February is JAM-PACKED with fun stuff to do at Ball State!

Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

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Neighborhood Research

A historic Muncie home viewed from the street through tree branches.

Photo above by Chris Flook

A view down a sidewalk of one of Muncie's neighborhoods in the fall.

Have you ever wondered why a certain house in your neighborhood is built of brick and set far off the road while all of the surrounding homes are wood-sided and closer to the road? Or are there sidewalks that flow from street to street and then suddenly stop? Is there a grouping of old commercial-style buildings that don’t seem to fit into the otherwise residential vibe of the neighborhood?

Muncie was first platted in 1827, incorporated as a town in 1854, and became an incorporated city in 1865. However, the area was first settled in the 1770s by the Lenape (Delaware) people, who had been transported from their tribal land in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 1876, natural gas was discovered in Indiana, and the gas boom reached Muncie in 1886.

Muncie attracted new businesses and industries, and its population grew over the next 100 years. What would eventually become Ball State University, the Eastern Indiana Normal School opened in 1899, only to shut its doors after two years of operation. The Ball Brothers eventually bought the buildings and land and donated them to the State of Indiana, which set up operations in 1918 for the Indiana State Normal School, Eastern Division. The school was renamed Ball Teachers College in 1922, Ball State Teachers College in 1929, and Ball State University in 1965.

A view of the EB and Bertha C. Ball mansion as seen from the lawn

Muncie’s growth is tied to its industrial past, as well as to the establishment of Ball State University. You can discover more about the physical development of the city by reviewing archival Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which were produced by the Sanborn Map Company to assist fire insurance agents in determining risk and the cost of premiums. Ball State University’s Digital Media Repository has 200 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Muncie dating from 1883 through 1911.

Additionally, many of Muncie’s neighborhoods developed covenants and restrictions as they were platted by developers. Original plats and their corresponding covenants and restrictions can be found in the Delaware County Recorders office, but several have been digitized and are available online. Many of the original subdivisions included restrictions on non-white residency, which is discussed in a Star Press article written by Bryan Preston in 2018. Several neighborhoods, including Westridge, Ludingwood, and Kenmore, have legally removed the race-based restrictions from their original covenants, language made formally illegal by the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

Learning more about the history of your neighborhood is an interesting activity, and by forming a better understanding of the past, you may be able to envision an even greater future. If you have a desire to connect with others who love local history, the Delaware County Historical Society has educational sessions, workshops, and an annual meeting of members. Consider joining!

It’s cold outside! Stay warm by attending a Ball State public event!

A bright red cardinal sits on a branch. There are several other branches running vertically across the left of the image with a blurry snowy background

Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

Friday, December 1, 2023

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The University is closed from 12/16/23 into the new year.

Check out Ball State’s public November events to feel Thankful for fun!

Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Jr. Recital: Raul De Mesa, euphonium – 5:30 p.m.

New Music Ensemble – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

DA Performance Recital: Nicolas Andrade, wagner tuba – 5:30 p.m.

Lots of fun and spooky things to do at Ball State this October!

Two jack'o'lanterns sitting on a black and orange table. The back one has a smiley face and one more toward the front has a scary face.

Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

Monday, October 2, 2023

School of Music: Faculty Artist Series: Peter Opie – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Lifelong Learners: Recycling in Muncie/ScrapCycle – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

EB Ball @ Westminster: I’m a Survivor: Breast Cancer Stories – 2 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Chemistry Seminar Series – Dr. Emil Khisamutdinov (Sabbatical Talk) – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Emens: Live from Laurel Canyon – 12 a.m.

Beginning Needlepoint Workshop – 10 a.m.

Mindfulness in the Museum – 12 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Emens: John Mulaney and Pete Davidson – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Lifelong Learners: 9 to 5: Notable Working Women of Muncie – 1:30 p.m.

Watercolor Collage Workshop – 6 p.m.

Pruis Hall: Stacey Kent – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Artist Talk: Debbie Ma – 6 p.m.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Student Recital: Ashton Shelley, tuba – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Honors String Orchestra with guest conductor Joel Smirnoff – 9:30 a.m.

Museum Docent Tour – 2:30 p.m.

Planetarium Show During the Partial Solar Eclipse Community Block Party – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Honors String Orchestra with guest conductor Joel Smirnoff – 9:30 a.m.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Music Education Day – 9 a.m.

Faculty Artist Series: Chris Van Hof – 5:30 p.m.

Guest Artist Recital: Dana Zenobi, Megan Boutin, and Li-Wen Weng – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Dialogue Days – 9 a.m.

Lifelong Learners: Supplement Safety – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Dialogue Days – 9 a.m.

Celebrating Notable Women Founders of Altrusa International of Muncie – 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Dialogue Days – 9 a.m.

Running Against the Grain: The Story of Philadelphia Eagle and Movie Star Timmy Brown – 2:30 p.m.

OcTUBAfest – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Sample Lesson Day – 9 a.m.

Student Recital: Bradley Ziegelmaier, trombone – 5:30 p.m.

“Halloween: Celestial Origins” Planetarium Show – 6:30 p.m.

School of Music Faculty Artist Series: Anna Vayman – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Clarinet Day – 10 a.m.

