Campus News 2014

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2014

SU to host first star party on April 8

SU to host first star party on April 8

Schreiner University will host its first star party at its new observatory—The Loftis Family Science Center for the Study of the Universe, 2100 East Main—at 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

The Loftis Family Science Center was made possible by an estate gift from Dennis Loftis.
“Dennis Loftis’ gift funded the observatory, and it is fitting because Loftis was an amateur—but accomplished—astronomer,” said Dr. Charlie McCormick, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

According to astronomers, April 8 is the best day of the year to observe Mars in its closest proximity to the Earth for the year. Individual telescopes are welcome at the event.

According to James Rector, Construction and Environment manager, the observatory is a part of The Loftis Family Science Center, a 3,500 square foot building, which is a Field Biology Lab and Classroom. The observatory is a freestanding, 15-foot diameter dome connected to the building by a sidewalk. The total project cost is $550,000.

For more information about the event, contact Karen Davis Kilgore at 830-792-7205.
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