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Emerging Media

  • Ball State received the 2012 New Media Consortium Center of Excellence Award for engaging digital media through the Center for Media Design and Emerging Media Initiative.
  • Ball State won a 2010 W3 Silver Award for its campus map iPhone app (also available for Android). Judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the W3 Awards honor outstanding websites, web marketing, web video, and mobile apps created by some of the best agencies, designers, and creators worldwide.
  • TechPoint has consistently recognized Ball State as one of Indiana’s high-tech success stories.
  • A faculty team mentoring students in the iMedia course finished second to Harvard University in AT&T's Big Mobile On Campus Challenge in 2009. iMedia students develop and design interactive news and advertising for multiple platforms, including iPhones. Learn more about AT&T's honoring Ball State.
  • Ball State's Center for Media Design teamed up with Sequent Partners in a 2009 groundbreaking study of how individuals across the country consume traditional and emerging media inside and outside of the home. The $3.5 million project was commissioned by the Council for Research Excellence, an independent forum of media industry research experts created by The Nielsen Company.
  • My Name is Jerry, our first commercial film venture, did well on the 2009-10 festival circuit. Accolades for this Ball State movie include three awards from the 2009 International Filmmaker Festival in Kent, England, and Best Feature Film in the 2010 Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival in Southern California.

Facilities and Resources

  • Our Student Recreation and Wellness Center received a 2012 Outstanding Sports Facilities award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. The association says each award winner is a model for other collegiate recreational facilities.
  • Our Building Better Communities initiative is helping to develop the economy and enhance the quality of life in communities across Indiana. In 2010, BBC was one of three finalists for the national Award of Excellence in Partnership Development in a competition sponsored by the University Economic Development Association (UEDA).
  • The Helen B. and Martin D. Schwartz Special Collections and Digital Complex at Bracken Library features cutting-edge technology. The complex houses a Microsoft Surface computer, digital learning pods with high-powered computers, the digital archives viewing room, and the digital newsstand, enabled to receive television broadcasts from around the world, including networks from Saudi Arabia, China, India, and Korea.
  • Ball State University Libraries was named the 2009 runner-up in the IGI Global Library Technology Excellence Recognition Program. IGI Global, an international publishing company, recognized the libraries' Digital Media Repository. Offering over 70 collections with more than 120,000 digital objects, it provides a centralized, coordinated, and user-focused resource.
  • Bracken Library, located in the heart of campus, has access to about 2.3 million books, periodicals, microforms, audiovisual materials, software, government publication maps, musical scores, archival records, and other information sources. Staffed with professional librarians, the library also offers wireless connectivity.
  • The 2012 book College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities listed Ball State as a university that goes above and beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act. The author, Chris Wise Tiedemann, also names Ball State a disability friendly institution on her site, disabilityfriendlycolleges.com.
  • Ball State Dining received a 2010 Ivy Award, one of the food service industry's most prestigious honors.
  • Our Learning Center received the 2010 NCLCA/Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award for the four-year college category. NCLCA stands for National College Learning Center Association. In 2009, the center received certifications from the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) and the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). The NADE certification is effective for seven years, and the CRLA certification is effective for five years.

Service and Achievement

  • Ball State has been named four times since 2009 to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
  • Ball State’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) received the 2011 Gold Star Award. NSCS is an honors organization for high achieving first- and second-year students.
  • The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) recognized Ball State’s Panhellenic Council as one of the top 33 in the country with a 2013 Award of Achievement.