Topics: College of Communication Information and Media, Administrative

July 29, 2010

 If you come to Ball State Day at the 154th Indiana State Fair, you'll have plenty to do — and plenty to learn. Every Ball State University college will be represented down State Fair Boulevard on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Ball State's telecommunications department and WIPB-TV will partner again this year to host So You Wanna Be on TV? as part of Ball State Day. There will be a TV truck and tent-studio where visitors can be a newscaster, sportscaster or weathercaster and receive a DVD of their performance.

At Sports Zone, hosted by Intercollegiate Athletics, guests can participate in activities such as shooting basketballs, throwing footballs or kicking soccer balls to win prizes.

In addition to every Ball State college, the Alumni Association, Office of Admissions, Honors College, Graduate School, Rinker Center for International Programs, School of Extended Education and the Ball State Barnes and Noble Bookstore will be represented this year.

The Ball State Backyard will be offered again this year every day of the fair, Aug. 6-22. Located in the Ball State Ag/Hort Building and hosted by 13 student ambassadors, the Backyard will feature the Digital Dome and a garden railroad. A 50-inch plasma screen will show five video stories that visitors can view, in addition to plasma screens in columns running slideshows of pictures of campus.

The Backyard debuted in 2004 and has been a significant part of Ball State's resences at the State Fair since. A project of Ball State's award-winning Department Landscape Architecture.

Les Smith instructs and oversees the interdisciplinary Summer Semester Design/Build class and student set-up team, providing guidance in the design, construction and layout of the structures that compose the Backyard exhibit.

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By Chanel Richards