Education

‘Dr. K’ Retiring, Dr. Reynolds to Become New MCS Director of Public Education and CEO

By Andy Klotz— MUNCIE, IN—Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Director of Public Education and CEO Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski is retiring from K-12 education at the end of the school year. MCS Associate Superintendent Dr. Charles (Chuck) Reynolds, a Muncie Southside graduate and longtime district administrator, will succeed her when she officially leaves June 30. “This decision was incredibly difficult for me,” Dr. Kwiatkowski said. “I have grown to love the people of Muncie and I’m very proud of all we’ve…

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Clarissa Jones—Member of Pridemark Construction’s ‘Future Leaders of America’ Series

Editor’s note: The Future Leaders of America series profiles high school seniors who display leadership qualities in their school and the community. The series is brought to you by Pridemark Construction. By Stacey Shannon— MUNCIE, IN—Though Clarissa Jones entered Muncie Central High School on the coattails of her older siblings, she marched her way into the school and created her own legacy. In fact, principal Chris Walker was quick to sing her praises about what a great student she’s been…


Ball State Student, Local Native Trey Mathews Awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

By Ball State Marketing and Communications— MUNCIE, IN – Trey Mathews, a Muncie, Ind., native and sophomore Honors College student at Ball State University, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support his study abroad endeavors. This federally-funded, nationally competitive program provides up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students pursuing academic studies abroad to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Additional support is available to selected students who…


AAUW Accepting Scholarship Applications From Students 25 Years Old or Older

By Sheryl Swingley— MUNCIE, IN—The application for the American Association of University Women, Muncie Branch, nontraditional student scholarship is now available. Applications are due Monday, April 1. The scholarship is worth $1,500 and is available for the 2024-2025 academic year, effective Aug. 1, 2024, through July 31, 2025. The scholarship must be used for tuition, health fee, books and other classroom-related expenses for the year, including summer session. To apply, applicants must meet the following selection criteria: Students who are 25 years old or…


St. Michael Catholic School Open House To Take Place on February 25th

By Melissa Santos— MUNCIE, IN – St. Michael Catholic School, located at 2301 W. Gilbert Street in Muncie, extends an invitation to the community for its Open House event on February 25th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Guests are welcome to explore the preschool through 8th-grade classrooms and participate in the festivities hosted in the gym. The lively atmosphere allows parents and children to experience the vibrant community spirit at St. Michael School. Dedicated faculty and staff will be…


Community Engagement Grant Provides Up to $35,000 for Arts Programs

By Michelle Kinsey— MUNCIE, IN—Ball State University’s Office of Community Engagement is now accepting proposals for the 2024 Community Engagement for the Arts (CEFTA) Grant. This competitive grant program provides up to $35,000 annually to an East Central Indiana community arts-focused organization or program. Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET March 29. To apply for the grant or for more information, go to https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/community-engagement/arts-grant-application. The Community Engagement for the Arts Grant affirms Ball State’s commitment to community engagement with the greater arts…


Ball State University Adds Robotic Pizza Shop to Student Dining Options

Dishing Out Free Samples for February 9th’s National Pizza Day. By Ball State Marketing and Communications— MUNCIE, Indiana – Ball State University Dining has announced the opening of Máka Mia Pizza®, a new robotic pizza shop located in the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center. With this innovative dining option—available now—students can buy a fresh pizza that is prepared and cooked in just 3 ½ minutes. “The new Máka Mia Pizza® robotic machine is one example of Ball…


Lucy Rutter—Member of Pridemark Construction’s ‘Future Leaders of America’ Series

Editor’s note: The Future Leaders of America series profiles high school seniors who display leadership qualities in their school and the community. The series is brought to you by Pridemark Construction. By Stacey Shannon— MUNCIE, IN—Gymnastics has been a passion for Burris Laboratory School senior Lucy Rutter since she was 6. She continues to compete in club gymnastics and is proud to have overcome challenges after having an operation last May to put a screw in her ankle. Recently, she…


Ball State University Hosting Two Community Presentations About Village Revitalization Plan

By Ball State Marketing and Communications— MUNCIE, Indiana – Ball State University President Geoffrey S. Mearns invites campus and local community members to two presentations about the University’s plan to revitalize The Village, the business district located immediately adjacent to campus. The first presentation—for students, faculty, and staff—will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Pruis Hall on Ball State’s campus. Parking will be available in the New York Parking Garage. The second presentation—for the general public—will be…


Muncie’s West View Elementary Unveils $11.5 Million Renovation

Project caps $42 million in recent MCS facility upgrades. By Andy Klotz, MCS Chief Communications Officer—  MUNCIE, IN – A growing student population and a school already filled to capacity is not a good combination. West View Elementary no longer has to worry about that following an $11.5 million, year-long renovation project that wrapped up earlier this month. Officials from West View, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) and Core Construction, which oversaw the renovation, officially cut the ribbon on the facility…