USF WinterFest continues with free planetarium open house

Feb.18, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis and the Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium will open the second weekend of WinterFest 2013 on Friday with a free open house and the unveiling of a black light zodiac mural from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Visitors can come and go as they please while enjoying a number of activities. The planetarium’s newly restored and redesigned black light zodiac mural can be viewed, and its designer, Jackie Baughman, will be on hand for questions and conversation. Behind-the-scenes tours of the planetarium facilities will be offered and light refreshments served. Several screenings of the 15-minute planetarium show, “Welcome to the Universe,” will be presented, prizes will be given away and other surprises will take place during the evening.

WinterFest 2013 wraps up on weekend two with planetarium shows on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, “A Solar System Adventure Tour,” a family matinee for younger children and their adult friends, will take place at 3 p.m., while “Hotter Than Blue,” a show recommended for fifth-graders through adults, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Sunday will feature the show “Aurora,” recommended for fifth-graders through adults, at 4:30 p.m.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children under 18 and senior citizens. The maximum charge is $14 per family (two adults and their dependent children).

Detailed show descriptions can be found on the planetarium’s “public shows” website.

Visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to show time to purchase tickets. Early arrivals will be seated in the adjacent auditorium until the show starts. No admission is allowed after the program starts. All 90-minute shows include a formal multi-media show and staff-led tour of the night sky.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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