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“A Future Filled with Stars” fundraiser tickets available
Tickets are available for the “A Future Filled with Stars” fundraiser dedicated toward the development of the Northwest Indiana Robotic (NIRo) telescope, the second phase of the Calumet Astronomy Center (CAC) on the grounds of Buckley Homestead County Park.
The event, on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. will feature invited speakers Congressman Peter J. Visclosky, Dr. Shawn D. Slavin, Purdue University Calumet Physics & Astronomy Professor, Dr. Robert Rivers, PUC Dean of the School of Education, and Dr. Howard Cohen, PUC Chancellor. Thomas Conway, USW Vice President for Administration, after whom the Conway Observatory already in operation at CAC, is also scheduled to address the gathering.
The Calumet Astronomy Center (CAC) is a result of collaboration between Purdue University Calumet (PUC), the volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society (CAS), and the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department (LCPRD).
Building on the success of the Thomas Conway Observatory, which was built by Steelworkers from the USW/ArcelorMittal-Burns Harbor Career Development Program and now resides at LCPRD’s Buckley Homestead County Park in Lowell, IN, the Calumet Astronomy Center will be a focal point for astronomical education, outreach, and research in Northwest Indiana.
The NIRo telescope will allow a complete revamp of the PUC introductory astronomy courses, facilitate many new research projects for PUC physics majors, and bring astronomy to local middle school classrooms through educational modules compliant with Indiana state science standards for grades 6 -8.
Join the founding members of the Calumet Astronomy Center for an evening of hors d’ oeuvres, wine, and stargazing (weather permitting, of course). Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased from PUC. Make checks payable to Purdue University Calumet (CAC on the memo line, please) and mail to: PUC, Gyte Building 268, 2200 169th St., Hammond, IN 46323-2094.
Duneland Falls Banquet Center is located at 1100 N. SR 149 in Portage. For more information about the project visit www.calumet.purdue.edu/cac/ or contact Prof. Adam Rengstorf (219-989-2624; firstname.lastname@example.org).