Madeline Shepley, Planetarium Director

Madeline is an alumna of Indiana University and Ball State University where she studied astronomy and physics. It was through these two institutions that she first got to work at planetariums and share her love of astronomy, science, and the night sky. When not teaching class or in the planetarium, you might find her reading, writing, stargazing, watching sports, or plotting her next international excursion.

Tina Bruner, Administrative Assistant

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Tina is an Olivet alumna who has served as an administrative assistant with the planetarium for 33 years! She has been married to Greg Bruner, the ONU Director of Financial Aid for 35 years and has 4 children. Tina loves travelling both internationally and domestically and has visited 49 different states. She loves to garden and dreams of starting a regenerative farm in Tennessee when she retires.

Matthew Aude, Operator

Matthew is a junior at Olivet studying elementary education. When not in the planetarium, he remains fascinated by the night sky and loves playing with a laser pointers.

Stephanie Clark, Operator

Stephanie is a senior at Olivet studying geology and environmental science. When not in the planetarium, she loves spending time outside, especially with hiking and rock climbing. She looks for learning more about space since it is always expanding.

Lex Griffith, Operator

Lex is a freshman at Olivet studying nursing. When not in the planetarium, she loves listening to music, especially Taylor Swift.

Sam Nelson, Operator

Sam is a junior at Olivet majoring in business marketing. As a devoted follower of Christ, he loves learning more about the universe He created. When not in the planetarium, he is on the Olivet golf team and is youth group leader at the local College Church of the Nazarene.

Hayley O'Vell, Operator

Hayley is a sophomore at Olivet studying geology and chemistry. When she's not in the classroom or planetarium, she enjoys appreciating the beauty of nature by learning more about how it works and sharing that information with others.

Rachel Stropes, Operator

Rachel is a freshman at Olivet studying psychology. She's very excited to learn more about constellations and their stars, and when she's not in the planetarium, you are highly likely to find her dancing.