In partnership with the Ball State Graduate School, the Graduate Student Wellness Initiative (GSWI) seeks to help create a culture of health and wellness for all university graduate students, both online and on-campus.
The GSWI offers a series of events, workshops, and online programming for Ball State students pursuing an advanced degree that encourages them to develop healthy habits contributing to a more positive graduate school experience. Through this integrated health model, participants will also be exposed to skills that are transferable to wellness in their personal and professional lives post graduation.
The GSWI Student Coordinators for 2019-2020 are Lauren Wruble and Steven Scally.
Virtual Coffee Talk Series
Join us for connection and discussion with other grad students! All sessions held via WebEx. Register below to receive the invitation.
All times are Eastern.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - Register Here
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - Register Here
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - Register Here
Virtual Cognitive Coping Skills Workshop
As we realize this is a stressful time, the GSWI Team has decided to offer a one-hour Cognitive Coping Skills Workshop. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of identifying and challenging unhealthy thoughts associated with being a graduate students. Please register and we will send you a WebEx invitation on the 29th.
Monday, June 29, 2020 - Register Here
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Netflix Party
Register below to receive the invitation.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - Register Here
Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
College of Health Main Lobby
Presented information on healthy meals plans, recipes, and resources for eating well on a budget; presented by the graduate students in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Forum Room
Imposter Syndrome is defined as the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own skills. This feeling is commonly reported by graduate students. During this social learning community activity, we engaged in a “true crime” game night while connecting with other graduate students over shared experiences of imposter syndrome.
Students took a break from their studies to network with their fellow grad students! Snacks were provided and beverages were available from Books and Brews!
Past mixers were held at Books and Brews in Muncie.
Past mixer dates:
- Friday, December 6, 2019
- Friday, February 7, 2020
Thursday, January 9, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Students working on their master's thesis, projects, and doctoral dissertations, took advantage of a full day of writing during the first week of the semester. The fully subscribed, "A Write Start", workshop helped these students to launch their writing routine for the semester to help them ensure they meet their project deadlines.
Presentations on writing and lunch were provided.
"A Write Start" was a program developed and led by The Writing Center at Ball State & sponsored by The Graduate School.
Monday, February 3 - Monday, March 9, 2020
Mental Wellness Matters was a 5-week online community run through Canvas that was designed to help graduate students integrate mental health techniques and practices into their day-to-day lives in an attempt to reduce the impact stressors have on mental health. Students who completed the participation requirements received a completion certificate from the Graduate School in the mail, along with a Mental Wellness Matters computer decal and a Ball State Graduate School pen. Online students were welcome!
Keep an eye out for future sessions if you did not get a chance to register for this one!
Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
1300 West University Avenue
Graduate students joined us for a free Slow Flow yoga class at the Corner Mat in Muncie. Keep an eye on your email for future events!
Week of APRIL 6-10, 2020
Ball State celebrated National Graduate Student Appreciation Week (started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students).
Faculty and staff were asked to record appreciation videos to their graduate students and were displayed on the GSWI Facebook page.
A virtual coffee talk and a Netflix Movie Party were held over WebEx.
Resources for Graduate Students
If you have questions or are confused about a graduate student process or procedure or how to find information about something, the Graduate School website likely has the answer! Learn more.
Grants for Graduate Students
There are a number of grants (research and travel) just for graduate students. In 2018, the Graduate School, in collaboration with Sponsored Projects Administration, increased research and travel awards for students to up to $1,000 per student. Learn more.
If you find exceptional circumstances are getting in the way of keeping up in classes, consider a full course withdrawal by contacting this office. You must maintain a 3.0 graduate GPA to remain in your program, so sometimes withdrawing from classes is a good step while you regroup. Learn more.
The Multicultural Center works to create an environment of inclusive excellence at Ball State. They have many programs, services, and resources available to all students. Learn more.
The Counseling Center has multiple resources for on-campus and online students, including resources devoted to individually paced self-help programs. Learn more.
All Ball State students can reach out to the Career Center for assistance with resume and interview preparation, as well as connecting with professional networks for job-seeking. Learn more.
Every year University Libraries host a very comprehensive Thesis Research Workshop and have many services for students to use. Learn more.
During the first week of every semester, the Writing Center holds a Graduate School sponsored one-day writing boot camp for graduate students called “A Write Start” that trains students on tools and skills for approaching their large research and writing projects. The center also offers general writing help and Friday community writing sessions. Learn more.
This service lets students choose three pieces of free professional wear for work, school, or an internship. Make an appointment.
Let us know if you have questions or concerns by reaching out.