Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.06
Liaison Margaret Lo
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
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Ball State University
Tier2-7: Outdoors Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Stephanie Reinhart
Assistant Director Outdoor Pursuits
Recreation Services
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Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that organizes hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students and follows Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the program:

1. Outdoor Pursuits
The Outdoor Pursuits Program includes a climbing wall, outdoor equipment rental and retail center, classroom,as well as trips programs and outdoor skills clinics and workshops, and an outdoor resource center.
Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center
Going outside and having fun sometimes requires a lot of expensive, specialized gear. Through the BSU Outdoor Rental Center BSU students have access to the equipment required for outings like backpacking, camping, canoeing, biking, and fly fishing.

2. Indiana Outdoors is a weekly half-hour program featuring Indiana’s natural resources and recreational opportunities. Ball State students, faculty and staff produce the magazine-style show with help from Indiana Department of Natural Resources and WIPB, Ball State’s public television station.
Focusing on historic sites, state parks and natural history of Indiana, “Indiana Outdoors” takes viewers to locations from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River and all points in between.

3. The university has received 61 regional Emmy nominations and won 18 since 2000, contributing to Ball State being named Indiana's Broadcasting School of the Year for three consecutive years.

"The documentary is a strong example of how Ball State has become a national model for immersive education in news, film and entertainment," he said. "Our projects are student-centered and allow undergraduates and graduates to work side-by-side with some of the best professionals in the field."

As an out-growth of this effort, Alexander Mejia, an Indianapolis resident who graduated in the spring, and Tony Prizevoits, a junior, received their nomination for a flood awareness video produced for the Red Cross. The project was submitted by their independent firm, TAV Productions.

Indiana Outdoors and Connections Live, a television magazine show, were nominated in the professional category for magazine programs. NewsWatch, the university's student-run nightly news television program was nominated in the student program category.

The website URL where information about the program is available:

The goal of the Outdoor Pursuits program is to grow into a dynamic year-round program that meets the needs of BSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the East Central Indiana community.

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