June 25, 2021
Ball State President Geoff Mearns returns to the Ball State Pandemic Update this week to talk about one of his new responsibilities.
January 22, 2021
Locally, some good news has been heard on the pandemic front, with fewer people needing COVID hospitalization here in Muncie.
December 18, 2020
President Geoffrey Mearns gave a brief observation on the fall term, updated his health report after having tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and shared a memorable Christmas story from his family.
December 18, 2020
Associate Professor of Computer Technology Chris Davison is working with researchers at the University of California at Irvine to create a system called TIPPERS. It uses Wi-Fi with a mobile device that can monitor where people are complying with social distancing – or not – and to show crowded spaces.
December 11, 2020
Ball State students will return to campus on January 19. And instead of a week-long spring break where students could travel – potentially spreading or contracting COVID-19 – the university is offering three “study days” throughout the semester.
December 6, 2020
Ball State students, faculty, and staff have one more week of classes and then final exams for fall semester 2020: a semester that most in higher education would say has been the most challenging in their careers. President Geoff Mearns returned for a Ball State Pandemic Update.
October 23, 2020
Ball State President Geoff Mearns updates the University's COVID-19 statistics and talks Ball State and MAC football. He also tells the backstory on how and why David Letterman and former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning were on campus this week.
October 8, 2020
Ball State University is asking the state of Indiana to fund more than $50 million in new building renovations on the Muncie campus.
September 18, 2020
Ball State University will start its spring semester classes a week later than usual and eliminate Spring Break.
August 21, 2020
Ball State University has opened its new academic year with a traditional convocation ceremony – with an untraditionally small in-person audience because of the coronavirus pandemic.
August 7, 2020
Ball State President Geoff Mearns, in his weekly BSU pandemic update IPR interview, says the university has its COVID-19 plans ready to engage.
July 16, 2020
A study by Ball State University has used cell phone location data to show how people’s habits changed during the early portion of the coronavirus pandemic
June 22, 2020
The Ball State University Police Department says it will gather with other law enforcement departments in the Muncie area to conduct implicit bias training for those officers.
June 19, 2020
Ball State trustees have approved what the university president is calling an “unusual approach” to next year’s budget for the Muncie school.
June 15, 2020
Ball State University’s newest academic college – the College of Health – will soon have an interim dean as its lead.
May 14, 2020
Next Monday, classes begin for the summer term – all online. Still, the specter of fall semester dominates the thoughts of the university community. President Geoff Mearns announced this week the university would slowly come back to a new normal life, in the coming weeks.
April 28, 2020
Ball State University President Geoff Mearns, in his weekly interview with IPR News, said he is grateful for Congress’ support to the university and other higher education institutions nationwide, via the CARES Act. Mearns said, however, it would not be enough to cover a possible shortfall in the fiscal 2021 university budget that begins July 1, and runs until June 30, 2021.
April 24, 2020
While the dome at the Ball State University planetarium is dark and its seats are empty because of COVID-19 restrictions, its computers are still contributing to scientific research. As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, they’re linked to a research lab that’s studying the protein structure of the coronavirus.
March 31, 2020
Ball State University’s president says the school moved classes mostly online in response to coronavirus as part of a “comprehensive and coordinated strategy across our country.”
March 30, 2020
Ball State University trustees have approved a plan to give temporary paid leave to employees affected by the school’s closure during the coronavirus pandemic. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.
March 30, 2020
Ball State University trustees approved a timeline that will see an existing science building on campus both remodeled and demolished.
March 30, 2020
Ball State University President Geoff Mearns visited IPR’s Morning Edition, speaking from his office Thursday night, bringing listeners updates on the school’s COVID-19 responses and preparations. The interview on this post plays as it aired on Friday morning, March 27th.
March 24, 2020
Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns stopped by the IPR studios during Morning Edition for another Friday update on the university and its functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 13, 2020
In an attempt to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus, many colleges are going to online-only classes and K-12 schools are planning in case they need to do the same. For some teachers, it will be a big adjustment. And, as IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, one Ball State professor says the rapid change means some might not be ready.
March 12, 2020
Ball State University is the latest college in Indiana to suspend in-person classes in response to the coronavirus.