Following is a list of recent, noteworthy mentions of Ball State in the national, regional, and Indiana media. Where possible, the appropriate links are provided. However, we cannot assure that all links will remain active for the duration of this listing. (Some sites may also require free registration or request demographic data before providing the information.)

October 14, 2020
Source: Fox 59
Story quotes CBER director Michael Hicks about the closing of a Kroger in Indianapolis. “During COVID, we have seen more of a demand for these goods, but they are shopping at big box stores like Costco or Walmart. They tend to absorb a lot of market share from traditional grocery stores like Kroger."
October 13, 2020
Source: WoofBoom
Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns provides an update on upcoming commencement plans, He reminds listeners that there will be no commencement his December.
October 13, 2020
Steve Horwitz, a Ball State economics professor, explains why the holiday shopping season kicks off with Amazon Prime Day. He says the season is now spread over several months.
October 13, 2020
Source: ABC57
Ball State professor Chad Kinsella talked about the Supreme Court hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. Kinsella will be regularly featured by the TV station this week.
October 12, 2020
Story notes a study by Paul Niekamp, an economics professor. He found that student travel contributed to the spread of COVID-19 last spring.
October 12, 2020
Source: WBND (ABC)
Chad Kinsella, political science professor, is interviewed for a story on the Supreme Court hearings and what is at stake for Democrats and Republicans and the American people. Kinsella’s provided insights on Republican’s blocking former-President Obama’s nominee in 2016 because it was an election year, and how might that play into Judge Coney Barrett’s hearing.
October 10, 2020
Story quotes CBER director Michael Hicks. One reason the pandemic hasn’t been as severe for manufacturing as for other industries is that the public health crisis has shifted consumer spending, he said
October 10, 2020
Source: Star Press
Story notes that Ball State has earned an A- rating from a website that rates college and university COVID-19 dashboards. "At Ball State University, our dashboard is a tool we are using to be transparent with our campus and the community," BSU spokesperson Kathy Wolf told The Star Press. "We are updating it daily to help keep people educated and informed as we navigate through this together. "
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.
October 8, 2020
Ball State has completed a major expansion project for its esports team. The university says the Sports Link Production Center will allow students to produce more live programming.
October 8, 2020
Story quotes Andy Luttrell, a psychological science professor, on his research into how people can be convinced to wear masks.
October 4, 2020
Source: WIBC FM
With many communities cancelling Halloween, parents may be forced to come up with their own holiday traditions, says Jill Walls, an associate professor of early childhood, youth, and family studies at Ball State.
October 3, 2020
Source: WIBC FM
Charles Taylor, director of Ball State's Bowen Center, says despite being ill with COVID-19, President Trump could still use digital methods to campaign.
October 2, 2020
Workers who haven’t been called back to their jobs face the prospect of prolonged joblessness and income loss, said CBER director Michael Hicks. Note: Subscription is required to view.
October 1, 2020
Source: WEHT TV
New research from Ball State University and a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University examined the effects of increased travel by college students on COVID-19 cases and mortality growth rates.
October 1, 2020
Your favorite bartender or waitress could soon be replaced by a mechanical counterpart on a future visit to the local pub or restaurant, says a new study from Ball State University.
September 29, 2020
Source: Star Press
Story notes Ball State has received a $250,000 donation to fund the design of the Grand Lawn Amphitheater project on the site of the former Emens Auditorium parking garage.
September 29, 2020
Source: Star Press
Photo gallery showcases tackles multiple construction projects on campus.
September 29, 2020
Source: MSN
Story profiles Mason Sharon, a theater student. When Sharon stepped on campus the first time for a visit, she "loved everything about it so much." She likes that the program is "super well-oiled" and that students are assured they will get into the classes they need to graduate in eight semesters.
September 27, 2020
Source: Forbes
The pandemic and its resulting distancing measures, not to mention the effect on the perceptions of the consumer in terms of dining safety, could move robots from behind the scenes into more customer facing roles. Some research, however, is already indicating that while consumers may be comfortable with robots at the quick service level, fine dining is an area where humanity will still hold sway. “The term ‘human touch’ kept coming up over and over and over again,” Dina Marie Zemke, associate professor of residential property management at Ball State in Muncie, and lead author of the study “How to Build a Better Robot for Quick-Service Restaurants,” told Restaurant Business. “People said, ‘I like to know that a person is handling my food. I like to know that human effort and the human touch is involved.’”
September 25, 2020
Source: KPC News
“If communities follow new guidance from the CDC for Halloween, families should consider creating new traditions that do not involve trick-or-treating, parties, and get-togethers,” said Jill Walls, an associate professor of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies at Ball State University in a media release.
September 25, 2020
Source: WoofBoom
September 24, 2020
Story focuses on Nick Elam, a professor in Teachers College, who spent the summer working for the Cincinnati Reds.
September 21, 2020
Ball State has received $5 million in grant funding from the Menard family and $1.5 million from the Charles Koch Foundation to fund two institutes.
September 21, 2020
Source: WRTV 6
A new Ball State study recently released in the 'Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research' found that the rise in labor costs will soon force restaurant owners to turn to robotics.