The campus of Ball State University has a wealth of resources open to the local community. Wondering where to park when you visit? Contact Parking Services for assistance. 

Arts and Culture 
Athletics 
Facilities 
Health and Wellbeing 
P-12 Education 
Library Services 
Media and Technology 
Nature/Environment 
Professional Development 
Volunteers and Student Employees 


  Arts and Culture 

E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center: Housed in a 107-year-old mansion adjacent to the Minnetrista Cultural Center, these low- and no-cost programs, classes, seminars, and workshops in arts, crafts, music, history, languages, literature, and writing provide stimulating intellectual opportunities for all persons from East Central Indiana communities. CALENDAR   

David Owsley Museum of Art: The Museum is one of the nation’s largest and finest university art museums, with a collection of nearly 11,000 works valued at more than $40 million. The museum is free and open to the public year-round.   

Magna cum Murder Writing Festival is an annual event in Indianapolis that draws murder mystery writers and fans from all over the United States and abroad.   

Midwest Writers Workshop: The mission of the annual Midwest Writers Workshop, hosted at Ball State University, is to give all writers the opportunity to improve their craft, to associate with highly credentialed professionals, and to network with other writers.   

Speaker Series: Ball State regularly hosts internationally-recognized scholars, practitioners, artists, and performers. Many of these events, such as David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture Series, are open to the public. CALENDAR   

School of Music: The School of Music presents more than 250 concerts, recitals, master classes, and lectures throughout the year, featuring students, faculty, and noted guest artists. Most events are free and open to the public. CALENDAR   

John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium: This 3,500 auditorium with state-of-the-art sound capabilities and acoustics hosts world-class artists, entertainers, and lecturers as well as local and regional events such as graduations, concerts, and recitals. CALENDAR   

Department of Theatre and Dance: Each year, Ball State's Department of Theatre and Dance offers audiences extraordinary plays, musicals, and dance concerts of the highest quality. CALENDAR

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  Athletics 

Athletic Events: The University offers collegiate level sporting events throughout the year, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, cross country and field hockey. CALENDAR   

Camps: The athletics department sponsors several training programs and camps for school-age children each year in volleyball, softball, baseball, football, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, and diving.      

CardinalKids Club: Young fans of Ball State sports (ages 13 and under) can join Cardinal Kids Club and enjoy free admission to all athletic events, birthday announcement at game, and exclusive post-game field and court access.   

Cardinal Lanes: Located in the lower level of the Pittenger Student Center, the fully equipped recreation center provides bowling, billiards and cosmic bowling on Friday nights. It is open to all members of Ball State and the Muncie community.   

Learnto Swim: Learn to Swim is designed to teach children everything from just being comfortable in the water, floating, coordinating arm and leg movements to learning proper breathing, the different competitive strokes, and diving (ages 6 month to 13).   

Family Swim Nights: Ball Pool is available for family swim on Friday nights, 6:30 to 8 pm at no cost.   

Pool and Indoor Turf Birthday Bashes: Ball Pool and the Recreation Center’s Indoor Turf area can be reserved for birthday parties. Ball State Recreation provides the space, cake, and drinks.   

Cardinal Kids Camp: Cardinal Kids Camp is an interactive day camp designed for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Children who participate are afforded many fun activities such as swimming, sports, games, and arts and crafts in a safe, supervised environment.

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  Facilities 

Conferences and Special Events: This Ball State office provides "one-stop shopping" for planning and managing every aspect of an event at Ball State University, including space reservations, housing, food service, audiovisual services, transportation, equipment rental, and other special services.   

Ball State Alumni Center: The Alumni Center, located at the corner of Tillotson and Bethel, houses a major assembly hall, meeting rooms, a board room, Alumni Library, a 47-foot glass conservatory, a kitchen and reception and lobby areas. All groups requesting the use of the center space are subject to the approval of the Alumni Center director or a representative.    

Indianapolis Center and Fishers Center: Beyond the main campus in Muncie, Ball State’s locations in downtown Indianapolis and Fishers offer space for a variety of social, business, and educational programs.

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  Health and Wellbeing 

Speech-Language Clinic: The Ball State University Speech-Language Clinic, operated by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, offers speech and language diagnostic and therapy services for children and adults in the community while providing students with opportunities for clinical experience under faculty supervision. Appointments required.   

Audiology Clinic: The Ball State University Audiology Clinic, operated by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, offers comprehensive hearing services for children and adults in the community, while providing students with opportunities for clinical experience under faculty supervision. Appointments required.   

Psychoeducational Diagnostic Intervention Clinic: This clinic in Teachers College he Ball State University Psychoeducational Diagnostic Intervention Clinic has conducted psychological and educational assessments of individuals of any age, gender, or race. Faculty and students from the Department of Educational Psychology provide these services at a small cost as a service to the community.   

Neuropsychology Lab: The Neuropsychology Laboratory offers consultation and evaluation to physicians, families, employers, and schools to identify if brain dysfunction exists, to describe how individuals are coping with their brain dysfunction, and to monitor treatment outcomes and recovery.   

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD): The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) offers a variety of services the CASD community. These include a summer autism camp for children ages 6-12, parent training, teacher training, and research into the most effective tools to transition individuals with CASD into the workforce.   

Counseling Practicum Clinic: The Counseling Practicum Clinic offers counseling services to people in Muncie and the surrounding area. Counseling and counseling psychology graduate students work with clients under the supervision of licensed psychologists and counselors. 

