2017 ALPO AwardsDinner Oct 28th @ Georgia Regional Astro Meeting



This year, the Assn of Lunar & Planetary Observers annual conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Georgia Regional Astronomers Meeting (GRAM) at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, on October 27 and 28.

The event includes a no-charge casual dinner on Friday evening, October 27, at the UGA Physics Building and viewing through the UGA 24-inch Fecker telescope (weather permitting) to be followed by a full day of oral presentations by amateur astronomers. In addition, poster presentations will be set up on tables just outside the conference room.

There is no registration fee to attend the Friday night get-together or the Saturday presentations.

The grand finale of the weekend will be the ALPO awards dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m., the evening of Saturday, October 28, at the nearby Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel. All GRAM attendees are also invited to attend the ALPO awards dinner where official presentation of this year's ALPO Walter H. Haas Observers Award and the ALPO Peggy Haas Service Award will take place. Afterwards, Dr. Loris Magnani, professor astronomy at UGA and organizer of the GRAM event, will be our keynote speaker. There is a very minimal charge required in advance for the dinner, which makes this event very affordable, considering that there is no registration fee.

The dinner meal will be a buffet of the following:

Drag Through the Garden Salad with Lemon House Vinaigrette

Yankee Pot Roast

Cheddar Biscuits and Cornbread with Honey Butter

Marinated Five Bean Salad

Collard Greens with Smoked Ham Hocks

Apple Berry Crisp with Vanilla Sauce

Southern Fried Chicken

Whipped Potatoes

Chocolate Cake with Double Cream

Shrimp and Grits

Macaroni and Cheese

Non-alcoholic beverages (water, coffee, ice-tea, etc.)

Finally, the Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, site of the ALPO awards dinner, graciously offers a steeply discounted room rate for those who wish to spend the weekend in Athens.

To complete the required pre-payment for your ALPO awards dinner ($30), simply add this item to your shopping cart below and then complete the check-out process.  You may add the item to your cart multiple times in order to purchase more than one dinner. Your order information will be forwarded to the ALPO Annual Awards Dinner registrar.

The Awards Dinner agreement with the hotel specifies NO WALK-INS, so all dinners must be prepaid.

Deadlines are as follows:

  • Sunday, October 1 ­ Lodging at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel (voluntary).  Complete booking arrangements directly with the hotel; phone 706-542-2134 (state that you are part of Event No. 88950).
  • Thursday, October 5 ­ ALPO Awards dinner payment. Payment info stated directly above. Contact Ken Poshedly for details at ken.poshedly@alpo-astronomy.org
  • Friday, October 13 ­ Conference oral presentation registration (no charge). Contact Dr. Loris Magnani at loris@physast.uga.edu ; phone 706-542-2876.
  • Friday, October 20 ­ Conference attendance registration (no charge). Contact Dr. Loris Magnani at loris@physast.uga.edu ; phone 706-542-2876.

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