MONDAYS | 4:00 PM | Zoom Links & Viewing in AB 100
For a link to watch the lecture, email
  • NOV 17 (WED)  –  Tony Costello,  “A Decade of Humanitarian Accomplishments in Haiti.” (in person) 
  • Feb 7 – CAP PechaKucha pandemic art lecture/show featuring faculty
  • Feb 21 – Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi (virtual)
  • Mar 28 – Jonathan Moody (in person)



Several of us will be attending his funeral in Middlebury on Saturday, Nov.20, Miller-Stewart Funeral home. Visiting hours 9-11 am. Service at 11 am.
Counseling Services will host a “resiliency-building” session on Monday, 11/22 from noon – 1 pm. Free pizza and all students/faculty are welcome.



Nov 22   |  AB 100  |  4:00 pm

Craig Hartman (CAP alum, SOM San Francisco) will be back on campus on Nov. 22 & 23rd to present additional concepts on the potential building addition that would bridge ECAP(AB) and MCOB buildings.
We are tentatively planning a presentation by Craig in AB 100 on Nov.22 at 3:30 pm.



Wednesday, Dec 1 

All CAP Holiday Reception – Join us for light refreshments and CAP hot cocoa bar!

Applied Technology 151 – 9:30 to Noon

Architecture Building Atrium – 12:30 to 2:30



Dec 3, 10- 11 am.

  • Zoom based coffee hours with the Dean & Associate Dean are back on the schedule. Join these no-agenda meetings to ask questions or have casual conversation.



  • Congratulations to Martha Hunt (Landscape Architecture Department) and Scott Truex (Urban Planning Department) who each have been re-elected as Chair, with new terms starting in July 2022.



  • Melissa Wormer has taken a position elsewhere in the university. She has been a mainstay for CAP for 13 years and WE WILL MISS HER but wish her well. She will be leaving in December but will assist us with the transfer to a replacement Budget Manager.


SEAGER ARCHIVES – Archivist interview

Ball State University Libraries invites current faculty, emeritus faculty, and staff of the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning to participate in a scheduled interview for Archivist for Architectural and Design Records:

  • Dakota (Cody) Sprunger, Friday, Nov 19
  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Public Presentation and Q&A:
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning Interview Session: use the links above to register for either or both of the synchronous Zoom sessions for this interview.  In the 9:00 a.m. session, the candidate will deliver a 20-minute presentation discussing the future of archival work in the context of architectural records and historic preservation with Q&A to follow.  The 11:30 a.m. interview session will provide an opportunity to ask questions of the candidate.  Questions during either session may only be directed toward the candidate’s resume, professional experience, or public presentation.  The 9:00 a.m. presentation will focus on professional practice; the candidate has not been asked to deliver a research presentation or teaching presentation.  The candidate’s resume is attached to this email.The role of the Archivist for Architectural and Design Records is to engage in acquisition, processing, preservation, digitization, promotion, use, and development of the collections, programs, and services of the Andrew Seager Archive of the Built Environment, a Division of Ball State University Libraries located in the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning, to expand user access and resource discovery of primary source materials that document the history of Indiana’s built environment.  A full position description is attached to this email.We look forward to your participation in these sessions.



  • Congratulations to the Department of Urban Planning on a successful Accreditation visit from the Planning Accreditation Board. Although the official report will not be available for some months, the exit interviews were very positive.



Nov 17  |  CAP: Indy Center 

  • The Solar Decathlon Local Build Challenge Review will be held as a closed jury on Wednesday, November 17th at the CAP: Indy Centerfor BSU CAP undergraduate and graduate team projects. The Solar Decathlon Build Challenge culminates in a juried event at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado in April 2023, where collegiate teams from around the world present their innovative solutions. This project advances CAP’s commitment to provide collaborative, multidisciplinary, community-engaged design/build learning opportunities for students. There will be a lunch at 12:30 on the 17th that is open to anyone and the jury team will summarize thoughts at 5 pm that day – also open to the public.A Solar Decathlon Showcase Presentation will be hosted in the CAP/AB building on December 13th. The presesentation will feature all work of the semester shared in a gallery style review. This Showcase will be up until January 31st



Nov 18  |  11:30 – 12:30

  • The next session for the college Emerging Leaders Series will be Nov.18 from 11:30 – 12:30. A zoom link has been shared with all faculty. Anyone can join. We will be hearing from CAP Chairs and others about pathways, opportunities and challenges.



