Carl Schafer: Ball State Students Part of ArtsWalk Since Beginning

There is a lot of talk these days at Ball State about “community engagement,” which promotes a more integral relationship between the university and Muncie, and to encourage the university’s departments and faculty to participate in the city’s well-being. Read the full article at the Star Press here: http://www.thestarpress.com/story/life/2014/10/01/ball-state-students-part-artswalk-since-beginning/16555593/

Carl Schafer: Great Things Can Happen with Few Resources

Every day, just outside the Fine Arts building, I walk past the odd and fascinating likeness of Dr. Alice Welty Nichols with her high flying crew cut hair and horn-rimmed glasses. Read the full article at the Star Press here: http://www.thestarpress.com/story/life/2014/08/06/great-things-can-happen-with-few-resources/13696285/

Carl Schafer: Can Muncie Regain its Identity as Middletown?

On Tuesday, I attended a meeting at Ball State that may begin to indicate how the university will progress in the era of Immersive Learning. For the past few days Dr. Barbara A. Holland has been on campus meeting with faculty and presenting a concept called Community-Engaged Scholarship. Dr. Holland is an internationally recognized expert in bringing about organizational changes …

Carl Schafer: Public-Private Partnerships are Essential

Since Mayor Dennis Tyler took office almost three years ago, he has continuously said that Muncie must invest in itself in order to attract investment from outside. Read the full article at the Star Press here: http://www.thestarpress.com/story/life/2014/11/05/carl-schafer-public-private-partnerships-essential/18537059/

Carl Schafer: What goes down must come up

At the beginning of the movie “Downside Up,” a woman is drowning in the ocean. Soon afterward when the ordeal is over she attributes her survival to a conscious decision she makes to fight for her life, a decision you would think would be immediate and instinctive. But the decision could have gone either way, she says, because during her …