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Ball State, the third-largest university in a state that includes both Indiana University and Purdue University–and a tech powerhouse in its own right–hopes the five-year initiative will connect and strengthen existing technology areas and initiatives at Ball State, as well as provide needed human capital and foster economic development across the state and region.
According to Dave Ferguson, the newly appointed associate vice president of the initiative, the project has been in the works for a year. It builds on Ball State’s well funded and years-long track record of building digital media projects based on grants and initiatives. The Emerging Media Initiative will help identify and connect areas of technology excellence across a variety of disciplines at the university, Ferguson said, including “a strong media college, strong college of architecture and planning, and strong pockets within arts and humanities.” Read the rest of this entry »