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A gift to the facilities at Ball State is about more than bricks and mortar. It’s an investment in the students, professors, and a campus community who will directly benefit in many ways.

Learn about some of the current facility initiatives:

College of Health Building

Breaking ground in June 2017, this 150,000 sq. ft. building will serve as a contemporary teaching, research, and clinic facility to educate the health care workers of the future. This new facility will consolidate the various programs in the College of Health that have previously been spread across campus, including nursing, health sciences, speech pathology and audiology, nutrition and dietetics, social work, and other programs. 

Dr. Shondell Court Sports Practice Facility

This new facility for men's and women's volleyball and basketball, adjacent to Worthen Arena, will include a large practice area, new basketball locker rooms, and renovated and expanded volleyball locker rooms. This facility will allow teams to schedule practices at times that are most beneficial for our student-athletes.

Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass

A premier glass facility, the Marilyn K. Glick Center supports and promotes the practice of the contemporary glass arts at Ball State University and in the East Central Indiana Region. The center's studio spaces, equipment, faculty, and staff support a broad-based and dynamic undergraduate and graduate curriculum in contemporary glass, as well as community outreach and education about the glass arts.

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The Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse

Lucky guests of this breathtaking greenhouse get to experience a small tropical environment in the middle of Indiana! The Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse contains nearly 2000 orchids – the largest university-based orchid collection in the United States. The collection is a living museum which provides opportunities for education and conservation of rare and endangered orchid species and is used for orchid research. The 3,400 square foot greenhouse is a resource used by students in biology, natural resources, art, technology, landscape architecture, and photography and presents a variety of educational programs open to the general public. Docents assist visitors during guided tours.

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Charles W. Brown Planetarium

The largest planetarium in the State of Indiana recently underwent a major 6,500 sq. ft. addition. The reinforced concrete structure with a 52-foot steel dome now includes a lobby, equipment room, and mechanical and electrical support spaces. Today, it gives regular shows open to the public, school groups, and Ball State University students. With its immersive state-of-the-art technology, up to 140 visitors may experience the night sky as they have never seen it before. This Ball State marvel exists in its new renovated condition thanks to generous gifts from friends and alumni.

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Golf Facility

This state-of-the-art design will give the golfing Cardinals a home that’s way above par. The indoor and outdoor facility will include:

  • hitting bays
  • indoor putting green
  • swing analysis equipment
  • coaches’ offices for men’s and women’s golf teams

Emens Auditorium

For 50 years, the Muncie community has enjoyed concerts and Broadway shows at Emen’s Auditorium. Renovations to this historic building will update and expand the existing structure for a better guest experience. The 12,000-foot expansion will add a larger lobby, main floor restrooms, a relocated box office, as well as office space and a conference room.

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