Education

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…


Muncie Central Welcomes New Assistant Principal Steve Douglas

By: Ana Pichardo & Holly Ford— Muncie, IN—On Monday, January 23, Mr. Steve Douglas will join Muncie Central as an Assistant Principal. Mr.Douglas served in the Indianapolis Public Schools for over 25 years. His professional experience in education includes Industrial Technology Teacher, Interim Principal, Vice Principal, Dean, Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, Head Track Coach, and Varsity Wrestling Coach. He comes to Muncie Community Schools after serving a brief period with the Chrysler Corporation as a People Development Specialist, further enhancing…


FCA Baseball Honors Ball State Head Coach Rich Maloney with Jerry Kindall Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Last weekend at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention in Anaheim, Calif., Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) Baseball honored Ball State University head baseball coach Rich Maloney with the 2017 Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award. Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Annual Award Recognizes a College or High School Baseball Coach Who Exemplifies Character, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork and Service FCA Baseball presents the Kindall Award each year at the ABCA Convention to the college or high school baseball coach who best exemplifies the Christian principles…


Ball State University’s Online Graduate Programs Ranked Among Nation’s Best

MUNCIE, IN – Three graduate programs at Ball State University are ranked in the top 20 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Online Programs.” The magazine ranked the university’s online master in business administration (MBA) at 12th, with nursing at 13th and education at 16th. The publication also ranked Ball State’s online bachelor’s programs at 36th. In 2016,education was 11th, MBA was 12th and nursing was 23rd while online bachelor’s programs were 34th. Ball State has a tradition…


Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region Board of Trustees Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Regional Board of Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region will meet in Executive Session at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Ivy Tech Muncie Fisher Campus, 345 South High Street. The East Central Regional Board of Trustees will hold a regular Board meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Ivy Tech Muncie Fisher Campus, 345 South High Street. Reports from the Region’s staff will be…


Community Foundation Awarded $1,000 to Support More Teachers in Delaware County

Muncie, IN – The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County has been awarded $1,000 by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year. Phil Amos, general manager of the Muncie Staples, nominated The Community Foundation and acted as a local champion for this award. The grant dollars will support the Robert P….


Three MCS Administrators Transition into New Roles

By: Ana Pichardo and Holly Ford— Muncie, IN—Three Muncie Community Schools administrators are transitioning to new positions within the corporation. Dea Moore-Young, former Grissom Elementary Principal, has been appointed Interim Director of Elementary Education. “I am excited about the direction MCS is going,” said Mrs. Moore-Young, “and I am very thankful that Dr. Baule has given me this opportunity to join his leadership team as we move forward in doing what is best for MCS students. I am thrilled for…


Therapy Puppies to be at Muncie Central Girls’ Varsity Game—Muncie Central Raising Funds to Adopt Therapy Dog

By: Ana Pichardo and Holly Ford— Muncie, IN —Muncie Central High School is raising funds to purchase a hypoallergenic therapy dog who will support students academically, physically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. The dog will belong to the school and be present during the school day to benefit students. Muncie Central Counselor Sabrina McKnight will be the dog’s primary caretaker. According to Mrs. McKnight, adopting a therapy dog is a proactive approach to meeting students’ needs. Muncie Central’s therapy dog  will be…