December 2 2008
The grand opening of the observatory is set for 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec.4). The observatory is on the roof of science building. In case of inclement weather, a presentation will be held in the Science Building.
Alex Steiner, observatory student director and geology major from Terre Haute, has played a major role in preparing the observatory for its reopening, and will help to open it to the public from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday nights.
"My dad started teaching me astronomy among other things when I was little," he said. "I have since been fascinated with astronomy. It's just such a rush to look through a tube and see something that is so large and so far away that you cannot imagine it."
Contact: Alex Steiner, Indiana State University, observatory student director and freshman geology major, at 812-237-3186 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or email@example.com
A freshman with an interest in looking to the stars is now helping to reopen the John Hook Memorial Observatory at Indiana State University's campus.