Jo Cline Memorial Fund

The Jo Cline Memorial Fund

The Jo Cline Memorial Fund has been established to honor Jo Cline, First Lady of PARI.

A PARI co-founder, Jo served as Chairman of the Board for most of the years of PARI’s existence. She is memorialized at PARI with a scenic park in the heart of the campus, Jo’s Cove.

Contributions to the Jo Cline Memorial Fund are used to fund an undergraduate intern scholarship, in honor of Jo’s lifelong commitment to students. The Jo Cline intern lives on the PARI campus during the summer conducting original research and serving as a mentor to high school students. The intern is provided housing, meals during onsite high school programs and a stipend of $2,500. Contributions to this fund are increased by a donor who has pledged to match dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.

Tax deductible contributions can be sent to PARI, 1 PARI Drive, Rosman, NC 28772. Please designate your donation to the Jo Cline Memorial Fund.

 

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Supporters & Partners

Supporters & Partners

Helping PARI Make a Difference

Empowering people of all ages to become more scientifically literate requires an investment — an investment by our dedicated supporters and partners and by PARI.

Our programs advance STEM learning, encourage young people to consider STEM careers and expand learning opportunities for people of all ages, income levels and educational backgrounds.

The generosity of the supporters listed here has contributed immensely to our past success and laid the foundation for our future growth and expansion. For that, we are profoundly grateful.

Special Recognition

For Website Sponsorship — helping PARI transform its website:

Laurinda Queen Burleson
Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority
Kenneth & Deborah Steiner


Partners

Appalachian State University Furman University

 

Guilford College Logo Land of Waterfalls - Brevard TDA Palomar Observatory Logo

 

UNAVCO Logo UNC Logo

 

Vanderbilt University - Dyer Observatory Logo Western Carolina University Logo

Meteorite ($25,000 plus):

Ardelia H. Barrier
Automated Results
Burrows Welcome Fund
Case Western Reserve University
CICS-NC
Don Cline
Ed Mansi
Edwin Thompson
EMC
ERC Broadband
Glenn & Kathleen Bolick
Gregory A. Ballard
H2O Parasail, Inc.
Harvard College Observatory
Janet Parks
Joseph F. Phillips
JPL California Institute of Technology
McCall's Grading & Construction, Inc.
McLain Farms, Inc
NASA
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
National Science Foundation
NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching
NC Dept of Environment & Natural Resource
NC-MSEN
Patton Electronics
Sony Ericesson Comm.
Space Telescope Sci. Inst.
The Don and Jo Cline Family Foundation
University of Minnesota
Yale University

Diamond ($10,000-$24,999):

Astronomy Legacy Project Crowdfunding
Cablesight
Charles Baltrer
Clemson University
Furman University
Lamar Owen
MCNC
Michael Castelaz
Mike Webb
National Space Grant Foundation
NC Space Grant
Patt Rutledge
Paul J. Boudreaux
Stonecutter Foundation Inc.
The Blimp Works
Virginia Tech ETA

Platinum ($5,000-$9,999):

Alex Armstrong
American Inst. of Physics/Meggers Project
Citizens Telephone Company
Community Foundation of Henderson County
Dr. Rodney Hawk
Frderick Z. Mills Jr.
John Avant Jr.
John Boehme
Joseph A Christy
Ken Steiner
Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Osborne
Mark LeBrun
Mr. & Mrs. James L. Powers
NCDC
Oceanside Photo & Telescope
Robert K. Margeson
Robert L. Coley
Robert R. Hayward
Ronald P Kelly
Sidi Ismaily
Smithsonian Institution
Spencer Smith
University of Texas/Astronomy Dept.

Gold ($2,500-$4,999):

Andrew Gordan
Astronomy Survey Unit
Brevard Partners of TN
Comporium
James L. Bradner
John H. Connor
John Swancara
L-3 Communications
Mike Royal
Monty Wood
Nancy Burlew
Nancy Fritz
Paul Oxley
Pelham E. Adams
Red Oak Integrations, LLC
Roger Runyon
Roger Varady
Terry Jednaszewski
Transylvania Community Hospital
TSA Choice

Silver ($1,000-$2499):

