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Better Together

Contributed by: Lena Tompkins
Published: Monday, 11 September 2017 9:30 AM
How can Ball State University and Muncie be better?

In partnership with The Star Press, Ball State is hosting three Community forums to discuss how the university and community can partner together, in a cooperative and collaborative way, to grow and thrive. The format will be a panel discussion with Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns, community leaders, and Ball State faculty and staff.

Wednesday, September 13
Community Forum #1 Theme: Neighborhoods/Education Southside Middle School Auditorium
6 p.m.

Panelists:
Julius Anderson, Muncie City Council
Ken Hudson, executive director, Whitely Community Council
Wilisha Scaife, director of Family Engagement, Muncie P3 (after-school enrichment for grades K-3), Ball State University
Heather Williams, Building Better Neighborhoods program manager, Office of Community Engagement, Ball State University
Eva Zygmunt, Helen Gant Elmore Distinguished Professor of Elementary Education, Ball State University

Wednesday, September 27
Community Forum #2 Theme: Arts and Culture Minnetrista
6 p.m.

Panelists:
Tom Bracken, member, Ball State Board of Trustees, and president, George and Frances Ball Foundation
Leigh Edwards, board president, Muncie Civic Theatre
Ryan Hourigan, director, School of Music, Ball State University
Akilah Nosakhere, director, Muncie Community Library
Tania Said, director of education, David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University

Thursday, October 12
Community Forum #3 Theme: Economic Development Cornerstone Center for the Arts
6 p.m.

Panelists:
Delaina Boyd, interim associate vice president, community engagement, Ball State University
Chris Caldwell, senior vice president, commercial and business banking, Mutual Bank
Traci Lutton, vice president, economic development, Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance
David Terrell, director, Rural Policy Research Institute, and interim co-director, Indiana Communities Institute, Ball State University
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