• Ball State University Center for Healthy Living (HLC) has been recognized for its dedication to the neighbors and the communities it serves.
The Healthy Community Alliance of East Central Indiana (HCA), at its annual meeting of partners, presented its “100,000 Dr. George Branam Memorial Award” to the Healthy Lifestyle Center. The annual award is presented to an organization that supports the work of the HCA through exceptional leadership, innovative collaborations and unwavering dedication to improving the health and well-being of the community, according to a statement.
“This award has special meaning for me personally, as I have enjoyed Dr Branam as a personal mentor for many years and have benefited immensely from his friendship and collegiality,” said Leonard Kaminsky, director of the Fisher Institute for Health and Well-Being at Ball. State. “Speaking on behalf of our dedicated faculty, staff and collaborators, we deeply appreciate this recognition and look forward to continuing to serve our fellow community members. “
The “100,000 Prize” is named in honor of the late George Branam, a “steadfast champion of community health and wellness,” according to the HCA. The number 100,000 represents the kilometers traveled by Branam in his lifetime to train and participate in 66 running marathons.
Ball State’s Healthy Lifestyle Center, which has been in operation since 2018, strives to help individuals adopt healthy lifestyles to improve their personal health and well-being, which will translate into better outcomes for the health of the people of Delaware County. The HLC provides education, services and programs to the local community, while using the resources of Ball State’s College of Health to provide individual and group consultations from staff specializing in nutrition, human sciences. exercise, health behavior change, social support services, fall prevention and medicine.
The Healthy Lifestyle Center, which has received several grants from the Ball Brothers Foundation and other agencies, operates primarily from the Health Professions Building on the Ball State campus, but also provides support services to Meridian Health Services on Tillotson Avenue. .
For more information on the Healthy Lifestyle Center, call 765-285-1293 or email [email protected]
• Aaron Paige, an assistant professor of music (voice) at Ball State University, was one of 35 people chosen for a scholarship program designed to uplift and engage black and Latin music educators.
Paige is in the inaugural class of the Future of Music Faculty scholarship program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), according to a statement from Ball State.
“I am honored to have been selected,” Paige said in the statement. “None of this would be possible without (retired) music teacher Meryl Mantione and associate professor of musical performance Yoko Shimazaki-Kilburn. As Ball State faculty mentors, these academics are prime examples of this university’s commitment to nurturing young talent. Their constant encouragement – even when I sometimes don’t deserve it – inspires me every day to become a better teacher, a better leader and a better cardinal.
Paige is a former member of the Singing Sergeants of the United States Air Force Band, where he served as the tenor section chief. His time in the Air Force Band included 12 nationwide tours, two Super Bowls, and performances of the national anthem at 47 professional sporting events. He has performed for a few US presidents, as well as heads of state from Italy, France, China, Croatia, Poland, Canada and Lithuania.
Paige has presented lectures and recitals on African-American music in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute of the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of African Art. He has also been a soloist at the White House, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and DAR Constitution Hall.
The inaugural Future of Music Faculty Fellowship class was unveiled at the end of June. Selection for this program involved a competitive process that attracted 160 applicants from 30 states and seven countries. Applicants were considered based on the strength of their musical education, training, and application material, as well as their dedication, skills, and drive to succeed in the complex world of academia.
Members of this inaugural scholarship class come from 20 states across America. Their fields of study include instrumental, jazz and vocal performance; music education; composition; conduct; and ethnomusicology, musicology and music theory.
• Susan mcdowell, vice-president of research at Ball State University, has been appointed to the Research Leaders Council of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
The APLU Council on Research (CoR), which is made up of senior research officers from the country’s public research universities, established the scholarship to enable new vice-presidents, vice-chancellors or vice-presidents of research, or aspiring to these positions, to develop new knowledge and essential skills.
McDowell, who is one of eight new fellows, will join three previous cohorts of fellows who were selected earlier this summer and presented at the CoR 2021 virtual summer meeting.
In his role at Ball State, McDowell provides leadership for the administration of the university’s sponsored projects and the Office of Research Integrity. She also manages the teacher-researcher program, which offers first and second year students the opportunity to collaborate with research mentors. McDowell is also the Ball State leader in the Aspire Alliance, which is part of the National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) program.
McDowell received a bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education from Thomas More College, a doctorate. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and conducted postgraduate training at Eli Lilly & Co.
Announcements of awards, scholarships and other honors awarded to residents and local entities can be sent to Robin Gibson at [email protected]