Anchor Baptist Church
Arnold Dzick
Brevard College
Charles Ewing Curry
David B Graves
David McLean
Donald McCarson
Friends of the NC State Museum of
George Riggsbee
Glen P. Robinson, Jr.
Heather Barker
Herbert Glenn
James A. Stratigos, Jr.
Jay Whipple, Jr.
Jerry Beam
John W. King
Margaret E. Schneck
Margaret Madgwick
Margaret Stibbs
Mark Krochmal
Mark Lemel
Matt Fraser
MicroObservatory Mini-grant
National Girls Collaborative Project
Parks Building Supply Company
Peter Arremann
Raynor L Duncombe
Red Hat
Rene' Hudec
Richard Wright
Robert F. Schaet
Robert Green
SARA
Sherry O. Austin
The Wilson Foundation
Thurburn Barker, Jr.
Transylvania Health Center
Twin Cities Public Television
United Community Bank
V. Kalachev
Wayne Osborn
William S. Meadows

Bronze ($500-$999):

Aaron E. Martin
Anna Rhyne
Bank of America
Betty Clavier
Breslow Starling Frost Warner & Boger
Bruce Ward
C Russell Philbrick
Carroll B. Hart
Castelaz, Michael W.
Clinton Kersey
Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum
David A. Cofrin
David B. Shaffer
David Clavier
David Gheesling
Dr. D. Jack MacConnell
Dr. Jackson L.Thatcher
Dr. Michael H. Milts
Duke Energy Corp., Fleet Services
Edward G. Schmidt
Edwin A Wahlen, Jr
Elizabeth S Diggs
Frederick Clas
Harold Koger
Hughlene Franks
JFG Properties LLC
John E. Wilson
John W. Meriwether
Joseph Daugherty
Joseph M Narsavage, Jr.
Keith L. Skivington
Margaret Duckworth
Mike Hankey
National Spce Grant Foundation
Paul Janiczek
Raymond Meyers
Richard W. Grey
Robert A. Freeman
Smith Systems
Terry Anderson
The Duke Energy Foundation
Wachovia Bank, NA
Whitworth, Christi J
William Anderson
Zachary Engle

 

Thank You!

Thank You!

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Your generosity in supporting PARI and our mission is appreciated and valued. Your gift will allow PARI to advance STEM learning, empower people of all ages to become more scientifically literate and encourage young learners to consider STEM careers. Thank you for helping make all of this possible.

You are investing in PARI’s efforts to change lives through STEM learning experiences – we greatly appreciate your generous support.

 

 

Volunteering Opportunities – Support

Volunteering Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at PARI. The periodic Volunteer Weekends are a perfect way to see the site and contribute to astronomy, science, and technology efforts at PARI. Please contact Sarah Chappell at schappell@nullpari.edu or 828-862-5554 for details on how to join the Volunteer List.

To help us plan our tasks more efficiently, we ask that you email or phone no later than 24 hours before coming to volunteer. Below is a list of various programs and volunteer opportunities at PARI:

