2015 Carnegie Elective Community Engagement Classification

Ball State University has received some great news – they are the recipient of the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching!  The prestigious classification is awarded to institutions of higher education that have demonstrated “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”

Ball State’s collaborative partnership with the Whitely Community Council was included in the Carnegie application as a prime example of a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.  This partnership is an essential part of Ball State’s mission to “transform information into knowledge, knowledge into judgment, and judgment into action that addresses complex problems.”

Carnegie Application (pdf)

Hardest Hit Funds

Muncie was awarded $2.88 million dollars to spend on the acquisition and demolition of blighted and abandoned properties within Muncie. The qualifying properties were identified based on a matrix system provided by the State of Indiana and are scattered throughout the city’s neighborhoods. Here is a list of the Hardest Hit Fund properties sorted by neighborhood. Hardest Hit Funds (pdf)

Sun Uniting Neighbors Grant Program

If you missed the community workshop held on October 27th, you still have the opportunity to submit a grant application for financial assistance in installing photovoltaic solar panels. The information provided at the workshop includes details of the program as well as requirements for submission. To access the SUN packet of information, please visit the SUN dropbox where you may view and download the entire 131 page document that includes the workshop’s PowerPoint presentation. Follow this link.

Trash Toters

The Muncie StarPress published an article in today’s paper that explained the city ordinance related to trash removal. In brief, city ordinance and sanitary district regulations require that residents place their toters outside by 7:00 am on their scheduled trash collection day and bring them back in by 7:00 pm the same day. Failure to do so may result in a warning notice from Muncie Sanitary District code enforcement officers. These regulations are in place not only for aesthetic reasons, but to protect the public from possible traffic accidents if the toters are knocked into the street.

More information about the city’s trash collection guidelines can be found at http://www.munciesanitary.org/sanitation-sewers/trash-pickup-guidelines/

The full StarPress article can be found here http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2014/10/12/put-trash-bring-toter/17156465/