LIFESTYLES


Stephanie Onieal, second-grade teacher at Burris Laboratory School, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Ball Brothers Foundation. The award is given to a Delaware County teacher who incorporates 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. Stephanie Onieal, Photo Provided

Stephanie Onieal, second-grade teacher at Burris Laboratory School, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Ball Brothers Foundation. The award is given to a Delaware County teacher who incorporates 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. Stephanie Onieal, Photo Provided

Communities 5/21/2020, 3:00pm

Burris teacher shares her approach to 21st century elementary education

This April, much like she had done in the past 10 years, Stephanie Onieal held a poetry activity for her second-grade students over the Zoom video conference platform.


Communities 5/15/2020, 3:00pm

Ball State greenhouse’s annual sale goes online

While the greenhouse continues to remain closed for in-person visits, it is still conducting its annual orchid sale entirely online — the first time in the sale’s nine-year history that it has taken this form.


Communities 4/30/2020, 3:00pm

On the waiting list

A ten-minute phone call saved Mike Stetzel’s life. On the other end, Stetzel’s donor coordinator told him he’d receive the kidney he’d been waiting on for four years to cure his polycystic kidney disease. 


MCS Project 4/20/2020, 3:00pm

Looking past the label

Every morning, Sean White sips his third cup of coffee while greeting students with encouragement as they file into the halls of South View Elementary in Muncie.


MCS-Project 4/17/2020, 3:00pm

Peers become Pals

Most special education teachers spend their days helping students learn core subjects; however, recent studies have shown that students with disabilities often have lower confidence and self-esteem because it can be hard for them to “view their disability as one component of their lives, not the only component.”


4/16/2020, 1:03pm

Can do, we'll do — together.

“Help me understand that more.” Five simple words that reveal the character of the person making the request. Genuine vulnerability, leadership, humility and confidence are conveyed to those on the receiving end.  It’s a request for insight Lee Ann Kwiatkowski makes of almost every individual she meets — community members, administrators, teachers and students alike. 


Communities 4/9/2020, 3:00pm

Ball State alumna announces release of debut Young Adult book

While “A Dark and Starless Forest” was just introduced to the Young Adult book community, Sarah Hollowell, a 2015 Ball State alumna, has known about her debut book’s announcement for nearly four months, and it has been one of her hardest-kept secrets.  


DIY 4/8/2020, 10:00am

Do-it-yourself ways to add color to Easter

Even though families may not be able to gather for Easter dinner this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they can still enjoy the holiday together with FaceTime, Skype and other video-conferencing apps.