  • Docent – This opportunity is great for outgoing people who like to interact with the public and are willing to learn about PARI history, current programs and future endeavors. Docents must attend training on site safety and visitor policies before leading any independent tours.
  • APDA (Astronomical Photographic Data Archive) – APDA was established at PARI in 2007 as a center for collecting, restoring, preserving and storing astronomical photographic data. APDA is also tasked with digitizing each image and establishing a database of images that can be accessed via the Internet by the global community of scientists, researchers, students, and interested public. Volunteers can participate with various projects to support this program.
  • Evening at PARI – This public event is on the second Friday of each month. The evening includes a tour of PARI, a presentation about astronomy or other scientific pursuits, and, weather permitting, observing the planets, Moon, and other celestial objects with PARI telescopes. Volunteers can assist with managing visitors to PARI in support of this program.
  • Special Observation Sessions – This is a public event held periodically. PARI staff depends greatly on volunteers to assist with showing visitors the night sky through the optical telescopes. Docents are also used for this program to give a tour before the viewing starts.
  • Educational Docent – An educational docent is trained to present an educational program offered by PARI. This volunteer can help with groups visiting PARI as well as offsite programs.
  • Help with educational programs –This opportunity includes set-up and breakdown of programs, supervision of groups moving around campus or helping to present a program. This is one of the first steps to becoming an educational docent.
  • Galaxy walk maintenance – This task is performed once a month and includes the inspection, upkeep and maintenance of the dozen markers that are included in the Galaxy Walk.
  • Organizing/ labeling of materials – With the many offsite programs offered by PARI, organizing is a huge job. Volunteers assist with keeping program materials organized. This job includes informing staff of low inventories of program materials and labeling new materials as they come in.
  • Seasonal Decorating – PARI needs spirited volunteers with decorating skills to assist with seasonal installing and removing decorations.
  • Develop a self-guided tour map – PARI offers self-guided tours Monday-Saturday. The need for a tour map continues to grow as PARI grows and welcomes more visitors. This volunteer or group of volunteers would develop a map so visitors know all the areas open to the public and the fun sights to visit at PARI.
  • Create a self-guided tour recording for MP3 player – This opportunity could go hand in hand with the development of the self-guided tour map. PARI already utilizes MP3 players to guide guests on the galaxy walk. The creation of a recording to walk visitors through PARI would be a great addition to the visitor experience.
  • Information sheets for visitors – This opportunity involves creating an information sheet on each of the PARI displays so visitors know exactly what they are looking at and why it is important to PARI.
  • Educational program laptop maintenance – PARI maintains a number of laptops used for our educational programs such as Duke TIP and 3D planets. Volunteers can assist in keeping these updated and ready to go for upcoming programs by helping to download and install updates.
  • Installing Ethernet connector plugs – Help keep PARI connected by assisting with the installation of RJ45 connectors onto cat5 network cables.
  • Help with cable pulls – Volunteers can assist with under floor installation of cables to connect computers to the PARI network.
  • Create a PARI scavenger hunt – A scavenger hunt would be a great way to introduce visitors to the publicly accessible areas of the PARI campus. We could use a volunteer to create versions for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Create PARI campus tour app – Create an app to aid in self-guided tours and specific attractions at PARI, like the Galaxy Walk or Hiking Trails. The app would be especially useful to visitors who arrive at times when a docent-led tour is not available, or who prefer to explore on their own with some guidance. This project could be ideal for a student and could possibly be done for school credit or even a class project.
  • And many more – bring your imagination to PARI and we’ll put it to work.

PARI History (Support section)

PARI History

50 Years of Public Service

One Historic Site, Three Important Missions

1963 Rosman Dedication Image

Program cover from the 1963 dedication of the NASA Rosman Tracking Station.

The event was attended by notables from North Carolina including Gov. Terry Sanford, Sen. Sam Ervin, Sen. B. Everett Jordan and many others.

On Oct. 26, 1963, the five-year-old National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) dedicated a new facility in the Pisgah National Forest southwest of Asheville, NC, that would play a critical role in the pioneering early days of the U.S. space effort. On that October day, little did anyone know that 50 years later the same site would be in its third important mission, and would now play an important role in educating and training the next generation of young scientists who will propel the space effort into new frontiers.

The 200-acre campus tucked into the ridges of the Pisgah National Forest west of Brevard now houses the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), a public not-for-profit foundation bristling with scientific instruments used for research and for providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to students of all ages.

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Annual Membership Packages & Benefits

Annual Membership Packages & Benefits

Individual
$100

Free Unlimited General Admission, campus tours and “Evening @ PARI” for one
(Does not include Special Events)

10% off Special event admission for one

Free Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Free Annual Reports (emailed)

10% off PARI Gift Shop

Couple
$150

Free Unlimited General Admission, campus tours and "Evening @ PARI" for two
(Does not include Special Events)

10% off Special event admission for two

Free Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Free Annual Reports (emailed)

10% off PARI Gift Shop

Group
(varies by group size)

Free Unlimited General Admission, campus tours and "Evening @ PARI" for each member
(Does not include Special Events)

10% off Special event admission for each member

Free Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Free Annual Reports (emailed)

10% off PARI Gift Shop

Follow us on: facebook.com; twitter.com

Good for one year from date of purchase.

Supporting PARI’s Mission – Philanthropy Opportunities

Supporting PARI’s Mission – Philanthropy Opportunities

Annual Membership Packages & Benefits

Individual
$100

Free Unlimited General Admission, campus tours and “Evening @ PARI” for one
(Does not include Special Events)

10% off Special event admission for one

Free Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Free Annual Reports (emailed)

10% off PARI Gift Shop

Couple
$150

Free Unlimited General Admission, campus tours and "Evening @ PARI" for two
(Does not include Special Events)

10% off Special event admission for two

Free Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Free Annual Reports (emailed)

10% off PARI Gift Shop

Group
(varies by group size)

Free Unlimited General Admission, campus tours and "Evening @ PARI" for each member
(Does not include Special Events)

10% off Special event admission for each member

Free Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Free Annual Reports (emailed)

10% off PARI Gift Shop

Follow us on: facebook.com; twitter.com

Good for one year from date of purchase.

