Summer and Fall 2013

Summer and Fall 2013

Ball Family Documentary/Community Philanthropy Profiles

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.

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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.

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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.

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Cold Case Homicides:  Making a difference for Families and the System

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.

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Cornerstone 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.

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An Environmental Investigation & Multimedia Presentation of Riparian Zone Management and Sediment Erosion along the White River

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.

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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.

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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.

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Grace Episcopal Church:  Connecting Congregation and Community

Students helped 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.

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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 Course.


High Riding Art, Science, Sports and Equestrian Camp

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.

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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.


Indiana School for the Deaf Video Project

Indiana 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.

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Lenape on the Wapahani

The 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.

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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.


Nature Play:  Into the Woods with Design Thinking

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.

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Project Leadership and Ball State Partnership

The student 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 Vision

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.


The 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

TEAMwork for 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.

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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.

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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.