Interior Design Studio 5: Immersive Learning at Children's TherAplay Institute

Student Team: Emma Birch, Amanda Blankenberger, Emily Burnham, Madison Castleman, Catherine Daron, Megan Draper, Natalie Hopf, Susan Lamemayer, Katie McCauley, Emily Schripsema, Kayli Sommers

TherAplay Youtube ButtonThe Children’s TherAplay Institute offers various treatments for children with special needs, including one-on-one therapy, sensory stations, and hippotherapy. This interior design project is a continuing collaboration between Ball State undergraduate students and the TherAplay Institute located in Carmel, IN. This semester’s work built on a fall 2019 project funded by a Provost Immersive Learning Grant. In the previous iteration, students did surveys and onsite observations, developed floor plans, and created construction documents.  In spring 2020, the students focused on three additional components: designing a new gymnasium, designing and furnishing a new sensory room, and building customized furnishings for use in the therapy clinics and sensory room. In the third phase of this project, scheduled for fall 2020, Dr. Kanakri and her students will study the effects of their design decisions on the children using the space.

Faculty MentorShireen Kanakri, Department of Construction Management and Interior Design
Community Partner: Children's TherAplay Foundation

Sitting at the Feet of our Muncie Elders: Stories of Resistance and Resiliency

Student Team: Ki Adkins, Jennifer Criss, Mykaala Cagepork, Hannah Eadie, Ryan Hugo, Meara Kanalas, Andrea Mohler, Dilion O’Nail, Eddie Osburn, Eileen Porzuczek, Melissa Rahe, Emily Turner, Grace Wagner, Katelyn Warner, Laurinda Webb, Nykasia Williams, Bernedette Wilson


Muncie Elders Youtube ButtonIn this two-semester project, Ball State students from English, creative writing, journalism, public relations, and other humanities degrees connected with Muncie senior citizens to capture their stories of resistance and resilience. In the fall semester, students read, studied, and analyzed creative narrative nonfiction (memoir), ethnography narratives, and community writing. They then put those writing skills into practice by collaborating with seniors at Westminster Village, the Delaware County Senior Center, Whitely, and other interested seniors in the community. During the spring semester, the students set out to edit and design a book for those stories to be published through the 409 independent book press in the English department. In addition, they planned to engage local photographers, spoken word artists, and artists affiliated with YART (a local group of artists) to create visuals for a story collection and a spoken-word performance. Some of that work has been delayed, but, when finished, the publication will be free to participating senior citizens, community partners, as well as local libraries. Performances (dates to be determined later this year)will also be free to the community and hosted at established sites with YART's assistance.  The students will run the same performances for seniors at the Muncie Delaware County Senior Center and Westminster Village. 

Faculty Mentor: Darolyn “Lyn” Jones, Department of English

Community Partners: Westminster Village, Muncie Delaware County Senior Center, Moth Danner and YART (Yard Sale for Art).


Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Student Team: Sarah Dalton, Emily Fuher, Emma Hamilton, Matthew Hinkleman, Karina Kasmauskis, Zoe Lawson, Nathan Maxwell, Bella McGill, Owen Miller, James Neubauer, Bailey Painter, Isabel Parham, Grant Robertson, Cora Rutledge, Sydney Smith, Rose Winters, and Eli Wood


Stance Youtube ButtonStance provides undergraduate students from around the world an opportunity to have their original scholarly work reviewed by or published in a peer-reviewed journal. A transdisciplinary team of Ball State students produces and edits the journal, participating in all aspects of the publishing. Philosophy majors handle manuscript review and content decisions, while English majors do copy editing and transcribing. Marketing and Communications majors assist with social media, and architecture students handle print and digital production for the journal.  Approximately 140 manuscripts are received annually, and each paper goes through a multi-round, anonymous, peer-review process. Authors receive substantial feedback whether the paper is selected for publication or not. The product is available in print or in digital form online.


Faculty Mentor: David Concepcion, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Community Partners:  EBSCO, The Philosopher’s Index