Education

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…


Ivy Tech Hosts Free STEM Camp for Girls, June 19-22

By: Mallory Steed— Muncie, Ind— Ivy Tech Community College is hosting a STEM Camp and spots are still available. This camp will provide middle and high school girls immersive learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They will also focus on a number of different topics including everyday etiquette, making your dreams become a reality and effective communication skills.  This four day camp begins June 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 22. “We are looking forward to…


Recent Burris Graduate Ivy Anderson Receives Scholarship

By: Cathy Stewart— Muncie, IN—The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year has been awarded to Ivy Anderson, a recent graduate of Burris High School.  Ivy is the daughter of Joseph and Paula Anderson and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter BF of Muncie, Indiana. Ivy has been accepted and will attend Loyola University where she plans to study business. The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service,…


Help Shape Ball State’s Next Strategic Plan. Please Take Our Survey

By: Geoffrey S. Mearns— As president of Ball State University, I am pleased to report that our faculty, staff, and students have been hard at work laying the groundwork for our University’s new strategic plan—a plan that will shape the vision for what Ball State will become in our second century. Our strategic planning process, titled “Spreading Our Wings,” got underway earlier this year. Throughout the Spring, we held eight open forums on campus, each focusing on a different strategic…


More Community Foundation 2018 Scholarship Recipients

By: Kallie Sulanke, Community Engagement Officer— Muncie, IN—Congratulations to the following graduates: Brennan Baize, of Yorktown High School, is the recipient of the Charles W. and Jane (Klipsch) Thomas Scholarship. Baize plans to attend Florida Golf Coast University to study business administration. He is the son of Eric and Laura Baize. Karleen Bogart, of Nuames High School in Davis County, Utah, is a recipient of the Ross Family Autism Scholarship. Bogart plans to attend Weber State University to study geology. She…


Partnerships KEY to Creating High Quality Preschool in Muncie Community Schools

By: Carrie Bale— Muncie, IN—There is a quote from Helen Keller in which she says,“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much more.” This premise is the foundation of how BY5 has functioned for the previous four years as we work to engage everyone in the community to find a way to make a positive impact for the future of Muncie & Delaware County.  BY5 is working on a community driven strategic plan developed by nearly…


Public Forum for Muncie Community Schools Board Applicants Set for June 12

By: Ball State University — Muncie, IN — Ball State University will have a public forum June 12 in connection with the selection process for the new Muncie Community Schools (MCS) board. The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Muncie Central High School, 801 N. Walnut St., and it will be livestreamed at bsu.edu/live. Finalists for the school board will share why they are interested in serving. The Ball State Board of Trustees will meet June 25, 2018, to…


Join Us For Our ‘Community Campus Experience’ on June 16

By: Geoffrey S. Mearns, president of Ball State University— It is my pleasure as the president of Ball State University to invite you to join us on Ball State’s campus for the first Community Campus Experience from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. That afternoon, you can join us for an ice cream social on the lawn of the Ball State Quad/Arts Terrace, followed by guided tours across campus. There will be tour stops at Emens Auditorium, the David Owsley Museum of…


Anna Allen of Yorktown Receives Ball State’s Provost’s Prize

Muncie, IN—Anna Allen of Yorktown, Indiana, received The Provost’s Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Work during Ball State University’s Commencement on May 5. “My most significant emotion is sheer gratitude,” she said. “I have worked with so many amazing faculty and students at this university and would not have had the research experience and opportunities had it not been for those who had been willing to constantly and patiently support me.” Allen was a psychological science major and graduated summa cum…


Ball State Professor to Introduce Movies During Turner Classic Movies ‘Mad About Musicals’

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—Ready to sing, dance and learn? Film lover and Ball State telecommunications professor Vanessa Ament will provide on-air film introductions in June when Turner Classic Movies (TCM) pays homage to Hollywood musicals during “Mad about Musicals,” which is part of a free online course created by the university. Ament, the Edmund F. and Virginia B.Ball Endowed Chair of Telecommunications, will introduce films during the first week of June with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz and promises her…