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Facilities and Technology

Ball State, home to leading experts in the field, provides top-notch facilities, training, and resources to support the university community as they research emerging media and develop emerging-media projects. And the best part? These high-end resources are available to students (even freshmen), faculty and staff. 

The David Letterman Communication and Media Building connects an impressive three-building complex housing many of our resources. As Ball State alumnus David Letterman, winner of multiple Emmys and host of The Late Show, pointed out at its 2007 dedication ceremony, "The future of communications is inside this building." The LEED-certified facility has a $1 million production complex that includes state-of-the-art recording studios and editing suites.

The complex also includes the Ball State Teleplex, which provides high-end media services and equipment to the campus community, including high-definition digital cameras, digital audio recording, lighting kits, and accessories. The Teleplex boasts one of the largest installed virtual studios in the country, which allows students to create customized, virtual sets for their productions.    

The Art and Journalism Building houses Ball Bearings, Ball State's multimedia student life magazine, and The Ball State Daily News, an award-winning student publication that publishes news across print, web, and social media.  

Unique technological resources can be also found in other areas of campus, including the Schwartz Complex in Bracken Library.  The latest in professional GIS software is also available in Bracken.  

On the north side of campus, the Biomechanics Lab is internationally renowned for its study of exercise and its effects on human physiology using high end motion capture and three-dimensional imaging technologies. Nearby, the Architecture Building houses a digital simulation lab, a digital fabrication lab, and a powerful FARO Photon Laser Scanner that can digitally reproduce large-scale buildings and fine details in three-dimensional replicas.  

The School of Music offers students access to leading-edge music technology in the Music Instruction Building, and nursing students gain crucial pre-clinical experience using state-of-the-art patient simulators and virtual reality in the School of Nursing’s Simulation and Information Technology Center

Ball State business students can get a taste of the frenzied environment of the nation's stock markets in the new A. Umit Taftali Center for Capital Markets and Investing. Part of the Miller College of Business, the technology-centered classroom/laboratory inside the Whitinger Business Building allows students to be immersed in a real-world financial environment.