Growing up in Muncie, Kimberly Welsh-Jeselskis, 1997 Ball State psychology masters graduate, said she always had an interest in going to Ball State, following in the footsteps of her brother.
Under the 52-foot dome in the Charles W. Brown Planetarium, more than 20,000 visitors a year learn about what exists beyond the Earth’s atmosphere in space. But before visitors sit back and look up at the simulated sky, they are first greeted by Ball State students who work behind the scenes.
“I feel like you can learn significantly more by going somewhere else than you could in class. You can stare at pictures all day. You can read a byline, a dialogue or a biography on any day you want, but to actually go there and be there, present, was a different story.”
“I was seven years old when I wanted to be a director, and I've never changed that course.” For years, 2015 Ball State alumnus Joel Kirk said he would make short films with his camcorder in the comfort of his backyard. He would act, direct, edit and write his own scripts to transform pre-existing ideas into his own.
“Painting isn’t only about self-expression, and it’s not only about translating experience into form. I think making art really has to do with advocating a position.”