#305 Super Students, Super Moon

Chris Stubenrauch and others organized a chance for students to view the rare supermoon eclipse through his telescope. Photo courtesy of Chris Stubenrauch.

Chris Stubenrauch and others organized a chance for students to view the rare supermoon eclipse through his telescope. Photo courtesy of Chris Stubenrauch.

On September 27th around 9:00 PM, approximately six hundred students, and faculty took to the softball recreation fields to see a rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse light up the sky, an event that hasn’t happened since 1982.

The program was the brainchild of Chris Stubenrauch, a resident in Langmuir College.  Resident Assistants from H-quad and from throughout campus supported this event. Students’ excitement about the program helped it to quickly escalate from what was originally intended to be a small quad-level program to a viral Facebook event that reached an RSVP total of 1,200 people. The awesome offices of the Dean of Students and Student Activities worked together to make sure the program was able to happen. The event was attended by many staff members including the Associate Dean, Jeffrey Barnett, the Coordinator of Weekend Life, Christine Noonan, director of Student Activities, Anthony LaViscount, and Langmuir College RHD, Jessica O’Brien. Over 500 students enjoyed the celestial rarity that the Supermoon Eclipse provided. Chris’s father Paul helped to operate their personal 10-inch Dobsonian telescope that students were able to take advantage of during the eclipse’s totality. What an awesome event, awesome students and awesome administrators for helping to make this happen. 

Thank you Chris for organizing this awesome opportunity, and thank you to our faculty for ensuring students were able to experience this awesome moment on our campus!

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