Diane Watters

66 Contributed Events:

Jun 4, 2019


Jul 2, 2019


  • The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You - Parts 1 & 2 10am to 11:15am @ The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Ball State University 400 Minnetrista Boulevard, Muncie
    Cost: No Charge - Reservations Required
    Ages: 18+

    A police officer places a GPS device on a suspected drug dealer’s car to trace his whereabouts and build a case against him. A popular retail store uses predictive analytics to send pregnancy-related advertising to a teenager who has yet to tell her parents about her condition. A Kentucky man shoots down a neighbor’s drone that is flying over his private property. The news is full of stories like these, in which new technologies lead to dilemmas that could not have been imagined just a few decades ago. The 21st century has seen remarkable technological advances, with many wonderful benefits. But with these advances come new questions about privacy, security, civil liberties, and more.

    Each class includes two 30-minute lectures.

    You may sign up for the entire series in each part and attend only the sessions you want.  

    Part 1

    Six Tuesdays, July 2 - August 6
    10-11:15 a.m.

    July 2: Security, Liberty, or Neither?; and The Charlie Hebdo Tragedy
    July 9: East Germany’s Stasi State; and Surveillance in America
    July 16: Failing to Connect the Dots on 9/11; and The U.S. Spy Network in Action
    July 23: Big Data’s Shadow; and Some Problems with Privacy
    July 30: Under Observation: The Panopticon Effect; and Drones, Drones Everywhere
    August 6: Biometrics: Eyes, Fingers, Everything; and Hacking, Espionage, and Surveillance

    Part 2

    Six Tuesdays, October 22 - November 26
    10-11:15 a.m.

    You may attend Part 2 without having attended Part 1. 

    Oct. 22: Local Police on the Cyber Beat; and Geolocation: Tracking You and Your Data
    Oct. 29: Internet Surveillance; and Metadata: Legal or Not
    Nov. 5: Technology Outruns the Law; and Your Personal Data Is the Product
    Nov. 12: The Internet of Things; and Anonymity: Going off the Grid
    Nov. 19 Code Breaking versus Code Making; and Europe’s Right to Be Forgotten
    Nov. 26: National Security and the First Amendment; and The Privacy Debate Needs You

Jul 30, 2019


Aug 1, 2019


Aug 6, 2019


  • Medical School For Everyone: Emergency Medicine-Part 1 5pm to 6:30pm @ The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Ball State University 400 Minnetrista Boulevard, Muncie
    Cost: No Charge - Reservations Required
    Ages: 18+

    This DVD series, produced by The Great Courses, gives you the chance to experience first-hand the drama, scientific detective work, and medical insights in an everyday emergency department. Presented by board-certified physician and educator Dr. Roy Benaroch of Emory University’s School of Medicine, the lectures are a introduction to emergency medicine and the emergency department educational experiences of medical students around the world. 

    The sessions allow you to “shadow” Dr. Benaroch on his shifts, and sometimes even venture off-site, you’ll encounter patients coming in with a variety of symptoms and complaints—some of which are easily diagnosed and treated, and some of which are more life-threatening than they first appear. By the end of this program, you’ll have a stronger knowledge of, and greater respect for, emergency medicine and the brave doctors who practice it.


    1st and 3rd Tuesday
    August 6-Oct. 15
    5-6:30 p.m.

    Topics Covered (two, 30-minute lectures per class):

    Aug. 6: Triage in Emergency Medicine; and Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Fast
    Aug. 20:Emergency Medicine Means Thinking Again; and The Story Is the Diagnosis 
    Sept. 3: Hidden Clues in the Emergency Department;and Treat the Patient, Treat the Family 
    Sept. 17: Chest Pain; and Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom
    Oct. 1: Who Needs the Emergency Department?; and Altered Mental Status
    Oct. 15: Simple Symptoms, Serious Illness; and In an Emergency, Protect Yourself First

Aug 8, 2019


Aug 23, 2019


  • Growing Up in the Sixties 10am to 11:15am @ The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Ball State University 400 Minnetrista Boulevard, Muncie
    Cost: No Charge - Reservations Required
    Ages: 18+

    Who knew, when the 1960’s began, that this decade would be like no other in American history? Terry will share with you the memories and experiences he had from living on Bethel Avenue to being stationed in South Vietnam. Drawing from his writings in his blog, Growingupinthesixties.com, he will talk about entering the decade at ten years old with the election of JFK and all the dreams of a better world, through preteen anxieties, laughing at high school immaturity, experiencing marriage at eighteen, becoming a father, and culminating with being wounded in Vietnam. 

    Terry grew up in Muncie and Yorktown and attended Ball State University. He is the past president of Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and the Bi-Centennial Commission.  His is also the former owner of Fauquher’s Flowers, and you may remember him as a long-time manager at Bradburn Oldsmobile Cadillac. You will enjoy his sentimental journey down the streets and alleys of Neely addition and his ability to remember and poke fun at growing up in the sixties.   

Aug 29, 2019


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Sep 27, 2019


  • Beginning Needlepoint 9:30am to 12:30pm @ The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Ball State University 400 Minnetrista Boulevard, Muncie
    Cost: $30
    Ages: 18+

    Instructor: Mrs. Linda Burkhardt, owner, Elegant Needleworks, Inc.

    The roots of needlepoint go back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, who used small slanted stitches to sew up their canvas tents.  Archaeologst Howard Carter, who is known for discovering King Tut's tomb, found some needlepoint in the cave of a pharaoh who had lived around 15,000 BC.  Today, needlepoint offers a wide range of possibilities for self-expression.  In this class, you'll learn the techniques and stitches necessary to finish the project provided in class.  A painted canvas and supplies are provided.

    You may register for one or both of these sessions: Pumpkin Project, Fri, Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.

    Stitchers will complete a patchwork pumpkin that can be made into a pillow, quilted wall hanging, framed picture, or a placemat for a table.  As many as six different needlepoint stitches will be taught to complete this pumpkin, with the stitcher able to choose how many different stitches will be used.  This project is designed for the beginning needlepointer and comes with additional challenges for the experienced needlepointer. 

    Christmas Tree Project, Fri., Oct. 25, 9:30a.m-12:30p.m.

    Stitchers will complete a tiered Christmas tree with a variety of needlepoint stitches.  This project will lend itself to be finished as a pillow, quilted wall hanging, or framed picture.  It is designed for the beginning needlepointer and comes with additional challenged for the experienced needlepointer.

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Oct 7, 2019


Oct 30, 2019


  • Beginning Genealogy 10am to 11:30am @ The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Ball State University 400 Minnetrista Boulevard, Muncie
    Cost: No Charge - Reservations Required
    Ages: 18+

    Instructor: Mrs. Karen Good, board member and chair of Ancestor Hunters, Delaware County Historical Society; and the Indiana County Genealogist for Delaware County.

    Tracing your roots is a way to document history and family information that you can pass along to future generations.  With many resources available online, genealogy is becoming popular and easier to accomplish.  Class is for those with little or no previous knowledge of geneaology. 

    Topics covered each session:

    Oct. 30-Genealogy 101:
    Will focus on general standards (i.e., how genealogist write dates among other htings) and discuss how to get started with your family tree.

    Nov. 6-Forms and Documents: Will discuss census records, birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, land records, etc., as well as the type of information that can be obtained from these forms.

    Nov. 13-Organization: Will examine several different ways to organize all the information that you find.

    Nov. 20-Software and Free Websites: Will take a look at these different software programs on the market as well as some of the free websites available to help you do your research.

Nov 6, 2019


Nov 14, 2019


Dec 13, 2019