Natural Resources & Environmental Management

We strive to have our students engage in real-world applications of their knowledge to addressing environmental issues both in and outside of the classroom.


Our students need to be able to think critically about the management decisions people make in using natural resources that affect their own and other lives. These decisions are interdisciplinary and are informed by the natural, physical, and social sciences in understanding why humans make choices about the natural resources they use to survive. The decisions humans make about using the environment for their prosperity affect the health and safety of the ecosystem and other humans in their community.


Some of the community engagement projects that we need donor help on involve the Local Food Hub project, in which students help provide local food such as fresh produce from farmers in our county to neighborhoods in need of fresh food around Muncie. This addresses the larger issue of food deserts in communities that are marginalized because of lack of transportation or income to buy food. Also, students are motivated to help make a difference in their community by addressing food systems, as well as soil and water conservation projects at the Hults Farm in Albany, Indiana. This farm was donated to Ball State in the 1980s and needs an upgraded classroom and meeting space to host workshops as well as a Wash and Pack facility to prepare food for sale from the student farm. ​​


In summary, we would like to raise funds for facility development at the farm so that students can grow food in a greenhouse and also collect food from farmers to store and sell from the farm site as a home base for Food Hub operations. Other community projects that donors could help us achieve are exposing students to real-world research projects dealing with air and water quality. We would use the funds to provide professional development opportunities for students to learn about research projects going on throughout Indiana that measure air, water, soil and land quality on public and private lands. The foundation accounts would help with travel and scholarships to offset costs to attend conferences or other classroom field trip opportunities.

Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Associate Professor, Elizabeth Agnew, for winning $2,000 to donate to Religious Studies!
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Ball State Unit or Org with the Most Gifts
The Ball State unit/org with the most gifts on April 9 will receive an additional $6,000 for their department/org 2nd place = $3,000 3rd place = $1,500
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $6,000 Theatre & Dance 747
2 $3,000 Athletics 623
3 $1,500 Ball State's Greatest Needs 168
4 Greek Life 119
5 Student Scholarships 88
Academic Dept Participation Leaderboard
Which academic department will have most gifts on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your department to help keep them at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Departments Gifts
1 Theatre & Dance 747
2 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 88
3 Communication Studies 68
4 Telecommunications 62
5 Journalism 60
Amount Raised Leaderboard
Which area will raise the most on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your favorite area of the University to help keep them flying high at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Campus unit/fund Raised
1 Athletics $66,023.77
2 Theatre & Dance $19,328.27
3 Ball State's Greatest Needs $16,322.32
4 Charles W. Brown Planetarium/Physics & Astronomy $11,680.00
5 Teachers College $10,963.32
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