CHIRPS Week 2024: Ball State’s Inaugural Year  

Join the Ball State community April 15-19, 2024, for CHIRPS Week, the university's inaugural celebration of Creative works, High Impact practices, Research Projects, and Scholarship.

This week is designed to showcase the extraordinary talents of students and faculty/staff mentors across campus and inspire interdisciplinary connection and collaboration. From innovative projects and creative endeavors to impactful research and meaningful partnerships, an impressive range of works will be presented throughout the week demonstrating academic excellence, creative prowess, and innovative contributions to society.

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Schedule of Events

April 15 (Mon)

College of Health Student Research and High-Impact Practice Showcase 

Date: Monday, April 15, 2024
Venue: Health Professions Building
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Join the College of Health to celebrate the diverse accomplishments of our undergraduate and graduate students over the past year! Poster presentations will feature an array of research projects and high-impact practices including volunteer experiences, Teacher-Scholar Program participation, practicums and internships, independent study projects, study abroad experiences, and participation in faculty-led research projects. 

Ethan Whitehead Guest Lecture in Sustainability Series

Date: Monday, April 15, 2024
Venue:
Architecture Building (AB100)
Time: 4 p.m. Reception | 5 p.m. Lecture  

The second annual Ethan Whitehead Guest Lecture in Sustainability series will be held on April 15 at 4 p.m. at Ball State University. This lecture, free and open to the public, will be held in AB100 at the Architecture Building on the University’s Muncie campus. The guest lecturer is Nat Slayton of ZGF Architects. The event is being presented by Ball State’s R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning.

Student Symposium featuring the Outstanding Research Award Keynote (Dr. Lan Lin)

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Venue: Worthen Arena Concourse
Time: 1-4 p.m. (Keynote begins at 3:30 p.m.)

For more than twenty-eight years, the Student Symposium has provided students with the opportunity to present their creative and scholarly projects, while gaining valuable insight from faculty and staff judges across campus and competing for cash prizes. The Symposium inspires interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from one another and engage more deeply. The Symposium also provides opportunities for participants to discuss their work with a broad audience and is open to any student from Ball State (undergraduate and graduate), Burris Laboratory School, and the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities.

The Lives of Graduate Students: Photovoice Exhibition

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Venue: Multicultural Center
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Participate in an engaging opportunity led by the Action Research Collective to learn about the experiences of students at Ball State University through the lens of photovoice, a community-based, participatory action research method designed to transform communities.
Attendees will engage in a gallery-style exhibition of student-created photography, enjoy refreshments, and share their own experiences as part of the BSU campus climate. Register today!

Beyond the Medici: The Haukohl Family Collection

Date: Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19.
Venue: David Owsley Museum of Art
Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Beyond the Medici exhibition presents a selection of artworks from the Haukohl Family Collection, the largest private collection of Florentine Baroque art of the late 16th to the early 18th centuries outside of Italy. Assembled over more than 35 years by Houston-based art collector and co-founder of the Medici Archive Project Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, the collection includes paintings and sculptures depicting allegories, religious narratives, genre scenes, and portraits. Student employees and interns contributed to this exhibition in various roles – from installation, curatorial research, publicity, education, and visitor assistance. For additional information, please visit the DOMA website.

Senior Student Art Show Opening

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Venue: The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The School of Art invites the public to attend its series of rotating BFA/BA exhibitions opening April 16 through May 4. Graduating seniors will display artworks created as part of their senior capstone projects, representing a dynamic range of media, concepts, and styles. This is a great chance to see the exciting art being made by some of the School of Art's seniors! All exhibitions will be in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, just off the Atrium Food Court in the Art and Journalism Building. 

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Oral Presentations Day and CHIRPS Week Reception featuring the Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award Keynote (Dr. Katy Didden)

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Venue: Emens Auditorium
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Keynote begins at 12:30 p.m.)

Comprised of Student Symposium Participants, Teacher-Scholar Participants, and the Honors Undergraduate Fellowship recipients, the Oral Presentations will feature concurrent sessions of five-minute talks from students in each of these areas. The Teacher-Scholar Program is a campus-wide, one-semester long program that engages undergraduate student researchers in five hours per week of research or a creative endeavor with their mentor. The Honors Undergraduate Fellowship is designed to identify, recruit, and retain outstanding undergraduate students and to provide them and their faculty mentors with enhanced opportunities for engagement and participation in a scholarly or creative enterprise. The campus community is invited to attend the CHIRPS Week Reception following this event.

