• More than 200 residents participated in this year’s Heartland Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Muncie on Oct. 9, in person at Canan Commons or by watching an online ceremony and walking from home in their own neighborhoods.
Participants raised $60,134 (and counting) to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association, a total 15 % higher than this year’s goal of $52,500, according to a release.
Fundraising will continue through the end of the year, and those who didn’t participate can still make donations at act.alz.org/Heartland.
Information and registration for local in-person and virtual programs through the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.is available at alz.org/Indiana/programs or the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
• Ball State University alumna and best-selling author Ashley C. Ford has donated the honorarium from her work as the university’s fall 2021 writer-in-residence to provide free books to numerous community partners.
Ford, a 2018 Ball State graduate whose debut memoir, “Somebody’s Daughter,” earned a spot on the New York Times’ Best Seller list, is donating copies of her book to Burris Laboratory School, Muncie Community Schools, the Youth Opportunity Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie and the African-American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies programs, Multicultural Center and Office of Inclusive Excellence at Ball State.
Other local recipients of Ford’s book include Motivate Our Minds, Shafer Leadership Academy, the YWCA, and the YMCA, according to a release.
“Somebody’s Daughter” explores Ford’s life coming of age in Fort Wayne with a single mother and an incarcerated father. The book was published in June by Flatiron Books under the imprint, An Oprah Book.
Ball State welcomed Ford back to campus this fall as its writer-in-residence to share her work and to interact with students and faculty, as well as engage with the campus and local communities. On Nov. 11, at the “Somebody’s Daughter” Book Club, Ford will join professor Jill Christman for a public discussion about the memoir in the Pittenger Student Center Ballroom.
• Ball State PBS has been awarded a $260,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS to extend the reach and impact of PBS KIDS early learning resources to local communities.
Over the next four years, Ball State PBS will collaborate with local partners to create a “Learning Neighborhood” that fosters a community-wide culture of learning at home, in the neighborhood, and within local systems and spaces, according to a release from Ball State University. The program is part of the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
“The 2020-2025 Ready To Learn Initiative is focused on connecting children’s media and learning environments to build key skills for success in school and life, including functional literacy, critical thinking, and collaboration, as well as showing them career options in age-appropriate ways,” the release stated.
The Ball State PBS station, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is one of 10 public television stations receiving grants in this cohort.
In 2018, Ball State PBS received a $175,000 two-year Ready to Learn grant to work with community partners to provide STEM resources for young learners and their families on the south side of Muncie, specifically the 8twelve neighborhoods.
• Parkinson Voice Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has named the Ball State University Speech-Language Clinic as a recipient of its 2021 Speak Out! & Loud Crowd Grant Program.
Grant recipients include hospitals, university speech therapy clinics, private practices, and nonprofit organizations. The Ball State University Speech-Language Clinic is committed to offering Parkinson Voice Project’s speech therapy program for free in the Muncie area, according to a release.
The Ball State University Speech-Language Clinic offers evaluation and rehabilitation options to individuals who need increased communication skills.
To learn more about the services offered by the Ball State University Speech-Language Clinic, or to schedule an appointment, call 765-285-8160.
• The American Institute of Architects Indiana (AIA) recently presented Anthony Costello with the first-ever Humanitarian Award. Costello also received the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.
The Muncie architect and Irving Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Ball State University, has visited Haiti 26 times since initially going there after the 2010 earthquake to learn and then to help develop methods to make buildings stronger and to design Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage Village…