Education

BY5’s Nature Play Coalition Wants More Families to Play Outside

By: Melissa Rose— Muncie, IN—Last summer, over 600 people participated in Delaware County’s first-ever Nature Play Days, a state-wide event run by Indiana Children and Nature Network and facilitated locally by Muncie & Delaware County BY5. The event, which offered forty-two separate activities for families to get outside and play, received positive attention from families and partners around the community. Now the Nature Play Coalition—that’s the planning arm of BY5’s Nature Play Days—is working to encourage outdoor play during winter…


Students to Get Free FAFSA Filing Help at College Goal Sunday

Indianapolis, IN – Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Ivy Tech Community College’s Muncie Cowan Road and Anderson 60th Street Campus locations as well as the John Jay Center for Learning in Portland. These locations are among the 39 sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free…


Ball State School of Music to Perform Masterworks Concert at The Palladium

By: BSU News— MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State University’s School of Music will make its debut at the Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Ryan Hourigan, the school’s director, said Masterworks concert at the Palladium is the largest ever performed by Ball State students. It will feature the school’s symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and a 200-plus-member choir in collaboration with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. “Some of our best faculty and students…


Five Muncie Central Seniors Signed with College Sports Teams

By: Holly Ford— Muncie IN—Five Muncie Central seniors have signed offers to join college athletic teams. On Wednesday, February 1, Central held a signing event for each student to sign with family, friends, teammates, and coaches present. Khamasi Muhiga signed with Ball State University to play tennis. He will double major in marketing and business management. Muhiga dreamed of joining BSU’s tennis team since he was a young boy. “I’ve wanted to play [at Ball State] since I was little,”…


Cartoonist Jim Davis to Discuss “The Business of Garfield” and Teach Art Classes at Ball State

By: Gail Werner—  MUNCIE, Ind. – Alumnus Jim Davis returns to the Ball State University campus this semester with more lessons from his life as creator of America’s favorite cartoon cat. He’ll discuss “The Business of Garfield” at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in Sursa Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is a continuation of Davis’s ongoing relationship with the university. The 1967 graduate made his teaching debut at Ball State this academic year, speaking…


Representative Wright Recognizes Daleville High School’s Finest

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—The General Assembly joined State Representative Melanie Wright (D-Yorktown) in recognizing three Daleville High School girls and the Daleville baseball team. Marlee Hobbs, Mackenzie Riddle and Morgan Riddle are all juniors at Daleville High School and have been performing together since they were in second grade. In sixth grade the girls arranged their signature version of the national anthem and performed it at a Daleville High School basketball game. This led to them performing at other school functions and…


Yorktown Middle School Students Win Best in State in Verizon App Challenge

By: Mike Rhodes— Yorktown, IN—Verizon awarded its Best in State Innovative Learning App Challenge to Yorktown Middle School. The Yorktown team received Verizon’s Innovative Learning App Challenge prizes at an afternoon rally today for the entire sixth-grade class. The rally was organized this afternoon by the school and nearly 200 students attended. Prizes included $5,000 for Yorktown Middle School and tablets with 4G LTE service for each team member. Students on the winning team were: Kolton Nanko, Aiden Riegle, Allie Wilhelm, Raya Tewari and Maria Alexander. The…


Geoffrey Mearns Named Incoming President for Ball State University

By: BSU Division of Strategic Communications— Muncie, IN—The Ball State University Board of Trustees today selected Geoffrey S. Mearns to become the institution’s 17th president. “Geoff Mearns is exactly the leader Ball State needs to move us boldly into the next 100 years,” said Board Chair Rick Hall. “His prior experience and knowledge of higher education will enable him to partner with our faculty, staff, and administration to provide Ball State students with a life-changing education.” “At the same time,…


State Representative Sue Errington Recognizes BSU Immersive Learning Project

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—The Indiana General Assembly joined State Representative Sue Errington (D-Muncie) in recognizing Ball State University’s Immersive Learning Project, “Unmasked: The Stigma of Meth.” This program — led by Terry Heifetz, an instructor of Telecommunications and News Director for Indiana Public Radio; Juli Metzger, instructor of Journalism and Coordinator of Unified Media in the College of Communications; John Osterhoudt, a student at Ball State; Tony Sandleben, a student at Ball State — allowed 26 students to examine the meth epidemic…


Al Rent Was an Icon for Ball State University and the Muncie Community

By: Gail Werner— Ball State University has lost an institutional icon. J. Allan Rent, known to the campus community as Al, was serving as executive director and general manager for public broadcasting operations at Ball State when he died after an extended illness. He was 73. “It’s an immeasurable loss, not only for public broadcasting but the city of Muncie and Ball State,” said Angie Rapp, marketing manager at WIPB-TV and Indiana Public Radio (IPR). “There was no one else…