Fall 2016 Ball State Immersive Learning Projects

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

Let’s Build!
Community Partner:  Ross Center
Faculty Mentor:  Jennifer Warrner, Department of Technology

Delaware County Historical Society Strategic Plan
Community Partner:  Delaware County Historical Society
Faculty Mentor:  Robert V. Morris, Department of History

East Central Neighborhood Action Plan
Community Partner:  East Central Neighborhood Association
Faculty Mentor:  Lisa Dunaway, Department of Urban Planning

Elementary Maker Workshops:  Making an Interactive STEAM Exhibit with Elementary Pre-service Teachers and Children
Community Partner:  Burris Laboratory School
Faculty Mentor:  Kate Shively, Department of Elementary Education 

Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders:  Character and Leadership Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
Community Partner:  Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
Faculty Mentor:  Peggy Fisher, Department of Communication Studies

Families for Forward Thinking:  Partnering with Parents in the 21st Century
Community Partner:  Wee Wisdom Nursery School and Child Care Facility
Faculty Mentor:  Stacey Allred, Department of Elementary Education 

Sustainability Park for Northwest Muncie
Community Partner:  Red-tail Land Conservancy
Faculty Mentor:  Dave Ferguson, Department of Landscape Architecture 

Jacket Copy Creative: Covering All Your Communication Needs
Community Partner:  Whitely Community Council
Faculty Mentor:  Eva Grouling Snider, Department of English

Unmasked: The Stigma of Meth
Community Partner:  Ball Brothers Foundation
Faculty Mentors:  Terry Heifetz, Department of Telecommunications, Juli Metzger, Department of Journalism

Narrative Contemporary Dance
Community Partner:  Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Faculty Mentors:  Vladimir Stadnik, Department of Theatre and Dance

Preventing Financial Exploitation of Older Adults
Community Partner:  Muncie Delaware Senior Center
Faculty Mentor:  Ronald Dolon, Department of Social Work

Riverside-Normal City:  Portrait of a Middletown Neighborhood in a Post-Industrial Age
Community Partner:  Riverside-Normal Neighborhood Association, Building Better Neighborhoods
Faculty Mentor:  Jennifer Erickson, Department of Anthropology

Shafer Leadership – Community Needs Assessment
Community Partner:  Shafer Leadership Academy
Faculty Mentor:  Melinda Messineo, Department of Sociology

8twelve Coalition

Vision: Revitalized, inclusive neighborhoods where people choose to live.
Mission: Through planning and action, the 8twelve Coalition advances the goals and aspirations of residents.

The 8twelve Coalition is comprised of residents, non-profits and businesses working to revitalize the 8twelve target area bordered by 8th Street, Memorial Street, Perkins Avenue, and Madison Street.

The 8twelve revitalization plan was developed as a result of several community meetings spearheaded by Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity and the Vectren Foundation. The plan focuses on improving housing, beautifying the neighborhood, and supporting local businesses.

8Twelve Coalition Builds Community Poster (pdf)

Read the report (pdf)


8twelve Steering CommitteeSteering Committee Oct 2015

  • Josh Arthur, Avondale UMC, Resident
  • Lindsey Arthur, Muncie Habitat for Humanity, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Jena Ashby, Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity
  • Frank Baldwin, Muncie Mission
  • Sarah Renee Beaver, Resident
  • Emilie Carpenter, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Andrew Draper, Urban Light Community Church, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Leslie Draper, Inspire Academy, Resident
  • Angelia Gordon, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Dori Granados, Urban Light CDC, Resident
  • Craig Graybeal, ecoREHAB
  • Mark and LeiAnne Lloyd, Residents
  • Lezlie McCrory, Resident, South Central Neighborhood Association President
  • Ray Montagno, Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity
  • Tom Moore, Vectren Foundation
  • Annette Phillips, PathStone
  • Chris Reid, Indiana Academy, Resident
  • Wes and Sherry Russell, Residents
  • Heather Williams, Building Better Neighborhoods, Ball State University Office of Community Engagement

8twelve In the News

Muncie Habitat for Humanity and Partner Organizations Receive Lowe’s Grant
Lowe’s Volunteers Spruce Up the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
Habitat unveils new neighborhood focus
How Habitat plans to change a neighborhood
Lowe’s Contributes $70,000 Grant to Muncie Habitat for Humanity
Muncie’s Habitat for Humanity Receives Grant from Vectren Foundation
CAP Students Design, Help Dig in to Enhance Community Garden


To learn more about the work of coalition please watch this short video produced by the Vectren Foundation:


IMG_3201 (1)    Community Meeting 1

Community Meeting 4   Staff Meeting NR


Contribute to the MCS Strategic Plan

Muncie residents have been invited by Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Superintendent Steven Baule to contribute to the development of MCS’s strategic plan.

Starting in February, Muncie residents may participate in up to five focus groups to hear preliminary plans and provide feedback. You do not have to have a child in the Muncie Community School system to participate.

The focus groups will be held at the Anthony Administration Building, Boardroom #4, 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Student Services, Support & Safety
Curriculum & Instruction
Finance & Facilities
Human Resources & Professional Development
Communications & Family Engagement
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Monday, March 7, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016

“We welcome and strongly encourage you to be a member of one of our focus groups; your role as a focus group member is critical to this process,” said Dr. Baule. “Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve our students and school corporation in this capacity.”

City-wide Preservation Plan for Muncie – Fall 2015

Muncie – like many Midwest industrial communities – is recovering from the recent recession and the resulting blight. According to research completed by Ball State’s historic preservation graduate students, the cities that are making the best recoveries are those with strategies that combine historic preservation and city planning to enact redevelopment efforts based on strategic demolitions, rehabilitations, targeted code enforcement and land banking. They have two major strategies in common: data collection and good preservation plans. Through this immersive learning project, Ball State students led by Faculty Mentor Susan Lankford, participated in ScoutMuncie, a data collection and historic resources survey initiated by Muncie’s Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission. The students used this data, information gathered through a series of community meetings, and their own research to prepare a preservation plan that will guide the Commission’s efforts to preserve our history and use our historic resources to increase quality of life, strengthen our sense of place, and ensure our Sustainability.

Check out their video to learn more: