History

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Gloria A. Villalobos

February, 5 1968 — March 11, 2018

Gloria Ariane Villalobos was born on February 5th, 1968 to loving parents Emetrio “Emmett” Villalobos and Lucille Villarreal in Stockton California. Her father Emmett was in the military so Gloria began to travel the word at just seven weeks old. After high school Gloria went on to attend Washington State University where she attained her B.A. in Science. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Astronomy.

Gloria began her planetarium career at the Vanderbilt Planetarium on Long Island. She then worked for the American Museum of Natural History. Gloria finally settled in Lakewood, NJ. Here is where she worked for the Ocean County College at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium. Gloria’s love for all things Astronomy led her to teach the course at Ocean County College as well as she toured local elementary schools with her “Mad Scientist” program to advocate the importance of science to our youth.

Surviving are her parents; Emmett and Lucille, stepfather; Joe Villarreal; brother; Marcus Lowe, step siblings; and her aunts and uncle. A memorial service was held March 18 at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. Gloria was interred in San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery, Stockton California.

Walter H. Tenschert

July 9, 1936 — December 19, 2017

Walter Tenschert ran the planetarium at Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, VA from 1967 until his retirement in 1988. He was MAPS Treasurer 1975-1978. He was also involved in IPS, serving as membership chair starting in 1974, and added the duties of treasurer when he was elected in 1977. He served in this post until 1985.

Walter H Tenschert, age 81, passed suddenly on Tuesday, December 19 at the Beebe Medical Center after a brief illness. Walter was born in Loudonville OH on July 9, 1936. Walt and Zeke, as many knew him, retired from teaching at the Fairfax County VA School District. During the time as teacher, he also held a part time position with the Humane Society of the US in Washington DC. He then continued working full time with the HSUS until moving permanently to Rehoboth Beach. Walt eventually was employed as a surveyor with the City of Rehoboth Beach DE. He, subsequently, took a position with the Delaware River and Bay Authority in Lewes DE where he remained until his untimely death. His military service included four years of active duty in the US Army and was honorably discharged. Walt was a member of the American Legion Post 5 in Rehoboth Beach DE.

Walt was a hard working individual all of his life and during his casual time away from employment, he enjoyed going on cruises with his friends. His journeys took him to many countries. He loved classical music and enjoyed spending time with his many friends at Rigby’s in Rehoboth Beach.

Walt was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Louwilda Tenschert as well as his brother Joe. He is survived by his sister Martha (Alan) Carson of Columbus Oh, his sister-in-law, Barbara Tenschert of Loudonville OH, nephew Tom (Karen) Tenschert of Waynesville Mo, Jeff Campbell of Ashland OH and a niece, Marcia Carson of Columbus OH, as well as his very dear friends in the Rehoboth Beach area.

MAPS Members in the Media – Submission Form

The Members in the Media section of the MAPS website is a showcase for media features of MAPS members in the local or national spotlight. Radio, tv and newspaper (online editions) that can be shared and enjoyed by all are welcome additions.

As science communicators, media outreach is essential and we are pleased to highlight the contributions of all MAPS members on our website.

NJ.com Article – Featuring MAPS Planetarians – ‘Pink moon’ ready to shine, but will it really look pink?

Kevin Conod, manager of the Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum talks to NJ.com about the April full moon which symbolizing the start of spring.

NJ.com is New Jersey’s largest website for local news, sports, and entertainment, and is affiliated with 12 New Jersey newspapers.

MAPS NSTA Enrollment Plaque 1965

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Middle Atlantic
Planetarium Society
Upon enrollment as
An Affiliate
of the
National
Science Teachers
Association, NEA

NPR News – Featuring MAPS Planetarians

Catalina offers local sky watchers once-in-a-lifetime treat

A segment on Buffalo’s NPR News Station interviews Tim Collins, senior presenter at the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State College and community education instructor at the Williamsville Spacelab Planetarium.

NPR ‘All Things Considered’ – Featuring MAPS Planetarians

A Galaxy Far, Far Away — Right There On The Ceiling

A segment on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ featured quotes from several planetarians from the MAPS region.

WBEN Radio Interview – Featuring MAPS Planetarians

Harvest Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Last Night

WBEN Radio 930am Buffalo, NY interviews Tim Collins, senior presenter at the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State College and community education instructor at the Williamsville Spacelab Planetarium.

WBEN Radio Interview – Featuring MAPS Planetarians

Harvest Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Preview

WBEN Radio 930am Buffalo, NY interviews Tim Collins, senior presenter at the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State College and community education instructor at the Williamsville Spacelab Planetarium.