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.
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
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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.
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
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
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
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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
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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
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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.
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
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD): The Center for Autism Spectrum
Disorder (CASD) offers a variety of services the CASD community. These include
autism camp for children ages 6-12, parent
training, and research into the most effective tools to transition
individuals with CASD into the workforce.
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: 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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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.
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
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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
Ball StateSports Link: This Emmy Award-winning immersive learning program, offers
student-produced sports-related content for radio, TV, the web and mobile
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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| Volunteers and Student Employees
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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