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Shepherd Foundation receives telescope

ISSUED: 27 October 2006
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
304/876-5465
(Shepherd Foundation receives telescope)

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Pictured from (l. to r.) are Judy and Jerry Mays, Dr. Burt Lidgerding, dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, and Dr. Jason Best, associate professor of astrophysics.

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation announces the donation of a telescope to the University's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Jerry and Judy Mays of Martinsburg.

Mays decided to donate the telescope because he and his wife were impressed with Shepherd even before moving to the Eastern Panhandle from Laurel, Maryland, in 1988. Mays says he has been interested in astronomy since he was a child growing up in Arizona and has been actively involved in watching the night skies for the past 20 years. Since retiring from the National Security Agency in 1996, he has become involved in a large number of community activities and has less time to devote to setting up the large, heavy, telescope.

"Somebody once said that if you don't look up at the night sky, you miss half your world," Mays said. "I want students at Shepherd to experience the joy I've had in learning about the night sky."

"The new equipment is a welcome addition to the astronomy program," said Dr. Jason Best, associate professor of astrophysics at Shepherd. "The telescope is a Celestron CG-11, which has an 11-inch diameter mirror and an excellent mount for astrophotography. Several high quality eyepieces are included that can be used with all of our telescopes. Having this additional telescope will expand our teaching, research, and outreach efforts and will benefit the students of Shepherd University and the community at large."

The Shepherd University Foundation accepts donations that support student scholarships and programs. For more information about making a gift to Shepherd, call 304/876-5397.

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