Current Student Staff
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Caleb Whitcomb (Spring 2020 - )

I am a Ball State graduate with a bachelor's degree in physics. I first attended Earlham College, then transferred to Ivy Tech Community College before coming to Ball State. I have been in love with the stars ever since I was a kid and it has always been a dream of mine to study the Universe. In high school, I took a lot of math and science classes, wanting to learn more. I joined the Brown Planetarium team because I wanted to learn more about the Universe and help others understand how our world fits into the Cosmos. I hope I can spark someone’s curiosity so they will also begin to ask questions about the Universe and fall in love with the stars.

Kyree Standifer
Kyree Standifer (Fall 2022 - )

Hello, my name is Kyree Standifer. I am a fourth-year astronomy major here at Ball State. Ever since I was young, my interest in the universe was sparked, when my elementary science teacher hosted these nights called Astronomy Night. He brought his own personal telescope and would let us look through the telescope and see everything that was in the night sky for that day, captivating me every time. I joined the Brown Planetarium to not only be a gateway to gaining further knowledge, but to help the younger generation become inspired just like I did and gain an interest for astronomy and science.

Jon Lawler (Spring 2023 - )

Hi! My name is Jonathan Lawler. I am a third-year physics and astronomy major at Ball State. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the stars and the Universe beyond. After a few astronomy classes, volunteering at my local school planetarium, and my continual love of everything science fiction, I decided that I shouldn't stop there as an adult. I am still captivated today by the strange and extraordinary nature of our Universe, and I am ever eager to explore further. I joined the Brown Planetarium team because of my desire to learn more about why the Universe is the way it is and use that knowledge to understand how it behaves, as well as uncover new discoveries alongside others in my field and share them with the community.

Mya Shelton
Mya Shelton (Summer 2023 - )

I am a senior here at Ball State University pursuing a major in astronomy and a minor in studio art. I’ve always found space and planetary objects fascinating, but the interest grew when I was in high school. My high school offered an astronomy course, and even had a small planetarium in the school. That course persuaded me to study astronomy further. I chose to work at the planetarium so others can be inspired to learn more about physics and astronomy just like I was. I aim to show the public that they can create unique and easy projects themselves to help them gain an understanding of astronomy and physics concepts.

Jessica DeCaire smiling in front of activity demoing spacetime
Jessica DeCaire (Fall 2023 - )

Hi! I'm Jessica and I am Natural Resource and Environmental Management major. I am also a transfer student, and this is my first year at Ball State! I grew up attending programs and events at my local parks and science center. Over the past few years, I've taken on quite a few interpretation roles and have taught people of all ages about natural and cultural resources as well as all things animals! I joined the Brown Planetarium team because I love learning about new things that broaden my understanding of the universe. I'm so excited to begin my journey here at the Brown Planetarium and to be a part of making science accessible!

Wyatt Baxter in front of star projector in planetarium
Wyatt Baxter (Fall 2023 - )

I am a senior here at Ball State University pursuing a major in Physics and Astronomy and a minor in Geology. I have always found space interesting and have enjoyed looking up at the night sky and the stars. My interest in pursuing astronomy grew when I was in college pursuing a Physics degree, I decided to take an Astronomy class and now want it to be my career. I have an interest in Planetary Science so I can apply geology to my study along with astronomy. I chose to work at the planetarium because I want to bring my love of Physics and Astronomy to other people and inspire them to also pursue learning about the universe.

Aaron Coggeshall in front of starfield in planetarium lobby
Aaron Coggeshall (Fall 2023 - )

I'm a 11th grader at Muncie Central High School and in my free time I play baseball, watch sports, and play video games. I'm planning to go to college but am still undecided on where or what for.

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Ken Castillo (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

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Kara Tynes (Fall 2015 - Spring 2019)

Sarah Vise (Fall 2015 - Spring 2019)

Dylan Griffith (Spring 2016)

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Katie Rogers (Summer 2017)

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Jessica Walsh (Fall 2017 - Spring 2019)

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Daniel Brossard (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020)

Kyle Koeller (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020)

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