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Memorial Committee

The Memorial Committee is responsible for communicating with the membership regarding when our esteemed colleagues and friends pass away.

Chairperson: Paul Krupinski

Tim Collins

Mini Grant Offering: Hosting a Week in the United States (IPS)

The IPS initiative to host a guest for a week at a MAPS member site is offering a mini-grant. The amount of $500 (USD) is available to a member or member facility of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society to cover the required $500 towards airfare for hosting a guest as part of the IPS project, “A Week in the United States”. Click the form link below and visit the IPS site for additional details and restrictions!

Grant Instructions/Restrictions [PDF]

MAPS 2019 Officer Elections

As a member of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society, you have the privilege to vote for colleagues who will serve as your representatives on the MAPS Board. MAPS encourages your participation in this key activity that has a lasting impact on our organization.

Nominate a MAPS Member Colleague for an Officer Position

We invite you to participate in a key activity for the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society — the nomination of new officers. MAPS is committed to building a large and diverse pool of candidates, and that can only happen with your participation. The deadline for nominations is NOVEMBER 1, 2018!

MAPS 2018 Board of Directors Elections – Results

Hennig, Krupinski, Seaton

Congratulations to Lee Ann Hennig and Paul Krupinski who will be continuing their service and to Patty Seaton who will be returning to the Executive Board.  These new terms start at the business meeting during our MAPS 2018 conference.  I’d like to thank all of our members who ran and everyone who cast a vote.

-Kevin Williams President, 2018 Spring Constellation Newsletter

Constellation Spring 2018

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SPECIAL EXTENSION: Call for Nominations for MAPS Board Positions (2018-2020)


The call for nominations for the position of Executive Board member (3 available positions) has been EXTENDED to December 8, 2017. (Bios will need to be submitted by Dec. 29). If you are interested in serving MAPS, this is a perfect opportunity to do so. As a member of the Executive Board, you will participate in the discussions of the business of MAPS, learning more about how the organization works and making positive changes!

IPS Update: An Experience in Italy

A Week in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator (click for IPS details)

Each year, in the spring, the Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory (Lumezzane/Brescia) hosts an American planetarium operator, whose native tongue is English, to work with high school students of English.

Applications are requested from educators or astronomers who work with any of the various models of planetariums.

The International Planetarium Society (IPS) endorses this initiative as an excellent opportunity for professional development and cultural exchange.

As Seen at the Conference

Bob Victor shared many sky events with us during both his presentation and his poster at the conference.

Alan Davenport has compiled a document that highlights all of the celestial events we can share with our audiences this month. Thank you, Bob and Alan!!!

PDF – Celestial Highlights, August 8-September 2, 2016

2015 Distinguished Service Award Winner

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Patty Seaton was awarded the MAPS Distinguished Service Award at the 2015 Conference.  Patty’s hard work and dedication to MAPS over the years was noted by several of her executive board colleagues.  Patty was honored with this award just after she passed out symbolic hockey sticks to the remaining board members as she stepped down from the board after a 12-year run.  One thing to note about Patty: while she will not be an official member of the Executive Board, Patty is a circumpolar star in the MAPS organization and while merely low on the horizon now, she just may find her stellar leadership rising again in the not-to-distant future.  Congratulations, Patty!

 (photo credit: John Meader)