Gunnison Valley Observatory


Planning and Volunteer Coordination Committee

Chairperson: Suzanne Taylor

  • Develop the observatory's yearly Friday night programs, including coordinating lectures, basic dome presentations and amateur scope viewing

  • Volunteer coordination and training

  • Oversee facility scheduling

  • Development of a yearly schedule of new and on-going research projects and their resource needs

  • Screening and evaluation of research project proposals

  • Training and oversight of research assistants

  • Development of collaborative projects between GVO and the professional astronomical community

  • To stimulate interest in amateur astronomy within the towns of Gunnison, Lake City and Crested Butte by providing for astronomy events beyond the GVO's observatory facility

  • To mentor those who are newly interested in amateur astronomy

  • To interface with NPS events at locations such as Elk Creek

  • To work within the schools on K-12 educational programs

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Mike Brooks

  • Development of yearly income and expense projections

  • Development of a yearly operations budget

  • Grant writing

  • fundraising

Public Relations Committee

Chairperson: Gail Davidson

  • Development of a yearly public relation/information compaign

  • Website management

  • Creation of on-going press releases, informational observatory updates, newsletters

  • Development of local and regional advertising for TV, radio and print

  • Management of the observatory's historical archives

Observatory Engineering Committee

Chairperson: Chris Fores-Madison

  • Development of a yearly equipment update and maintenance schedule

  • The installation and maintenance of all telescopes and related equipment

  • The maintenance of the Ash dome

  • The maintenance and routine care of all building and grounds areas

  • Technical training of observatory staff

  • Supervision of telescope operations

  • Evaluate and recommend new equipment purchases

  • Development of technical training and maintenance documents