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Cardinal Compass will explore the connections between Muncie and Ball State University. BSU President Geoffrey Mearns and his guests will take the audience behind the scenes of the evolving relationship by exploring the challenges and opportunities that exist. The show is produced by Ball State students in the College of Communication, Information and Media.

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Cardinal Compass will explore the connections between Muncie and Ball State University. BSU President Geoffrey Mearns and his guests will take the audience behind the scenes of the evolving relationship by exploring the challenges and opportunities that exist. The show is produced by Ball State students in the College of Communication, Information and Media.

    East Central Indiana Talent Collaborative

    East Central Indiana Talent Collaborative

    Fewer and fewer people are calling East Central Indiana home. Now, key community stakeholders are joining forces to try turning that around and increase educational attainment and economic opportunities in our area. They’re doing it through the East Central Indiana Talent Collaborative.  Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo and Ball State Associate Vice President for Community Engagement Delaina Boyd join President Geoffrey Mearns to discuss how they hope to reach these goals. 

    • 23 min
    Building a Better Campus and Community

    Building a Better Campus and Community

    It’s hard to escape the building boom on the Ball State campus.  New residence halls, academic buildings and more are close to completion.  And other plans in the works.  Ball State Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Management Jim Lowe joins President Geoffrey Mearns to discuss what’s ahead and how it’s about more than new buildings; it’s about building a stronger relationship between Ball State and the community.

    • 23 min
    Scoring Fans Across Campus and the Community

    Scoring Fans Across Campus and the Community

    The new year started off on a high note for Ball State Athletics. For the first time in school history, the football team finished the season in the AP Top 25.  On the February edition of Cardinal Compass, Ball State Director of Athletics Beth Goetz discusses the milestone with President Geoffrey Mearns. She also talks about the challenges facing college sports and student athletes in 2021 and how sports can unite an entire community.

    • 23 min
    Town and Gown

    Town and Gown

    Muncie is at an exciting crossroads. The university and community are working together to build a better tomorrow. Together, they are forming partnerships with small businesses, to build lively places, and to create a safer, more vibrant place for everyone to call home.  On this edition of Cardinal Compass, we explore the evolving relationship between Ball State and Muncie with Mayor Dan Ridenour. 

    • 23 min
    Partnership Report Card

    Partnership Report Card

    On this edition of Cardinal Compass, we explore Ball State’s historic partnership with Muncie Community Schools. More than two years after the two educational institutions tied the knot, what has changed and what comes next? Muncie Community Schools Chief Executive Officer Lee Ann Kwiatkowski and Ball State Teachers College Dean Anand R. Marri join President Geoffrey Mearns for a progress report.

    • 23 min
    Ball State Battles a Pandemic

    Ball State Battles a Pandemic

    On this episode of Cardinal Compass, we focus on COVID-19 and Ball State’s response to the pandemic.  BSU President Geoffrey Mearns and Provost Susana Rivera-Mills discuss what the university did immediately after the illness started to spread, how the university pivoted to reopen in the fall, and what comes next.

    • 23 min

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