Graduate Student Wellness Mixer

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 2020-2021 are Lauren Wruble and Steven Scally.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Coffee Talk Series

Join us for connection and discussion with other grad students! All sessions held via Zoom. We will email the link regularly from GradWellness. 

All times are Eastern.

Monday: November 23rd
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday's: September 8th, September 22nd, October 6th, October 20th, November 3rd, November 17th, December 1st, and December 15th
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Wednesday's: September 16th, September 30th, October 14th, October 28th, November 11th, November 23rd, and December 9th
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Yoga with Lo

All times are Eastern.

Digital Thursday's: September 3rd, September 10th, September 24th, October 1st, October 15th, October 22nd, November 5th, November 12th, November 19th, December 3rd
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Outdoor Saturday's (Location-TBD and weather permitting): September 26th and October 10th
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

Mental Wellness Matters

Sessions will begin Tuesday, September 8 and Tuesday, October 13

Mental Wellness Matters is 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 complete the participation requirements will receive 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 are welcome! Keep an eye out on an email from gradwellness. 

Socially Distanced Wellness Walks

Get out of the house and come join us and meet other graduate students on a socially distanced wellness walk around Muncie. You can find more information in e-mail communications sent from All times are Eastern.

Saturday, October 17, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.- Enjoy a picnic after the walk
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.- Join us for a walk around the Muncie Farmers Market
Saturday, November 7, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.- Enjoy bagels, donuts, and coffee after the walk

Netflix Movie Parties

All times are Eastern.

Friday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Virtual Mixers

All times are Eastern.

Friday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Past Events

Week of SEPTEMBER 7-12, 2020

The Graduate Student Wellness Initiative (GSWI) hosted a variety of events including digital coffee talks, a take away breakfast, yoga via Zoom, a healthy habits workshop, picnic social, and a socially distanced community walk on the White River Path. 

Nutrition Workshop participants

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.
Student Center

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.
Corner Mat
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

The Graduate School

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.

Resources for Teaching Assistants (TA's) and Graduate Student Instructors

The TA workshop was hosted by Cheri Ellefson, Lead Instructional Consultant, and Sarah Ackermann, Executive Director for Teaching Innovation of the Division of Online and Strategic Learning. Learn more.

The Graduate School has created a Canvas community for confidential resources and discussion community for teaching assistants (TA's) and student instructors of record. Please register here

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 $700 per student. Learn more.

Office of Retention and Graduation

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.

Multicultural Center

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

The Counseling Center has multiple resources for on-campus and online students, including resources devoted to individually paced self-help programs. Learn more.

The Career Center

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.

University Libraries

Every year University Libraries host a very comprehensive Thesis Research Workshop and have many services for students to use. Learn more.

The Writing Center

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.

Cardinal Closet by the Student Action Team

This service lets students choose three pieces of free professional wear for work, school, or an internship. Make an appointment.

More Information

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