Ball Family Documentary/Community Philanthropy
This project includes two video series and a documentary about the
Ball Brothers, focusing on the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company. The first video series titled 'Primacy of
Place' will explore the concept of philanthropy and community development based
in Muncie-Delaware County. The second
series will profile projects supported by the Ball Brothers Foundation.
Research for the Ball Brothers Family Documentary will take a year and will include
information about family history and philanthropy/business activity in the city
of Muncie. Working with the department of history, the project developers will
produce a shooting script with interviews, resources, and other materials for
inclusion in the documentary. Production will begin in early 2014 with
postproduction to follow in the latter half of the year.
To view a video of this project, click here.
Ball State to Broadway: (Emerging Media Fellows)
This course is part of a three-year (at present) journey documenting the musical The Circus In Winter as it prepares for its Broadway debut, projected to be in spring, 2016. This will require film teams going to the various regional locations (Connecticut, Texas, Illinois) to videotape the project as the creative team fine-tunes the production throughout the commercial development process over the next few years.
Since this is the first time that a Ball State student-created musical could make it all the way to Broadway, the opportunity to document this journey as an immersive learning experience is an exciting and natural, complementary piece to the musical. The project plans to offer the final story to media outlets or as a revenue-generating subset for the musical via DVD and online downloads.
A Centennial State Park Tour Explored Through
Visitor Smart Phones
In honor of the centennial celebration
of the establishment of Indiana State Parks and the bicentennial of Indiana
statehood, students in this project created walking and driving tours for
Indiana State Park visitors. This application allows a visitor to use their
smart phone to view the park, access information, and navigate between
information kiosks in the park.
Cold Case Homicides: Making a difference for Families and the
Cold Case Homicides are difficult and
painful for law enforcement and family survivors alike. Such cases can go
unsolved for years and even decades. Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana is the
lead agency on cold case homicide intelligence for 18 central Indiana counties.
This unit invited a group of BSU criminal justice immersive learning students
to work with them on meaningful products intended to assist the unit with cold
case homicide visibility. A significant problem with the visibility of cold
case homicides rests with the “staying power” of public information about cases
and gaining valuable intelligence.
Center for the Arts Interior Design Project
The primary goal of the project was to
provide Cornerstone for the Arts with a variety of schematic design ideas.
These include the design and expansion of six existing bathrooms in order to
accommodate additional stalls and compliance with ADA regulations and space
planning for the third floor mezzanine to accommodate as many private and/or
open offices as possible. This project demonstrated the students’ ability to
work and interact with a real client through the process of design, observe the
behavior of the current users of the space and evaluate the components of the
building, and create an innovative and cost effective built environment that
responds to the users’ needs.
An Environmental Investigation & Multimedia
Presentation of Riparian Zone Management and Sediment Erosion along the White
Scientists study complex processes but often find it difficult to
communicate those concepts to a lay audience. Journalists may struggle to
comprehend advanced terminology and jargon that they must simplify for their
target audiences. This interdisciplinary project focused on gaining and
utilizing the skills needed to understand and report scientific data to
society. Student-led investigations will ultimately provide scientific data on
local water quality within the unique context of real-time media content to
communicate those concepts to a lay audience.
Food for Thought
There is more to dining in central Indiana than Applebee’s, Olive
Garden and Red Lobster. While there is nothing wrong with chain restaurants,
there are dozens of local eateries run by Hoosiers that draw thousands of
customers every year. Some may be nationally-known but not recognized 30 miles
away. In this class, students researched the hidden treasures of area
restaurants. "Order up, Indiana" is a newsy version of Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network. The goal is to draw attention to local
restaurant owners who have a desire to produce an excellent product for their
communities. The multimedia stories will go to Indiana Public Radio, student
media, and to the communities where the restaurants exist.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability
Reporting for Ball State University
Students learned about living and
working in a sustainable way and explored the social, environmental and
financial impacts of Ball State University. The project resulted in an
update of the current Ball State Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability
Report. Undergraduates and graduates teamed up to acquire experience that
put their work on par with what has become mainstream reporting among the
largest 250 companies in the world.
