Tye is pursuing a Master`s Degree in History and is a graduate assistant in Archives and Special Collections in Bracken Library. During his tenure at Ball State, his studies are preparing him for a career in public history. His classes have included projects for oral histories, video game design, and the production of an educational video for the George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, Indiana. He has also completed a graduate minor in Anthropology focusing on archaeological methods, a degree that he began while attending Marquette University.
In the Spring semester of 2011, Tye and three other graduate assistants developed and curated the exhibit titled, Disappearing Muncie: Our Lost Heritage. The exhibit featured photographs, newspaper articles, and artifacts from the Stoeckel Archives of Local History collection, the Drawings and Documents Archive, and the personal collection of Jeff Koenker. Through selecting and organizing historical items for the exhibit, Tye prepared exhibit captions and descriptions for the local community, students, and researchers to view. The research and preparation for the exhibit provided him with a valuable experience that he will be able to apply toward his future career.
During the Fall 2011 semester, Tye will be processing the papers of Charles Sappenfield, the first Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning, as well as working on various University Archives and Stoeckel Archives of Local History projects. As a graduate assistant, he is learning archival methods including More Product Less Process (MPLP), has familiarized himself with digitization processes, preservation, and our content management system Archivists` Toolkit (AT).
Tye will complete his degree in May 2012 and will be seeking a career in either teaching or public history.