, a hybrid system that works in studios with both digital and analog gear.

Conference examining impact of digital communications
Inside Indiana Business
Oct. 15, 2010
Ball State University's Digital Policy Institute is holding a national conference exploring digital policy to help more people understand the impact of digital communications in several sectors including the economy, the workplace and health care.

Analysis of college students’ dependence on cell phones
Access to Technology in India
Oct. 14, 2010
Michael Hanley, a Ball State journalism professor and director of the university's Institute for Mobile Media Research, said smart phones are soon going to replace computers as the primary communication and entertainment device for college students.

Sports Link 
Inside Indiana Business
Oct. 3, 2010
Inside Indiana Business interviews Chris Taylor of Sports Link.

Ball State’s Sports Link to produce magazine series for Fox College Sports 
Sports Video Group
Sept. 24, 2010
In what is being characterized as the first all-student-produced series offered by a national network, Fox College Sports (FCS) will carry 10 magazine-format shows created by Ball State University’s Sports Link program. Begun in 2008, Sports Link is an immersive study program for students in sports media and production

Letterman holds court at Ball State auditorium
Sept. 24, 2010
Ball State's most famous alum, David Letterman, talked Twitter at Ball State. The Late Show host was joined by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and 3,500 people listened. "In the history of human communication, compare Twitter to something," asked Letterman. "The telegraph," answered Stone.

Ball State partners with Fox 
Inside Indiana Business
Sept. 22, 2010
Ball State University says students in its Sports Link program will soon be the only college undergraduates producing content for Fox College Sports. Under terms of the deal, Ball State’s work will be aired in the country's top 25 television markets. This is the second major partnership for Sports Link. Earlier this year, it signed a deal with the Mid-American Conference.

Indiana leads nation in fast-growing, emerging technology category coined as 'measured marketing'
Inside Indiana Business
Sept. 21, 2010
TechPoint, a statewide initiative to grow the technology sector, has launched a national campaign to position Indiana as the national leader of a fast-growing, emerging technology business category that TechPoint has coined as “measured marketing.” The Insight and Research unit within Ball State University's Center for Media Design is providing research support.

Ball State prepares students for chaos on Wall Street
Sept. 20, 2010
Preparing future financial leaders for the chaos on Wall Street is the goal behind a program at Ball State University, with a Midwest version of the stock market floor.

Letterman lets other Cardinals tweet 
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Sept. 19, 2010
Late Show host David Letterman held an on-stage talk about social media with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to a near capacity crowd at Ball State University.

David Letterman stops by Ball State
Sept. 18, 2010
Late-night talk show staple and Hoosier native David Letterman made a stop at his alma mater Friday night to talk about social networking. Letterman joined Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter on stage.

Letterman, Twitter co-founder to appear at Ball State
Inside Indiana Business
Sept. 17, 2010
Two media pioneers will discuss social media tonight at Ball State University. Television talk show host and Indiana-native David Letterman will take part in the discussion with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Visits put Indiana in Twittersphere's crosshairs
Indianapolis Star
Sept. 17, 2010
What's happening? Indiana is the center of the Twittersphere, that's what. Tonight at Ball State University in Muncie, Twitter's co-founder and creative director, Biz Stone, will chat about social media with David Letterman as part of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series.

iPads unacceptable for content creation? 
Sept. 15, 2010
According to a research report from Ball State University titled “A Play Date with the iPad,” the iPad is best for leisure activities. It found that content creation is too difficult on the device but ideal for content consumption.

Why call when a text will do, more generations ask
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.)
Sept. 3, 2010
Michael Hanley, an associate professor of journalism at Ball State University and director of the university's Institute for Mobile Media Research, said phone use is decreasing the most and text messaging is growing rapidly, especially among young adults 18 to 24. 

Birds on a Wireless Network: Cardinals fly high with technology test bed
September/October 2010
By serving as a WiMAX test bed, Ball State has helped private companies like Cisco Systems, Alvarion, Telamon Corporation and DigitalBridge Communications perfect their technologies.

Ball State installs virtual studio for broadcast
Campus Technology
July 1, 2010
Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., has enhanced its broadcasting capabilities with the addition of new virtual studio installation.

Student smartphone use doubles; instant messaging loses favor 
The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 17, 2010
Smartphone use among college students has almost doubled since early last year, a study by a researcher at Ball State University found.

Q&A: Ball State University expands WiMAX testbed 
Bloomberg Businessweek, April 20, 2010
Ball State University for the past few years has been a key testing ground for WiMAX equipment vendors such as Cisco, Alvarion and DigitalBridge. Now the Muncie, Ind., university is looking at opening up its WiMAX network to more students.

