Education

Ball State, YMCA Partnership Repurposes Mitchell Elementary Into Early Childhood Education and Family Center

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN – A closed elementary school in the heart of Muncie’s Halteman Village neighborhood will be repurposed into a child care center for infants to age 5, thanks to a new partnership between Ball State University and the YMCA of Muncie. Ball State will soon begin renovating the former Mitchell Elementary School. When renovations are finished this August, the facility will house programs currently offered by the YMCA’s Apple Tree Child Development Center…


Two Royerton Elementary School Robotics Teams Qualify For World Championship

By: Ryan Hunter, TechWise Academy— Royerton, IN—Over 200 elementary schools from across Indiana converged on Lucas Oil Stadium to compete in the Indiana VEX Robotics State Championship on March 9th. Two of those teams – the Robo Pirates and the Yellow Jackets – were from Royerton Elementary School. To even make it to the State Championship was a great accomplishment considering Indiana has over 1100 elementary VEX Robotics teams (the most of any state in the country). These two teams, however,…


Winchester Student Andrew Toney Is Winner Of WIPB Spelling Bee

By: Michelle Kinsey— Muncie, IN— After 35 rounds, Andrew Toney spelled his way to the top spot at the fourth WIPB-TV Spelling Bee. After the competition ended, Toney, a student at Lee L. Driver Middle School in Winchester, said he was feeling “very nice.” Toney, a seventh grade student, will now go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May near Washington, D.C. Fifty school champions from Delaware, Jay, Blackford, Randolph, Madison and Henry counties competed this year…


Annual WIPB Spelling Bee To Take Place March 9th

By: Michelle Kinsey— Muncie, IN – Fifty-five spellers are scheduled to compete in the fourth WIPB Spelling Bee, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, in Sursa Performance Hall, on the campus of Ball State University. WIPB will be broadcasting the regional bee LIVE as well as streaming the event on the PBS station’s website, www.wipb.org. Students will compete from schools in Delaware, Blackford, Jay, Randolph, Madison and Henry counties. The Ball State University Teachers College has generously contributed the…


AAUW Offers Scholarship For Nontraditional Students

By: Sheryl Swingley— Muncie, IN—Applications for the American Association of University Women, Muncie Branch, nontraditional student scholarship are due Monday, April 1. The form to apply for the scholarship must be secured no later than Monday, March 25. The scholarship is worth $1,500 and is available for the 2019-2020 academic year, effective Aug. 1, 2019, through July 31, 2020. The scholarship must be used for tuition, health fee, books, and other classroom-related expenses for the year, including summer session. To apply, applicants…


Ivy Tech Community College To Offer Express Enrollment Registration Events In Muncie

By: Shawn Carmichael— Muncie, Indiana – Ivy Tech Community College will be offering several Express Enrollment events on January 31, February 7, 13, 14, 21, and 28 at their Muncie Cowan Road location. Express Enrollment offers prospective students a “one-stop” experience in the enrollment process and does not require an appointment. Muncie Campus Express Enrollment Center January 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. February 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. February 13 from 9:00 a.m….


Ball State Mourns The Passing Of Veteran Journalist And Professor Steve Bell

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications— Muncie, Indiana – Ball State University and the Muncie community is mourning the passing of Steve Bell, a veteran national broadcast journalist and a longtime telecommunications professor. Bell, 83, who taught at Ball State from 1992 to 2007, died Friday. During his long and storied career in journalism for ABC News, he was on the front lines of several major historical events, including the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, and…


Opinion: Cradle To Career—Mobilizing A Community Approach To Public Education

By: James R. Williams— Horace Mann founded the common school movement that formed the basis for universal American public education. When Mann’s work started in the 1840s, the Industrial Revolution was underway. Americans were educating students to work in an agrarian, mercantile, and light industrial economy. “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men [and women], and the balance wheel of social machinery.”—Horace Mann   Public schools adapted as we…


Representative For ICPE to Address Status of Education at AAUW Meeting

By: Sheryl Swingley— Muncie, IN—A representative of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education will be the guest speaker for the next American Association of University Women, Muncie Branch, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at Motivate Our Minds, 2023 E. Highland Ave. The topic of the discussion will be “The State of Public Education in Indiana.” The meeting is open to the public. The ICPE speaker is Tim Skinner, a former three-term member of the Indiana Senate from…


One in 10 Americans May Suffer From Severe Weather Phobia According To BSU Professor

By: Marc Ransford— With the potential of a major winter storm ready to slam into the Midwest, Marc Ransford writes about a Ball State geography professor’s study concerning why many people are scared of storms.  Muncie, IN—One in 10 Americans may suffer from severe weather phobia that causes them to lose sleep or have feelings of helplessness, says a researcher at Ball State University. “Severe weather phobia is very real,” says Jill Coleman, a Ball State geography professor and lead…