New Faces

Alex Wright is a new Producer/Director in University Media Services whose main focus will be directing the ESPN3 broadcasts and other live events. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and was previously the ESPN3 director at Western Michigan University. His first day on the job was March 6. He brings experience as a freelancer, in-depth knowledge, and enthusiasm for sports broadcasting to a demanding position.


Last month we welcomed Amy Ward, Senior Project Analyst in the Office of Information Security Services from the Registrar’s Office. This month we say goodbye; Amy left March 24 to accept a position at East Central Indiana Ivy Tech as Registrar overseeing six facilities.


Lori Siefker, Events Technology Coordinator in Unified Technology Support, has transferred to the Office of Information Security Services to oversee the Ball State ID card office, March 23.

In the Spotlight

The University Libraries’ Instructional Services provides information literacy programs and instruction to the campus community. As such, library personnel with subject expertise offer research instruction and information literacy sessions to undergraduate and graduate students. Participants acquire skills in identifying and utilizing research resources, evaluating information sources, and preparation for life-long learning. Library instruction is utilized through a wide range of academic disciplines, with 900-1000 sessions occurring annually.

Librarians work closely with teaching faculty to tailor sessions to individual courses and assignments. Instruction takes a variety of forms from class sessions in the library to helpful video tutorials, web-conferencing, and other resources for online courses.

Librarians also provide a range of specialized drop-in workshops. Recent topics include how to conduct a literature review, using EndNote citation software, and tips for critically investigating media sources and recognizing “fake news”.

Many librarians offer instruction in Information Services and other library units. For more information about the University Libraries’ Instructional Services, research instruction and information literacy, contact Jennifer Sebai, Head of Information Literacy Programs, at or 285-8017.

News from Around IT

Brenda Yates Habich, Information Services Librarian, is among the authors included in The First-Year Experience Cookbook, edited by Raymond Pun and Meggan Houlihan (ACRL, 2017). Her chapter is titled, “Cooking up the Cephalonian Method for Honors Orientation.”

The Digital Corps hosted their annual Portfolio Day March 18th. Portfolio Day is a time for Corps students to showcase their work and fine tune how this work is presented to potential employers. Students, staff, and many Digital Corps alumni gathered in the Letterman Building to review students’ work. The day’s keynote speaker was Andrew Hosey, former Assistant Director of the Digital Corps and current product manager for Cook Group. After the keynote, each senior gave a ten minute presentation featuring their best work from the past four years. Senior presentations are meant to inspire younger Corps students and to collect feedback and discuss job opportunities with alumni. All non-senior Digital Corps students then participated in a “science fair-style” portfolio review to showcase their work and receive constructive criticism from the entire group to help them improve.

Brandon Smith, Director of the Academic Project Support Office, and Kyle Parker, Senior Software Engineer for Developing Technologies, attended SXSWedu in Austin, Texas, March 6-9. The SXSWedu Conference fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders. Their time in Austin featured four days of compelling sessions, workshops, learning experiences, film screenings, networking, and at least one night of eating (what felt like) their weight in BBQ.

Jeff Spott, a video specialist with the Digtal Corps, attended SXSW Interactive and Film in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Conference and Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries while fostering creative and professional growth. In addition to attending compelling sessions on filmmaking and interactive technologies, Jeff greeted visitors from across the world while volunteering with the conference registration team.

The Digital Corps welcomed back 2010 alumnus Clark Knittle for something a little different in their professional development series: Krav Maga Self Defense. The Digital Corps can now protect you from more than just bad design and sloppy code.

Terry Heifetz, Indiana Public Radio News Director and Instructor of Telecommunications, and Juli Metzger, Student Media Coordinator in the College of Communication, Information, and Media, won one of four Ball State Immersive Learning Faculty Awards for their class-produced project, "Unmasked: The Stigma of Meth". To watch the documentary or learn more, click here.

Lisa Jarrell, Head of Educational Technology and Resources Collection, has been named chair of ALI (Academic Libraries of Indiana) Information Literacy Committee.

Amy Trendler, Architecture Librarian, has been named co-chair of the SEI (Summer Educational Institute) for ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North American) and VRAF (Visual Resources Association Foundation). The SEI provides information professionals with training in visual resources and image management.

Amy Edmonds, Music Librarian, has been appointed to the Music Library Association Resource Sharing and Collection Development Committee.