Media changes begin in college
MediaBizBloggers.com, March 31, 2010
Journalism major Sara Nahrwold posted her first blog about the Emerging Media Journalism program. “The biggest advantage that this program has over other media programs throughout the country is that if you come to Ball State to be a writer someday, you're not just going to learn to write better. You're going to learn how to shoot video to post online; you're going to learn audio skills to upload a podcast; you're going to learn how to take quality photos and use different types of cameras for a slideshow component; and you're going to learn graphics to add a bit of spice to your story. Believe it or not, I already have had classes in all of those areas I'm not even done with my freshman year.”

FCC unveils national broadband plan
Fox Business News, March 17, 2010
Stuart Brotman of Ball State University weighs in on the impact of national wireless broadband.

Broadband reform: Jobs, not download speed
Bloomberg Businessweek, Feb. 15, 2010
Stuart N. Brotman, a visiting distinguished professor of emerging media at Ball State and a senior fellow at its Digital Policy Institute, says broadband should be made available where it will have the most impact in stimulating the economy. “No one is denying that download speeds matter,” he wrote. “But too heavy an emphasis on megabits and gigabits per second threatens to obscure a more pressing issue during a period of high unemployment: how broadband can be harnessed to create jobs.”

University mobile program managers speculate on impact iPad might have on higher education
Campus Technology, Jan. 27, 2010
Ball State University's Michael Hanley, a professor of journalism, predicted that the iPad will become a strong education device because of its interactivity and its ability to use converged media. Besides teaching, Hanley directs the Institute for Mobile Media Research at Ball State, which is focused on the creation, testing, and practical application of mobile media for academia, consumers, business, and community. "The university is really focused on digital media and how to use that for research," he said. "We can't wait to get our hands on some of these iPads to start using them for research purposes, in education, as well as in commerce and mobile marketing."

Opportunity knocks: U.S. universities look to capitalize on mobile WiMAX
WiMAX.com, Jan. 19, 2010
Enter Ball State University, a state-run research university in Muncie, Indiana, that was identified as a "top wireless" university by Intel in 2005. Ball State has been at the forefront of wireless research and innovation and has worked with a number of different networking and wireless technologies.

Sign of the times
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 14, 2010
Ball State University’s undergraduate College of Communications, Information, and Media will begin a six-week course on video storytelling January 18—one of nine courses students must complete in order to earn a certificate toward “emerging media journalism” stamped with the seals of The New York Times and Ball State. Felice Nudelman, director of education for the Times, said she thinks a certificate bearing both brands will “absolutely” make an impressive addition to a résumé.

Smartphone may rule consumer electronics in '10
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 4, 2010
By the end of the year, nearly a third of all mobile devices in the United States will be smartphones, says Michael Hanley, director of Ball State University's Institute for Mobile Media Research.

Ball State study: iPhone results in increased use of smart phones on campuses
College News, Oct. 22, 2009
The study found that, in just a few months, the percentage of college students owning a smart phone increased by 27 percent.

Sports Link provides content for fans on a variety of platforms
Inside Indiana Business, Oct. 2, 2009
Ball State University continues to be on the vanguard of innovative uses of emerging technology, and that includes the world of sports media.

Technology columnist touts Ball State cell phone programming course
Indianapolis Star
, Sept. 28, 2009
At least a couple of new phones featuring Google's Android software probably will make it into stores before the end of the year. The software is nearly as snazzy as that running on the iPhone. So, it's very cool that Ball State University recently announced that some of its students are helping create new applications for it.

Ball State University preparing students to work in sports media
College Sports Information Directors of America, Sept. 16, 2009
As the sports media world changes daily, the innovative Ball State Sports Link is giving students a tremendous opportunity to get ahead of the curve in the evolving sports broadcast industry.

Ball State students' blogs offer insights into campus life
Ragan.com, Sept. 14, 2009
Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., has taken student testimonials to a new, unvarnished level by enlisting student bloggers to entice prospective students and parents. Experience Ball State blogs provide an unfiltered look at the university for those curious about campus life there.

Ball State, Harvard, MIT among 11 schools to receive Google phones for classroom use
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 2, 2009
Each college has received 20 HTC phones loaded with Google’s Android operating system, which the company says allows students with no programming experience to create applications for sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Cell phones used to deliver course content
eSchool News, July 6, 2009
Ball State leads the way in delivering content to students via Web-enabled cell phones and other mobile devices. (Accessing full article requires free registration with eSchool News.)

Ball State-produced film has Hollywood star power
Indy.com, May 6, 2009
It’s not often you hear of a college producing a feature film with honest-to-goodness Hollywood actors, but Ball State’s Emerging Media Initiative has done just that.