Kids Make Art at DOMA – 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Ball State Chamber Choir and Concert Choir – 3 p.m.

Student Recital: Stuart MacKenzie, trombone – 3 p.m.

Student Recital: Katelyn Speck, voice – 5:30 p.m.

Arts Alive: Akropolis Reed Quintet – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 23, 2023

CAAV Conference – 8 a.m.

Voice Studio Recital – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

CAAV Conference – 8 a.m.

Lifelong Learners: History of the Muncie Action Plan – 1:30 p.m.

Paranormal Investigations – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

CAAV Conference – 8 a.m.

College of Health Speaker Series October – 1 p.m.

Ball State Jazz Ensembles – Art of Jazz – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

CAAV Conference – 8 a.m.

Entrepreneurial Experience Lecture with Rigel Jackson – 11 a.m.

Voice Studio Recital – 5:30 p.m.

Eerie Muncie: Even More Tales from the Dark Side of Local History – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 27, 2023

DOMA After Hours – 5 p.m.

Joint Student Recital: Andrew Huffman and Ethan Frendling, trombone – 5:30 p.m.

“Halloween: Celestial Origins” Planetarium Show – 6:30 p.m.

Ball State Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

A Magic School Bus Halloween – 10 a.m.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Cello Studio Recital – 11 a.m.

Guest Artist Recital: Theresa Bogard – 1 p.m.

DA Performance Recital: Sam Thompson, percussion – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Lifelong Learners: Hidden Meanings of Gravestone Symbols Found in Beech Grove and Other Cemeteries – 1:30 p.m.

Check out a public Ball State event in September!

Nervous about visiting campus? Take a look at the Office of Community Engagement’s handy Getting to Campus resource for parking/public transit information!

Click the links for more information. Some events may be off-campus or have registration requirements.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

EB & Bertha C. Ball Center: Beginning Genealogy: Genealogy 101 – 10 a.m.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Miller College of Business: Entrepreneurial Experience Lecture Intrapreneurship Panel – 11 a.m.

Friday, September 8, 2023

School of Music: A Seminar Recital from the Singing Justice Team – 2 p.m.

Charles W. Brown Planetarium: “Moons: Worlds of Mystery” Planetarium Show – 6:30 p.m.

School of Music: Faculty Artist Series: Zoran Jakovcic (viola), with guests Elise DesChamps (mezzo-soprano) and Rene Lecuona (piano) – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Biology Field Station: Pollinator Party – 10 a.m.

Charles W. Brown Planetarium:

Monday, September 11, 2023

EB & Bertha C. Ball: The Ball Jar: Each One Tells a Story – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Association of Lifelong Learners: Children of Presidents: a Mixed Blessing? – 1:30 p.m.

College of Sciences and Humanities: Star Party 2023 – 5 p.m.

EB & Bertha C. Ball Center: Yupo Batik Watercolor – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

EB & Bertha C. Ball Center: Beginning Genealogy: Forms and Documents – 10 a.m.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Women’s and Gender Studies: Sharon Seager Lecture in Women’s and Gender History – 3:30 p.m.

EB & Bertha C. Ball Center: Beginning Sign Language – 7 p.m.

Theatre and Dance: Little Women – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Charles W. Brown Planetarium: “Moons: Worlds of Mystery” Planetarium Show – 6:30 p.m.

Theatre and Dance: Little Women – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

School of Music: Bassoon Day with Guest Artist Barrick Stees – 10 a.m.

Charles W. Brown Planetarium:

Theatre and Dance: Little Women – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Theatre and Dance: Little Women – 2:30 p.m.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Office of Community Engagement & Charles W. Brown Planetarium: Eclipse 2024: Experience the Magic in Muncie – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Inclusive Excellence: State of Inclusive Excellence Address – 2 p.m.

Brown Family Amphitheater Grand Opening and Free Jazz Concert – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

School of Music: Faculty Sabbatical Presentation: Mei Zhong (voice) and James Helton (piano) – 3 p.m.

Theatre and Dance: Little Women – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Pruis Hall: Ryanhood – 7:30 p.m.

Ball State Symphony Orchestra – 7:30 p.m.

Theatre and Dance: Little Women – 7:30 p.m.

Washington Street Bridge Dinner – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 22, 2023

EB & Bertha C. Ball Center: Introduction to Grant Writing – 9 a.m.

Theatre and Dance: Little Women – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

School of Music:

Theatre and Dance: Little Women – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 25, 2023

School of Music: EM | One – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Association of Lifelong Learners: Growing Up in the Sixties – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

EB & Bertha C. Ball Center: Beginning Genealogy: Software and Free Websites – 10 a.m.

School of Music: Ball State Jazz Ensembles – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Miller College of Business: Entrepreneurial Experience Lecture with Ted Baker – 11 a.m.

University Libraries: Reel Inclusion: Fruits of Labor – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 29, 2023

College of Health – Speaker Series September – 1 p.m.

Charles W. Brown Planetarium: “Moons: Worlds of Mystery” Planetarium Show – 6:30 p.m.

Ball State Bands: Ball State Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Charles W. Brown Planetarium: