Positivity

Thrive Credit Union’s Brittani Richards Fights Health Issue To Complete MBA Program

By: Dr. Mark Alexander, Regional Dean, Indiana Wesleyan University— When Brittani Richards started her Master of Business Administration program at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in January 2015, she never imagined just how crucial flexibility would be to her success. While at IWU, she experienced health obstacles that many would consider insurmountable, including the surgical removal of one eye due to complications from cancer she suffered as a child. Despite her challenges, Richards preserved and completed her MBA in August 2017….

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Town and Gown Conversations: Another Hidden Muncie Gem

By: Diane Watters, Assistant Director, E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Ball State University— Muncie, IN—Town and Gown is an anachronistic phrase that you just don’t hear anymore, unless you run into a seasoned city planner. But this absence from our vocabulary doesn’t diminish the importance of its place in our community. This form of programming is meant to bridge the gap between the academic world and townspeople. The E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center’s Town and Gown Conversations program aims to…


Muncie Native Bryan Ellis Earns Coveted Title of Navy Chief Petty Officer

By: Navy Office of Community Outreach— Millington, TN – Navy Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Bryan Ellis from Muncie, Indiana, was recently promoted to chief petty officer, an accomplishment that only one in five eligible sailors achieve each year. Chief Ellis, a 1987 Wes-Del High School graduate, is currently serving aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. “Being selected for chief petty officer means everything,” said Ellis. “The only goal I have set for myself was to become a chief. I also understand…


“Petal It Forward” with Flowers on October 11th

By: Cameron Grubbs— Muncie, IN —Foister’s Flowers and Gifts will be hitting the streets of Muncie and Yorktown on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 handing out 900 flowers to residents to help brighten up their week, as part of the Petal It Forward program, in partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF), of which Foister’s Flowers & Gifts is a member. Foister’s will be participating in the Petal It Forward program for the second year in a row. Petal It Forward is in response…


Muncie Police Department Introduces “Ride Along” Program for Community Leaders

By: Mike Rhodes— Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer in Muncie? The Muncie Police Department recently introduced a new program that allows community leaders/members to “ride along” with a police officer for a few hours to learn what a Muncie Police Department officer does on patrol. According to MPD Police Chief Joe Winkle, “My son, Patrolman Chase Winkle, brought the idea to my attention and we discussed it with the other officers in…


16th Annual “Serve Week” to Be Held at Union Chapel

By: Jeff Hughes— Muncie, IN—Imagine the positive effect of over 450 children, youth and adults who live in Muncie, extending acts of kindness and love by serving residents and area non-profit agencies for one week at no charge. SERVE participants will rehab homes, pick up trash, visit nursing homes, paint local parks, cook and give away free food, host free block parties, assist non-profit agencies, and clean up and show care and concern for the City of Muncie by meeting practical…


Delaware County Farm Bureau Volunteers Provide Assistance After Deadly Wildfires

By: Mike Rhodes— Beginning around March 6, 2017, a series of deadly wildfires swept parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.  The fires continue and have caused millions of dollars in damage and killed thousands of livestock. Dan Hiatt, Vice-President of the Delaware County Farm Bureau kept tabs on the wildfires through his network of Facebook friends around the country. After the wildfires began, one of his friends in South Dakota mentioned to Dan that, “We really need to do something.” So, Dan…


Love Where You Live: An Evening with Peter Kageyama

By: Erin Moore— Muncie, IN—Several organizations in Muncie are working together to host a city-wide presentation on March 15 by Peter Kageyama, an internationally known author and speaker on grassroots engagement and community revitalization. Peter’s books, For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places, explore the powerful role of heart and emotion in community, social, and economic development. Peter speaks all over the world about…


Muncie Mall Celebrates Mall Walker’s 100th Birthday

By: Rachel Leshinsky— Muncie, IN—Muncie Mall, East Central Indiana’s family-friendly shopping destination, celebrated the 100th birthday of Ernest “Ernie” Whaley, a long-time resident of Muncie and dedicated mall walker for more than 35 years. Friends and family, including his son Gene Whaley and daughter Pam Hartley, gathered at the mall to sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy cake and refreshments to commemorate Whaley’s milestone. Amanda Stickann, marketing director of Muncie Mall, presented Whaley with a special birthday gift which was a dedicated parking…


Muncie Police Department Delivers 3,000 Gifts Donated by the Indiana Pacers To Local Kids

By: Mike Rhodes— Since last Friday, the Muncie Police Department has been randomly showing up at homes across town with Santa Claus to deliver Christmas presents to local children. This afternoon, I had the opportunity to ride along with four officers, and investigators for a while as they delivered presents to the kids. This afternoon, presents were being delivered to children from the Muncie Boys & Girls Club, but a variety of kids are receiving gifts from MPD. The toys were donated by the…