9 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Oral Presentations (Williams Lounge and Ball Brothers Foundation Hospitality Suite)
12:30-2 p.m. CHIRPS Week Reception (Ball Brothers Foundation Hospitality Suite)

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Morgan Mickelson, Director of The Office of Sustainability with The City of Indianapolis

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Venue: WB 144
Time: 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Morgan Mickelson oversees the implementation of Indianapolis’ first sustainability and resilience action plan, Thrive Indianapolis. Morgan is an advocate for climate justice and works to increase awareness on the interconnectedness of climate change, as it intersects with other important issues of today. She will be on campus to visit classes and speak with students about her career journey at 2 p.m. followed by a talk about Indianapolis’ sustainability efforts at 3 pm in WB144. Refreshments will be available for attendees after the 3 pm lecture. 

Senior Student Art Show Opening Reception

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Venue: The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery
Time: 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

The School of Art invites the public to attend an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. on April 17 to celebrate its series of rotating BFA/BA exhibitions from April 16 through May 4. Graduating seniors will display artworks created as part of their senior capstone projects, representing a dynamic range of media, concepts, and styles. This is a great chance to see the exciting art being made by some of the School of Art's seniors! All exhibitions will be in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, just off the Atrium Food Court in the Art and Journalism Building.

The Last Five Years (opening night)

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Venue: The Cave Theatre
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Payten Romig, The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically. The Last Five Years is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). The Cave Theatre is located on the basement level of the Arts and Communications Building. Visit the Department of Theatre and Dance for additional performance times.

Virginia B. Ball Center For Creative Inquiry Showcases

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024
Venue: Vera Mae's Bistro & Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Time: 6-9 p.m.

The Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry
invites the campus community to its Spring 2024 VBC Showcases! This event, in Downtown Muncie, will include two loosely intertwined experiences: At Cornerstone Center for the Arts, Professor Silas Hansen (English), Dr. Emily Johnson (History), and their students will create an interactive living history/museum exhibit exploring Muncie’s LGBTQ+ history, featuring immersive activities and live performances of real and fictional first-person narratives. At Vera Mae's Bistro, Dr. Ashley Donnelly (Media) and her students will screen an original documentary film profiling East Central Indiana's LGBTQ+ leaders and exploring the need for dedicated spaces for LGBTQ+ youth to gather and find support in small cities like Muncie.

Morgan Mickelson, Director of The Office of Sustainability with The City of Indianapolis

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024
Venue: AC 110
Time: 11 a.m.

Morgan Mickelson oversees the implementation of Indianapolis’ first sustainability and resilience action plan, Thrive Indianapolis. Morgan is an advocate for climate justice and works to increase awareness on the interconnectedness of climate change, as it intersects with other important issues of today. She will be on campus to speak with students about the first environmental-focused policy to come out of the Office of Sustainability in a Journey Towards an Energy Benchmarking Policy at 11 am in AC 110.

Immersive Learning Showcase

Date: Friday, April 19, 2024
Venue: L.A. Pittenger Student Center Ballroom
Time: 1-3 p.m.

Ball State defines Immersive Learning projects as high-impact learning experiences that involve collaborative student-driven teams, guided by faculty mentors. Students earn credit for working with community partners such as businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to address community challenges through the creation of a product that has a lasting impact. Each semester, hundreds of immersive learning experiences are conducted across the various departments and colleges of Ball State.

During the Immersive Learning Showcase, the Community Partner Award recipient will be announced. The purpose of the award is to recognize a business, organization, or agency that has demonstrated excellence in their contributions as a community partner with Ball State University.

Cabaret (opening night)

Date: Friday, April 19, 2024
Venue: University Theatre
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC, Cabaret is Kander and Ebb’s legendary musical about British nightclub singer Sally Bowles, American writer Cliff Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin. With mounting fear and uncertainty outside, the bawdy Emcee lures you into the world of the Kit Kat Club where your troubles are left at the door. Visit the Department of Theatre and Dance for additional performance times. 

Ball State Opera Theatre (opening night)

Date: Friday, April 19, 2024
Venue: Sursa Performance Hall
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the Ball State Opera Theatre's spring production in Sursa Performance Hall! Tickets will be available through the College of Fine Arts Box Office. Program to be announced. Visit the School of Music for additional performance times.

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