Open Projects

 Fall 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 environmental 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!

The Many Faces of Muncie
People make Muncie work, but have you ever given thought to who those people are and what it is that makes them do what they do? The Many Faces of Muncie will take a look at 24 hours in our city and find the most interesting people and jobs, then feature them and their work as part of a multimedia story about the people of and the city we call home.The participants and their area of expertise will primarily determine the scope of the project. This project is looking for journalism and telecommunications majors of all options, history, public relations, communication studies, English, sociology, women's and gender studies, hospitality and food management, but the project is open to anyone who is interested in exploring and participating in this project. This course is offered as a NEWS 397, but the faculty mentor willing to work with you and your major advisor regarding course credit.

For more information, contact Suzy Smith, Department of Telecommunications. Apply now!

Mobile Learning at IND
Are you a digital designer—architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning major or media developer, graphic designer, computer programmer, storyteller, or writer—interested in sustainability issues, such as energy efficiency, solar energy, wildlife management, recycling, and water management?  A team of Ball State students will work with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Telamon Corporation, and Johnson Melloh Solutions to design and develop  a mobile learning experience for visitors to the Indianapolis airport to learn about the substantial sustainability practices currently in use at the airport and the IND Solar Farm.  This will be the third semester of a 3-year project, wherein the selected student design team will develop a Web site that includes interactive infographics and other media elements. This 3-credit hour immersive learning opportunity will be offered during fall 2015.

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

Cancer Services of East Central Indiana Little Red Door
Cancer Services of East Central Indiana Little Red Door is looking for assistance on a number of initiatives for fall 2015/spring 2016. These include P3 (Pink Power and Praise), The Red Door Movement, and High School Healthy Habits. These three programs are focused on promoting healthy living habits specifically in high schools and churches, and developing promotional material for Little Red Door (LRD). Specific activities will include: Research underserved areas of our community, develop novel educational materials for that population, promote LRD programs in schools and throughout the community, work on I Can Look booklet, develop a new agency video, update existing display materials, and research utility of an app. All majors welcome. The faculty mentor is looking for students who are passionate about helping others, creative, and who have excellent communication skills.  Students need to commit to both fall and spring semesters, 3 credits per semester.

For more information, contact Peggy Fisher, Department of Communication Studies. Apply now!

Indiana Academy: A Branding and Awareness Campaign for the 25th Anniversary
Students in this class will form an ad agency run by student leaders (president, VP, etc.). The student team will meet with the client to understand the problem, conduct a market sensing study, and then design and execute a branding/awareness campaign to update the image of Indiana Academy for its 25th anniversary.  The campaign will include design and execution of social media campaign, design of brochure, infographics and promotional materials, collection and analysis of market sensing data. The faculty mentor will be looking for a very diverse group of majors to interview. To be successful in this course, you must have MKG 300 and will prefer JOUR 320, MKG 320 or MKG 420.

For more information, contact Eric Harvey, Miller College of Business.  Apply now!

Nature Play: Design Build Exploration with Children as Co-creators 
“Our children are the first generation to be raised without meaningful contact with the natural world,” writes Richard Louv. This BBC project presents a variety of small-scale design-build opportunities for interdisciplinary teams of students to develop into innovative play elements for a nature-based outdoor learning environment at Head Start’s preschool in Muncie. An integration of design, making, teaching, and learning is paramount in this elective. Whether using salvaged timbers for a series of small bridges in the wetlands, or re-harvested wood in the knowledge wall, sustainable construction and environmental education is the goal of this nature-based preschool environment. Age-appropriate activity settings are co-created with children in a user-centered manner, where the approach to learning is gently guided, open-ended explorations in sensitively constructed learning spaces and natural habitats. Interaction with preschool aged children, parents, clients, and community are essential components in this BBC elective as we collectively construct Head Start’s NaturePlayscape. A GRAND OPENING of this Nature Playscape will be on Thursday, October 22! 

This project is seeking students from any design discipline, education NREM, earth sciences, marketing and communications! For more information, contact Pam Harwood, College of Architecture and Planning. Apply now!


Rinard Orchid Greenhouse Strategic Marketing Plan
The Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse (ROGH) maintains the Ball State University Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection.  Located on campus within Christy Woods, the purpose of the collection is “to conserve rare and endangered species of orchids, disseminate them for conservation, and use the collection for research and education.” The recent construction of the ROGH was made possible with a donation from Dr. Joe Rinard in memory of his wife Alice.  The new facility provides many new programming and fund raising opportunities not only for ROGH, but also to support the mission of the Department of Biology and the Field Station and Environmental Education programs, as a whole. This project will develop a Strategic Marketing Plan (including programming and communication initiatives) that enables these units to creatively achieve their educational mission with limited resources.  Students who have backgrounds in art, biology, communication, English, graphic design, journalism, marketing, natural resources and environmental management, public relations, telecommunications, and related fields are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is by permission only. 

This project will be run as MKG-498-2 CRN#25430 (Advanced Immersive Experience in Marketing) and will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:10pm.  (The MKG-498 course applies as a 400-level MKG elective for both Marketing majors and minors.) No pre-requisites are required to enroll in this course.

For more information, contact John Vann, Miller College of Business Faculty Mentor at (765) 716-5089.  Apply now!

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