Current Student Staff
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Caleb Whitcomb (Spring 2020 - )

I am a recent 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.

Nicolette Terracciano (Fall 2020 - )

I am a senior here at Ball State University pursuing a double major in astronomy and physics. Ever since I was little, I have always had questions about our Universe. After years of bombarding my family with these questions and getting no answers, I decided to pursue a career in astronomy. So far, I have learned so much! But, I felt that I needed more, which is why I decided to work at the Brown Planetarium. After I started getting some of my questions answered, I realized that I wanted to be able to provide others with what I couldn’t have until I reached higher education. Just because astronomy and physics is deemed a “hard topic” in our society, doesn’t mean you can’t be educated about it at younger or older ages. Science is for everyone, not just for the “brainiacs.” I feel that is what the Brown Planetarium is all about.

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Madeline Shepley (Fall 2021 - )

Hello there! My name is Madeline Shepley, and I am a master's student studying physics here at Ball State University. My alma mater is Indiana University-Bloomington where I graduated with dual degrees in physics and astronomy/astrophysics in May 2020. I have been fascinated with the Universe since I was a little girl, and as an adult, I've been privileged to indulge that childhood fascination by doing things such as scientific research on dwarf galaxies, creating a planetarium show at the Merrillville Community Planetarium, and teaching preschoolers in my hometown about space. I have a passion for astronomy and educating others about it, so I currently hope to pursue a career in science communication when I graduate. All that aside, I am excited to bring my knowledge and skills to Ball State to help get more people starstruck!

Jesse Watson (Fall 2013 - Fall 2014)

Kacie Shourd (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

Liz Winks (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

Annaliese Bankson (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

Ken Castillo (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

Josh Conley (Summer 2015 - Spring 2016)

Brody Conner (Summer 2015 - Spring 2016)

Dylan Griffith (Spring 2016)

Monique Gabb (Fall 2013 - Summer 2016)

Ceridwyn Snow (Fall 2015 - Summer 2016)

Brittany Short (Fall 2012 - Summer 2016)

Lily Larson (Spring 2014 - Spring 2017)

Katie Rogers (Summer 2017)

Hunter Mauer (Summer 2017)

Paul Hettinger (Fall 2016 - Spring 2018)

Jacob Parker (Fall 2016 - Spring 2018)

Kara Tynes (Fall 2015 - Spring 2019)

Sarah Vise (Fall 2015 - Spring 2019)

Jessica Walsh (Fall 2017 - Spring 2019)

Brielle Tilson (Fall 2018 - Spring 2020)

Daniel Brossard (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020)

Gloria Swardenski (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Kyle Koeller (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020)

Alec Neal (Fall 2020)

Richard Gorby (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021)

Melanie Isenbarger (Spring 2018 - Spring 2021)

Riley Braselton (Fall 2021 - Spring 2022)

Greg Gallagher (Spring 2021 - Fall 2022)