When Ashra Wickramathilaka, second-year graduate urban and regional planning major from Galle, Sri Lanka, came to Muncie, she didn’t know any family members or friends who lived in the area. This, coupled with homesickness, made adjusting to American life difficult, she said.
Stepping onto the rock-speckled dirt path, the first thing that can be seen from the front lawn of Northern Tropics Greenhouse is the rows of red, orange and gold chrysanthemum stones out on display. Further down the path, the plants from the five greenhouses emerge.
Aaron Paige, Ball State assistant professor of music, was surrounded by music from a young age. He started singing in the church choir, where his dad was preacher. His talent and passion for music led him to a performing arts high school and then, Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
At the top of her graduation cap, Mona Goggins attached pictures of her nephews and younger brother Josh. In shining letters, the words “worked hard to advocate for you” filled the remaining space.
Justin Shupe, Ball State senior business administration and risk management major, was with two friends when the idea to travel by boat from Indiana to Florida was born.
A collaboration between two Muncie organizations to improve community wellness is on the way.
Bilingualism and biliteracy, ensuring high academic achievement, and sociocultural competence are the three pillars of Muncie Community Schools’ Dual Language Immersion Programming, according to the program’s website.
When entering through the main doors of Daleville Elementary, visitors would see pictures of different pairs of students posted on the wall, behind a yellow background. These pictures display the big and little pairs in the school’s Mentor Program.
From creating and decorating environmentally conscious crafts, such as reusable tote bags, to hosting guest speakers, the natural resources and environmental management club (NREM) works to bring attention to environmental issues.
Each person has their own unique personal background, personalities and lifestyles, which can lead to a variety of traditions and dishes, especially during the holiday season.