• Ball State University Healthy Lifestyle Center (HLC) has been recognized for its dedication to its neighbors and the communities it serves.
The East Central Indiana Healthy Communities Alliance (HCA), at its annual partners meeting, presented the “100,000 Award to Remember Dr. George Branam” to the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle. The annual award is given to organizations that support HCA’s work through outstanding leadership, innovative collaboration, and unwavering dedication to improving people’s health and well-being, according to the release.
“This award has special meaning for me personally, because I appreciate Dr. Branam has served as a personal mentor for many years and has benefited greatly 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 greatly appreciate this recognition and look forward to continuing to serve our fellow members of our community.”
The “100,000 Awards” award was named in honor of the late George Branam, “an steadfast champion of public health and well-being,” according to HCA. The 100,000 represents the distance Branam has completed training for, and competing in, 66 marathons.
The Ball State Healthy Lifestyle Center, which has been in operation since 2018, seeks to assist individuals in practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve their personal health and well-being, which will result in improved health outcomes for residents of the County of Delaware. HLC provides education, services, and programming to local communities, while also leveraging resources from Ball State’s College of Health to provide individual and group consultation of staff with expertise in nutrition, exercise science, health behavior change, social support services, fall prevention and drugs.
The Center for Healthy Lifestyles, which has received numerous 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 at Meridian Health Services on Tillotson Avenue.
For more information about the Healthy Lifestyle Center, call 765-285-1293, or email email@example.com.
• Aaron Paige, assistant professor of music (voice) at Ball State University, was one of only 35 people selected for a fellowship program designed to enhance and engage Black and Latin music educators.
Paige is part of the inaugural class of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Future School of Music Scholarship Program, according to a release from Ball State.
“I’m honored to be selected,” Paige said in the release. “All of this would not have been possible without (retired) Music professor Meryl Mantione and associate teaching professor of Musical Performance Yoko Shimazaki-Kilburn. As Ball State faculty mentors, these scholars are pure examples of the University’s commitment to nurturing young talent. Their relentless drive — even when I don’t deserve it sometimes — drives me every day to become a better teacher, leader, and Cardinal.”
Paige is a former member of the Singing Sergeant of the United States Air Force Band, where she held the position of tenor leader. His time in the Air Force Band included 12 national tours, two Super Bowls, and performances of the national anthem at 47 professional sporting events. He has appeared for several 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 at the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of African Art. He has also been featured soloist at the White House, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and DAR Constitution Hall.
The inaugural Future Music Faculty Fellowship Class was inaugurated at the end of June. Selection for the program involves a competitive process that attracts 160 applicants from 30 states and seven countries. Applicants are considered on the strength of their musical background, educational materials and applications, and their dedication, skill and drive to succeed in a complex academic world.
Members of this inaugural fellowship class come from 20 states across America. Their fields of study include instrumental, jazz and vocal performances; music education; composition; To do; and ethnomusicology, musicology and music theory.
• Susan McDowell, vice chancellor for research at Ball State University, has been appointed to the Council of the Association of State Universities and Land Grants (APLU) for Fellow Research Leaders.
The APLU Research Council (CoR), which is made up of senior research officers at national public research universities, creates fellowships to enable individuals who are new vice presidents, vice-chancellors or vice-chancellors for research, or aspire to these positions, to develop knowledge and critical new skills.
McDowell, who is one of eight new partners, will join the three previous peer cohorts selected earlier this Summer and introduced at the 2021 CoR Virtual Summer Meeting.
In his role at Ball State, McDowell provided leadership to the university’s Sponsored Projects Administration and the Office of Research Integrity. He also manages the Teacher-Scholar Programme, which provides opportunities for first and second year students to collaborate with research mentors. McDowell also serves as Ball State leader in the Aspire Alliance, part of the INCLUDES (Inclusion in the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) program funded by the National Science Foundation.
McDowell received a baccalaureate degree in biology and secondary education from Thomas More College, Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, and conducted postdoctoral training at Eli Lilly & Co.
Announcements of awards, scholarships and other awards awarded to local residents and entities can be sent to Robin Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.