Santa Fe College gained an additional point of distinction this weekend with the election of James C. Albury (Planetarium Coordinator, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium) as president of the Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA). SEPA is an organization of planetarium professionals from the southeastern United States. These states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the U.S. Territories off the southeastern coast of the U.S. The purpose of the organization is:
- To promote the spread of knowledge of astronomy and related disciplines in the school curriculum and among the general public at all levels of age and interest.
- To encourage planetarium and educational institutions in planning and development of the planetarium as an effective educational and cultural medium.
- To improve professional standards among SEPA members, and provide assistance to those wishing to improve their knowledge and skills in this field.
“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to serve the planetarium community in this capacity and also represent Santa Fe College in our organization.”, says Albury. James begins his role as president-elect on January 1st, 2017 where he will be fulfilling the duties of vice-president of the SEPA Council for two years. On January 1st, 2019, Albury will become president of SEPA and will function in that office for two years.
For more information about the Southeastern Planetarium Association, visit the following weblink: http://www.sepadomes.org/