Ron Kaitchuck
Ronald Kaitchuck, Director
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University
Cooper Physical Science Building, room 101
Muncie, IN 47306
planetarium@bsu.edu
Dayna Thompson
Dayna Thompson, Assistant Director
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University
Cooper Physical Science Building, room 132
Muncie, IN 4730
planetarium@bsu.edu
Kara Tynes Kara Tynes (Fall 2015 - )
I am a junior at Ball State University and I’m working towards becoming a physician’s assistant. As a planetarium worker, I show people to their seats and help out wherever is needed. I hope to be able to present the shows to school groups soon. I have always enjoyed looking at the stars and learning about the universe and its vastness. I’m so excited to be a member of the planetarium staff and family!
Sarah Vise Sarah Vise (Fall 2015 - )
I am a junior at Ball State University working towards my degree in Physics and Astronomy. Currently, I assist with the public shows as general staff, though my goal is to work my way up to more responsibilities. Like every child, I wanted to be an astronaut. Luckily, that interest in science stuck with me for years as one of my favorite hobbies, and never really left. So naturally, I want to pursue it as a career, and promote the same curiosity and learning experience that led me here! I believe working at the planetarium is my first giant leap in doing so.
Paul Hettinger

Paul Hettinger (Fall 2016 - )
I am a graduate student studying astronomy. Before coming to Ball State University I earned a B.S. in physics and astronomy at Butler University in Indianapolis. My job at the planetarium includes helping to greet and seat people at the public shows as well as run the activity cart in the lobby. I also give private shows and prepare videos to be shown on the dome. One of the best parts of my job is answering any space questions I can. I have always enjoyed learning about outer space and am glad I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and love of the universe with the people who visit.

Jacob Parker Jacob Parker (Fall 2016 - )
I am a senior at the Indiana Academy and I plan on attending college at Ball State. I currently plan on studying astronomy and geology. I assist people in finding their seats and shifting to whatever other programs may need me. I grew up interested in astronomy and it has stuck with me over the years. I hope to someday work both designing and making telescopes or study how vacuums and space effect certain geological samples.
Jessica Walsh Jessica Walsh (Fall 2017 - )
I am a junior at Ball State University with a major in Meteorology and a minor in Astrophysics. My goal is to expand upon my education by pursuing a masters or PhD in Meteorology or Physics, with the hope of eventually studying the atmosphere on other planets or space weather. At the Planetarium I work at public shows, greeting and seating guests. Growing up with an electrical engineer for a dad, we had a mutual love for Sci-Fi and that love steered me toward a career in a science field. I hope to be able to influence other young girls with curious minds like me to follow their nerdy side and pursue STEM.


Former Planetarium Staff



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