Grace Episcopal Church: Connecting Congregation and Community
Grace Episcopal Church of Muncie, Indiana develop a strategy for engaging the
community. This project provided the church with strategies, ideas, and fresh
insight into how to improve church visibility. The semester’s goals were to
create a brand for the church, connect it with its
surrounding neighborhood, make it a “destination” for members and nonmembers, promote
activities within the church, and tell the stories of church members and
programs. Students learned the unique facets
of promoting a faith-based entity, branding strategies, social media, and how
to build bridges within a community.
Henry County Schools Survey
For the past several years, a group of Henry
County leaders has participated in the Hometown Competitiveness Program (HTC)
under the guidance of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).
The program is designed to stimulate economic and community betterment.
With the help of local school administrators and a Ball State student team, the
HTC will conduct its fourth wave of data gathering on the strengths and
weaknesses of the educational experience as perceived by the students of the
region. The project was carried out as part of the Sociology Tier 3 Capstone
High Riding Art, Science, Sports and
The High Riding Art, Science and
Equestrian Day Camp project offers authentic experiences for students seeking
to design and implement a day camp program. The students in this project
studied psychological, environmental, and cultural factors that affect children
with mild and moderate disabilities. Working collaboratively with several
community agencies and nonprofit organizations, the students planned and
implemented a two-week program for campers with disabilities. The camp included
horseback riding and associated equestrian experiences, arts and crafts,
physical exercises, science, music, swimming, and other enrichment activities.
Innovation Connector Ambassadors – Market
Research for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs
The Innovation Connector is a
Muncie-based full service business incubator which exists to help entrepreneurs
and new and existing business owners succeed by linking small business owners
to resources and the tools and support to address the ever-changing needs of
the entrepreneur. To sustain its mission
and provide for continued growth, the Innovation Connector seeks to strengthen
its marketing program. The project involved a systematic analysis of the
entrepreneurial climate in East Central Indiana by profiling the business
demographics of current and prospective entrepreneurs and assessing the support
needs of these business firms. Results
of this project enabled the Innovation Connector to identify prospective
business and assess the services needs of both current and future clients.
School for the Deaf Video Project
School for the Deaf project provided
a series of videos for the students and parents of the hearing impaired
children in the state of Indiana. The project showcased and disseminated
information about resources, information, and opportunities available at the
school. The project directly targets families in the state that have children
with hearing impairments in order to provide them with knowledge and
information about the school’s opportunities. Project students worked together
to create three videos that specifically cover ISD’s educational opportunities,
athletic program, and residential and student life program. This video is
accessible for the deaf, hard of hearing, and the general public. In addition,
this project explored the possibility of interactive subtitles as a video tool
for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Lenape on the Wapahani
Lenape on the Wapahani project constructed a documentary tracing the history of
the Lenape (Delaware Native Americans) during their time on the White River in
Indiana. The documentary features interviews with historians, current members
of the tribe, and other individuals to glean an analysis of the historical
period in question, but also to construct a narrative that explores the
Lenape’s significance and contribution to American history generally and
Indiana history specifically. The project showcases what life was like for the
Lenape on the White River, their historical importance to the development of
American history, and the role the clans played in the settlement of East
Central Indiana and the Northwest Territory.
Miami County Historical Museum
Historical societies provide a crucial
service to the public in telling the locality’s story, preserving the cultural
heritage, and inculcating a common foundation of identity for the specific
community. As the public’s consumption
of media moves steadily away from traditional forms of mass communication to
social media and interactive communication, it becomes essential for such
societies to disseminate their collections and information through such
channels. This project assisted the Miami
County Historical Society (Peru, Indiana) in achieving these goals by: creating
a series of web videos that showcase the MCHS Museum, propagating these visual
narratives through a social media campaign, and developing of a new website.
