Spring 2019 Ball State Immersive Learning Projects

Ball State faculty, students, and community partners worked together this spring on a number of immersive learning projects in and around Muncie.

Bringing in and Branching out: Recruiting Employees and Building Community Connections (ongoing)
Faculty Mentor:  Peggy Fisher, Department of Communication Studies
Community Partner:  Open Door Health Services

The Children Facing Challenges Literature Project
Faculty Mentor:  Carolyn Hitchens, Department of Elementary Education
Community Partner:  Wes Del Elementary

Cultural Identities and Community Engagement
Faculty Mentor:  Ruby Cain, Department of Educational Studies
Community Partners: Human Library Fort Wayne, Muncie Public Library, Purdue University Fort Wayne, It is Well With My Soul, Whitely Community Council, Industry Neighborhood, Fort Wayne Urban League

DANCE! Muncie After School (ongoing)
Faculty Mentor:  Melanie Swihart, Department of Theatre and Dance
Community Partner:  Muncie Community Schools

Developing Healthy Neighborhoods
Faculty Mentor: Jane Ellery, Department of Kinesiology
Community Partner:  Building Better Neighborhoods

Energy Assessment for Small Commercial Buildings in Muncie
Faculty Mentor:  Sherif Attallah, Department of Construction Management
Community Partner:  Muncie Chamber of Commerce

Healthy Moms, Healthy Communities:  Understanding Perceptions and Evaluating Maternal Opiod Treatment in Muncie
Faculty Mentor:  Caitlyn Leonardson-Placek, Department of Anthropology
Community Partner:  Suzanne Gresham Center

Immersive Learning Video Project (Second Harvest Food Bank)
Faculty Mentor:  Tim Pollard, Department of Telecommunications; Suzanne Plesha, Office of Immersive Learning
Community Partner:  Second Harvest Food Bank

Making Housing Advocates with the 8-12 Coalition
Faculty Mentor:  John West, Department of Urban Planning
Community Partner:  Building Better Neighborhoods, Habitat for Humanity

Muncie Neighborhood Visual Identity Design (ongoing)
Faculty Mentor:  Shantanu Suman, School of Art
Community Partners:  Building Better Neighborhoods, Muncie Action Plan

Partnering with the Whitely Community to Establish an Understanding of Community and Police Interactions
Faculty Mentor:  Kiesha Warren-Gordon, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Community Partners:  The Facing Project, Whitely Community Council

Philosophy for High School Students (ongoing)
Faculty Mentor:  Sarah Vitale, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Community Partner:  Muncie Central High School

Purple Cow: Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary Care for Children (ongoing)
Faculty Mentor:  Stacey Allred, Department of Elementary Education
Community Partner:  Kidz Korner Child Care Center

Second Harvest School Pantries Study
Faculty Mentor: Melinda Messineo, Department of Sociology
Community Partner: Second Harvest Food Bank

Serious Game Design with Minnetrista (ongoing)
Faculty Mentor:  Paul Gestwicki, Department of Computer Science
Community Partner:  Minnetrista Cultural Center

Tips and Tactics on Prevention of Human Trafficking
Faculty Mentor:  Ronald Dolon, Department of Social Work
Community Partner:  A Better Way

Unmasked: Recovery and Redemption
Faculty Mentor: Juli Metzger, Department of Journalism
Community Partner: Ball Brothers Foundation

PHOTOS: May 02, 2015 – Neighborhood Clean-ups

Members of the East Central, Forest Park, Blaine, Southeast, South Central, Industry, and Pettigrew Acres Neighborhood Associations partnered with the Muncie Sanitary District to help clean-up their communities. The first date of the spring clean-ups was May 2nd. Volunteers helped pick up trash and debris alongside their neighbors. Thank you to all those who helped beautify the city as part of the spring neighborhood cleanups.

South Central CleanupBlaine/Southeast Cleanup East Central CleanupForest Park Cleanup

Industry Neighborhood Action Plan – Spring 2015

Industry-meeting-5-620x465The Industry Neighborhood Action Plan (INAP) will be a citizen-generated policy regarding the future of the neighborhood, containing initiatives that will developed by the residents of the neighborhood with the assistance of Ball State Urban Planning students.  The INAP will fall under the umbrella of the Muncie Action Plan, which is a strategic guide for the city to create an action agenda for the future.  An INAP Handbook will also be produced as a document to aid citizen planners when they begin to enact initiatives from the Plan.

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January 22, 2015 – The BSU planning students presented to a full house at the Thursday night Industry neighborhood association meeting. Residents compiled a list of items that they like about their neighborhood as well as a list of things that could be improved. The students will use these lists to help draft the neighborhood’s action steps that may then be used by residents to build upon neighborhood strengths and make the necessary improvements.

Please visit and like the Industry Neighborhood Action Plan site on Facebook so that you may be updated on upcoming meetings and news.

April 23, 2015 – The BSU planning students gave their presentation of the final Neighborhood Action Plan at the Industry neighborhood association meeting. Residents may access the webpage to view the report athttps://industryactionplan.wordpress.com/.

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Industry Neighborhood

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Neighborhood Association Meetings

The Industry Neighborhood Association meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm at Price Hall, 704 S. Madison St. All are welcome.

Neighborhood Action Plan

Residents of Industry worked with Ball State University Urban Planning students in the Spring of 2015 to develop a Neighborhood Action Plan. This plan will help the neighborhood focus its revitalization efforts on the opportunities identified within the iNAP. In addition to the website, a Neighborhood Association Handbook was also created as a guide for strengthening community and creating neighborhood change.

On the Web

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/industrymuncie


Industry map (pdf)
Industry Neighborhood Action Plan (pdf)

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