August is here and the start of the 2017 school year is right around the corner. 

While you enjoy some of those last visits to the pool this summer, be sure to save some time to look at some of the biggest stories from the Ball State Daily News this past week.

Ball State professor returns from London with World Champions  - July 28, 2017 

Larry Judge and his athletes went into the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships with one goal – to sweep the competition. 

And there was never any doubt. ... Read more.

Ball State improves on-time graduation rate, according to report - July 28, 2017

According to the 2017 College Completion Report released by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, more Hoosier students are earning degrees and graduating on time. 

Within the past five years, on-time graduation rates have increased by more than 11 percent and the completion gap between minority students and the overall student population has been cut nearly in half, according to a press release. ... Read more.

MPD officer takes community leaders on the road - Aug. 1, 2017

One Muncie Police Department officer has dedicated his Wednesday afternoons to bringing community leaders out on the road with him. 

After having multiple conversations with his father, Chief Joe Winkle, about how the department could "boost the image" and get their "name out there," Chase Winkle decided to get the community involved by hosting ride-alongs during his shifts.  ... Read more.

Ball State warns students about fraudulent emails - Aug. 1, 2017

Even though campus isn't as busy during the summer, a large number of fraudulent emails are being sent to Ball State faculty, staff and students, according to the Office of Information Security Services. 

The fraudulent emails are often forged to appear as if they are coming from university officials, urging the recipient to open an attached PDF file or click on a link, which then directs the user to enter their password. ... Read more.

Board of Trustees announces President Mearns' installation - Aug. 1, 2017

The Ball State Board of Trustees have announced and invited the university and Muncie community to participate in President Geoffrey S. Mearns' upcoming installation. 

"The investiture of a president is an important tradition in the life of any university, including Ball State," Board Chair Rick Hall wrote in university-wide email. "It is a new beginning that honors both our accomplishments to date and our vision for the future." ... Read more.

5 Ball State research studies you should know about - Aug. 3, 2017

It has been a busy summer for Ball State. Campus has welcomed a new president, undergone major construction changes and had famous alumnus David Letterman donate more than 1,000 items to the university.    

But Ball State has made other news headlines these past couple of weeks with colleges and professors conducting, publishing and sharing some influential studies. ... Read more.