  • CERES is processing this month in the Voluntary Carbon Market the latest carbon credit transactions.
    Here’s a graph of how BSU is doing in bringing down its CO2e emissions; we are on target for 2030:


  • Congratulations to the CERES team (Robert J. Koester, Jeff Culp, Lauren McWhorter, Ben Grason) who helped with the Cope Environmental Education Center to achieve the Living Building Certification!!!
    The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) recently announced that the Cope Environmental Education Center located in Centerville, Indiana has been awarded Living Building Certification.
    This is only the 29th building in the world to receive full Living Building Certification by ILFI, which comprises evidentiary performance in seven ‘Petals’ of focus including Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. Overall, some 20 imperatives had to be met during the design, construction and occupation of the facility in which the final documentation submittal included actual measured performance during a year of occupancy.
    This is the result of multiple years of collaboration between the design architect Kevin McCurdy (CAP Grad) with LWC in Richmond, the staff of the Cope Environmental Education Center, including Alison Zajdel, Kaitlyn Blanset, and Holly Miller and CERES faculty, staff, and students at Ball State University.



  • NEH Virtual World Heritage Ohio
    IDIA Lab is developing an interactive 3D simulation through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities. Already a National Historic Landmark, Ohio designated the Newark Earthworks as “the official prehistoric monument of the state” in 2006. Spread across four miles in what is now present-day Newark, Ohio, mounds and walls are constructed to record significant celestial alignments on the landscape, including the 18.6-year lunar cycle. The earthworks created community for the Hopewell People and provided sacred spaces for religious rituals and ceremonies related to their society. The Newark Earthworks comprise the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures in the world, built by the Hopewell People between A.D. 1 to A.D. 400 to serve a variety of cultural and spiritual purposes. The earthworks are in currently under consideration for UNESCO World Heritage status.

    The simulation re-creates a virtual interpretation of the Newark Earthworks with simulations of ancient celestial alignments..  
    IDIA Lab is partnering with BSU’s Applied Anthropology Lab to provide the archeological data and interpretation.  IDIA is simulating the sky, moon and stars with accurate virtual celestial bodies using data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to allow users to view the stars, planets, moon, and sun as they appeared 1800 years ago.The project is a collaboration between Ball State and the Ohio History Connection, with support and partnership from several federally recognized American Indian tribes, including the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and the Shawnee Tribe.


  • Virtual TeamSTEPPS Rutgers
    IDIA is currently under contract to design and deliver an interactive virtual training simulation for Rutgers University. The project immerses students within  TeamSTEPPS, a framework of interdisciplinary collaboration and communication. TeamSTEPPS, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. Students will learn best practice skills and apply them in lab-based scenarios within the simulation. Roles represented within the simulation include Physician, Nutritionist, Nurse, Clinical Lab Staff, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Physician’s Assistant, Psychological Rehab, and Patient.



  • Interior Design students took a trip to NeoCon in Chicago to explore showrooms, architecture and firms throughout the city.


  • Congratulations to our Construction Management student teams for their outstanding performance at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regional Competition with a 2nd place and a 3rd place finish!
    Coaches Sherif Attallah and Jennifer Warrner prepared our Concrete Solutions team, who took 2nd Place. This competition focused on submitting a proposal for the concrete package for a multistory facility in the heart of a Midwestern city. Coach Gary Birk led his team to a 3rd place finish in the Preconstruction category. The project for this competition was a $30-35 million 8-story corporate office building, including 4 floors of parking garage deck and 4 levels of office space.The solid performance of these teams demonstrate that our students can compete at the highest levels with those of other programs nationwide. A big “thank you” to all of our coaches and all of our sponsors, donors, Capstone Challengers, and everyone else who supported the student teams – well done, all!



  • For the third time in six years the team from Ball State Urban Planning and Real Estate minor programs have won the NAIOP-ULI Intercollegiate Real Estate Competition.  The  subject for the competition was a contaminated site adjoining the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The wining proposal was a mixed-use complex that included an Indy Eleven soccer stadium of $550 million, financed by the State. The team also won the award for best proposal presentation between the finalists by a score 74% to 26%.  Both the Economic Development Director of Speedway Town and the Roger Penske public corporation, owners of the IMS, expressed interest to conducting the development with the Ball State team, mentored by Professor Bruce Frankel.