April 2021 News

Academy Senior Wins Photography Competition

Friday, April 30, 2021

Magda Alvis’ first place photograph
Magda Alvis’ first place photograph

Academy senior Magda Alvis placed first in the 15-18 age group in the 2021 Kimball Electronics Gives Nature Photography Contest. She also placed second and received two honorable mentions. The winners were announced during a virtual awards ceremony on Earth Day, April 22.

The contest was open to employees of Kimball Electronics as well as the general public, and submissions were received from several states and foreign countries. Money raised by the competition is donated to various charities, including those specifically chosen by category winners. Magda’s winnings will be donated to an environmental cause in southwestern Indiana.

Honorable MentionHonorable Mention
Magda’s Honorable Mention photographs

Dr. Kallmeyer Awarded Community Foundation Grant

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Board of Directors of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County Inc., has announced that Dr. Diane Kallmeyer, Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology and Chemistry, has been awarded a Robert P. Bell Education Grant for the fourth quarter. Diane’s grant will be used to provide art supplies for her May Term class. Congratulations to Dr. Kallmeyer for this award and recognition.


Academic Super Bowl Results

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tuesday, April 20 was the area competition for Academic Super Bowl, with the theme “The American Woman 1920-2020.”

The Indiana Academy had 22 students compete in content areas of English, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and Interdisciplinary in this year’s virtual contest, and we are thrilled to announce that the Math team scored 1st out of the 60 schools in our class, and the Science team scored 3rd in our class. These two teams will be advancing to the state competition on May 8th. Only the top six teams in each category advance.

Special thanks go to Kim Foltz for proctoring the competition, which was a grueling four hours in length!

Indiana Academy Team Results:

  • Interdisciplinary came in 34th with a score of 13/25
  • Fine Arts came in 22nd with a score of 14/25
  • English came in 12th with a score of 21/25
  • Social Studies came in 9th with a score of 15/25
  • Science came in 3rd with a score of 22/25 (State Qualifiers!)
  • Math came in 1st with a score of 20/25 (State Qualifiers!)

More information on Academic Super Bowl and complete results.


One Academy Day Raises Over $37,000

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

On April 6, 2021, we celebrated One Academy Day as part of the larger One Ball State Day initiative. Over the course of 24 hours, the entire Academy family – students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and administration – shared stories, remembered our 30-year history, and made a record-breaking number of gifts to ensure a bright future.

261 donors from 34 states and the District of Columbia made 287 gifts, which – along with $3,500 in challenge awards from Ball State University – raised $37,695 for the Academy and its programs. The Academy had more donors than any other part of Teachers College, and more donors than almost every other unit at Ball State, finishing third overall.

We are exceedingly grateful to everyone who participated in One Academy Day, sharing their memories and pictures, encouraging each other to give, and for being a part of the Academy family!

Learn more about One Academy Day.


Indiana Academy Commencement Information

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Dear Indiana Academy 2020 and 2021 Graduates and Families:

We are excited to announce that we have secured a venue that will allow for an on-campus in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. The commencement date is Saturday, May 29 @ 11:30 a.m. and will be held in Worthen Arena on Ball State University’s campus.

The Class of 2020 missed their commencement ceremony last year and this larger venue will allow for their return and adequate spacing of all students and families. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is an attendance limit inside the arena and we will need to ticket the event. We anticipate at least 6 tickets per graduate (and possibly more). To help us determine if more tickets are possible and assist in the distribution of tickets, we are asking all students/families to complete the following survey.

Commencement Survey

Please answer all of the questions in the survey, including the address you would like tickets sent to. Students not on campus will have tickets sent to the address provided. Students on campus will be given their tickets directly prior to the commencement ceremony.

Please complete this survey no later than Friday, April 23, 2021. Additional details on this year’s commencement will be provided in the coming weeks.

Please note that additional changes to this year’s commencement are possible due to the continually changing COVID-19 pandemic. The Indiana Academy will follow all recommendations provided by Ball State University and the Delaware County Health Department.

Dain Kavars
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Interim Executive Director
Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-8126


Indiana Academy Gameathon Results

Monday, April 12, 2021

From Saturday, April 10, to Sunday, April 11, 35 students participated in the Indiana Academy 24 hour Gameathon hosted by Beta Club and Key Club. This event was a charity marathon that raised money through Extra Life, a non-for-profit that partners with Children’s Miracle Network to support children’s hospitals like Riley Hospital. In total, the Academy team raised $2,579 and ranked 48th as a team on Extra Life’s team leaderboards. This was by far the most money ever raised during an Academy Gameathon.