Through their free-to-all 'Impact X Class,' those involved hope to bring about innovation from within Muncie. The 12-week class begins Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (Josie Santiago, DN)


Mike Martin, along with Christina Mann and Kory Gipson, are set to teach a 12-week “Impact X Class” starting September 13, a collaboration between Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Center, the City of Muncie and the In Place Impact Muncie Initiative, hoping to help Muncie’s entrepreneurial and economic scene grow.

Ball State professor Kate Elliot talks to her class about creating bookmarks for United Way: Day of Action Sept. 1. Elliot is on the board of this foundation and is looking to introduce it to her students by having them participate in making inspirational bookmarks. Meghan Sawitzke, DN

A Helping Hand

Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement holds its annual Day of Action Friday, Sept. 9, to help Delaware and surrounding counties with providing basic necessities. 

Lt. Matt Gaither stands by Scramble Light to meet and talk to students Aug. 26. Amber Pietz, DN

Fighting Crime and Forging Connection

Ball State University Police Department (UPD) Chief Jim Duckham said he believes "community policing", establishing relationships with the Ball State and Muncie community, is the best way for the UPD to successfully do their job and make students feel safe.

Josie Santiago, DN Illustration

Safety in the Schoolyard

With August comes a new school year, and schools in Muncie are or will soon be filled with students of all ages, in cafeterias, at bus stops and in school hallways. Families may ask for bus drop-off and pick up times and how the cafeteria works, but they may also ask – ‘will my loved one be safe?’

A Ball State student gets ready to throw a football at the Summer Bridge Accelerate dinner Aug. 16 at Bracken House with President Mearns. Samantha Blankenship, Ball State University, Photo Provided

Kickstarting the Year

Ball State's Office of Student Life closes the summer with their Summer Bridge programs, including Jump Start, Accelerate, Brown County Adventure, Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar (CLASS), Early Start, Nantahala Outdoor Center Adventure and REACH (Retain, Engage, Aspire, Connect, Help) Mentor Program. 

Vivian V. Conley, pictured here, was a civil rights activist in Muncie, Indiana, at the forefront of many community issues relating to education, civil, and elderly rights. A ceremony recognizing honorees for the Coalition of Women’s Organizations 2022 Women's Equality Day celebration is scheduled for August 25, 2022, with each honoree recieving a Vivian V. Conley Certificate. (WaTasha Barnes Griffin)

Six recipients receive Vivian V. Conley Award August 25

August 25, representatives from the Coalition of Women’s Organization awarded six recipients the Vivian V. Conley Award in Muncie City Hall. The awardees are as follows: Bria Zolman, Courtney Jarrett, Janet Stratton, LaTasha Mardis, Suzanne Clem and Krista Garrett. 

A Wire Self-Portrait made by Rachel Baker sits at the Art Exhibit Aug. 18 in the Art and Journalism Building. The Self-Portrait was made in ADS 102, 3D Foundations during the Spring 2022 semester. Amber Pietz, DN

The “Beginnings” of a story

As students return to Ball State’s campus, art at the Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery in the new exhibit, “Beginnings,” showing art from 2021 freshman students in the School of Art, welcomes them. Work from the exhibit is scheduled to be displayed from August 23-26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and a reception, with refreshments, is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. August 24.  

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