Play: Into the Woods with Design
Research shows that children who play
in and explore natural environments adopt conservation and sustainability
values as adults. Students from many disciplines explored an environmentally
responsible design ethic while researching best practice case studies and
developing design principles for environmental education. Collected data was
used to further develop and illustrate nature-based outdoor learning areas for
the local Head Start preschool program in Muncie, Indiana.
Project Leadership and Ball State
team worked in partnership with Project Leadership representatives to improve
the organization’s assessment, tracking, and training processes of the 21st
Century Scholar’s Program. The student team engaged in research and data
analysis to create solutions that would help the community partner build on the
program’s success. They designed methods to make data collection easier, more
organized, and more relevant to collegiate students.
Sheridan Community Center – Creating a Strategic
This immersive learning group set out
to help make a difference to the citizens of Sheridan, Indiana by developing a strategic
plan for the town’s Community Center. The objectives were to increase the value
and usage of the Community Center by Sheridan residents, while at the same time
reduce the negative financial burden of the Community Center upon the town. The
team worked with the community, town and business leaders to develop a
strategic use presentation, marketing plan, and budget to assist the town
of Sheridan in developing and reviewing options with respect to the strategic
and best use of the town’s existing community center.
Star Press Interior Design Project
The goal of this project was to
provide the Muncie Star Press with a variety of choices to design the interior
of approximately 16,000 square feet of existing office space. Ball State
students worked together to create a
more aesthetically pleasing and functional work environment in the News Room.
They provided space for collaboration, relaxation, and group gatherings by
utilizing strategies of reworking the layout of space and proposing new
materials, finishes, and lighting.
TEAMwork for Quality Living - Poverty
Awareness Year Ambassadors
Quality Living (TQL), a nonprofit organization located in Muncie, IN, in
conjunction with 56 local organizations, is promoting 2013 as Poverty Awareness
Year (PAY). TQL is serving as the
project manager for this ambitious initiative. The organization teamed up with
students to create a visual display for the dual purposes of creating awareness
of life in poverty and fundraising. The students focused on the concepts of nonverbal communication such as
kinesics, proxemics, facial expressions, the environment, artifacts, time and
paralanguage to a unique population, people living in poverty. They organized
and produced a visual display focusing on life in poverty that is used for
promotional and fundraising purposes.
Values Through Sport
This team was formed from a
cross-section of students from business and child development to social work
and exercise science, with the purpose to revise and pilot a values-based
curriculum for youth sport organizations. Based on theories and best practices
from the positive youth development and sport psychology fields, the Values
Through Sport program is designed for the recreational youth sport program to
infuse into their sport-specific curriculum and potentially serve as an
industry standard for youth sports organizations nationwide.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: narratives
of landscape, space + meaning
Dedicated in 1982, Maya Lin’s design
of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial created an iconic American landscape that has
had unprecedented influence on contemporary commemorative design, both
nationally and internationally. It is the first modern-era memorial made with
the intent ‘to heal a nation,’ and can thus be considered a uniquely
inspirational therapeutic landscape. This project focused on two areas. One:
educating the public about contemporary landscape architecture, using the
Memorial as a dramatic and successful model. Two: documenting the untold
stories of the Memorial’s realization in a series of interviews with important
contributors. Working in collaboration
with key individuals from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Cultural
Landscape Foundation, and in partnership with Ball State’s Digital Publishing
Studio, students created and published visual narratives for use by visitors on
site at the Memorial in Washington DC.
WaterStep Strategic Plan Development
WaterStep, with headquarters in
Louisville, KY, works with residents of developing countries to address
sustainable long-term hygiene, sanitation, and water needs. This not-for-profit organization has opened
an office in Indianapolis and teamed up with Ball State students to formulate a
strategic development plan. Students
developed plans to increase awareness of WaterStep among residents in the
Indianapolis area, formulate fund raising initiatives, establish strategic
partnerships, and formulate a unique image and mission for WaterStep-Indy.
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