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Open Projects

Spring 2015

Beech Grove Book and Phone App
Muncie’s Beech Grove Cemetery Board has asked Ball State students to create a book about the people who came from Muncie and made contributions as state, national, and international citizens and to transfer that content into a walking tour to allow visitors to access that information via smartphones. Students who have an interest in animation, anthropology, art, communication, computer science, English, graphic design, geography, history, historic preservation, interpretation, journalism, landscape architecture, natural resources and resource management, telecommunications, or related fields are welcome to apply. Students need to have two professional references and a desire to work with Muncie content to interview for this class.

For more information, contact Ron Morris, Department of History.  Apply now!


Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville:  Marketing Communications
The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville wishes to enhance its marketing program to increase participation in its sports league, after-school, and summer program activities. This multidisciplinary immersive project will focus on several objectives including: strengthening the organization’s brand image and awareness within the community; developing an integrated marketing communications plan and promotional materials targeted at its donor, family, and volunteer segments; building media outlet presence; attracting community marketing partners; and enhancing the marketing expertise of Club personnel. Project team members are sought with strong interest and expertise in Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, Design, and/or Digital Story Telling. Prior completion of MKG-320/420 or JOUR-250 preferred. Course will meet 2:00-2:50 MWF during Spring semester 2015.

For more information, contact Dr. Russ Wahlers, Department of Marketing.  Apply now!

Ball State to Broadway
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 follow three Ball State alums who have been, continue to be, and (in one case) are struggling to be attached to the show.

For more information, contact Sonny Wingler, Department of Telecommunications. Apply now!

Cold Case Delaware County: Making a Difference for Families and the Local Criminal Justice System
Would you like to help make a difference in the local criminal justice system and in the lives of family members of murder victims? Cold Case Homicides are difficult and painful for law enforcement and family survivors alike. Such cases can go unsolved for years and even decades. Building on previous successful and award winning projects, this effort will partner with local law enforcement and forensic science agencies on unsolved murders to provide meaningful products intended to assist these entities 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. The project team with construct detailed case reports on unsolved homicide cases from case files and interviews and will also produce video public service announcements in an effort to generate tips on local unsolved homicides. Reliable transportation is required. Experience with videography, video editing, and video construction is preferred but not required. The project is open to all majors.

For more information, contact Bryan Byers, Department of Criminal Justice Criminology. Apply now!


Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Report for Ball State University
Be a part of the team that prepares Ball State’s 5th sustainability report. A sustainability report presents the environmental, social, and economic impacts of an organization. The Sustainability Reporting Framework of the GRI used during this course is widely used around the world to monitor an organization’s progress toward sustainability goals. Undergraduate and graduate students with interest in energy and material flow, sustainability goals, or expertise in accounting and/or graphic and publication design should apply.

For more information, contact Mary Annette Rose, Department of Technology. Apply now!

 
Indiana State Parks Phone App
The Indiana State Parks will celebrate their 100th birthday in 2016, at the same time the state celebrates the bicentennial. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has asked BSU students to create driving/walking tours to allow the park visitors, via smart phones, to learn the cultural history of the state parks. Students who have an interest in animation, anthropology, art, communication, computer science, English, graphic design, geography, history, historic preservation, interpretation, journalism, landscape architecture, natural resources and resource management, telecommunication, or related fields are welcome to apply. Students need to have two professional references and a desire to work with State Park content to interview for this class.

For more information, contact Ron Morris, Department of History. Apply now!

 
Meals on Wheels Muncie Inc.
This project team will work with Meals on Wheels of Muncie Inc., a community program designed to deliver meals to homebound persons unable to prepare their own balanced meals. Students will create a website that presents videos and graphic content telling the stories of those served and providing an understanding of what encourages those who serve to make driving through all kinds of weather to get hot meals to those who need them. This course is useful for students in telecommunications, gerontology, social work, adult and community education, and psychology but is open to students from any discipline.

For more information, contact Michael Lee or Maria Williams-Hawkins, Department of Telecommunications. Apply now!

Mobile Learning at the Indianapolis International Airport and Solar Farm
Help the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and their partners develop mobile learning opportunities for their visitors to learn about the sustainability initiatives of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. In this second course of a three-year project, students will develop original media content to highlight diverse initiatives, such as the IND Solar Farm, energy conservation, storm water management, and habitat conservation for preservation of the Indiana Bat. Undergraduate and graduate students with expertise in journalism, digital storytelling, web and media development (audio, graphics, video, animation), and/or a dedication to communicating about sustainability issues should apply.

For more information, contact Mary Annette Rose, Department of Technology. Apply now!