2010 MAS Board Candidates
The nominations have officially closed. I am pleased to say that we have six MAS members who have stepped forward to run for the three Board positions!! Many thanks to these individuals for their desire to help! Please remember to vote at the December General meeting which will be held at the Science Museum of Minnesota on December 2nd. If you need an absentee ballot just give me a jingle!
2010 Election Chair
Board Member at Large Candidates:
I am a new member to Minnesota Astronomical Society. I found out about the group at the State Fair, and quickly joined, and love the Onan Observatory and the telescope loaning program. Great tools to see what only a few have seen before.
I have been in Alaska since 1985, moving back to MN last October 2009.
I love science, have a Assoc. degree in Oceaneering, and a Masters of Science in Business Management.
Retired from Alaska Air National Guard in 2000, have been working IT networking since 1989.
My hobbies are Sailing which brought me to Celestial Navigation, and learning the Stars and Heavenly bodies. Well I never dreamed of looking into the telescope to really see the stars so close. Now I am hooked on this new found love. I am excited and want to see the tools being used by others, and the interest grow.
The Society has a great future, and want to be apart of that future.
I have been a MAS member since the mid 1990s and a backyard astronomer for over 30 years. I started out in the hobby with a cardboard tube reflector from Montgomery Ward. That scope gave me my first glimpse at Saturn's rings and I have been hooked ever since.
These days I operate a little observatory called the Shed of Science where I do photometric studies of asteroids. I collaborate with researchers all over the globe in these endeavors. Since 2005 I have been a volunteer for the Minnesota Planetarium Society's assisting in the visioning of a future planetarium. I also had a long career with the Science Museum of Minnesota creating interactive exhibits.
Over the years I have been one of those MAS'ers who has worked on various projects behind the scenes. I was a proud member of the Toad Crew' that setup the current visual and imaging mounts out at Onan. I also organized an MAS imaging workshop and lead training sessions at Onan and the new Joseph J. Casby Observatory.
MAS is the premier astronomy outreach organization in our region. As a board member at large, I would support projects that match the MAS core mission. I will support projects that make our facilities easier to use for our members and projects that bring visual astronomy to the general public. Even though I spend a lot of time imaging, I am a firm believer that it takes eyeballs peering into eyepieces to inspire people.
I hope you will consider me for Board Member at Large. I think it would be a lot of fun.
My name is Ken Hugill, I was a member for 10 years back in the late 70's and early 80's, but then took a long absence from the club, but not astronomy. After raising a family I became active again in 2005. I like ATM and ground my first mirror with the MAS under Sherman Shultz back in 1979. I'm currently a member of the LLCC and Cherry Grove committees. I like to observe with large aperture DOB's. I would like to see more people take advantage of the LLCC and Cherry Grove sites.
My name is Clayton Lindsey, and I'm a new member to to MAS. I became a Woodbury resident when my wife and I moved from Austin, Texas to Minnesota three years ago for my job with 3M IT. I am interested in returning to the amateur astronomy community after a couple of decades of other rewarding interests and obligations.
I remember with great fondness my adolescent years growing up under the dark skies on an Alabama farm with my Sears 60mm refractor; and later after enough savings from summer jobs, a Meade 8 inch Reflector. Unfortunately I sold it after my freshman year of college. Although my eye sight is a lot worse and my need for sleep easily exceeds the hours I can remain awake , I am making it a 2011 personal goal to recommit to Amateur Astronomy.
I see the opportunity of serving as secretary for MAS as the perfect way to grow to know MAS and its members while learning which telescope now best suits my older back and eyes. And with the appropriate challenges from future new friends I may finally need to replace the two 6 inch mirror blanks that are being used as book ends.
My name is Roxanne Kuerschner and I would like to be considered for the secretary position. I am currently a teacher at Waconia High School, enjoying my 12th year there. Although I usually teach both math and science, this year I am teaching 10th grade biology, forensics and of course, astronomy. I try to teach my astronomy students to appreciate not only all we currently know about the universe, but also to appreciate what it took to get us to where we are today.
I don't know specifically how I became interested in astronomy, I just know I always enjoyed looking up at the sky out in the country where I grew up and just being enthralled with it. The Milky Way, the stars,the moon, the constellations...all of those were fascinating to me. My high school did not have an astronomy course, but I took some college courses, and thoroughly enjoyed those. When my school was looking to expand our science curriculum, I offered to design and teach a couple of astronomy courses. The proposal was accepted and it's been a great trip ever since.
I have been a member of the Minnesota Astronomical Society since 2005, a keyholder since 2006. The public nights are my favorite part of being a keyholder, being able to show people the great delights in the sky and hear them say 'Wow!' makes it all worthwhile. Although I think it is interesting to see how many people have been out to Onan many times, I like talking to the ones that are making their first visit; finding out what their astronomical interests are. My interest in astronomy is all over the place, from the history and cultural aspects of the constellations, to observing the night sky and exploring the future of research.
When I am not teaching, I am taking care of my children, our new puppy Jack, and coaching the Waconia Girls Rugby Club, just in its second year of existence.
I want to be secretary to become more involved with the MAS, to give back a little more to this amazing organization.
I first became interested in Astronomy as a pre-teen when my father took me to a show at the Holcolm Planetarium in Indianapolis. I became hooked and have had an interest in astronomy ever since. As a teenager I ground a 6” mirror and built my first telescope. As a Naval Officer stationed in Monterey, California I was involved with the Friends of MIRA (Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy) where we conducted outreach to local schools associated with the return of Halley’s Comet.
My involvement in astronomy has ebbed and flowed over the years but after retiring from the Navy I rekindled my love of astronomy a couple of years ago when I joined the MAS. Since then I have been very active having attended every major event including CWTS events, NNSPs, Messier Marathons and the 4M, and Astronomy Days including organizing the Spring 2010 A-Day.
I also assisted with the building of the Joseph J Casby Observatory and with the commemoration of the observatory as well as with the recent Belwin Annual Meeting. I regularly participate at the Onan Public Nights and the monthly MAS meetings where I have given a number of “Getting to Know a Constellation” presentations.
Last year I was appointed to the position of Board Member at Large which has afforded me a year of experiencing the duties and responsibilities associated with the MAS board.
Thanks to its devoted members and generous benefactors we have arguably the best equipped and most prestigious astronomy clubs in the nation. I have the desire and drive to take the MAS forward through the next two years.