Schedule Of Events

Program, tours and times can change at any time.  Some tours have limited availability.  Tours labeled with $$ are at additional cost and can be purchased on-line or at the registration desk if there still is availability.  Bus transportation will be made available at additional cost (except for JJ Casby Observatory).  Additional parking fees may be required if driving on your own.  No personal vehicles are allowed at JJ Casby Observatory.

Wednesday July 11, 2018

AL Speakers and Events at the Hilton Hotel

  • 08:00-17:00   AL Council Meeting – Blue Heron
  • 15:00-18:00   Registration Desk Open
  • 17:00-21:00   Welcome Reception – Cash Bar

Optional Field Trips and Astro-Tours

Thursday July 12, 2018

AL Speakers and Events at the Hilton Hotel

  • 08:00-17:00   Registration Desk Open
  • 09:00-17:00   ALCON Vendor EXPO Open – Foyer and Executive Boardroom
  • 08:00-17:00   Historical Astronomic Exhibit – Blue Heron
  • 09:30-10:00   ALCON Welcome and Announcements – Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 10:00-11:00   Speaker: Lou MayoMinnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 10:00-12:15 Workshop: David Prosper – NASA Night Sky NetworkCardinal Perch
  • 11:00-11:15   Break
  • 11:15-12:15   Speaker: Dave TostesonMinnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 12:00-17:00   ALCON Vendor EXPO Open
  • 12:15-13:45   Lunch
  • 13:45-14:45   Speaker: Bob BermanMinnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 15:00-16:00   Speaker: Thomas Jones, Ph.D.Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 16:15-17:15   Speaker: Brandon HamilMinnesota Valley Ballroom

Optional Field Trips and Astro-Tours

Friday July 13, 2018

AL Speakers and Events at the Hilton Hotel

  • 08:00-18:00   Registration Desk Open
  • 09:00-17:00   ALCON Vendor EXPO Open – Foyer and Executive Boardroom
  • 08:00-17:00   Historical Astronomic Exhibit – Blue Heron
  • 09:30-10:00  AL Annual Meeting – Door Prizes – Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 10:00-11:00   Speaker: Jay Mclaren, Ph.D.Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 10:00-12:15  Workshop: Dan Joyce – Mirror Making – Cardinal Perch
  • 11:00-11:15   Break
  • 11:15-12:15   Speaker: Clement Pryke, Ph.D.Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 12:15-13:30   Lunch
  • 13:30-14:30   Speaker: Phil Plait, Ph.D. – Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 14:30-14:45   Break
  • 14:45-15:45  Speaker: Terry Jones, Ph.D.Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 15:45-16:00   Break
  • 16:00-17:00   Panel Discussion: Dr. Pamela Gay (Moderator), Dr. Phil Plait, Bob Berman, Bob King, Ron Schmit – Minnesota Valley Ballroom

Optional Field Trips and Astro-Tours

Saturday July 14, 2018

AL Speakers and Events at the Hilton Hotel

  • 08:00-18:00   Registration Desk Open
  • 09:00-17:00   ALCON Vendor EXPO Open – Foyer and Executive Boardroom
  • 08:00-17:00   Historical Astronomic Exhibit – Blue Heron
  • 09:00-11:00   AL Observing Award Coordinator Meeting – Cardinal Perch
  • 10:00-11:00  Speaker: Cristin FinniganMinnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 11:00-11:15   Break
  • 11:15-12:15    Speaker: Bob KingMinnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 12:15-13:30   Lunch
  • 13:30-14:30  Speaker: Larry Rudnick, Ph.D.Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 14:30-14:45   Break
  • 14:45-15:45   Speaker: Evan Skillman, Ph.D.Minnesota Valley Ballroom
  • 18:30-19:00   Reception and Cash Bar – Ballroom Foyer
  • 19:00-21:00   AL Awards Banquet and Keynote Speaker Pamela Gay, Ph.D.$$

Optional Field Trips and Astro-Tours

Note:  Program is subject to change at any time