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B-Book The campus directory, published each October, lists students, faculty, academic department addresses, and phone numbers. On all references and in headlines, B-Book is acceptable.

bachelor’s degree Note apostrophe S.

Ball Bearings Student-produced print and online publication.

Ball brothers Do not capitalize brothers when referring to the Muncie industrialists who founded Ball State. The five Ball brothers in 1917 bought the land and buildings of a small teacher-training school and gave it to the state. In 1918, the Eastern Division, Indiana State Normal School opened. To recognize the brothers, the state legislature named it Ball Teachers College in 1922. The Ball brothers, Edmund B., Frank C., George A., Lucius L., and William C., also established what is now called Ball Corp., which began as a Muncie-based glass manufacturing company known for its home-canning jars. Ball Corp. is now based in Broomfield, Colorado, and produces metal and plastic packaging for food and beverage industries. Ball Corp. no longer makes canning jars. The Ball brothers also are the founders of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. Note: The Ball Brothers Foundation is an independent, private, family philanthropic organization established in 1926. When referring to the foundation, capitalize Ball Brothers on all references.

Ball Memorial Hospital, IU Health On second reference, Ball Hospital is acceptable. BMH is acceptable in headlines.

Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, IU Health On second reference and in headlines, BMH Foundation is acceptable. It accepts, manages, and distributes donations to support the hospital. Not to be confused with Ball State University Foundation.

Ball State Sports Network The network broadcasts Ball State basketball and volleyball games on stations across Indiana. In Muncie, games appear on PBS affiliate WIPB-TV (Channel 49). It is financed partially by the university and partially through underwriters and advertisers.

Ball State University On second reference and in headlines, Ball State is acceptable. Do not use BSU or B.S.U. Ball State University is the recognized umbrella name brand of the university, its colleges, departments, centers, institutes, and facilities.

Ball State University Foundation On second reference and in headlines, Ball State Foundation is acceptable. Also on second reference, foundation. Founded in 1951, the foundation invests gifts from private sources to support the university. It also creates scholarships and puts money toward faculty development programs and research. Not to be confused with Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Ball State Welcome Center Renovated in 2010, the center is in Lucina Hall.

Beneficence Statue of a winged woman located in a courtyard near the Quad. The name Beneficence is a composition title and should be written in italics. It is nicknamed “Benny.” Muncie residents donated $65,000 for the creation of the statue in the 1930s. The statue was created by Daniel Chester French. Beneficence, representing knowledge and giving back, has become the symbol of Ball State and is used as the university’s academic symbol.

black, African-American See race, ethnicity.

Black Student Association On second reference and in headlines, BSA is acceptable.

Board of Trustees Nine-member board appointed by Indiana’s governor is the ultimate policy-making authority of the university. When referring to a trustee, capitalize initial letter of trustee before the name. Lowercase after. See and select Administration for current members

Bracken House 2200 W. Berwyn Road, named after former Ball State Trustee Alexander Bracken and his wife, Rosemary, who bequeathed the house to Ball State for the purpose of providing the university’s chief executive with a home. President Emeritus John Worthen and his wife were the first to move into the house in June 1999.

Bracken Library Archives and Special Collections On second reference and in headlines, archives is acceptable. Located in Bracken Library, it is a useful resource for Ball State, Muncie, and Delaware County history. See also: University Libraries.

breaks lowercase (unless there's a proper name involved) fall break, Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, summer break. See also: seasons.

broadcast stations Use this format: WTHR-TV 13, Indianapolis; WBST-FM 92.1, Muncie. Exception: If call letters end in TV, then hyphen TV is unnecessary, ex. WRTV 6, Indianapolis.

Building Better Communities connects businesses, organizations, and communities across Indiana with Ball State University expertise and resources, providing real-world solutions to real-world problems. Through customized efforts, its work results in stronger businesses, improved communities, and more efficient state and local agencies. In fall 2008, Building Better Communities brought under its umbrella three key teams: Business Fellows, Center for
Organizational Resources (COR), and the Center for Economic and Community Development (CECD). All Building Better Communities projects, programs, and entities are indentified as Building Better Communities.

Building Better Communities Fellows Formerly Business Fellows, it is the immersive learning arm of Building Better Communities (effective fall 2008). Interdisciplinary student teams turn academic knowledge into real-world solutions through intense, semester- or yearlong, for-credit experiences that will benefit an Indiana business, organization, or community.

buildings On first reference, use full name. A shortened version is acceptable on second reference. Do not use two-letter initials. See B-Book for complete building list or go to
Ex. David Letterman Communication and Media Building, Letterman building, not LB.

Burris Laboratory School On second reference and in headlines, Burris is acceptable. Named after Benjamin Burris, university president (1924-27), the K-12 school on Ball State’s campus established in 1929 as a department of the Teachers College, but it hasn’t been part of the Muncie Community School system since 1974. The Ball State Board of Trustees is its ultimate authority. School mascot is the owl. Approximately 55 teachers instruct roughly 500 students.

Bursar and Loan Administration, Office of On second reference and in headlines, bursar’s office is acceptable.

Business Fellows Former name of Building Better Communities Fellows. See Building Better
Communities Fellows.

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