Indiana Public Radio kicks off its spring membership drive April 1. The theme is “Where Else But Indiana Public Radio?”. Each day of the drive will include cool, one-day-only thank you gifts such as pint glasses, “Mama Mia” tickets, even the opportunity to have one of IPR’s hosts record the outgoing message on your voicemail. For more details, click here.

WIPB-TV will feature Knightsown in the next episode in the ongoing series, “Now Entering…”. The production team will travel to the Henry County town in April to record interviews with its many storytellers. The project, which began in 2016, shines the spotlight on the great small towns in the WIPB viewing area. The stories are told by the residents using their own photos and videos.

The WIPB-TV program, “Wellness Matters” will tackle the topic of “Smoking Trends” in April, looking at vaping, cessation programs, and more. Tune in at 8 p.m. April 15 with host Dr. Jeffrey Bird, Chief Operating Office and Chief Medical Officer at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Unified Technology Support staff Melinda Rains, Concierge Desk Coordinator, and Jenn Eber, Tech Time Supervisor, recently attended a Pryor Learning Solutions workshop entitled “Front Desk Safety & Security” at the Horizon Convention Center. This one-day workshop contained five modules covering: Violence and Safety in the Workplace Today; No-Nonsense Management of the Front Desk and Lobby Areas; Critical Communications Skills; When Worst-Case Scenarios Become Real, and Security Measures to Increase Workplace Safety.


Angie Gibson, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist, was a featured presenter at the Digital Scholarship Lab “Digital Feed” event February 27. Angie discussed how ArcGIS software might be used to support digital scholarship research for faculty.

Melissa Gentry, Map Collection Assistant, presented a geography educational program titled “Hidden Figures: Celebrating the Untold Stories of Black History” at Cornerstone Center for the Arts. The program was featured on the WIPB-TV news broadcast and Web page.

Years of Service and Retirement Recognitions

The Staff and Service Employee Recognition Program will be April 14 in Cardinal Hall recognizing the following Information Technology employees for their years of service and/or retirement. Congratulations to:

Terry Brumley, Production Coordinator, University Media Services30 years of service

Christopher Caldwell, Digital Media Metadata Analyst, University Libraries10 years of service

Jenn Eber, Tech Time Supervisor, Unified Technology Support10 years of service

Diane Frankland, Circulation Supervisor, University Libraries, 20 years of service

Hank GerhartStatistical Data Asset Control Specialist, University Libraries10 years of service

Tina Helton, Information Representative, Information Technology Services20 years of service  

Bradley Johnston, Visual Resources Curator, University Libraries10 years of service  

David Kaufman, Senior Broadcast Engineer, University Media Services10 years of service

Steven Randle, CADD Technician, Information Technology Services10 years of service

Jim Scott, Senior Broadcast Engineer, University Media Services, 30 years of service 

Travis Stinson, Cable Television Electronic Engineer, University Media Services10 years of service

Cinda Tamsett, Technical Cataloging Assistant of Monograph, University Libraries30 years of service

Jan Vance, Periodicals Reserve and Microforms Collection Supervisor, University Libraries, 35 years of service

Michele Walsh, Acquisitions Receiving Assistant, University Libraries20 years of service

Sharolyn Waters, Assistant Producer/Director, WIPB-TV, 16 years of service and Retiree

The faculty and professional staff recognition luncheon will be Tuesday, April 18 in the Student Center Ballroom. Congratulations to:

Diane Calvin, Head of Information Services, University Libraries, 30 years

Tobey Coffman, Director of Information Security Services, Information Technology Services, 20 years

Greg Durbin, Project Manager and Enterprise Systems Release Coordinator, Information Technology Services, 15 years

Fawn Gary, Acting Associate Vice President for Information Technology, Office of Vice President for Information Technology, 25 years

Marchal Hudson, Assistant Director, Unified Technology Support, 35 years

Lisa Jarrell, Head of Educational Technology and Resources Collection, University Libraries, 15 years

Scott McFadden, Head of Serials Cataloging, University Libraries, 15 years

Elizabeth Pearson, Head of Acquisitions Services, University Libraries, 15 years

Laura Petty, Director, Unified Technology Support, 30 years

Omega Recognition for Professionals

The Omega Dinner honoring retiring faculty and professional personnel will be held Friday, April 28 at the Alumni Center. Information Technology recognizes and congratulates:

Fritz Dolak, University Libraries

Len Sterrett, Information Technology

John Straw, University Libraries

In Memoriam

Al Rent, University Media Services, In Memoriam