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  Library Services 

Bracken Library: Since 1978, any citizen of the State of Indiana (age 18 or older) can borrow materials from the University Library. Visitors may access the online catalog, free of charge from dedicated workstations. Individuals over the age of 14 may acquire a guest pass for full access to library computers including databases, available software, and Internet connections (for a small fee.)

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  Media and Technology 

Cardinal Communications: External organizations benefit from the creativity and innovation offered through Cardinal Communications, a student-run communications agency housed in the Department of Journalism.

Wireless Access: Unified Communications provides an unencrypted wireless network for campus guests.

WCRD-FM: This student-run, FCC-licensed radio station broadcasts music, student radio shows, Ball State athletic games, and various high school sports from around Delaware County.

IPR/WBST: IPR is a university-owned, award-winning news and classical music National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. The station sponsors a number of community events and also maintains a community calendar. CALENDAR

WIPB-TV: This Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliate station, licensed to Ball State, serves nearly 664,000 households, covering a 22-county region, in central Indiana and western Ohio.

Ball StateSports Link: This Emmy Award-winning immersive learning program, offers student-produced sports-related content for radio, TV, the web and mobile formats.

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  Nature/Environment 

Christy Woods: Christy Woods is an outdoor teaching laboratory for Ball State students and the community filled with mature deciduous forest, tallgrass prairie, and other plant communities. Christy Woods is open to the public for self-guided tours; for guided tours, contact the Field Coordinator.

Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse: The new $1.35 million greenhouse houses the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species bank, the country’s largest collegiate collection of orchids. The collection is open to the public for self-guided tours and to attend greenhouse events; for guided tours, contact the Field Coordinator. CALENDAR

Teaching and Research Greenhouse: This greenhouse contains plants from around the world and is open to the public for self-guided tours; for guided tours, contact the Field Coordinator.

Juanita Hults Environmental Learning Center: The learning center includes five ecosystems: a wetland, a tallgrass prairie, a hardwood forest, successional areas, and agricultural fields. It is available to quality environmental education for school groups in northeast Indiana. Visits must be scheduled; contact the Department of Biology Land Manager.

Donald E. Miller Wildlife Area: this 16.5 acre area on the north bank of the White River is a site for nature study for students from pre-K through college. This preserve contains a diversity of plants, animals, and habitat types, all located within a small area that is easily accessible to the university and Muncie communities. Visits must be scheduled; contact the Department of Biology Land Manager.

Ginn Woods: Ginn Woods is a 161 acre property that supports the second largest stand of old-growth forest remaining in Indiana, and has an uncommon diversity of plants and animals. Small groups may use this area for research and field trips by permission only; contact the Department of Biology Land Manager.

Cooper Farm: Cooper Farm contains distinct microenvironments that constitute a rich diversity of biological habitats for environmental education and field research. Visits must be scheduled; contact the Department of Biology Land Manager.

Charles W. Brown Planetarium: The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is an immersive theater where state-of-the-art technology transforms the 52-fott dome into a simulation of the night sky. The facility offers various public programs and group tours. CALENDAR

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  P-12 Education 

Child Care Collection: The Child Care Collection, developed in partnership with Ball State’s Teachers College, serves as a resource for parents and professionals in the field of early child care and education. These resources include videotapes, books, newspaper articles, and study guides.

Child Study Center: Located adjacent to Ball State’s campus, this home-licensed and accredited daycare provides safe, enjoyable, and educational learning experiences for children and observation, participatory, and educational experiences for Ball State students enrolled in child development courses.

Center for Gifted Studies & Talent Development: The center provides assessment, consultation, counseling, and advocacy services, as well as workshops throughout the year. Gifted and talented students can participate in Saturday morning and summer programs through the Indiana Academy’s youth programs.

Musicfor All Summer Symposium: The annual a week-long, immersive camp experience for high school band and orchestra students in all areas of instrumental and color guard performance and leadership.

Tutoring: The Ball State Learning Center maintains a “Community Tutor List” of Ball State students who are interested in serving as private tutors for students in the community. Call 765-285-1006. 

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  Professional Development 

Certified Public Manager Program: The Indiana Certified Public Manager® Program is offered exclusively by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs for Indiana public managers and their supervisory personnel. Participants learn and are ready to apply recognized public management theories and best practices.

Bowen Instituteon Political Participation: Through Ball State’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs, Indiana students and citizens hone their skills in political contribution and civic engagement. Participants engage with public officials, members of the media, political analysts, and private sector leaders at intensive two-day sessions.

Economic Development Training: Since 1985, more than 1,900 economic development professionals, volunteers, and local elected officials have participated in Ball State’s annual week-long Economic Development course, the only course of its kind in Indiana.

Professional Educators Initiative: Indiana teachers can enroll in up to 28 four-week online modules that offer practical solutions for classroom challenges. Ball State faculty serve as coaches and mentors.

Emerging Media Journalism Certificate: This online undergraduate certificate is designed especially for working journalists and communication professionals, providing practical ways to tell rich, compelling stories using the latest software and equipment for digital platforms.

Healthcare Professional Development: The Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center at Ball State provides access to training resources for practicing healthcare professionals. These events are held in partnership with various health educators and community partners. To learn about available opportunities, email neiahec@bsu.edu.

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  Volunteers and Student Employees 

Volunteers: Our student service organizations participate with causes at the national (Habitat for Humanity and Easter Seals) and local (Campus Lost and Adopt-A-Highway) levels. Students can also participate in an Alternative Break, a short-term, intensive service experience; or join the more than 2,000 students each year who get involved with Student Voluntary Services.

Student Employees: The Ball State Career Center coordinates the Federal Work Study program, which places students into positions with local non-profit organizations. The Job Location and Development program works with community employers to place students in part-time, off-campus employment. 

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