The consulting team is in the schematic design phase and will be developing a preliminary estimate in early November. The CAP Building Committee will meet with the consultants to review options in mid- November. The budget continues to be primarily oriented to replacing mechanical systems, but additional work may be able to be accomplished once the cost estimate is refined. We will hold an open information session for the college when this additional information is in place.


  • The Department of Landscape Architecture has their accreditation visit November 6th – 9th.
  • Congratulations to Craig Farnsworth. Craig has been named a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and will be inducted at the ASLA annual meeting in Minneapolis this weekend.
  • Dorna Eshrati and Jeremy Merrill were awarded a Provost Immersive Learning grant for their proposal “Morrison Park Renaissance.”


  • Congratulations to CMID receiving first place for decorating their main office for Homecoming. They will receive a pizza party for the students and staff involved with the decoration.
  • 4 student teams sent to the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regional Competition in Downers Grove, IL. Three teams placed: Concrete Solutions (1st place), Electrical (2nd place), Design-Build (3rd place).  MORE
  • 7 faculty traveled to the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering annual conference in Atlanta, GA to present a total of 9 refereed presentations on a variety of current topics.
  • Mohsen Goodarzi is teaching our new Residential Construction Foundations course for the first time. This course was developed as part of a rant from the National Association of Homebuilders.
  • We had students attend the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) conventions as part of their student chapter activities. Both organizations sponsor competitions, and we have teams working on both events.


  • Jake Son was selected as a faculty exemplar at the “Our Call to Beneficence” capital campaign reveal last Friday. He was one of only two faculty from across the entire university who was asked to share some of their intriguing research, and all were impressed with his discussion of biomimicry.
  • 19 Interior Design and 4 Construction Management students are working together on an interdisciplinary project with the Holy Family Parish in LaPorte, IN. They are preparing a feasibility study for their K-4 elementary school built in 1940s. They had their first trip to Laporte in early October and the first presentation to the clients will be at the end of October. Our team is helping them with sprinkler, HVAC, and elevator upgrades as well as ADA compliance, classroom design, corridor design and a new art, music and library space.
  • The junior design studio, Studio 3, submitted to the IDEC student competition focusing on mind-scapes, restorative spaces on campus. We had two submissions.
  • The senior studio, Studio 5, presented to jurors from major health care firms. They were encouraged to see the incredible student work, and eager to have our students apply to their design firms. They are now participating in the IIDA Baltimore pediatric primary care clinic competition as well as designing the NICs with Franciscan Health and BSA Life Structures
  • Cynthia Hunter was awarded a Provost Immersive Learning grant for her proposal, “Until They All Have Homes,” In addition, this course has been designated as a Shafer Fellows project. The Hamer and Phyllis Shafer Foundation supports immersive learning projects that are focused on pressing problems facing East Central Indiana.
  • The new ID curriculum is being implemented and is working well this semester.


OCT 23 – 26 | CAAV Conference
IDIA has been hosting the 7th Annual CAAV Conference in the CAP building. The conference focuses on collaborative technologies and applications developed to aid in people’s ability to innovate, communicate and educate from a distance. The conference will look at the successes and the challenges of the past several years of emerging technologies as we move forward into the future.


  • OCT 30 | 4 PM | Jeffrey Johnson, AIA, Director of the School of Architecture and Lewis Honors Faculty at the University of Kentucky.  Recipient of the 2021 CAP Outstanding Alumni Award. MORE
  • NOV 13 | 4 PM | Nate Cormier, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, Managing Studio Director, Landscape Architecture at RIOS. “Hyperlocal Histories: Co-creating Places that Cultivate Curiosity” – Nate’s current research interest centers around the culture of comfort in places that experience extreme heat. Continuing education credits have been applied for from our partners at AIA and LACES. MORE
  • NOV 15 – Dec 20 | Alumni Award nominations – If you would like to nominate a deserving alum for one of our Alumni Awards you have until Dec. 20th to do so.  MORE
  • NOV 22-24 | Thanksgiving Break (noon on Wed. 22nd)
  • NOV 27-28 | CAP Executive Advisory Board (EAB) will be meeting at Ball State.
  • JAN 8-12, 2024 | Design Week – Landscape Architecture and Interior design will be pairing up for another Design Week (faculty involved: Craig Farnsworth, April Westcott, Jeremy Merrill, Sarah Angne Alfaro, Russ Richey)
  • FEB 14, 2024 | Job Fair – Let your students know so they can begin preparing their resumes.
  • APR 3, 2024 | One Ball State Day  – Join us for the sixth One Ball State Day to support students, faculty and programs. Every bit of effort to spread the word on social media or email counts.
  • APR 12, 2024 | Admitted Student Day