 

Friends of PARI

Supporter
$500–$999 *

Couple Membership (for 2) / 1 Year

Name Recognized on Plaque Display

Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Annual Reports (emailed)

$150 Not tax deductible

 


Sponsor
$1,000–$2499 *

Group Membership (for 4) / 1 Year

Name Recognized on Plaque Display

Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Annual Reports (emailed)

$300 Not tax deductible

 


Patron
$2,500–$4999 *

Group Membership (for 4) / 1 Year

Name Recognized on Plaque Display

Four Free Special Event Passes/1Year

Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Annual Reports (emailed)

$380 Not tax deductible

 

Benefactor
$5,000–$9,999 * *

Group Membership (for 4) / 1 Year

Name Recognized on Plaque Display

Free Special Event Passes/1Year

Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Annual Reports (emailed)

$540 Not tax deductible

 

 

Ambassador
$10,000–$24,999 *

Group Membership (for 4) / 1 Year

Name Recognized on Plaque Display

Free Special Event Passes/1Year

Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Annual Reports (emailed)

$540 Not tax deductible

 

 

Please use the link above or you may contact Chris Price for information regarding how to send your gift to PARI.

Champion
$25,000 plus *

Group Membership (for 4) / 1 Year

Name Recognized on Plaque Display

Free Special Event Passes/1Year

PARI Summer Intern named in your honor / 1 Year

Quarterly Newsletter (emailed)

Annual Reports (emailed)

$540 Not tax deductible


Please use the link above or you may contact Chris Price for information regarding how to send your gift to PARI.

* Tax deductible when you have declined to receive any taxable products or services as part of this gift.

Why Support PARI?

Why Support PARI?

THE ROLE OF PARI — Long a world leader in science and technology, in recent years the United States has begun falling behind in the development of the next generation of scientists and inventors. Fewer American students are entering the STEM disciplines and those who do are generally well behind many of their peers in other countries. NASA does not have enough young scientists and many technology firms now turn overseas to hire.

Institutions like PARI help new students to science by making science fun and interesting. At PARI, students are not confined to classrooms. They participate in hands-on learning experiences. They do not look up answers in the back of a book – because there is no book! They learn by doing. PARI provides the opportunity for students to try, fail, correct their mistakes and learn. This approach has a well-documented rate of success.

PARI makes a difference, but we need your help. Your support is an investment: an investment in the lives of children and their learning development; an investment in empowering people through learning and discovery; an investment in what makes America great — exceptional science and technology education for ALL!

MISSION — PARI is a public not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing hands-on educational and research opportunities for a broad cross-section of users in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

VISION — PARI will be a world-class national facility of learning, exploration, imagination and discovery in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines that transforms lives and empowers all people, from K to grey, to self-determine their own lives and the lives of their families and their communities.

IMPACT — PARI is a place where science excites the imagination: an unusual observatory that can host, side-by-side, world-class researchers expanding the scope of human knowledge, and children getting their first glimpse of the universe that will be a part of their future.

PARI houses both optical and radio telescopes, and on this campus research and education extend beyond the classroom, providing experiential, hands-on learning that involves real science. PARI programs include on-site and remote learning opportunities for all levels of students: K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral and retired professionals.

Astronomy is the creative expression of math, physics, computer science and engineering, allowing students to use their imaginations to explore and discover. Accessibility to this type of learning environment is very rare.

While the value of an institution like PARI to individuals is enormous, to our society it is priceless. Astronomy was the first science, the bedrock of all technology that followed. In the modern era, cell phones, television, radio and broadband wireless Internet were all developed by scientists and engineers working with radio frequency technology, a primary science at PARI. For our nation to remain at the forefront of emerging technology, we must nurture this science and meet the urgent need to develop a workforce of scientists and engineers who are capable of bridging pure research and practical application.

We need a place to promote science. We need a place where world-class researchers can try unconventional ideas; a place where pure research combines with practical application; a place where people can begin their education and be inspired to continue. PARI is such a place. It is an unparalleled opportunity to take research and education out of the classroom and into the realm of the imagination.