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.
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.
Melanie Isenbarger Melanie Isenbarger (Spring 2018 - )
I am a freshman at Ball State working toward an Astronomy major. My job at the planetarium is to greet, seat, and assist guests at public shows. I fell in love with astronomy after I took an astronomy class in high school. We had the privilege of meeting in the planetarium next door for class and it was then that I decided that I would continue to study astronomy. After learning about the Brown Planetarium here at Ball State, I knew I wanted to be a part of the team and I couldn't be more excited to do so! I hope to help feed people's curiosity about space and encourage more girls to follow that into STEM careers!


Former Planetarium Staff



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