Education

John Frank Football League Engages Local Youth

By: Commissioner, Dennis Lee Tyler, The John Frank Football League— Muncie, IN—John Frank League honors Mr. John Frank, a long-time Muncie educator and coach.  John Frank lost his battle with cancer July 17th, 2005. He began teaching for Muncie Community Schools in 1972 at Mckinley Junior High School.  During his time as an educator, John was an inspiration to all who knew him. This memorial embodies his passion for developing our youth. He is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Margery,…


Ivy Tech To Host ‘Demo Day’ on August 2nd

By: Jennifer S. Gasiorek, Executive Director of Strategic Communications— Muncie, IN—Ivy Tech Community College is holding a special event to celebrate the new exciting transformation that downtown Muncie will begin to see over the next few months.  On Aug. 2, the community can come say goodbye to the Old Star Press Building at the corner of Main and High streets.  The building is set to be demolished the week of Aug. 6. “We are really excited about Demo Day. We want…


Delaware County Schools Receive $1.39 Million Award From Lilly Endowment

By: Tammy Pearson, Project Leadership Director— Delaware County, IN—Eight Delaware County school corporations have received a collaborative grant totaling $1,393,400 countywide from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of the Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students. Burris Laboratory School, Cowan Community Schools, Daleville Community Schools, Inspire Academy, Liberty-Perry Community Schools, Muncie Community Schools, Wes-Del Community Schools and Yorktown Community Schools were eight of 39 school corporations and charter schools in Indiana selected during a second round of grants to help schools…


Ivy Tech Community College to Offer Two New Associate Degrees

By: Kelsey Batten— Indianapolis, IN – Ivy Tech Community College has received approval to offer the Associate of Science in Secondary Education with concentrations in Mathematics or Biology. Fifteen locations will begin offering the degree, starting in Fall 2018, including: Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Lake County, Lawrenceburg, Muncie, Richmond, Sellersburg, South Bend/Elkhart, Terre Haute and Valparaiso. “One of Ivy Tech’s primary goals is to offer programs that are aligned to workforce needs,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of…


Ivy Tech’s Associate Accelerated Program Achieves 90 Percent Retention Rate

By: Kelli Schnetzer— Indianapolis, IN— During the 2017-2018 school year, Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) achieved a 90 percent student retention rate. Through the program, 154 students were able to earn an associate degree in less than one year’s time. Ivy Tech’s ASAP program provides at-risk high school students facing life and family issues that prevent them from completing a degree, the opportunity to earn a marketable and transferable associate degree on a full-time basis in just 11…


Ball State University Appoints New Muncie Community Schools Board

By: Marc Ransford— MUNCIE, Indiana — Today, the Ball State University Board of Trustees appointed a new seven-member board to govern the Muncie Community Schools (“MCS”). “I am grateful that these seven leaders are willing to assume this important new responsibility of overseeing the future of our local schools. I am confident they will serve with skill, courage, civility, and compassion,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “Each member of this new board has a passion for Muncie and…


Community Foundation Announces More 2018 Scholarship Recipients 

By: Kallie Sullanke, Community Engagement Officer— Muncie, IN—Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients: Michelle Hill, of Ivy Tech Community College, is a recipient of the Hurley and Fredine (Wynn) Goodall Scholarship. Michelle is studying business administration. Patrick Kelley, of Ivy Tech Community College, is a recipient of the East Central Opportunities Scholarship. Patrick is studying to become a physical therapy assistant. Brandi Lambertson, of Ball State University, is a recipient of the George and Nelda Van Laningham Scholarship. Kaitlyn Landers,…


Muncie Central High School Holds ‘Class of 1968’ Reunion

By: David Martin, MCHS Class of 1968— Muncie, IN—The weekend of June 8-10 was momentous for a very special group of people, and the City of Muncie.  The Muncie Central High School Class of 1968 converged on the heart of downtown Muncie to celebrate their golden anniversary. 50 years ago, 512 people walked across the stage in the field house to receive their diplomas, and from that moment, moved forward to forge their lives into something special. Approximately 170 people showed…


Meet Mayor Dennis Tyler’s Nominees for MCS School Board

By: Brittany Bales, Jason Donati, and Pastor Andre Mitchell— Editor’s note: In their own words, meet Mayor Dennis Tyler’s nominees for the MCS school board. Final candidates will be selected at the BSU Board of Trustee’s meeting on June 25, 2018.  The candidates below are listed in alphabetical order.    Meet Brittany Bales I believe MCS should focus on three main components: students and families, faculty and staff, and finances. I am not naive enough to believe that a financial…


What Does It Mean to be a Good Dad?

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Fathers today spend more time engaged with their children than ever before and that’s perfectly OK, says a researcher at Ball State University. Ball State’s Richard Petts, a sociology professor, and two researchers from Brigham Young University utilized a national sample of about 2,000 fathers with children ages 2-18 to understand the relationship between adherence to masculine norms, fathering attitudes, and father involvement. “Does Adherence to Masculine Norms Shape Fathering Behavior?” was recently published by the…